Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?
The settings and plots are extremely different between these two anime, but if you enjoyed the unique vibe of Durarara!!, you should thoroughly enjoy the artistry and individuality of From the New World. The theme of things-are-not-always-as-they-seem is also carried over.
"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!
These two have more than awesome animation and music. Also, the moods of both anime sit well with each other. The characters are simmilar in both growth and design, and the urban mystery and everyday life intertwine marvelously together. Basically, if you like one, the other one is a strong recommendation - you will not regret it! :)
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Durarara has a really distinct "cool" feeling, which I feel in happens a lot of other popular shounen animes running now—a trendy fast-paced storyline littered with random wtf moments in a uniquely urban landscape. The use of technology to push the storyline further is also incrediblly appropriate in this time and age.
But what I connect to is not the feel or the look as much as the deeply philosophical episodically-unconnecting stories barely pulled together by the main character's own tale. Kino's Journey shares this with Durarara albeit to a slower tempo and more singular viewpoint. They are both very much detailed impressions about life and journey based on their almost unbelievable environments made that much more believable by the main character's reflections and the author's wise narrative (and yes, both began as light novels).
And for me, Celty and her motorcycle just reminded me way too much of Kino and Hermes for me not to write this. Ahahaha~
In Victorian England it is commonplace for the rich and wealthy to have a staff, led by a head butler, to run their households; the Phantomhive Estate is no different. The young and demanding Count Ciel Phantomhive, child owner of a toy company, lives in the grand countryside manor. Sebastian is his head butler, and the epitome of perfection; he effortlessly and gracefully completes his day-to day chores and fixes the countless mistakes of the other employees. However, whilst on the outside all seems prim and proper, a more sinister secret lies just beneath the surface. Sebastian is in fact a demon bound by a contract with the young count; he will loyally serve and fight for him in return for his soul.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
How each person from the group is related to each other and how they will gradually affect the whole story is laid out slowly as the story goes on. I think these kind of surprises made me enjoy the Anime more. It leaves the a viewer a "what? no way!" kinda feel on either one, so If you enjoyed any of these, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy the latter.