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When thirteen-year-old Hajime goes to stay with his grandfather he gets lost and wanders into the Ark Cafe. There he meets Arashi, a sixteen-year-old girl with a big secret, and is immediately drawn to her. When a large private detective clad in camouflaged trousers and dark sunglasses walks into the cafe looking for Arashi, Hajime manages to help make him back off - for now. In thanks, Arashi goes to shake his hand but as she does so the pair connects and Arashi takes Hajime back in time to show him how the town used to look... while she was still alive! Now, after being ‘won' in a bet by the con artist currently managing the cafe, Hajime is working alongside the ‘ghostly' Arashi and fellow middle-schooler Jun who also suffered the same losing fate. As his life takes this unexpected turn, Hajime's stormy summer filled with strawberry bombs, moped races, and plenty of time travelling is only just beginning.
With the same absurd humor, somewhat one-dimensional characters, and very similar artwork/animation, these shows compliment each other. You could watch both together like wine and cheese; that is, according to your taste.
Both Natsu no Arashi and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei share a similar sort of comedic tone to them. Both have odd random fun moments that don't necessarily have much to do with the plot but are fun nonetheless. If you like one then the other is well worth watching.
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Watashi and Nozomu Itoshiki (from Tatami Galaxy and Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei respectively) are two oddly dark narrators. "Darkly odd" may be an equally appropriate description for guys with tendencies that are often simultaneously self-destructive and hilarious. Regardless, these pessimistic men each live in their own hyperactive, weirdly-animated, colorful worlds in which the fourth wall is made to be broken. Following a largely episodic format, Tatami Galaxy and SZS love to poke fun at modern culture. You'll always be laughing whether it's at Watashi's futile search for a raven-haired maiden, Nozomu fending off love-sick students, or even yourself. Wacky and intelligent fun.
Very similar visuals - formalist and surreal. Subject matter is not dissimlar as well - both deal with the ennui of a young man in or just out of college. The gags are wilder in SZS, but the storytelling is actually more nonlinear in 4-1/2.
There’s never a dull day in lives of the Hekiyou Academy student council! President Kurimu has a sweet tooth and neglects her duties with ease, while secretary Chizuru skillfully manipulates those around her. Otaku Mafuyu obsesses over writing online walkthroughs, and is constantly hounded by Ken, the only male of their crew and an eroge addict who has the ultimate goal to turn the entire council into his harem. Luckily for Mafuyu she’s protected from his advances by Minatsu, her sporty and tomboyish sister! Together, the five repeatedly struggle in their fight against boredom, making constant otaku references and fighting against the journalism club along the way!
Even though the plot are as different as night and day, (wait, wheres the plot?) nevermind. You'll like one if you like the other, both of them are parody animes, in Sayounara Zetsubo Sensei the parodys are harder to notice as they are not as obivious as in Seitokai no Ichizon. Both also seem to have a faniscation with Death Note. Though not exactly similiar give one a shot if you like the other.
Both anime features a lot of parodies about another anime and videogames (though SZS parody more stuff than that and sometimes it's jokes are hard to get) so, if you like one you'd like the other one.
Humanity has declined over time, leading to shortages in goods and the beginning of a bizarre relationship between humans and whimsical, sweets-loving fairies. Certain mediators help bridge the gap between the two species, as the magical, surprisingly-technological fairies are known to create various items the townsfolk need, albeit at oft-questionable quality levels. One such mediator, along with her faithful silent assistant, adorable fairy Nakata and frenemies such as yaoi-loving Y, will navigate her eventful daily life, whether it's investigating a strange factory or trying to escape the pages of a comic book.
Both have a plot that may seem wrong in so many ways. None of them got any actually plot pattern and most of it is based on somewhat random events. They are both charming in the ways of unexpectedly cute, completely insane, surprisingly atmospheric and insanely fun to watch. Characters are in both cases are bunch of parody freaks (mostly in Sayonara, though HHD is not innocent…), they are interesting, mad but still quite developed in ways one might not imagine possible. Both anime are mostly from the protagonists view, SZS is more of parody/satiric/despair point of view while ironic/sarcastic in HHD. While SZS is more about characters and their relations, HHD goes around situations and some sort of actual plot (though plot is a strong word in this case). Both have episodic nature but can sometimes pull off something that could be called an arc, hardly. Thing that mostly made me recommend this is the fact that both have such unique animations, and pretty good ones, but most important they have style.
These shows are both dark humour series in outlandish or even nonsensical settings that use their premise to comment on human and Japanese culture in tongue-in-cheek fashion.
The story follows the behind-the-scenes dressing-room conversations of a group of female (joshi) Japanese verbal show (rakugo) performers.
If you're looking for a mature comedy full of punchlines based on zany departures from the original topic, wordplay (for those initiated into kanji), and biting social commentary, you will find it in both of these anime.
Both anime are based on manga by the same author, so they share a very similar comedic style with plenty of social commentary and Japanese puns. If you enjoyed one you will likely enjoy the other.