Rentarou has been running the Futaba Detective Agency with the help of his twin assistants Sara and Soujyu since the previous man in charge, his father, died. To top it off most people in the neighborhood refer to him as Nidaime, a second generation man who lives in his father's shadow. His late father was a great man that was looked up to by everyone good or bad including Rentarou. With problems from his father's legacy presenting themselves, Yakuza that sometimes want him dead, a workplace/home that keeps getting destroyed and Sara and Soujyu's growing feelings for him, will he ever live up to his father?
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
If you liked Futakoi Alternative's randomness and action then you'll like the way FLCL plays out.
Both animes offer a bunch of random comedy throughout the series. While FLCL's was put up in 6 episodes, Futakoi Alternative's was spread out over 13. They both had me laughing and they both had very climatic final episodes.
If you like those super crazy comedies, than you'll feel at home with both FLCL and Futakoi Alternative. While the style of humor is similar in both series Futakoi Alternative doesn't go as far as FLCL did and it even has a little bit of drama. Well, FLCL was suppose to have some drama too, but it's really hard to spot behind all the other madness.
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!
Futakoi Alternative's first episode is a visual tour de force. It's twenty-four minutes of high-octane action, packed with gun-toting twins, car chases, yakuza, a squid monster and boxing. It is also very misleading. After starting on such a high note, the series degenerates into an angst-filled shadow of its former self with none of the daring style I so enjoyed.
If you want something with the same energy as Futakoi's deceiving opener, look to the work of Hiroyuki Imaishi. The man's work is manic, over-the-top, hyper-stylized and just about every other hyperbole one could muster.
For you, I recommend Dead Leaves.
For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!
Both series feature romance, twins, and unique plots. While D.N.Angel has more of an upper-class European romantic feel to it, Futakoi Alternative feels more like an inner-city romance comedy.
Ellis is a young girl who possesses a strange ability to manipulate particles, and has an unfortunate case of amnesia. After accidentally killing a professor in the middle of an experiment, Ellis fled to Mexico and lived under the care of an old lady for many years, but her past has finally caught up with her; there's a price on her head, and men trying to capture her, dead or alive. She meets the bounty hunter Nadie, who befriends her and helps her escape; and together, they decide to travel south to Winay Marka, “The Land of Eternity”, to find clues about Ellis’ past. What’s the origin of Ellis’ powers, and what does “Project Leviathan” have to do with it?
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
FutaAlt and Kamichu are oddball shows with a mixture of all sorts of genres. At times, they are slice-of-life comedies, and at others somber and dramatic. FutaAlt has a good deal of action at times, whereas Kamichu doens't have action so much as fantastical happenings. Both shows walk the line between realistic everyday life and completely over-the-top fantasy, and while FutaAlt isn't quite as balanced, they are both excellent mixtures.