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!
Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have arrived to do the only reasonable thing: assassinate him! Fortunately for Sakura, one of them, Dokuro-chan, takes a liking to him but her intentions to protect him prove downright lethal. When Sakura’s not dodging her spiked bat Excalibolg, he’s fighting for his life on river escapades. And when he’s not quick enough, Dokuro-chan’s catchy incantation brings him back to life! Bludgeoning and blood splatters aside, can Dokuro-chan save the one she loves without damaging the future?
Both of these series display the idea that the storyline doesn't really matter and the sole reason is to find new and improved ways for the characters to experience death. While in Dokura it comes in the form of a club and some rather nasty methods of killing, Abenobashi sets the stage on the ever changing worlds that the pair visit. If you enjoyed the artist humour in either of the series then you'll most likely find the other one to your taste as well. Certainly worth watching both, just for the randomness.
Everyone's favorite club-to-death angel is back! Thanks to her, life for Kusakabe Sakura is never dull. Even seemingly normal events such as a school trip to paint some scenery, or simply taking a bath, always result in pain, death and resurrection for the poor schoolboy. With Dokuro-chan's younger sister Zakuro chan now living in his house; and with the arrival of Babel, Sabato-chan's mother, things can only get weirder, ecchier and more violent!
Pain, pain, pain and yet more pain, is just one of the recurring themes that dominate these anime. Certainly even the comedy is on similiar style with the protagonist frequently finding themselves dying or in incredibly embarassing situations. Either way, both will have you in fits of laughter.
One day, the young Wataru decided to visit a haunted building in search of a ghost, but ended up meeting a boy by the name of Mitsuru instead. He has the ability to use magic, and tells Wataru about another world where the wondrous Goddess of Destiny lives – a goddess who can grant any wish. The next day, Wataru returns home only to discover that his parents are getting a divorce, and subsequently, his mother ends up in the hospital in critical condition. In an attempt to fix his family, Wataru goes back to the building and sets off on a journey to the magical world in order to gather five jewels, and ultimately, to gain an audience with the Goddess of Destiny...
Both Brave Story and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi deal with alternate worlds. Each is about a boy who is growing up, and learning what it means to be a man. They boys travels to the other world to save someone they love. If you liked one story, you will also love the other.
Sousuke Sagara is far from the average high school student - not only is he highly trained in military tactics, he puts his knowledge to use in every single applicable situation (and even those nonapplicable ones.) So, when confronted with high school, he tends to turn average high school experiences into off-the-wall adventures. Love letters become terrorist threats and field trips become commando operations; his survival depends on the watchful eye of his best friend and classmate, Kaname. Together, they may just make it out of high school alive...
Rentarou has been running the Futaba Detective Agency with the help of his twin assistants Sara and Soujyu since the previous man in charge, his father, died. To top it off most people in the neighborhood refer to him as Nidaime, a second generation man who lives in his father's shadow. His late father was a great man that was looked up to by everyone good or bad including Rentarou. With problems from his father's legacy presenting themselves, Yakuza that sometimes want him dead, a workplace/home that keeps getting destroyed and Sara and Soujyu's growing feelings for him, will he ever live up to his father?
Both of those series are massively crazy and have a shopping district redevelopment and parting with close people themes. Futakoi Alternative is probably far less crazy than Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, but if you liked one of those, the other one should still prove interesting.