In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.
So you like samurai with long swords who hunt unidentified beasts? Then both of these anime have the same theme: an old clan of samurai (or in Bleach, shinigami) hunts scary evil beasts, but unfortunately some of the good characters manage to fall in love with one of the beasts (like the main couple in Kemonozume or Quicy's love for the vampire lady). If you are not annoyed by a lot of dialogue in Kemonozume, and if you don't miss jokes which are most common thing in Bleach, then you should be drawn into these two anime.
Rumi Natsumi works as a call girl for Telephone Communication Madonna, but her newest client may be the strangest she's had to chat with; his name is Ryo Sugiura, and he has an unfortunate problem: when he gets turned on, he turns into a monster - literally! Rumi is determined to help Ryu get his condition under control; but when one of Rumi's classmates finds out about their situation, things turn dangerous, fast...
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
Are you looking for something weird, abstract and with dark humour? Both Cat Soup and Kemonozume deal with a lot of that! Chances are that you'll be confused in both shows. Both shows are really experimental and influenced by surrealism. They seem more like paintings made in animation than a movie adapted to animation. In conclusion, if you like avant-garde animes, be sure to check these two wonderful animes!
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
Just like in Kemonozume, Claymore's main faction is a secret organization with a main goal of ridding the world from the Yoma: monsters that eat human innards and can change into any human form to avoid detection. However, the story is set in a world based out of the middle ages, and has a lot of gore and blood. If you like a story involving the mystery behind a secret organization and don't mind blood and guts, then Claymore is for you.
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
While FLCL and Kemonozume share nothing in common when it comes to plot, setting, and themes, both are very unconventional and provocative in thier stories, animation, and delivery. If you don't mind being surprised, challenged, or even shocked, you may enjoy the rarities that are FLCL and Kemonozume.