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In a normal neighborhood in a normal city, a young maid arrives from the maid village to help out a young unnamed girl. But this battery-operated being is no ordinary maid! Not only can she remove her head and turn her body into glue (amongst other things), Cheko-chan also has the wackiest of friends. From Mizore, the edible snow spirit from the north, to Nachiko, a large squid who likes to change faces, to Kanato the Yankee, the bully who is the strongest of them all, it seems the craziness has just begun in the life of a once typical high school student.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
The main similarity is the oddness of the humor, as well as the utility of a lot of still images to get this humor across. The main difference, however, is the fact that Pugyuru is just a short series with few characters and is, unlike Azumanga Daioh, not situated in high school. The humor of Azumanga Daioh is also a bit more focused on culture and language, rather than plain slapstick.
Azumanga Daioh and Pugyuru both feature very randomized comedy focused on the characters within the series. It's a specific blend of randomized comedy that may not be suitable for anyone. The major difference between the two is that Pugyuru features intentionally awkward animation and sequences, and is much shorter in its overall length and episode count to really develop a story or run with the same gags like Azumanga does.
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?
These are seemingly different series, but they share one major theme: odd otherworldly humor. One thing to look out for: Cromartie has very square, pseudo-serious art, while Pugyuru is totally kawaii (=cute).
If you like the premise of either series and don't care about art, these are both series for you.
Both Cromartie High School and Pugyuru feature very similarly absurd humor, in episodes short enough to not be overwhelming. Both also parody school delinquints, have several high school students that aren't human, and a student that just can't get anyone to listen to their name.
One day, Dejiko, Puchiko and the strange ball-shaped Gema-Gema crash land their UFO in the middle of Akihabara. Without a single yen to their name they have nowhere to go, but following an unexpected and generous offer from the manager of a nearby store, the trio begin working at the shop in exchange for renting the room upstairs. Alongside Dejiko’s self-confessed rival Rabi-en-Rose, as well as a mysterious bear that has mastered the ability to appear happy, sad, depressed and angry all at once, the insanity is only just beginning! From shooting window shoppers with Dejiko’s Laser Eye Beam and the appearance of a bizarre farting impostor, to a sudden attack on the city by Godzilla, life at Gamers is certainly livening up.
If you liked the cuteness and random humour of Pugyuru or Di Gi Charat then you may want to check out the other. Both share a similar sort of comedy so if that style appeals to you then both of these series are for you.
Nobita is dumb, lazy, and slow, and as a result of his lack of motivation, any future generations in his bloodline are cursed with poverty! Therefore, to help him in his path to succeed, his great-great-great-great grandson visits him from the 22nd century to give him a gift: a blue mechanical cat named Doraemon who has a 4th-Dimensional pocket full of strange gadgets. Unfortunately, Doraemon's talents are inevitably misused for such things as peeping, practical jokes, and general tomfoolery. Can Nobita save his successors, or is he doomed to stay a loser forever?
Looking past the era and samurai aspect, VS and Vagabond follow the story of a man. Vague, I know. Each tell the story of a rabid boy as he embarks on a path to adulthood. Both Thorfinn and Musashi started out as young killers. As events unfold and time passes, our young protagonists grow up and find a certain peace within. From there, Musashi becomes a renown warrior and Throfinn, well, we don't know yet. The mood feels the same and the stories feel the same; a journey of a boy who has been through hell as he becomes a man. If you like one, the other will be just as good.
Tsuchida has just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergaten, and, as the first and only male teacher at the school, he’s particularly nervous. Unfortunately his first day doesn’t go quite as smoothly as planned as not only does Tsuchida turn up late, but then a small girl named Anzu claims that he hit on her in front of all the parents! Though he manages to initially clear up the misunderstanding, at the beginning of his second day, Anzu proclaims that she will be his bride and that her mother, Tsuchida’s senior in high school, is supporting them all the way! Now as Tsuchida attempts to become the best teacher he can be, he must also try and quell the rumors that he is dating Anzu, and maybe win the heart of the beautiful and kind, yet ultimately clueless, Yamamoto-sensei…