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Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School

At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?

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daekiljen daekiljen says...

I'm pretty much complete flabbergasted that no one has cross recommended these shows.  Genuinely entertaining slapstick comedy is a rare find these days, and both Gintama and Cromartie pull it off impeccably. 

You really won't find such wonderful visual gags and deadpan punchline delivery this entertaining outside of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker production from the 1980s.

XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

On first sight, Cromartie High School and Gintama do not seem to have much in common. Significantly different artstyle, different setting and different number of episodes. However, the main reason for this recommendation is the similarities in style of humor, (mostly) excluding the episodes with a more serious tone in Gintama. Both series heavily rely on humor based on impressions given by characters on conduct by other characters, resulting in random (or unexpected) events. This is further aided with the Amanto (or aliens) in Gintama and the silent (and "animorphic") characters in Cromartie High School.

Furthermore, both series heavily rely on knowledge of the Japanese language and culture to be fully understood and appreciated. If you are able to watch these series with developers commentary and/or interpretations of experts in hand, I would definitely recommend consulting these notes while watching the shows.

The only main caution in this recommendation is that the pace and consistence of jokes of both series signicantly differ. Where Gintama is a rollercoaster of genres, Cromartie High School almost exclusively sticks to Comedy.

nightwing2210 nightwing2210 says...

Both witty, both their own humour and a good laugh to watch if you like silly humour. Only difference is that cromartie does not have any serious arch stories like Gintoki san does at times

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge

Despite his best attempts, Ric’s unorthodox days under the bridge continue as always. He’s making little progress with his clueless lover, Nino; Hoshi continues to torment him at every turn; and even a simple baseball game leads the hapless heir to make an enemy out of a large Amazonian warrior woman! With bungled attempts to move in with Nino leading to the pair trading rooms and the highly competitive Arakawa Marathon taking place, Ric’s idyllic riverside life seems destined to prove more problematic than ever.

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bunnylovesanime bunnylovesanime says...

Gintama and Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge are both episodic series that feature the same cast of characters in a zany storyline. Because it is episodic the storylines may not match up from one episode to the next but it also allows the writers to have the characters do some crazy stunts. Both series feature lots of funny moments and lines, and parody a lot topics from Anime to Pop Culture references. If you like one you will like the other.

TheCuteness TheCuteness says...

Not only are both Gintama and Arakawa hilarious, they feature a lot of the same voice actors. If you're a fan of Gintama, you'll probly realize that the voice cast is magnificent, and if you're like me then that will translate into loving Arakawa, too. Works the other way around as well.

The humor is rather similar in most ways in both shows. If you're in it for the humor, then if you love one you'll love the other.

KingGrimm KingGrimm says...

Arakawa has some of Gintama seyuu team, which tells something about it.

While tagged as comedy, both shows are more than that. They're stories about people, stories that you would want to know, not overdramatized ones. Surely will you find it hearth-warming. 

And of course, both anime contain a lot of crazy-donkey humor. Must to see.

Level E

Level E

Yukitaka has just left Tokyo, eager to transfer to Kisaragi High where he's been recruited to play baseball. However, upon entering his new apartment, the boy is met by a man with long blonde hair who claims to be… an alien?! After initially scoffing at the notion, Yukitaka discovers that the alien – Ouji – is for real, has amnesia and, what's worse, now wants to live with him in his apartment. The fact that scientists and mysterious guys in black suits are after Ouji becomes the least of Yukitaka's problems as his new guest turns out to be more than a handful to handle!

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azanimefan azanimefan says...

The humor in Level E is very similar to the type of humor you will get in Gintama.  Level E features parody humor, just like Gintama.  Both series enjoy epic trolling of their audience and characters as well.  Both series are generally very funny.  If you found one funny, chances are you'll find the other funny

Archaeon Archaeon says...

Aliens and humans joining forces to bring some humour into our grey little lives.

That and Level E actually makes a good introduction if you want to get an idea of what Gintama is like, but are daunted by 200+ episodes.

Justaway Justaway says...

Do you like main characters that screws around with your head and talks nonsense? Then both Gintama and Level E are something for you!

The both have lots of comedy and more serious moments, which still isen't really serious.



Ishiyama High is home to a whole host of delinquents, including Oga, a legendary badass who's downright devilish. One day Oga finds a man floating down a river, after which the man splits open to reveal a baby inside – but it’s no ordinary baby! The cute tot is actually Beelzebub, the future king of the demons! And as Oga is as mean as they come, Beelzebub latches on to its newfound 'father', much to the other demons' dismay. Now, in addition to battling rival gangs and becoming the strongest delinquent around, Oga must buy diapers, comfort and carry around an annoying baby who's more of a devil than he is!

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Rinluvsu Rinluvsu says...

If you like Gintama then you'll like Beelzebub. They relate to each other in that both anime's are gag anime's but can get serious at times. Both main characters give little or no regard to those around them but somehow always end up helping out when needed. The shows are also mostly humor based and sometimes are offensive but either way if you like one you'll probably like the other.

PurpleCatAngel PurpleCatAngel says...

Like Gintama, Beelzebub has randomness and an off plot. Plus a lot of comedy and romance from some characters.

Farood Farood says...

Both are very funny, while having serious arcs, and if you liked one of them you will surely like the other!!

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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pingwing pingwing says...

The humour in Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is one of the same kind. The characters are totally out of touch with reality and are all messed up lunatics in their own way. Another similarity is that both series hint at or have parodies on other anime series or Japanese society in general.

Basically the authors of both series use the series to have a good laugh and make fun. :) I would describe Zetsubou as the Gintama version of Great Teacher Onizuka. :)

UltimateShinobi UltimateShinobi says...

Both stories are very eccentric and are also very enjoyable. The settings differ and so does the comedy stye, however both anime are very funny.