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Alt titles: Furi Kuri

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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?

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Iahel Iahel says...

FLCL and Lagann are Gainax's own flesh and blood, meaning that they contain incredible action with madness everywhere. Although for Lagann this is mostly true for first episodes, that's enough. Furthermore, both series showcase robots. In FLCL they come out of the hero's head, in Lagann they're head-shaped themselves.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, both series start innocent and then turn out to be extremely badass. More similiarity is about the atmosphere surrounding the shows than about the plot itself. The main protagonists are shy, young boys without confidence in themselves. Throughout the show they grow up and learn about life. I think that action and characters are the best part about these anime. Oh, I almost forgot to tell about the music, it was fuc*ing awesome!

Oehr Oehr says...

Misused guitars, ass kicking spiral weapons and completely crazy plots. You loved the action? Then go and watch this one too!

thegirlnerd thegirlnerd says...

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Furi Kuri (FLCL) are by the same production company, so it stands to reason that they would deal with similar themes: growing up, what it means to be a hero, and letting go of the one you love. Granted, those aren't the ONLY themes, but if you like strong stories with themes like that, you'll like both of these shows. You follow a young male protagonist on his journey to find himself and his special purpose in an otherwise dreary existence. Check out FLCL and TTGL!

LxTrix LxTrix says...

Made by the same people these two series show it by their animation style. Both having interesting and over the top characters. Who's not to love anime with epic robots, wheither they be busting out your head or out the ground?

77120 77120 says...

also a fast storyline and much unstoppable action

and same humor still tengen toppa gurren lagan isnt that fast as FLCL

both are from the same Director Imaishi Hiroyuki

KiraRin KiraRin says...

The visuals are crazy. The characters are totally insane. Sometimes the plot makes no sense. But this is why you love FLCL and TTGL so much :)

Be prepared to be assaulted through the eyeballs as the craziness unfolds in front of you, in an amazingly addictive way. Although both shows are probably for a more mature audience, I think fans of one mad show will instantly love the other.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Gainax, Gainax, Gainax. Big action scenes, fast pace, crazy characters, and aliens. The main character is a young man who suddenly finds himself with an awesome power. The animation is similar, and the humor is almost identical. 

reedhauser reedhauser says...

Both are over the top and chaotic, not to mention share similar genres (parody, mecha, comedy, bizarre).  However, more importantly they are both brilliantly strong coming of age stories and much deeper than their jovial appearance.  The protagonists (Naota and Simon) exert personalities that many can relate to, and the secondary characters (Haruko and Kamina) exemplify personality traits many strive for.  Both animes will impart the importance of faith and confidence in oneself, that our relationships are fluid and influenced by the growth of others, and that change, though often bittersweet, is a necessary step forward.

miko miko says...

it a good suggestion, as both are random and pertain mecha and comedy, they also have their serious side and a solid plot.

ManuSan95 ManuSan95 says...

GAINAX STAFF! GAINAX STUFF!

If you liked crazy things going crazy, you would like mecha robots getting crazy mixed, also the characters are as good in both series.

Haré+Guu

Haré+Guu

Haré and his mother live peacefully in the jungle, until one day the boy is overtaken by a omnipotent shadow. Later, he awakens to find Guu, a strange girl with even stranger abilities - notably, the ability to switch from a cute, lovable Guu, to a menacing delinquent who eats everything. Now Haré must live with Guu, and lead a normal life, despite her oddities.

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu is probably one of the more off the wall anime series I've watched, and the fact that the story follows a little boy who seems to get trouble, even when not asking for it, makes it very similar to FLCL.

miaka miaka says...

If you did like FLCL then you should fansy Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu. they both have this verid humor. and fits perfectly to see at late nights, when you are the most tierd.

kamirura kamirura says...

Brain dead and want mor of it? This is the silliest series I've ever seen. It's truly in class with FLCL, you will laugh yourself to death trust me. it pretty much got the same story as FLCL a werid girl comes into a normal guys life but this guy stays normal ;) Check it out and you won't be dissapointed.

noisymouse noisymouse says...

FLCL has the same sort of premise as Hale+Guu; uptight kid's life is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious girl. FLCL is like Hale+Guu if the characters in Guu hit puberty and had awkward sexual undertones thrown into the mix. Each animation style is unique (and very interesting), but the shows are similar, and those who appreciate the humor and that "what the heck" feeling will definately appreciate the both series.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Another bizzare anime, FLCL wasn't my thing, it was just too much for my brain to handle. This one barely makes the cut. It's crazy, but good crazy :D

tetra tetra says...

Fast, strange, really funny, and weird things happen; FLCL and Guu are two of a kind. If you want to laugh and like "wtf!?" humor, or if you just like really weird girls then FLCL and Guu are both for you!

chazchaz101 chazchaz101 says...

Both FLCL and Guu have plots that are centered around what appears to be a fair amount of randomness. I found that both successfully balance good entertainment value and at least a little plot with a strong dose of "wait, what just happened?"

athina athina says...

FLCL and Hare+Guu have very similar characters. In both series, there's a young boy who is kind of awkward, then suddenly a strange girl invades his life. FLCL is a much shorter series than Hare+Guu but is just as good and may be even better in some people's opinions. FLCL is also a little more adult humored than Hare+Guu but both are very silly.

Michichan Michichan says...

Both Furi Kuri and Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu are silly series that start from the same point. A normal, yet a little uptight boy's life is completely changed by the arrival of a mysterious girl. This girl's antics drive that boy off the wall and hilarity ensues.

Morwen Morwen says...

Both of these series have the same "comedy recipe": Take one boy who likes to think of himself as grown-up and mature. Toss in a pink-haired, inhuman girl into his life. Stir. Serve on top of a bizarre, surreal world and with a side of insane characters.

They're not completely similar--FLCL's humor is much, much more sexual than Haré+Guu as a rule (although Clive still has his moments), and for the most part you can make sense of Haré+Guu's plot much more than FLCL, but when it comes right down to it these sereis definitely have a very similar feel, so you'll probably enjoy one if you liked the other!

Mind Game

Mind Game

Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?

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vivafruit vivafruit says...

Both Mind Game and FLCL are decidedly bawdy, fragmented and bizarre anime. There is lewd humor that's just absolutely side-splitting, extremely violent action scenes, and moments of oddly heartfelt drama. Also, both shows defy any sort of conventional label whatsoever. The two shows are not romance, or adventure, or slice of life, or comedy, or dementia, or action. They are all of these, and at the same time they are more.

bshegg bshegg says...

Both FLCL and Mind Game have a similar appeal by being unconventional and somewhat absurd. Similarly they are characterized by being rich in imagery and expressing deep and complex themes.

Carrington Carrington says...

Mind game will feel slightly like some of the more abstract seens of FLCL. It is based on a very strange concept that may take a few times watched to get used to and fully understand. (Sound familiar.) I suggest this movie due to the flow, animation, abstract story, and craziness. =D

chii chii says...

Both are extreamly weird, have a quite unusual/unique animation style, and have lots of randomness at every turn. If you liked one you should like the other. I found Mind Game had a better story than FLCL.

stimulus stimulus says...

If you liked the randomness, symbolicness and the weird humor then you would definitly like Mind Game. Mind Game has all these elements plus a bit more. They both require a couple rewatches to completely understand or as close as you can come to it.

Ran Ran says...

Both Mind Game and FLCL are confusing in an amazing way. The realistic start is only there to emphasize the twisted turn it soon takes. But the most important similarities, aside from the surrealistic plot and the deformed perspectives, is the dazzling life drive that they convey. If you already like one, you can only love the other.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Both FLCL and Mind Game deceptively open as a slightly odd, but mostly normal story in a normal world. The plot quickly changes, however, revealing each's bizarre, quirky, and at times side-splittingly hilarious story. Each is able to switch between manic and mundane in an instant, are occasionally confusing, but ultimately, both are completely captivating to watch.

eaper eaper says...

An obvious rec, but one that's needed. These shows both have a very tantric mode of animation and story telling, leaving the viewer often wondering what just happened.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

These two were made for each other. Both are filled with distorted faces, a bizarre, sometimes hard to follow story and characters that you can't help wonder if they are really from our world. Yet after watching each story, those who "get" it would say that they tell an amazing story about life and our interactions here on earth. If you are interested in something random or abstract both of these are highly recommended.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

If you like FLCL, and want more of the same surreal and unique atmosphere, then Mind Game is your next anime stop.  If you've already seen Mind Game but not FLCL then Fooly Cooly will give you just a bit more of the same.

Both anime have a twisted, mind-bending plot with lots of unbelievable and unfathomable twists (For example, FLCL features a boy with robots that are born from his head and Mind Game has people swallowed by a whale who make a temporary home away from home inside the whale.)  Both anime will give lots of HUH????? moments.

Animation for both is bright and colorful and includes mixed styles from shaded sophistication to simplistic line drawings.  FLCL has an awesome musical soundtrack from the pillows band and Mind Game has a fitting and eclectic sound to match the craziness on view.

If you like your anime with a bit of zany bizarreness, then check out both of these!

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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Gooz Gooz says...

Also made by GAINAX, albeit with less crack-smoking involved.

Nanashi Nanashi says...

This recommendation is to illustrate the scope of this animator's talent. Both Di Gi Charat and Neon Genesis Evangelion were animated by the same people. I think it is worth checking out simply for an aesthetic appreciation of a broad talent base.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

The comparison between the 2 does not lie in the comedy, be warned ! It's just that Evangelion and FLCL both play with your mind if your not carefully :D More bizzare weird shit ahead

Zadillo Zadillo says...

A different sort of take on a coming of age story, mixed with some of Gainax's trademark style and ideas. You should definitely enjoy this one.

lostcause lostcause says...

Evangelion has giant robots, more emotionally-crippled children, more anime babes, and more bad parenting -- just like in FLCL.  

pyro pyro says...

First of all, both series are Mecha, and contain a main character with an internal conflict. The main character attitude in some way is alike, and their mentality progresses in a very similar way. Definitly if you liked FLCL, you'll like Evangelion.

SkulkerZX SkulkerZX says...

Although both are by Gainex, FLCL and NGE involve many intense self thinking moments and deep visual mindf**ky stuff.

eaper eaper says...

FLCL is much like the last few episodes of NGE in the fact that... well, neither of them really make much sense. What they say is logical and all (well... mostly), but how certian events occured isn't explained at all.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these are Gainax at its most peculiar. Both feature fairly whiny protagonists that are usually pushed around by the women in their life. While FLCL is a bit more comedic than NGE, it still holds the "What was the director smoking?" plot.

Puni Puni Poemy

Puni Puni Poemy

Puni Puni Poemi is a spin-off of Excel Saga, the classic lampoon of all that is anime. It takes the daughter of two Excel Saga characters and puts her through parodies of shoujo, shounen, ecchi, hentai, and everything in-between. This eccentric show is the "Scary Movie" of anime: younger viewers need not apply.

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kaz kaz says...

Puni Puni Poemi shares more with Excel Saga than it does FLCL, but if you enjoyed the parodies and puns in FLCL more than the story and action, and you're not easily offended, Puni Puni Poemi is worth checking out.

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Puni Puni Poemi has the same strange humor as FLCL. Though Puni Puni Poemi is more a parody of various Animes or Anime genres. It has not really that much off a story, but is fun too the last minute.

Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

Both have a crazy confusing plot design though puni puni poemi is less complex hummor than the more adult oriented FLCL, both have a scattery plot sequence that makes these 2 series similar

Lothar Lothar says...

The one thing these two animes has in common: Complete and utter madness. You'll probably never see an anime crazier or more insane than these two.

aoki aoki says...

There are two things that tie these series together, and only two things: COMPLETE AND TOTAL INSANITY and the fight between good and evil. Go figure.

hurin hurin says...

Puni Puni Poemy and FLCL share a use of absurdity and randomness as a plot device. While the former is a comedy and the latter is a coming of age story, if you like the style of one the other is worth a try.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Extremely random and immensely bizarre; that would probably be the best way to describe FLCL and Puni Puni Poemy. Both parody several anime genres with very hyper jokes, and are definitely top recommendations for each other!

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Puni Puni Poemy and FLCL are anime that essentially mock anime. Most gags are aimed at anime fans in particular, including plenty of references to other series. Both are extremely random and hyper; the pace often overtakes the plot and insanity prevails. Aimed at older audiences, these anime drip with sexual content that is overt and highly parodied in PPP, and turned into innuendo in FLCL. While FLCL is visually more spectacular and has a great soundtrack to boot, PPP covers the same ground in terms of randomness and anime culture subversions.

chii chii says...

Both are extreamly weird, very hyperactive, and have lots of randomness at every turn. Leave your brain turned off. Neither should be watched by a young audiance. If you liked one you should like the other.