Meet the bizarre and twisted psychiatric doctor Ichirou Irabu. Occasionally taking the form of a lime green bear, a young man or even a small child, this freaky physician and his seductively sadistic nurse Mayumi deal with all manner of patients. Though in order to satiate his rampant injection fetish, everyone receives the same treatment: a large vaccination, whether they need it or not! From a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia, to an office worker tormented by a permanent erection, to a romance novelist with OCD and stress-induced vomiting, no one is safe from Dr. Ichirou's unique and psychedelic medical practice.
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.
So Kuuchuu Buranko takes mental health then takes the mick. And it didn't make you feel uncomfortable? And you enjoyed the show with its novelties in animation? Then go right ahead and enjoy Arakawa Under the Bridge as well. Arakawa goes a step further and doesn't try to heal its mental characters, it just puts them all together on a river bank and let's them (and the viewer) enjoy their lives.
The everyday life of the average, everyday guy is filled with the hope of getting even just a glimpse of an attractive woman's delicates in any way possible, and in any location: on the subway, in the park, or even under a table. One particular guy, Steve, finds it to be an amazing hobby, and would stoop to new lows to further his collection of panty shots, which he has hung about his room in a most decorative fashion. Colorful is a spastic, strange and extremely high octane way to look at the world of the typical man.
If you like weird and slightly messed up anime, then both of these series are for you. Both Kuuchuu Buranko and Colorful utilise a slightly odd visual style, that can almost be uncomfortable at times. While Colorful is much more ecchi focused, if you liked the bizarre nature of one, then check out the other
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...
Both Kuuchuu Buranko and FLCL are exceedingly high up on the WTF scale. Both are inherently bizarre, random and kind of twisted. Though FLCL is more comedic and Kuuchuu Buranko more psychological, if you like the insane nature of one, then you are likely to enjoy the other.
When the last two remaining members of the Ghost Tribe died, they left with them Kitarou - a one-eyed ghoulish child with a sinister cackle and a penchant for the supernatural. From day to day Kitarou tries his best to fit in at school (while failing miserably), thwart the fiendish schemes of the crude and rude Rat Man, and get the attention of the lovely and kind Neko Girl. with the help of his father-turned-talking-eyeball and his nervous and confused caretaker, Kitarou must learn to be the best Ghost Tribe heir that he can be!
Kuuchuu Buranko and Hakaba Kitaro are twisted comedies about subjects that aren't usually played for laughs: debilitating psychological problems and straight-up monster-based horror. Both are very quirky, story-wise and in terms of their (awesome) unique animation style. Additionally, they were both originally aired in the same timeslot, so they're geared towards similar audiences.
Haré and his mother live peacefully in the jungle, until one day the boy is overtaken by a omnipotent shadow. Later, he awakens to find Guu, a strange girl with even stranger abilities - notably, the ability to switch from a cute, lovable Guu, to a menacing delinquent who eats everything. Now Haré must live with Guu, and lead a normal life, despite her oddities.
If you enjoyed the bizarre humor and brightness of color in either Kuuchuu Buranko or Haré+Guu, you are likely to enjoy the same aspects of the other anime too. Both stories are centered around an anarchistic, uncompromisingly weird character who creates an (un)reality of their own around them. Both are incredibly funny and suprising.