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.
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Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…
I never thought that Nisekoi will be similar with Bakemonogatari, but after a few minutes watching Nisekoi, one thing that comes to my mind, 'It's so Shaft-like'. Their style of animation are almost identical. And Onodera's voice kinda remind me about Nadeko, turns out they have same voice actor.
Bakemonogatari and Nisekoi has same plot, both have one guy who gets in a relationship with many girls one after another. But Bakemonogatari is more about supernatural while Nisekoi is more about romantic comedy that happen around the male lead.
I agree with 080705639 and I'd like to point out that the use of camera views is very similar. You always see the camera shift every which way in bakemonogatari just like in nisekoi.
It's too soon to tell whether Nisekoi will live up to Bakemonogatari's excellence but with Akiyuki Shinbo directing both series and with the beautiful art style that he's brought to Nisekoi, I am rather optimistic. Shinbo directs Shaft to more silky-smooth animation. The stories are clearly different but just self-aware enough to appeal to a certain corner of my mind.
If you loved either series and are looking for a similarly directed show full of slick animation, creative bright art direction and tight editing, give the other show a shot.
I don't recommend these shows because of their storys at all, but I personally can't get enough of either Shaft studio shows. Bakemonogatari is a slightly more serious and supernatural themed, Ecchi show whereas Nisekoi is a romantic comedy, false love, and Ecchi (although the two shows have a different kind of Ecchi, one is more perverted jokes than anything and the other has bikinis and a character who can't get enough of them). In Bakemonogatari and Nisekoi there are undeniable similarities. Both shows have a Tsundere involved (Kirisaki for Nisekoi Senjougahara for Bakemonogatari). There is also a noticable similarity in both of the main characters (although Araragi from Bakemonogatari is a much more perverted character than Ichijo from Nisekoi), as well as Onodera from Nisekoi and Sengoku from Bakemonogatari. So for those of you that really loved the characters from Bakemonogatari or Nisekoi I highly recommend you watch either of these shows.
Both are Shaft animes with a similar story about a boy and host of girls he helps. Both boy characters are sort of aloof. The artwork and fluid motion of the action scenes is very similar. While Bakemonogatari is a supernatural show both are ecchi, feature some comedy, and a little romance. If you are a fan of Shaft anime then you will more than likely enjoy both shows.
When I started watching Nisekoi, the first thing that popped up in my mind was "Monogatari". The differences are there though. Nisekoi presents more minor characters, is the one I notices most.
Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?
Nisekoi and Toradora have a non-typical approach to the romance genre. Rather than having the feeling of a relationship, these shows tackle the struggle of getting to that point. There is also lots of physical humor in both! The general feel and set-up match.
Hooray for blue-haired protagonists! Ryuji is feared by others because he looks like a delinquent but in reality he is sweet and a great cook! Raku is also a fantastic cook. He is sometimes feared by others because he is the 'heir-apparent' to the Yakuza. The guys find the female protagonists to be vulgar and un-feminine. Raku and Ryuji both have gentle personalities and crushes on a cute classmate.
Long-haired blondes with tons of cash! Taiga and Chitoge are tsundere, independent, and fierce fighters. They can be quick to attack someone who gets on their nerves. Once people get to know them, they become talkative and good-humored. The girls share a lack of cooking skills. Both lie to themselves about having feelings towards the male protagonists. And both exhibit jealousy towards other girls getting to familiar.
Now put it all together:
The male/female protagonists initially do NOT like the other at all. They all have seperate intrests but through un-fore-seen circumstance wind-up working together, grudgingly. Because of this, the main characters become closer over time and love grows.
The hate/love theme centered between the protagonist and heroine and one of the few things we see in anime today, feelings that actually develop, make these two anime exceptionally close, so if you felt one to be really good, don't miss the other!
Similar storylines are happening here, one difference is Nisekoi has a few extra females. Both have extremely different personalities for male and female leads as well as a very rom-com vibe with regular shifts between drama and comedy.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
Both are considered under the "harem/slice of life/comedy" type of genre. Very similar type of story, being that the main character made a promise with a girl 10-15 years ago. I've read the manga and watch both animes and have liked them both equally and can say without a doubt if you like either one, you will definately like the other!
I think Love Hina is very similar to Nisekoi. In both animes you have a childhood promise that the main character can not remember the childhood sweet hearts name. You also have a harem setting, some ecchi moments, and lots of comedy.
Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...
Everyone around Kousaka seems to adore cats, but due to his allergies the teen can’t stand them. So when he wakes up one day and can hear what every feline is saying, Kousaka is annoyed to say the least. His new “gift,” it seems, is the result of accidentally breaking an enshrined statue of a cat; and what’s worse, Kousaka must atone for his sin and appease the vengeful spirit by aiding one hundred kitties-in-distress, or become a furry feline himself! Now, amidst helping various cats with mundane and trivial issues, Kousaka must try to dispel the jinx and attempt to salvage his self-respect – not to mention his love life - along the way.
Really loveable chars and the same warm feelings when watchig series. Both feature some kind of 'Love Triangle', but what's most important - they never dissappoint in making me smile.
And a lot of 'pfffff'.
(ah, these cute, innocent heroines...)