Gintama

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Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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mneme mneme says...

Both series take place in the future and are a bit absurd (Gintama much more so)... While Cowboy Bebop involves bounty hunting, Gintama is more of a um...person who will take any job kind of thing.

Iahel Iahel says...

You can beat me up, but they're really almost the same. Firstly it's the plot structure - combination of serious and comedy episodes is the main feature for both, different length (26 eps vs >150 eps) doesn't stop them from showing some bizarre and random unconnected stories for one or few episodes length with some great story line behind the scene. Secondly it's the characters, Gintoki resembles Spike in all respects, they're both easygoing attractive guys with some dark past and fellows that was their friends but now they're enemies; you can beat me up one more time, but I think Kagura was created under the impression of Edward, they're both red, crazy, have some special unique skills and travel with dogs, though the main similarity is the "crazy" part; Jet and Shinpachi... I think if you try hard enough you'll find some similarities even between those guys. But the main thing putting those series together is an atmosphere that resembles normal life of mere human without any superpowers, and of course the fact that characters always have problems with supplies and tackle unprofitable jobs just in the cause of their mellowness. By the way, Sunrise is a producer for both of them.

Sergeant Frog

Sergeant Frog

As the mighty star fleet of the planet Keron prepare their invasion of Earth, Sergeant Keroro and his elite team of commandos have been sent to infiltrate the enemy strongholds and gather as much intelligence as possible. However, it seems even his extensive military training is no match for the forces of Earth, as he is discovered and captured by the two middle school siblings, Fuyuki and Natsumi. Submitted to the rigorous torture of housework duty, the amphibious Keroro must now bide his time, covertly locate his squad-mates, and resume his mission of conquest!

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flyboy42 flyboy42 says...

Aliens + randomness = these

Although one is about aliens trying to invade while the other one, they have already invaded. Both also have a bit of parody to them and both are aimed towards kids and are very prolific.

Shinsengumi367 Shinsengumi367 says...

They are actually really similar, they have to do with aliens being in Earth, they are both gag mangas as well, but Gintama has a more serious setting.

It's nice to watch when you have too much time on your hands, like over the holidays.

Paniponi Dash!

Paniponi Dash!

She’s smart, talented, and the newest teacher at Momotsuki Academy; but she’s also… 11 years old?! Named Becky Miyamoto, this pint-sized MIT prodigy wants nothing more than to be a respectable educator, but all her students do is treat her like an adorable child! With space aliens, a class full of stereotypes (and one girl who is normal!), and a quick temper standing in her way, Becky will try her best to shape the eager young minds of tomorrow before she hits puberty!

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alexander alexander says...

Parody means unrestricted genre access. Both shows go from giant robots to magical girls via a huge cast of real characters. Every reference increases the warm feeling about anime in general. If you're a fan in a slump, meta-series are what you need!

daekiljen daekiljen says...

There's something about breaking the fourth wall that I just find so incredibly amusing.  Both of these animes do it so well.

Paniponi Dash's super fast jokes and gags can really fly past you if you aren't paying attention.  One of the fansub groups actually includes an accompanying PDF with references for the visual gags.  You do need a deep history in Anime to get some of the humor in Paniponi.  That's not to say the show isn't accessible, though.  The humor is so over the top and the random moments so mind boggling that I found myself cracking up a lot.  This falls right in line with the type of humor you'll see in Gintama.  Inside jokes, obscure references, and straight parodies are what these two series do well.  Though, Gintama is still going; while Paniponi crammed everything they could into a single 26 episode season.  It works, though; because Paniponi was never created to cover more genres than comedy and a little action. As such, you won't find much depth in the characters. They are who they are and they play to their strengths very well. Maho~.

If you've enjoyed Gintama's large catalog of OPs and EDs, you'll like what you hear in Paniponi. They've got a really fun soundtrack that covers a diverse field of music. 

Excel Saga

Excel Saga

F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!

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LinkSword LinkSword says...

Unashamed parody of every anime/film/whatever genre at hand without holding anything back? Check! Hilarious characters you will get inevitably attached to? Check! The Fourth Wall getting smashed more often than you change your pants? Check! Randomness with the same sheer, sidesplitting spontaneity of a stripper sneaking in during a football match and scoring THE BEST GOAL?? Check, check, check, rinse and RECHECK!!

Gintama and Excel Saga are the flagships of the random humor anime at its best. If you like such a comedy, with these you will laugh, laugh, laugh and then laugh some more, only pausing the video to get your broken ribs fixed every now and then. Give them a try!

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Whether you like Gintama or Excel Saga, you'll also like the other because they're both funny animes that'll make you laugh until your heart stop and there's almost no plot in the story in either of them.

Muteki Kanban Musume

Muteki Kanban Musume

Miki is a psychotic mascot, waitress and delivery girl who works at her equally as frightening mother's ramen shop. Both survivor and instigator of years of ruthless, no-holds-barred domestic violence, Miki has a capacity for destruction usually found only in people with things like "the Impaler" added to their name. Yet, she also has a kind side to her and is often found going implausible distances out of her way to rescue both proverbial and literal lost kittens, though some malignant souls might misconstrue this as merely ditching her work...

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AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both Muteki Kanban Musume and Gintama are pure comedies based on nothing but if you don't really mind the plot they're both so funny you wish it's never gonna end!!!

If you liked one make sure to give the other a go!!!!!

XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Just like Ramen Fighter Miki, the style of humor is extremely similar in Gintama. Recurring, over the top characters are plentiful in both shows and where Ramen Fighter Miki is focused around cooking and set in a more modern (albeit just like Gintama in a "traditional Japanese" setting), the shows are similar in their focus on the mundane. Indeed, the occupation of Gintama's main characters is an odd-job company rather than a more serious occupation.

If you enjoy nutty and random humor, you will like either series. Be slightly cautioned of differences, one of which is the number of episodes. Gintama spans many episodes, which makes for somewhat more longwinded episodes as compared to the adrenaline filled series that is Ramen Fighter Miki. Additionally, the main character in Ramen Fighter Miki is female, while the main character in Gintama is male and as a result, the jokes in either series are made with somewhat different mindsets. Depending on preference, this might influence the validity of this recommendation.