For Pandy and Retro, waking up naked with amnesia wasn't the high point of their day. While going on a crime spree, the duo are captured and sent to the infamous Dead Leaves, a notorious prison where the baddest of the bad are sent. Using the bathroom is a chore, eating is force fed and escape seems impossible -- but is it? Join Pandy, Retro, the drill endowed Chinko Drill and a gang of inmates as they plot their escape from the hell that is Dead Leaves!
Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...
Like the art style and excessive gore of Dead Leaves or Requiem from the Darkness? Then check out the other. They're not in the same genre, and Requiem from the Darkness is rather slower than Dead Leaves (hell, everything is slower than Dead Leaves), but I think fans of one would appreciate the other.
Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.
Both Dead Leaves and Samurai Champloo are bright, colourful and unique in character design, plot, music and attitude. They are must sees for those after something highly individual and full of bounce.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
If you enjoyed the stylish, frenetic kineticism of Dead Leaves's style, and want another film in that vein - albeit far more restrainedly done, and servicing overblown super robot theatrics rather than surreal potty humour - well, you may just enjoy this film version of the Gurren Lagann series. They're by the same director, too, hence the noticeable similarity in style.
Taking any job that pays a lucrative amount, ace pilot Trava and mechanic Shinku are on their way to Fist Planet to take part in the Speedmaster race - a competition which of course boasts rather impressive cash prizes. However, they first have a contract to survey Area 78 on planet Fable, something which is making them both very uneasy. Once in orbit, they pick up a young girl, Mikuru, who has been in cryosleep for an unknown amount of time and had her memories erased. What is Mikuru's past, why were her memories blanked and what secrets does Fable hold?
Both are Sci-fi comedies with strikingly similar excessive and overstylized animation; garish and aggressively cool. Dead Leaves has a far more frenetic pace and more vulgar humour, while Trava dawdles a little bit - still, completely compatible.