In the rural town of Ayukawa, humans live side by side with monsters of different races. Though they appear to be human, these monsters have special characteristics such as the abilities to change shapes, to grow claws, to blend into walls and many others. Hatoko, nicknamed Petoko, is one such monster from the Petopeto race; she has an unfortunate tendency to, quite literally, stick to those who make contact with her. One day, she sticks to a boy named Shingo as he tries to stop her falling into a pool. During their enforced togetherness, Shingo begins to like her, but Petoko worries about whether she - as a perfectly designed trap for male humans - can ever be truly loved...
While transporting bio-weapon lifeforms, Agent DD, member of an alien police force, is forced to crash land on Earth. Amidst the chaos of the crash, a bio-weapon escapes and DD is forced to fight it, while accidentally activating a Liberus, a liquid battle suit. Tsubasa, a shy girl, unwillingly comes into contact with the Liberius and is thereafter forced to fight for the survival of Earth.
Figure 17 and Petopeto-san don't seem overtly similar at first glance, but I immediately thought of Figure 17 when watching Petopeto. Both are very slow-paced, quiet tales with children who must handle everyday life with supernatural elements. Call it a gut feeling if you must, but I definitely think if you liked one, you'd like the other.
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
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.
Plot-wise these shows have little in common: Petopeto-san is a romance with some mild fantasy elemnts, Manabi Straight! is a light comedy set in high school. What I loved about both shows, however, were the absolutely adorable characters and the feelgood storylines, which put a huge smile on my face. As such, if you got joy from one of these two, then the other may provide more of the same.
In the town of Sakurashin, demons and humans live together in harmony; and to help transition its new members, the Youkai Life Consultation Office provides support and guidance. Its members contain mind reading, cat-eared Ao, strong and beautiful Hime, conjurer Kotoha, and Akina - a human with the ability to vanquish the souls of harmful demons. Together, the quartet will help the town stay safe and try to keep the peace between humans, demons, and those who would harm them.
Though petopeto-san lacks battles and superpowers and focuses more on the slice-of-life/comedy part, both anime deal with the issue of the coexistence between human and youkai and the effort to find a way so they can coexist peacefully.