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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.
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…
Both setting and main characters of KJ & HHD are melancholic in nature, with HHD taking the satirical approach and KJ offering a philoshical analysis.
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.
Both shows explore the intricacies and social structures of strange and outlandish worlds and do so from a standpoint of surrealist comedy.
Design style is unarguably similar, regardless of Arakawa being inherently Shafty; settings are original and opaque.
God forsook the world on a Sunday, leaving mankind unable to stop living - even long after they've died. The sole hope left for humanity comes in the form of gravekeepers; only a burial by one of these chosen few will allow the deceased to finally rest in peace. Ai is a young girl who serves as gravekeeper for her sleepy village, taking over the job after her mother’s death five years ago. However the tranquility is shattered when Ai returns from digging graves to find that everyone in town has been slaughtered, and the culprit is a young man going by the same name as her long-lost father: Hampnie Hambart. Forced to lay to rest everyone she's ever known, Ai must now forge her own path into the unfamiliar world in search of answers.
In both anime humanity is on the decline, the great majority of the population had died in a pre-narrative cataclysm and what little remains of the human race will probably not last much longer. Despite such a hopeless premise these shows look absolutely beautiful with lush landscapes strewn with ruins.
With that said, Jinrui is for the most part lighthearted and self-consciously sarcast while Kamisama has plenty of tragedy. But few anime have ever managed to make the end of civilization look so breathtakingly stunning.
I'm not in favor of the hook this show casts, but it's bait does juxtapose along HHD's flavor, so at least there's some similarities between HHD and SWG... hopefully the creator of that show understands the true meaning of the Bible, not just what the nuns and evolutionists say.
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!