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?
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
These were two of the hardest recommendations to make... Kemonozume is a highly unique and rich anime. Gankutsuou is one of my favourite stories, and absolutely breathtaking. So I thought, why not make the recommendation.
Both series feature a highly unique anime style. Gankutsuou is probably easier to palate, than the sketchy realism of Kemonozume, but I think this adds to the charm of both series.
Neither show is particularly big on action, but what little there is, is beautifully styised. Instead, the main focus is on the character development, relationships and human weaknesses.
Both relationships of the main characters is what made the connection for me. I love a story about forbidden love/friendship. If you like one of these, I'm sure you'd like the other.
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
Kemonozume and Mononoke are works of style first and foremost, with a dash of freneticism and plenty of disturbing wit to boot. Mononoke is an episodic journey through horror stories whilst Kemonozume has more of a linear plot that's quite action-oriented, however, you'll love one for its conceptual creativity as much as you enjoyed the other.
When Utsutsu and Yume were young, they were physically and emotionally abused by their sadistic father; and now that they’re older, Utsutsu swears above all else that he’ll protect his little sister at any cost. So when the girl is infected with the mysterious Pupa virus, causing her to turn into a terrifying monster that eats anything around her, the boy does the only thing he can: he offers his sister his body and flesh to consume. He won’t die, for Utsutsu was also infected with the virus, giving his body the superhuman ability to regenerate from any wound, and making himself the the perfect food source for his beloved sibling. Though nefarious researchers and doctors are studying their every move, Utsutsu will do whatever he can to keep the pupa inside of his sister from emerging and killing them all.
I'm making this recommendation based on both shows have a horror tone, surreal imagery and bucketloads of gore. The plots of these shows are completely different but Pupa has nothing going on beyond censored gore and surreal imagery anyway.
Kemonozume is the superior anime in ever sense of the word. It's got a better plot, better characters, the gore isn't censored to hell and back, and the surreal imagery actually has a point other than being pointlessly spooky.
If you liked Kemonozume for just its gore and generally weird moments then you might possibly find something to like in Pupa, just watch out for the fish guts those are really realistic.
On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?
This recommendation is mainly because Kemonozume's romantic premise is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. While Kemonozume is modern, Japanese, and disturbingly graphic, Romeo x Juliet is traditional and closer to Shakespeare's original.
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?
In terms of plot Kemonozume and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei have nothing in common - but their chief concern is hardly their narratives. Both are brimming with dark humour (with sometimes morbid punchlines) and stylish, ingenious animation. Zetsubou Sensei is a straight comedy while Kemonozume has elements of drama, and Kemonozume is by far the darker and weirder of the two, but generally they go together fairly well.