Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
Haruto Hojo is the son of a priest, which might sound normal. However, his school is the ground zero gathering point for everything ghost, spirit, and likewise, thanks to the obsessed (and also a ghost) headmaster of the school! In order to make sure everything runs normally, Hojo (who just wants to live a normal life), along with Mutsuki (prodigal Japanese priestess), and Kazumi (a frequently possessed monk), complete tasks that only seem to make the school more strange and hectic!
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Both series take anime cliches and turn them on their head, spin them around and then dress them in their mother's sunday best and parade them around town. The end result is not a parody but an entirely new kind of show that breaks all the rules. They also both feature off-the-wall humor, bouncing chests, and epic Gainax endings.
I'm sure every anime fan worth their salt knows that Gurren Lagann is a must-watch experience. But the slightly lesser-known Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi provides a fascinating counterpart to its sibling series. As an earlier Gainax show, characters and images which would go on to influence Gurren Lagann abound - and both animation teams have had great fun creating a stylish, colourful, energetic show, which does a lot to bring different genres together.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
"Different" can definitely be used to describe these two anime. Both Abenobashi and Suzumiya involve somewhat unusual powers and topics. In a tale of discovery, we find out more about the characters and their mysterious powers. Besides the character development and atmosphere, you will also find some comedy and romance in both.
Both of these shows allow many of the episodes to be seen in almost completley random iteration. With the exception of the beginning (the why) and the end (the how), of course. Haruhi and Abenobashi each share a great sense of humor and a little love- but mostly humor.
Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.
Both Abenobashi and 5 CM are about a boy and a girl who love one another very much, but the fact that their families are moving might tear them apart. Both can warm the heart but just for your information, Abenobashi is a little less serious and a little more crazy.
Takisawa Noboru is the new "blazing transfer student" at Honjakuniku High School -- an educational institution where matters are settled by the only logical thing: fighting! With his first 5 minutes marred by an unpleasant encounter with hall monitor Jonoichi Yukari, Noboru knows he's off to a bad start; but things only get worse from there! To win the heart of the fair maiden Takamura Yukari, Noboru must battle the resident badass of the school, Mushicho Ibuki, before Ibuki wins her as a trophy in the arena!
Two hilarious parodies of genre cliches from Gainax. Blazing Transfer Student merely mocks the shonen sports genre, while Abenobashi covers a whole variety of anime genres, but if you laughed a lot at one, consider giving the other a try as well.