Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
Each of these series focus on the supernatural while leaving a lot of large questions throughout. With a mixture of comedy, mystery, and school life type stuff, these series are a good fit.
For starters both series focus quite a bit on the supernatural aspect with time travelers, monsters, and well other occult related subjects. With both series featuring a strong leading lady throw in some mystery, comedy, and just a bit of romance and it creates an enjoyable experience for just about anyone.
Both focus on the supernatural being there, but only in the background. Both also have a very shallow plot and focus more on interaction between the characters.
If you liked one, check out the other.
Occult Academy and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya both center around the supernatual and both show handle the subject manner in a humorous way most of the time. Both shows star a stong willed female leads that can be both adventurous and tomboyish, but at other times display a softer more vunerable side. Both shows also have alot of school life elements mixed in with action.
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…
Each of these series are based heavily on humor and occult type objects. Although each series has a different focus and a very separate type of humor, if you enjoy the mix of humor occult and a touch of seriousness, they are a great match.
Both focus on life in school while dealing with the occult. Both don't really make any sense story-wise either.
If you liked one, check out the other.
Encased by trees that are used to make grave markers, Sotoba is a village thought to be surrounded by death - a fact that soon literally becomes the case. One summer, a series of mysterious and untimely fatalities begins to plague the small rural town. With a higher than normal mortality rate for the time of year and each cause of passing remaining unknown, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk become suspicious and take it upon themselves to investigate. However, as the deaths begin to pile up, more people begin to wonder just what is behind this sudden epidemic; could it have anything to do with the bizarre Kirishiki family that recently moved to the village?
These series focus mainly on the occult around high school age kids. Although Shiki is a lot more serious, each series had a large amount of mystery and occult happenings. If you enjoy the supernatural and mystery, these fit well.
At the heart of both animes, both Shiki and Occult Academy have a familiar feel to them. Occult studies in isolated country towns. There is both a feeling of cultural, and spiritual knowledge being presented by the shows, and although carried out in different manners, both shows will satisfy your occult sweet-tooth.
Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?
While Occult Academy includes a larger variety of supernatual things and Angel Beats! tending to focus soley on the aspect of the afterlife both series share much in the same of comedy, action, and somewhat similarity in characters. With the humor of either series taking up most of the episodes both series include a good amount of action that will at times really add to either series and both feature some interesting plot twists.
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
Gosick and Occult Academy have some very similar themes throughout them. Strong willed female characters, that use scientific logic to disprove the occult is a recurring theme (albeit, much more heavily used on Occult Academy).