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When a picture of his late grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima jumps in after it without thinking. Nearly drowning, he is saved by a very perfect stranger - the young merman Isaki. Shima and Isaki quickly bond in ways neither anticipated. After all, Shima and Isaki aren't just from opposite sides of the tracks but from entirely divergent species, which makes maintaining a long term relationship anything but easy sailing.
This is a bit of a gut-feeling rec, but Shima's backstory (Kono Danshi) reminded me of the Child Broiler scenes from Penguindrum, and Kanba's story to a lesser extent. Both stories are about normal teenagers who, after a great personal tragedy, find themselves enmeshed in a supernatural drama.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Both are heavy on the symbolism and includes a lot of mysteries due to that, many of which are never resolved in the series proper.
Both series contain themes of atonment for sins that the characters either can't remember, or aren't even personally responible for.
These two have very different atmospheres, but if you liked elements of one of them there is reason to at least try watching the other.
Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.
These shows have a lot in common: unusual animation styles, a host of excentric characters including brother(s) and sister(s) who are perhaps a little too close and a modern setting with world-altering fantasic powers.
Sasami-san tends towards the over the top comedy while Penguin Drum tends to be serious and dramatic but both shows are a blend of serious and funny moments.
As a runaway middle school student with nowhere to go, Asuta Jimon is starving! But things change when he runs across a girl named Kate who gives him an offer he can’t refuse: join Zvezda, her secret society hell-bent on conquering the world, and he’ll be fed for life! But as Asuta soon learns, Zvezda’s plans for world domination won’t be easy, as the gang tends to get sidetracked with missions like ridding the world of smokers, or becomes waylaid by Yasube’s bumbling efforts, or deals with getting sick from Itsuka’s foul concoctions from the kitchen! On their fearless leader’s whims, Asuta and the rest of Zvezda aim to take over the world one day at a time, no matter how insignificant the attempt.
Insane world domination plots, lolis in outrageous outfits giving out speeches on how to take over, zany hand gestures to match a highly zany anime: I could either be describing Mawaru or World Conquest. What is surprising is that both titles manage to pull off the most unlikely of premises by carrying on with gusto and throwing everything at the viewer. That they very colorful and sleek producions also helps.
Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.