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In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
I know this is fairly obvious, as these are both really popular, but its worth pointing out. Each series is a thought-inducing, insightful, clever series that will be talked about for years to come. These are the series for the person who enjoys something a little more out there.
One of the aspects that made Evangelion very popular is Rei Ayanami the character who started the quiet girl type. Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a parody of the quiet girl type. If you like one you should watch the other to appreciate both shows more.
It might seem that i'm speaking totally nonsense, but these series are probably two of the most deep background stories ever seen in japanese animation.
Both stories may seem banal at the very beginning, but i can tell you for sure that tha work behind them is as huge as your imagination can understand and even over, and you'll find out only keeping on watching.
Once upon a time, a creature named Enka tried to destroy everything on Earth. It was eventually slain by humans; but before dying Enka proclaimed that one day its child would return to the planet, spreading fear and despair throughout all humanity. Now, thousands of years later, DNA tests have identified six 'children of Enka'. Only one of them is dangerous, but nobody knows which one (and killing them all would be mean!) Instead, 'Operation Cozy Family' is born! Normal human Ouka Midarezaki is forced into marrying Kyouka, one of the children of Enka; and together they play the roles of 'father' and 'mother' for the other children. But will family bonding and love really be enough to prevent the destruction of the planet?
Both series feature hyperactive heroines with godlike powers (real or not), which gather some really unusual cast around them. They both also can't imagine their life as boring or plain - and while either of them is around, no one else can, too. These series are optimistic and fun, but still have some dramatic episodes. Check them out if you'd like hilarious, yet thoughtful experience.
First off, I have *never* seen two characters - in my ENTIRE life - as similar to each-other as Haruhi Suzumiya is to Kyouka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. Both girls (if you can call them that) not only are honestly under the impression they are superior to everyone else, but are also loud about this and completely unashamed of it. Kyouka even goes as far to refer to herself as GOD...and Haruhi herself *is* God (or, at least, a god).
Yet both Kyouka and Haruhi still care about the people around them - especially the normal male lead characters (Kyon in Haruhi and Ouka in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki), though in the case of said male leads, they do not like to admit it, even to themselves. Furthermore, the leading male characters in both shows are the only people who are capable of causing the loud, dominant female leads to change their minds or become flustered. (And when Kyouka and Haruhi become flustered, it doesn't last long - with an insult or excuse, they quickly revert back to their bossy, self-assured selves.)
There are other similarities in the characters and their dynamics with each-other, too; Mikuru in Haruhi and Yuka in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki are both meek, innocent girls Haruhi/Kyouka love to dress-up; Itsuki and Ginka are both smiling enablers to the lead female characer; Kyon and Ouka are both the voice of reason among craziness caused by Haruhi/Kyouka who don't appreciate being thrown into romantic situations with the lead female character and are constantly having their patience tested.
Really, though, both anime are centered around one normal guy and one loud, obnoxious girl and the craziness that follows them. And, while Kyouran Kazoku Nikki might be a bit more, uh, insane than Haruhi, both have the same basic styles of humor with serious moments mixed in - if you like/liked one anime, you will like the other.
The main thing I noticed while watching Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is that the main leads, Kyouka and Ouka, remind me of Haruhi and Kyon from Suzumiya Haruhi.
In these two shows, you have the female lead who's over-confident and throws everyone (especially the male lead) into strange situation (mostly because she's bored). The male lead is the one who is usually stuck in going along with the female lead's whims.
Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.
For starters both series focus quite a bit on the supernatural aspect with time travelers, monsters, and well other occult related subjects. With both series featuring a strong leading lady throw in some mystery, comedy, and just a bit of romance and it creates an enjoyable experience for just about anyone.
Both focus on the supernatural being there, but only in the background. Both also have a very shallow plot and focus more on interaction between the characters.
If you liked one, check out the other.
Occult Academy and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya both center around the supernatual and both show handle the subject manner in a humorous way most of the time. Both shows star a stong willed female leads that can be both adventurous and tomboyish, but at other times display a softer more vunerable side. Both shows also have alot of school life elements mixed in with action.
Seeking a cure for his depraved masochism, Taro Sado approaches the Second Volunteer Club on the recommendation of his best friend, Tatsukichi. There he finds the help of the violent but kind Mio Isurugi who promises to beat the masochism out of him by any means necessary. Will Taro be able to survive the assaults of this upperclassman, the overly-affectionate attentions of his mother and sister, and still lead a normal school life? Unlikely. But will he get over his perverse fetish? He sure hopes so.
These shows feature strong female leads who are arrogant (but cute at the same time) and order everyone around themselves, have lots of comedic elements and a bit of romance.
Imagine if you took the personalities from the characters in Haruhi Suzumiya and intensified them to the extreme! What you'd get would be MM! Both of these series feature the same types of characters but in MM! their interactions become over the top. Mio from MM! has a lot of striking similarities to Haruhi, from her bossiness to the slight god-complex to the comedic abuse of the male protagonist.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a more in depth storyline with more well rounded characters while MM! relies more on its outrageous slapstick comedy. Both anime have undercurrents of romance weaved into the stories but MM! has more of a complex love triangle scenario. If you ever want to see what the characters of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya would look like from a more intensified perspective than I recommend MM!
both of these show feature a strong female lead albeit they sometimes suffer from delusions of grandeur. lots of zany laugh at loud moments.
Makoto Niwa has just moved from his rural hometown to live with his aunt and experience high school life in the big city first hand. Unfortunately, his dreams of an adolescence filled of dates and school activities are soon shattered by having to share his new home with Erio, his deluded cousin who thinks she's an alien and spends most of her time wrapped in a futon for protection! Now, in addition to enduring his aunt’s energetic attention and flirting awkwardly with the girls in his class, Makoto finds himself drawn into helping Erio rejoin regular society and stopping her 'alien' antics.
Both Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya revolve around one regular boy who is trying to make his way through a normal regular life. But with friends who are all such oddities that's not quite as easy as it sounds.
Both Denpa Onna and Haruhi feature a normal male lead that gets tossed into a crazy world. Both Kyon and Niwa play the straightman to the rest of the cast's insanity. They both take a very jaded view of the world and their lives but their friends slowly open them up to new and different ways of thinking. Both shows have a similar style of humor and if you enjoyed one you will probably enjoy the other.
There are a couple of similarities between these two shows. In both Haruhi and Denpa Onna to seishun otoko the male lead character’s monologues describe the strange happenings around them with a sarcastic but rational view. They are also roped in to solve a lot of the problems that arise in both shows. Throughout both shows there is an eerie feeling that the powers, which are so easily denied, can actually affect their universe. Although proof of Haruhi’s powers is exposed earlier, in Denpa Onna there are scenes that suggest Erio’s powers are just as real. So if you liked one then you might like the other.