The brash Hotori Arashiyama is a far from regular girl with the lofty dream of becoming a genius high school detective, but for now she is working at the Seaside maid café to earn some extra money. Unfortunately the establishment itself is deserted and the teen is far from being the epitome of a gracious maid. Enter Toshiko, Hotori’s friend and classmate, whose expertise and passion for maid cafés – as well has her interest in Sanada, one of the few regular customers – leads her take on the quest to turn Seaside into a bistro to be proud of. However, can a cafe owned by an elderly woman whose solution to everything is curry and staffed by a clueless, foolhardy teenager really become a success, or even attract more than the usual four patrons?
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
These two anime comedies from Shaft boast stylish and entertaining animation, similar gag leaden humour where the key development is gradually expanding the show's nutty comic ensemble. They also have a bit of heart and are generally more grounded then the more darkly satiric offerings from this studio.
Each of these series were made by shaft which means they have a lot of unconventional directing and similar artwork. They both have a lot of off-beat humor, as well, making them go well together.
Both shows are wacky comedies set in a kind of bent take on the slice of life genre. Both series start with a setting and then throw any sense of plot out the window in favor of odd, side splitting exercises in absurdity. Both series are from the same era and produced by Shaft, which means tons of odd close ups, distorted camera angles, bizarre facial expressions, and other artsy trickery. Arakawa features a larger, and perhaps stranger cast, but if you enjoy the pace and absurdity of one you will definitely like the other.
Both are rather humorous comedies that even when it takes on a somewhat serious tone it still ends up being funny. With both series being made by Shaft they have similar styles of artwork and animation. If you had some laughs while watching one of these then you'll probably have some laughs watching the other.
As wildly different as the settings are (Arakawa Under the Bridge; just as the name implies and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, generally in a maid cafe), they both share a near same brand of comedy and a slice-of-life vibe that's a bit different from the norm. The comedy is what brings them together, more than anything else.
Self-professed lover of all things small and cute, Souta Takanashi finds himself dragooned into working at the Wagnaria family restaurant by the diminutive and vivacious Poplar Taneshima. Though the pay is reasonable and the clientele polite, the high school student is often at his wits' end when dealing with the quirky staff. If the indifferent and street-tough manager, katana-carrying floor chief, and terminally weak Poplar weren't enough, Souta frequently fears for his life, as every encounter with the violently androphobic Inami ends in injury. How long can he survive before the combined stress and harm do him in?
The setting for both series for the most part take part in the workplace. A cafe for Soredemo and a restaurant for Working and while Soredemo does tend to have a lot more scenes that take place outside of the workplace than Working does. Both are extremely funny and are sure to keep the viewer entertained throughout most of either series.
If you liked one, you will like the other.
The main characters in both are unique in their own way. Living day by day with funny situations all around them and the café their lead.
For sure the life-pased serie will entertain you.
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Hana-Saku Iroha and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru are both about girls with defining personalities who work as waitresses while attending highschool. Though Hana-Saku Iroha is more of a drama and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru is almost strictly comedy (a typical shaft anime in some senses) it is likely that if you like one, you will like the other as well.
Kamizono Academy is so spacious that transfer student Ayumi Nonomura and long time resident Tatsuki Iizuka find themselves lost together in the corridors. With the addition of fiery Torako Kageyama and quirky, somber Suzume Saotome, the four quickly become friends and comrades in arms against boredom. Whether it's being a last minute Morals Officer with bisexual Nene or constructing robots with Kageyama, there's plenty of fun to go around at Kamizono Academy!
Those two slice-of-life/comedies are extremely similar in terms of humor and setting. Really, the only main difference is that Hyakko features a much larger cast of characters, and also tends to be a lot funnier... Still, I'm sure that if you liked one of them, you'll enjoy the other.
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!
The humor and randomness in both animes are so similar, so if you like K-on you would probably enjoy Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru too, and vice-versa. The ending song of Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru also reminds me of K-on because the characters are playing as if they were a band.