FLCL

Alt title: Furi Kuri

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Gunbuster 2

Gunbuster 2

Nono, a clumsy young girl living in the backwater countryside of Mars, dreams of becoming a space pilot. But when Nono witnesses Lal'C, a real space pilot called a Topless, and her brutal fight with one of the invading space monsters, she discovers that it may not be so easy as she's rocketed into orbit alongside Lal'C in the ensuing struggle. With guts and effort her only recourse, Nono reaches for the stars to become a "Nonoriri" and a Topless alongside her Onee-sama, as well as to fight back against hordes of space monsters!

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Michichan Michichan says...

Gunbuster 2 is more or less what Furi Kuri would be if Gainax had added a plot to it. It has lots of action, strange robots and aliens, and somewhat emo main character. I'm certain that any fan of Furi Kuri will enjoy Diebuster.

valondar valondar says...

These brief, demented OVA titles from Gainax director Tsurumaki have pleny of crazy violence and indulgent weirdness - FLCL is by far the stranger and more outre of the two titles, but the visual style remains fairly similar.

Dagon123 Dagon123 says...

This is one of those circumstances where one anime can be perfectly recomended to 2 different ones. The director, Producer, scriptwriter AND chracter designer for FLCL worked on Diebuster, so you can say that "Diebuster has FLCL written all over". From tone to pacing, to the characters and action, you will love FLCL if you've seen Diebuster and vice versa. But lets not leave out Gurren Lagann, even before its time, Diebuster's action will get Gurren Lagann fans nostalgic, not to mention the almost Kamina-esque feel of episode 4, If you loved Gurren Lagann, Diebuster will be among your favorites easily.

lvlln lvlln says...

Another 6 episode OVA by the same director and studio, Diebuster takes a lot of the same aesthetic as FLCL and puts it into a far flung future scifi mech setting. A lot of the same scifi concepts are used, including NO and using cats to communicate. The overall structure and plot progression of the 6 episodes also tracks that of FLCL pretty closely.

GrondXIII GrondXIII says...

Besides sharing a production company and several staff, they both feature robots that appear out of or around folks with special abilities to control them. As well as strange objects on their foreheads. Mecha, Robots, Monsters and strange characters all around.

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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unerringgungnir unerringgungnir says...

Both of these series deal with the confusion, angst, and awkwardness of growing up and the complications that arise when exploring (or ignoring) sexual desires.  There are myriad moments when the viewer is left going WTF just happened?!?!  In both of these animes there are female characters that exhibit tsudere and have a propensity for violence towards the male protagonists (one uses school supplies the other a guitar).  Along with these commonalities they both have sci-fi/fantasy elements; one has robots that pop out of a kids head, the other deals with taoist-style superstitions/curses.  All in all you'll get your fill of bloody noses, violence, innocence, perversion, laughs, and most importantly ENTERTAINMENT.

Anyki Anyki says...

Bakemonogatari is a great anime and FLCL is kind of the same greatness with its story. I think you'll enjoy it too.

sobeit sobeit says...

Both Bakemonogatari and FLCL have a story with a ton of allegory. To understand the meaning of the story you should not look at what is presented to you on the surface level, but what meaning is inferred. I would say FLCL is more about pre-teen and pubescence and Bakemonogatari is more about teenage life. Both are good if you enjoy this style of storytelling.

gpardini gpardini says...

even bakemonogatari not being as weird as FLCL, both share that wtf is going to happen next in this out the mold story!

both are really good!

Yukas Yukas says...

FLCL and Bakemonogatari is both not about "what" but "how".

Bake looks more "normal", except .... there is a lot of "except": crazy picture, crazy sound, absurd dialogues.

Both like XXI century  "Alice in Wonderland"

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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ToonMasta ToonMasta says...

FLCL is hilariously funny, but very weird, and often confusing. While Serial Experiments Lain doesn't really retain the humor of FLCL, it does mess with your brain and tend to leave you wondering "what's going on here?" Just like weird things keep happening to Naota, weird things continue to happen to Lain.

A major series theme for Serial Experiments Lain is human connection, which is also a thematic element in FLCL. The two present similar situations in very different tones.

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

If you like being confused and messed up the first time you see something, watch FLCL and Serial Experiment's Lain.

Look a little deeper with these anime. Aside from rediculousness of them, they become something very deep.

sothis sothis says...

FLCL is considerably more lighthearted than Lain, but both are well-known mind-trip series. I definitely appreciated Lain more than FLCL, but fans of one would still probably enjoy the mind-trip of the other.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series focuses on the evolution of the main character while nearly unexplainable things are happening around them. Although FLCL definitely makes less sense, that brings thes series together.

Di Gi Charat

Di Gi Charat

One day, Dejiko, Puchiko and the strange ball-shaped Gema-Gema crash land their UFO in the middle of Akihabara. Without a single yen to their name they have nowhere to go, but following an unexpected and generous offer from the manager of a nearby store, the trio begin working at the shop in exchange for renting the room upstairs. Alongside Dejiko’s self-confessed rival Rabi-en-Rose, as well as a mysterious bear that has mastered the ability to appear happy, sad, depressed and angry all at once, the insanity is only just beginning! From shooting window shoppers with Dejiko’s Laser Eye Beam and the appearance of a bizarre farting impostor, to a sudden attack on the city by Godzilla, life at Gamers is certainly livening up.

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Di Gi Charat is just completely strange and weird, which makes it incredibly funny. I can watch it over and over again, just like FLCL. These two anime have genuinely great humor.

Nanashi Nanashi says...

If you are fan of Di Gi Charat's frentic absurdity, Furi Kuri's brand of insanity might be up your alley. Both series use the element of controlled chaos to give birth to an experience that is both highly enjoyable and confusing. Both series will leave you wondering just what it was that you just watched.

caitlin caitlin says...

Both anime contain a certain quirky, strange sort of random humour, as well as good animation. Di Gi Charat, however, gives it to you in smaller doses at a time, so it is, in my opinion, a bit more bearable. But if you enjoyed the strange humour of one, you are likely to enjoy the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

If you enjoyed either FLCL or Di Gi Charat then you may want to check out the other. Both series often leave with a sense of WTF? when watching them. If you liked the random comedy of one, you are likely to enjoy the other.

Alien Nine

Alien Nine

At a typical elementary school in Japan, yearly chores are being distributed. Yuri and 3 other students are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the alien hats for the year. Alien hats?! Yuri's sentiments, exactly. Despite her misgivings, she and her classmates must round up stray aliens that have escaped from a crashed spaceship -- with the help of the alien hats, of course.

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Dreistul Dreistul says...

If you like unusual plot lines, I would have to recommend Alien 9. At first, it looks like a cutesy action series, but rest assured it is quite bizarre.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Alien Nine and FLCL are both short, and for the most part very funny and random. Alien Nine doesn't have robots popping out of heads, but it does have aliens sucking onto them!

Rar Rar says...

Ok, so there's an obvious weirdness in both these animes, in fact they revel in it. Beyond this oddness factor, FLCL and Alien 9 both deal with themes of growing up, acceptance into society, responsibility, oh, and creatures from outer space.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime involve a young protagonist who was just minding their own business when they got stuck with an alien. The themes in both anime are a bizarre twist of growing up and learning to deal with the world. Both anime involve some fabulous headgear, and both step into the realm past bizarre into mindf*ck. If you want anime where nothing is what it seems and reality took a vacation, watch both of these.