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.
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...
School days and Aku no Hana deal with school life in a dark heart way.
If you can get past the oddly different art style of Aku no Hana, you might find it quite the case study in psychological damage and overall uneasiness to your liking.
Also, if you're enjoying Aku no Hana, you will probably enjoy School Days.
"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.
Both animes share a kind of dark and depressing atmosphere and they both take their time to tell the story. So if like any of these animes I strongly recommend you to least have a go at the other.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
As soon as I started watching Flowers of Evil, it reminded me of Welcome to the NHK! Flowers Of Evil is slower paced, and doesn't have as much comedy as Welcome to the NHK!, but the main character in both series, with their dysfunctions and twisted relationships with the women in their lives, are pretty similar. In particular, there's parts of both Nakimura and Saiki (Flowers of Evil) in Misaki (Welcome to the NHK!), both in terms of her actual personality and in terms of how Satou reacts to her.
In general, both of these series are about characters on the fringe of society that feel trapped and lonely, and about damaged people that seek each other out (whether or not the relationship they have with each other is actually healthy). And they both feel a little removed from the typical anime series, with slower pacing and a story that actively defies escapism.
I absolutely think that fans of one have a high chance of liking the other. If you like one, I totally recommend the other.
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Growing up is an awkward experience, and here are two male leads trapped by their indecision, their choices and their desire to make choices, living in the own heads, pathetically relatable in these strange, unusual anime.
Tatami Galaxy is the funnier of the two, telling its story swiftly and wittly, while Aku no Hana is a slow burn, but they are united in another way: Unusual animation styles, with the distinctive choices of Masaaki Yuasa in Tatami Galaxy, and the decision to rotoscope the entirety of Aku no Hana, an unusual choice that may look alienating at first but pays rich dividends.
Looking for another strange, weirdly animated and thorougly engrossing coming-of-age anime? Then you may have found it.