In the future, aliens coexist freely with mankind on Earth. One such alien is NieA, a lazy yet spirited girl who wastes away her days while living with the studious Mayuko. And life isn't easy... Mayuko is always short on food money, the spa where she works is about to go bankrupt and Mayuko's alien-crazy friend Chiaki is obsessed with NieA. A light, mostly comedic slice-of-life show.
Yukitaka has just left Tokyo, eager to transfer to Kisaragi High where he's been recruited to play baseball. However, upon entering his new apartment, the boy is met by a man with long blonde hair who claims to be… an alien?! After initially scoffing at the notion, Yukitaka discovers that the alien – Ouji – is for real, has amnesia and, what's worse, now wants to live with him in his apartment. The fact that scientists and mysterious guys in black suits are after Ouji becomes the least of Yukitaka's problems as his new guest turns out to be more than a handful to handle!
In both Level E and NieA_7, a self-centered alien moves in with the main character and introduces a wave of chaos and hilarity into the main character's formerly-quiet life. These are two solid alien comedies which ditch the ecchi and seem episodal, but actually build up a more complex plot in the background over the course of the series.
Saio Private High School has a long tradition of quality education. However, like many other schools its enrollment and traditions are failing. School is no longer a necessity in the path to quality employment and for that reason, many teenagers are choosing to skip it entirely; this isn’t the case with the newly-transferred Manabi. She may be a whirlwind of humor and vision with her motto of “go straight forward”, but Manabi has the drive to bring the students of this small school both a new understanding of its purpose, and possibly a new joy in life.
Niea_7 and Manabi Straight are both tales regarding similar issues - that is, moving on. Both are torie about the struggle of the characters as they move through stages of life and find themselves face-to-face with change and the future. The key difference being that Niea_7 is a solemn, one-girl struggle whereas Manabi Straight is a more upbeat, heartfelt tale of fighting against the future to create it your own way. Both are excellent takes on the situation, and I recommend seeing both to get your own feel on the topic.
Tadayasu Sawaki and his long-time hometown friend Kei Yuuki are finally away from home and ready to start university. They attend Tokyo's College of Agriculture, and the adventures start from day one! But that is to be expected, as Tadayasu has a special ability that is conducive to adventure and glory, especially in the world of agriculture and biology: the man can see, communicate, and interact with microbes! With ambitious sake-brewing upperclassmen, a sadistic postgraduate, and a clean-freak colleague, things can only become more exciting for the duo!
If you're willing to accept (and appreciate) the general weirdness of either Moyashimon (I can see germs!) or NieA_7 (This city is full of crazy aliens but that's totally normal!), then you'll likely like the other.
Both are definitely-not-mainstream slice of life series about poor college students and their unusual circumstances.
Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...
Need one from a different author. This show is about a girl who encounters an alien. With this alien is a whole habitat of foreign creatures. Like in Totoro, there are other people just like her (the alien). I could give you more information, but that would be too much of a spoiler.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.