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In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.
While Genshiken and Denno Coil deal with completely different subjects, they both emit similar tones throughout the series. Both have groups of multiple characters who hang out in clubs, which results in making up most of what they do every day. The realistic and complex characters and the slight comedy create the same feel for both series. If you like anime that has great characters these are right for you.
When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!
If you like one of these animes you may like the other one, while genshiken is more realistic and shows the realiity of otakus and doujins, hayate no gotoku is a lot more about fights and humor but they have in common thet they are constantly making parodies of various animes, also you'll find some love relationships on both animes and how these relationships grow up.
Kazuya Hasukawa is distraught. Having just lost his first love to his older brother, he is unable to cope with the beautiful new wife in the household. Moving to the prestigious Ryokuto Academy, he finds he has been assigned to the Greenwood dorm - the home of the school weirdos and rejects. From a gender confused roommate to an adventure through a fantasy world, Hasukawa's dreams of a peaceful life are shattered!
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
These are actually very different types of anime in alot of ways, but one of the main reasons why I like both of these is that they both take place in college which adds maturity to the characters and thus actually makes them quite similar.
Rei, Go, Kiyoshi, Jin and Dai (collectively known as Kimengumi) are typical students who attend class each day – but the last thing they want to do is study and learn. From baseball tournaments to play rehearsals, there’s never a dull day to be found; and although the men of the Kimengumi aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, their unexpected reactions and super-deformed transformations save them from any of the incredible situations they get themselves into. Going shopping and removing snow from the garden have never been this complicated!
Both Kimengumi and Genshiken show the daily life of a not quite ordinary group of boys, that has unusual ineterests in order to keep busy and have fun, in a way that is not really socially valued.