Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart.
Don, a quiet, kind boy, is being bullied mercilessly by Yaragase and his gang, for no other reason than accidentally sneezing on him one day. Boku and his friends notice these acts, but refuse to take action as they don't want to be the group's next targets. But as the days pass, Boku can't stop thinking of poor Don, and wonders if he needs to finally speak up for the boy...
Both of these anime feature unusual art and animation styles, as well as an unusually sensitive, realistic, & complex focus on contemporary Japanese cultures of bullying & conformity experienced by school-age children.
Flowers of Evil has a very different art style and feel than any other anime I've ever seen. The characters seem like real students and the story is a little dark. The music is excellent. There's no bubble gum to be found here.
Shiranpuri and Flowers of Evil are both quite dark dramas about forms of bullying and how it affects those involved - albeit dealing with different ages and such. Both also have a pretty unique animation style than typical anime.
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Although these shows are very different in tone (Flowers of Evil is slow-paced and creepy while FLCL is manic and ridiculous), they're pretty similar when it comes to themes. Both feature a young teenage boy that hates the place that he lives in, struggling with growing up. Both protagonists have their problems increase when a strange, perverted girl enters their lives. Also, both series have a lot of experimental animation.
I can't garuntee that fans of one will like the other since the difference in tone is pretty significant, but I think there's a chance that if you like one you might be interested in the other.
The Flowers of Evil has a very distinctive theme of describing puberty, and adolescence, as a trapped existence, with yearing for escape and change, and while these themes in Flowers of Evil (arguably) run deeper and more intensely than in FLCL, they still exist, but with different tone. Together these would make a very good beginning of a existential coming-of-age anime list.
Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
You want rotoscope action don't you?
Yes, you are a fan of different looking and often unique animation styles. (No Moe for you)
Well here you go.
Animatrix utilizes several types of animation, including one short called Kid's Story. Both Flowers of Evil and this in particular short use Rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is where live acion frames are traced over to produce a animated effect)
If you want to check titels based on anime techniquies not used as much in anime, you could check out either of these titles.
Animatrix also employs Cg animation, and high quality 2D. Aku No Hana, more or less is a work in progress for using a more unshaded rotoscoping.
Ok, we have to mention this one.
Are you watching Aku No Hana for the uniquie rotoscope anime, or Baton for likewise?
Then try out one if you liked the other, your going to enjoy seeing two takes on a unique animation vibe.
The storylines are not the recommendation however. It is for the animation-phillies like me out there.
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...
Although the actual stories aren't overly similar both shows manage to create a dark, unsettling atmosphere with a distinctive visual style. Beyond that Boogiepop Phantom plays around with the idea of people hiding their fears, and bringing them to the surface in the form of isolation, madness and insecurity. Aku no Hana might not explore exactly the same themes or fears, but the similarities between the two in terms of atmosphere, tone and how it makes the viewer feel are definitely there.