Humanity has declined over time, leading to shortages in goods and the beginning of a bizarre relationship between humans and whimsical, sweets-loving fairies. Certain mediators help bridge the gap between the two species, as the magical, surprisingly-technological fairies are known to create various items the townsfolk need, albeit at oft-questionable quality levels. One such mediator, along with her faithful silent assistant, adorable fairy Nakata and frenemies such as yaoi-loving Y, will navigate her eventful daily life, whether it's investigating a strange factory or trying to escape the pages of a comic book.
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?
Both have a plot that may seem wrong in so many ways. None of them got any actually plot pattern and most of it is based on somewhat random events. They are both charming in the ways of unexpectedly cute, completely insane, surprisingly atmospheric and insanely fun to watch. Characters are in both cases are bunch of parody freaks (mostly in Sayonara, though HHD is not innocent…), they are interesting, mad but still quite developed in ways one might not imagine possible. Both anime are mostly from the protagonists view, SZS is more of parody/satiric/despair point of view while ironic/sarcastic in HHD. While SZS is more about characters and their relations, HHD goes around situations and some sort of actual plot (though plot is a strong word in this case). Both have episodic nature but can sometimes pull off something that could be called an arc, hardly. Thing that mostly made me recommend this is the fact that both have such unique animations, and pretty good ones, but most important they have style.
These shows are both dark humour series in outlandish or even nonsensical settings that use their premise to comment on human and Japanese culture in tongue-in-cheek fashion.
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Both have surreal fantasy setting, it´s quite atmospheric and bright but also dystrophic…-ish at times. Both series are watched from protagonist’s point of view, while in Kino a bit more serious. HHD is a comedy series which makes it a lot less serious than Kino´s Journey who also has a bit of stylish humor through the episodes. It depends on how you look at situation when a cross-dresser and a talking motorbike talk about doing stuff, but don´t. Plot is surreal in both cases; strange, a bit twisted and what not. And my biggest surprise that both of the shows seem to have the same mood… bit awkward if you ask me…
Meet Popee and Kedamono, two very abnormal circus performers that live a very eventful life. Whether they're performing dangerous stunts, dodging alien abductions or being taken over by a body-possessing frog, there's never a dull moment at the circus. Alongside the flamboyant Papi and a special elephant car, Kedamono and Popee will traverse an endless desert in search for an oasis, stab each other with knives for target practice and even blow each other up with bombs – but for poor Kedamono, surviving Popee's homicidal spurts will be difficult to say the least...