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In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
These series differ very much in terms of atmosphere, storytelling, even rythm. However if what you most enjoyed in one of them is the social commentary and the black humour, you are bound to enjoy the other. Watching some episodes of Paranoia Agent I could'nt help but be reminded of similar themes in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and smile to myself.
When the students of class 2-A at the all-girls Mahora Academy head back to school, they are expecting a new year as usual. What they get is a new homeroom teacher... who's 10 years old! As if being a genius isn't enough, Negima is a mage. As part of his training to be a Magister Magi, he must succeed at teaching - without anyone finding out he's a magician! Can Negi keep his talents a secret from the girls who just adore the cutest new addition to their academy? Through demon attacks, magical enemies, and English tests, Negi will put all his talents to the test to be the best teacher he can and achieve his goal of Magister Magi.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
I am a shojo girl, that's the truth; however Ouran High School Host Club isn't just a typical shojo. No. People who say that OHSHC is just a show that feeds the imagination of all kind of crazy girls out there, is wrong. Beyond its complicated, and far away from drama, love triangle there is a large proportion of the series that it's extremely hilarious, in adventures and exciting way; which is just appealing to boys. The specter is just waiting anxiously, for the next joke to hit him/her. It's joke after joke. Of course it falls in some predictable course, though it still has and never loses its capability to generate surprises or laughter. This quality is also found in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, an anime that share the same scenario (high school), characters with similar traits ( Itoshiki sensei, when only his face appears with a black background, and Tamaki and his antisocial posture with a black background, as well. ), and their comical way of doing and saying things. Taking into consideration this strong points that they share I declare that if you enjoy watching Ouran High School Host Club you would definitely like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or vice versa, because when it comes to laughter this two anime pull the very best.
In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
In terms of plot Kemonozume and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei have nothing in common - but their chief concern is hardly their narratives. Both are brimming with dark humour (with sometimes morbid punchlines) and stylish, ingenious animation. Zetsubou Sensei is a straight comedy while Kemonozume has elements of drama, and Kemonozume is by far the darker and weirder of the two, but generally they go together fairly well.
Negishi Souichi always dreamed of joining a trendy pop band, so that he could perform music like that of his idol, Kahimi Karie. In order to realize his dream, he decided to leave the country side and his loving parents to study in Tokyo. And after graduating, he does manage to join a band... but not the kind he was expecting! As lead singer of the death metal band Detroit Metal City, under the stage name Krauser II, he is made to perform loud songs filled with obscene lyrics - a far cry from the songs he used to write in school. But despite the fact that Negishi hates DMC's music, the Krauser side of him will do anything to put on a good show for his fans... even if it means making Negishi's life a misery!
It may not seem like the most obvious connection to make; Death Metal Bands and Suicidal High School Teachers. However, aside from both series having a slightly different style to that which you normally see in anime, the main reason I would recommend one of these series if you liked the other is the humour. Both Zetsubou and Detroit Metal City have quite a twisted sense of humour, and they both thrive off of the more negative side of life. add into the mix that the main protagonists in both of these series are fairly hopeless - one struggling to cope with his demonic alter-ego, the other strugling to cope with, well, pretty much everything! If you have a bit of a dark sense of humour and liked one of these series then try the other, the chances are that both of these will make you laugh.