His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
The Diary of Tortov Roddle and The Restaurant of Many Orders are both atmospheric anime with an unusual art style. While The Restaurant of Many Orders has more of a horror theme to it, if you are looking for something artsy you should check out both.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
Both anime share a similar mysterious and quietly fascinating atmosphere. They also both use similar musical scores, which wonderfully but subtly emphasize the spiritual mystery of each series. They are both episodic and each episode brings a new phenomenon for the viewer to get lost in. They are also both set in a fantasy world with magical and spiritual overtones, though in xxxHolic this world is juxtaposed with the standard school and town environment. What does notably distinguish them from each other is the humor of xxxHolic and the outrageous and raucous behavior of the protagonist Watanuki whose personality is the polar opposite of the reticent Tortov. Apart from the difference between the personalities of their respective protagonists, I think that someone who appreciated the elements I've mentioned in one of these anime would do well to watch the other.
In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.