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Yuki is an introverted teenager whose intense fear of public speaking makes it difficult for him to make friends, so hoping for a fresh start, he moves with his grandmother to the small island of Enoshima. Shortly after his arrival he encounters Haru, a strange youth claiming to be an alien - and what's more, the otherworldly visitor requests his help to catch a strange being that inhabits the local waters! Along with fellow classmate and local angling celebrity Natsuki, the boys must now form a bond in the hopes of saving the town from the force that is threatening it. With a mysterious organization also lurking about and posing potential danger, Yuki must put his best face forward and protect the island... with the help of a fishing rod?!
Both are set in a quiet, remote town and have a guy who's not exactly the life of a party as their main protagonist, alongside aliens that look human but act in a remarkably bizarre manner. The story then proceeds into a direction that doesn't necessarily make sense but is still ridiculously epic in its execution and involves saving the world, although it takes more time in Tsuritama. And they both have an extremely obese cat somewhere.
Both FLCL and Tsuritama share an "odd" protagonist. Odd in that he doesn't fit in, is lonely, and in the middle of finding himself. All things that occur in the series.
Also, both shows share wacky Sci-Fi themes that seem to have the main characters themselves questioning reality, while, in the case of Tsuritama, themes of friendship are maintained. Both shows also have action-filled Sci-Fi sequences at times.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
Read or Die oozes style from every pore, but when I think of anime with style, the first title to pop into my head is FLCL just because it's so unique. Fans of RoD's action ought to enjoy the twisted mecha battles in FLCL; fans of RoD's ultra-campy world ought to find something to like in FLCL's juxtaposition of the real and unreal.
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?