Takamine Kiyomaro is a junior high school student who thinks he’s too smart for school, to the disappointment of his mother. On his 14th birthday a surprise literally crashes through Kiyomaro’s window, in the form of… a small naked child?! His name is Gash Bell and his goal is simple: be a mentor for Kiyomaro, at the request of Kiyomaro’s departed father. In return, Kiyomaro must help discover the secrets behind Gash Bell’s amnesia and his past, with only a red book as a clue. As if things weren’t crazy enough, Kiyomaro soon discovers that Gash Bell is a demon -- one of many on Earth -- who can be forced back to the demon world if its corresponding book is burned. Armed with the power of the red book, Kiyomaro must now help Gash Bell defend himself against other demons who want to vanquish him from the Earth, lest his newfound friend vanish forever!
In the video game world of Goemon, the evil Makuamuuge has concocted a nefarious plan: to take over the human world! To facilitate the takeover he sends the dashing Harakiri Seppukumaru; with Seppukumaru's help, a portal can be created that will allow Makuamuuge to complete his plans. However, hope exists for mankind: the ninja Goemon, who fell into young Tsukasa's life through a computer monitor! Along with the machine-savvy Monoshiri and a giant robot, Goemon will battle Seppukumaru and his evil monsters and save the human world from destruction!
Zatch Bell and Ninja are both campy titles with a remarkably generic shounen feel. It's hard to explain why I think fans of one would enjoy the other, so I'll chalk it up to a gut feeling. If you like random battles, strange monsters and unlikely heroes, check out both Zatch Bell and Ninja.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
Long ago the infamous Gol D. Roger was the strongest and most powerful pirate on the seas. As he was about to be executed he revealed that he hid all of his wealth, including the legendary treasure known as One Piece, on an island at the end of the Grand Line - a treacherous and truly unpredictable sea. Monkey D. Luffy is a spirited, energetic and somewhat dim-witted young man with a very big dream: to find One Piece and become the Pirate King! However Luffy is no ordinary boy, as when he was younger he ate one of the Devil's Fruits and gained its power to become a Rubber Man. Now in this grand age of pirates Luffy sets out to gather a crew and sail to the most dangerous sea in the world so that he can fulfill his dream... and maybe even his appetite!
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
What drew me into Gash Bell was the introverted, intellectual loner persona exhibited by the protagonist in the first episode. As the series wore on, however, I began to miss these traits and found myself yearning for Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club, who more properly embodies these characteristics. If you enjoyed Gash Bell for its use of the "genius" surrounded by morons trope, I direct you to Ouran.
In a world where creatures known as Pokemon roam and would-be trainers capture and battle the beasts, the young Ash Ketchum can’t be happier; he has finally reached the age when he can have his very first Pokemon! Along with the electrical Pikachu and human buddies Brock and Misty, Ash must embark on a journey to battle countless others and become the best Pokemon Trainer of them all! From the Johto region to the Orange Islands, there’s plenty of Pokemon to catch and adventures to find, even if the infamous Team Rocket stands in the way!
Neither Gash Bell or Pokemon stray too far from the campy and light-hearted monster of the week formula. Both shows feature a near instantaneous friendship between a lovable monster and a preteen boy, an inexplicable drive to be the best, and a slew of running gags meant to illicit a laugh. Add in the comparable animation between the two shows, and it's hard to find a reason that one anime won't appeal to fans of the other.