When the young Kotaro (errr...Rotaro) washes up on Papuwa island with a case of amnesia, he has no idea that his life is about to take a turn for the bizarre. With housemates such as the man-maid Liquid, an asexual snail and a transsexual fish with legs, Rotaro will have his hands full! But beneath the tranquility of the island lies a dangerous secret that could destroy the island, and the answer lies only with Rotaro. With enemies from his past afoot, his friends trying to eat him and a giant poisonous mushroom trying to get him high, what’s a young boy to do?!
Haré and his mother live peacefully in the jungle, until one day the boy is overtaken by a omnipotent shadow. Later, he awakens to find Guu, a strange girl with even stranger abilities - notably, the ability to switch from a cute, lovable Guu, to a menacing delinquent who eats everything. Now Haré must live with Guu, and lead a normal life, despite her oddities.
Where do the similarities for these two series end? Both share a very similar style of wacky comedy and both are set on a remote tropical island. Also if you liked the bizarre characters interacting with a more 'sane' central protagonist then both of these are for you.
The wacky comedy, the jungle/island setting and the bizarre characters are only a few of the similarities Papuwa and Haré+Guu have in common. Papuwa's humor is a bit more random than Haré+Guu's, but they both serve up wonderfully ridiculous comedy that I think most people will love.
If you really enjoyed one of these shows, check out the other, because they really feel like two peas in a pod.
At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?
If you enjoy totally episodic anime with an incredible amount of laugh-out-loud moments, then Papuwa and Cromartie are good choices. The characters are very well thought out and random things occur often.
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!
Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!
Three hundred years ago, the power-hungry Demon King Giri was sealed away by the legendary Migu Migu tribe. In the present, the seal on Giri has melted, and two unlikely heroes must save the world once more. Twelve year old Kukuri is a bumbling mage who is the last of the Migu Migu tribe, and thirteen year old Nike is a would-be swordsman who has been raised to be a hero; together, the two will wander the land in hopes of defeating Demon King Giri - but they aren't alone! Along with an almost-naked old man, a loincloth-wearing wind spirit and plenty of wacky companions, the duo will help townsfolk, gather Guru Guru spells and have plenty of fun in the process!
Though Papuwa is more adult-oriented, both it and Mahoujin Guru Guru are random and comedic looks at a bizarre world full of oddities. If you like the wacky talking monsters in one, you'd surely appreciate the beasts in the other. The human characters in both are also interesting and unique in their own ways.