Shadow Star Narutaru

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Kamisama Dolls

Kamisama Dolls

When Kyohei moves to Tokyo, he thinks he’s left his old life behind. But when he discovers a bloody corpse, he also discovers that the past isn’t easily left behind, especially when the past is as unusual as Kyohei’s. You see, back in his home town, Kyohei was a “seki,”an individual able to control “kakashi,” ancient wooden “gods” capable of incredible feats, with his mind. Now there’s a kakashi loose in Tokyo, and it just may be up to Kyohei to stop it AND its seki in Kamisama Dolls!

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

These anime have young people who can control monsters via some sort of psychic connection. Battles between these creatures escalate and characters are revealed to be seriously damaged in more ways than one. Narutaru is superior and subverts a genre in a genuinely disturbing way; Kamisama falls back on tired clichés but still has its chilling moments.

abunai abunai says...

Wielding the overwhelming power of a quasi-supernatural, quasi-alien companion is a common theme in Kamisama Dolls and Shadow Star Narutaru -- and, that some of the wielders are corrupted by their borrowed power into excesses of violence and sociopathy.

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

Both anime involve kids fighting against each other using strange creatures. Both anime take this idea to a darker and more serious level, much more abundantly in Narutaru but also done more subtly in Kamisama Dolls through some interesting character interactions. I think these are ideal recs for fans of either. If you liked Narutaru then Kamisama offers something a bit more safe but ultimately far better put together. If you liked Kamisama Dolls then Narutaru offers a similar experience whilst also being creepier and more uncomfortable to watch.

Fallenblackroses Fallenblackroses says...

Both of the series feature similar characters with similar motives, however Narutaru has more of a horror atmosphere and Kamisama Dolls has more action. They both also should have been longer- the Narutaru manga displays more horror than the anime and Kamisama Dolls hints at a second season. Also, both the ending and opening themes of both of the series are sung by the same person.

absolute absolute says...

These titles deal with young people who can control strange entities with their mind. In Kamisama Dolls they are big wooden objects usually called dolls (because they can't move on their own) even if they don't have an anthropomorfic nature. In Narutary they are small kind of animals with an own conscience. The plot of them both is about kids with a dramatic and violent past that interferes with their present and leads them to face some fights. Even if the atmosphere and the graphic style seems childish, themes are more mature than one would expect. 

Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

If you're into story based anime, than Narutaru and Boogiepop Phantom bring you weird plot twists and confusion in ways you haven't seen before.

CodeWordChobits CodeWordChobits says...

The main similarity in these two titles are the skull numbing nearly non-sensicle plots. If you enjoy not knowing what is going on most of the time and yet still managing to be entertained then Narutaru or Boogiepop Phantom will suit you well.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Both BoogiePop Phantom and Narutaru are fairly unique and interesting series. I can't really explain why without ruining one or the other, I will just say that if you liked all the messed up stuff in it, you will definately like the other one. Strange occurances and an overall interesting conclusion.

chii chii says...

If you are looking for twisted plots that leave you guessing right till the end and maybe even after that both these anime are for you. Boogiepop has a darker tone to the animation where Narutaru is bright and cheerful but both clearly demonstrate their dark underbelly with ease. Check one out if you liked the other.

Brigadoon Marin to Melan

Brigadoon Marin to Melan

The year is 1969, and strange things are happening on Earth: a strange formation known as Brigadoon has appeared in the sky, and mysterious alien machines have begun to attack a seemingly ordinary orphan girl named Marin! Luckily for her, Marin finds an artifact which summons the alien Melan Blue to protect her – but there is more going on between Earth and Brigadoon than meets the eye. However there is more going on behind the scenes between Earth and Brigadoon. Along with a cast of quirky characters, Marin must get to the bottom of what’s going on, lest both Earth AND Brigadoon be destroyed forever!

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revenos revenos says...

In both Brigadoon and Narutaru, the main characters have similar personalities and face similar problems.

Both series involve creatures of a somewhat strange and obscure nature.

Both series lean a little to a darker and more depressing aspect of life that most anime stay clear of, contain deaths of main characters, and have abuse of deserved human rights. If you liked one try the other.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Don't be fooled by the cute and childish exteriors of these two shows, as Brigadoon and Narutaru have a seriously dark underbelly. I would say that they are both definitely unsuitable for younger viewers, as there are some very troubling issues dealt with.

Both feature a young girl meeting and then becoming a partner to a seemingly alien creature. They must fight against not only other monsters, but deal with some difficult realities back at home.

If you enjoyed one, I can guarantee you'll like the other.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Cute, cheerful kids getting a new playmate? And a flying, cool, non-human one at that? Sounds awesome and fun, right? Well, in both of these shows this isn't really that fun, what with being in constant danger and looming threats and all that. People excpectign a family-friendly show should look elsewhere.

In both shows, there is a rather large focus on how cruel and vindictive people can be, and a lot of people are much more monstrous than the nonhuman characters. This is especially apparent in Narutaru, but cruel people -both adults and children- can be found in Brigadoon as well.

If you appreciated on of the works because if this, I recommend that you check out the other one.

sakie3 sakie3 says...

Both series are presented as a child story of child befriends monster and tackles a problem larger than life. However both series delve into situation much too violent or disturbed to be for thier initial intended audience. Narutaru is definetly the more mature of the two but Brigadoon has the edge on story (when looking strictly at the anime.)

School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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Sheex Sheex says...

Though lacking School Days' clarity of presenation, Narutaru touches upon quite similar subject matter but in a little more graphic fashion. Both series start similarly with an apparant cheery, happy atmosphere with each quickly digressing into a rather dark, morbid drama. Considering the huge number of common elements between the two, if you enjoyed one you're almost certain to enjoy the other.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both start happy-go-lucky and care-free but sink into depths of violence and torment. Both make the watcher ask 'how did we get to this point?' If you like one, you'd probably like the other.

sothis sothis says...

Narutaru and School Days are two series that seem normal at first glance (School Days up until the end, Narutaru until some episodes in) and end with a really messed up bang - if you like twisted and shocking conclusions these are two for you!

soundchazer soundchazer says...

The main reason why these two shows connect is because they have the same surprise factor to them. In itself, they are both kind of mediocre shows, but the spin that is presented towards the end makes them worth the watch. however, the replay factor in both of these shows is very low.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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CodeWordChobits CodeWordChobits says...

If you enjoyed Narutaru then Lain is probably right up your alley. Both of these series' are very cerebral and force the viewer to think about what they are watching. They both tend to conjure up emotions that are rarely tapped as we join the heroine's (or anti-heroine's?) on an introverted journey through the tormented soul. However be warned before embarking on this tour with Shiina (of Narutaru) it is very controversial, and at times very, very, disturbing. I have often had people come back to me and complain about the fact that I did not make it clear that this is a disturbing show... consider yourself warned ^^

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Lain and Narutaru are both fairly dark series. On one hand, Lain is just kind of weird all the time, but the end of both of these shows is really quite similar. There is a major twist and the entire show is just even darker and that much better. If you like twists and overall strangeness, check it out.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Narutaru and Lain have a similar dark and gloomy atmosphere. Not only is the mood dampened, but you'll also run into some plot twists you won't see coming. Narutaru is more disturbing though while Lain has a tad more of a story (if you can understand it, that is :p).