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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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
Both of these series takes a setting that is typically family friendly, and puts a dark twist on it. Not for the faint of heart!
Both anime take their respective genres (Magical girls and pocket monsters) and subvert it into something delightfully twisted. If you want to see darker versions of the normally kid-friendly genres, try both of these anime.
Disguising themselves visually at first appearance as something family friendly, only to turn out being quite dark and twisted. Liked it in one of them? Then try the other.
Both animes are fairly messed up. The actions of their protagonists may seem questionable and leave you pondering even after the show is over.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Children who are given means of destruction is a common enough topic but few titles handle it with such skill as Gunslinger Girl and Shadow Star Narutaru. These anime manage to balance vicious violence with disarming innocence, a combination that takes a supernatural turn in SSN while GG's approach includes enhanced technology. Both are psychologically believable and do not water down issues, making them highly interesting if very dark shows