The normally sleepy town of Inaba has recently fallen prey to a string of bizarre deaths, where the deceased are discovered dangling from TV antennae and telephone poles. But that’s not the only mystery that’s cropped up lately: the "Midnight Channel" has gained notoriety in the local high school for allegedly revealing a person's soul-mate to them. When transfer student Yu arrives in town, he quickly becomes enmeshed in the center of all these mysterious goings-on, especially after the teen and his friends are pulled through the television into another world! How is this strange place connected with the other mysteries plaguing Inaba?
Japan's hottest service is Nicaea, a website that sends your friends a picture of your death before it happens. Daichi and Hibiki are two teens who didn't expect Nicaea to actually be real – that is, until the boys receive an email about their demise, and die shortly after. On the brink of going to the beyond they're given a choice: expire, or have a second chance at life. And so the two awaken to discover the city's been destroyed and they now have the ability to summon demons – an ability that a secretive branch of the government insists they use to help combat an imminent threat. For unless summoners like the teens put a stop to otherworldly invaders destroying the planet, the world will soon disappear...
The main characters in both series are suddenly hurled into dangerous, life-staking situations. Deaths are mysteriously predicated, strange creatures are showing up right and left, and the only way for the cast to fight back is to summon unique creatures/beings of their own. Devil Survivor 2 and Persona 4 aren't entirely similar, but they share a familiar supernatural vibe that could draw a fan of one over to the other.
If that's not enough, they're also adaptations of Shin Megami Tensei games and share the same director. So what are you waiting for?
Both shows feature main characters who are thrust into dangerous situations where their lives are at risk. Both also feature supernatural creatures left right and center.
Both anime were also adapted from games by the same development studio, and both animes share the same director. So expect some parallels.
Same game series (in a way), and the animes seem so similar to me it's unreal, although the main character does have a different personality ,a lot of the things about them are very similar
Both series are heart warming slice-of-life animes involving students with alternate realities/world where their other "self"/"persona" fights. The characters struggle with the harsh realities of life and their inner feelings, developing strong bonds along the way.
Thay are also be tear-jerking, serious and lighthearted at different points, with gorgeous art. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.
As a side note, BRS is based on a Vocaloid PV and Persona 4 is based on a game; both adaptions are done well.
Both shows host a cast of characters with hidden personalities that don't show easily or at all. They essentially treat this as the main plot drive and how the characters overcome these issues. Even the fact that they have to do battle with each other and such things in relation to those personality drifts is similar.
Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?
In a world where everyone connects to an online network, pudgy Haruyuki Arita can't seem to catch a break. Constantly bullied, afraid to face reality and paranoid his two childhood friends pity him, the teenager uses online games as a way to escape his problems. But things change one day when Haruyuki's beautiful upperclassman Kuroyukihime approaches him with a mysterious time-decelerating program known as Brain Burst - there‘s just one catch. To keep the ability, he must defeat other Brain Burst wielders in Accel World, an exclusive, virtual MMORPG, and the newbie player will need all the help he can get. Eager to prove he's not a pathetic weakling, Haruyuki joins forces with Kuroyukihime to challenge fierce competitors and discover just how incredible Accel World and he truly are.
One is a video game adaptation, the other is an adaptation of a story about a video game. Besides the cute connection, both are action heavy sequences which involve battles with personal avatars. They also share a dualistic light hearted and darker tone, though the styles are probably blended together better in P4. Additionally, both have a harem aspect, but Accel World's is quite blatant and involves a dose of fanservice whereas the romance in Persona is quite understated.
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…
They both have characters who have supernatural alter-egos that stem from dealing with their own personal issues. They both have similar messages about relying on friends, and those around you instead of suffering by yourself.
Persona 4 was more about coming to terms with their own insecurities, whereas Bakemonogatari was more about the dangers of letting those insecurities go unchecked. They both have their serious and comedic moments.
Bakemonogatari has a much better story, but if you liked either one, you probably wouldn't mind watching the other.