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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.
Haruka Kotoura has had a psychic ability to read minds since she was born, but her inability to grasp that she's different has led her to be ostracized by every friend she's made. When she meets Manabe, she can't help but be surprised - when he's not imagining strange creatures dancing through the desert, the boy is a hopeless pervert and makes no attempt to hide his dirtiest fantasies. What's more, Manabe isn't driven away by Kotoura seeing his thoughts, and even goes out of his way to befriend her - seemingly because he enjoys thinking of the girl erotically and seeing her subsequent embarrassment! Before long, the once-lonely girl even meets other students who aren't pushed away by her abilities. Could this be the start of a normal school life, with real, lasting friends for Kotoura?
Both anime feature a club where the members have or investigate ESP and they get into wacky adventures. There is also a normal guy who gets interested in a gril who isn't normal, and he often has slightly perverted thoughts. Kotoura-san is more comedic while Haruhi is more on the action adventure side, but both have a pretty balanced tone.
Both series revolve around a high school club which investigates supernatural phenomena. Both of them feature a fair amount of comedy, bits of romance and characters who actually posses supernatural powers. Last but not least, the male leads in both shows are very similar, though the guy from Kotoura-san (unlike Kyon) is also quite goofy (and perverted). If you liked one of those series, the other one should prove interesting (especially if you liked the male lead).
Both shows are about highschoolers investigating paranormal phenomena. There's a fair bit of drama, comedy and romance to be had in both, but Haruhi is by far the superior show. Still, if you want another show about a school club one various adventures, might as well check the other one out.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
Both TMoHS and Fruits Basket center around characters whose lives have changed significantly due to an unusual girl becoming involved with them. Both overall have a nice mix of comedy and drama (though Fruits Basket is generally more serious than Haruhi), a main character who -will- win you over and an ending that manages to be satisfying but leaves enough things in the air that more episodes can easily be added.
A normal person faced with extraodrinary circumstances, and takes it in stride. Add in some school-time antics, festivals, and an interesting cast. If you like one, you'll like the other.
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!
Both shows have funny, unique and memorable females as the protagonists, focus a lot on humor (thought Excel Saga is usually nothing-but-laughs and doesn't even pretend to care about plot and character development, whereas TMoHS has SOME serious moments) and have loads of anime references. There are episodes that add to the story and ones that don't in both series, and both shows are fast-paced and sometimes a bit insane. Both are recommended.
Strong female protagonists, crazy characters, and unexpected twists and turns around every corner! What more could you want?
Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
"Different" can definitely be used to describe these two anime. Both Abenobashi and Suzumiya involve somewhat unusual powers and topics. In a tale of discovery, we find out more about the characters and their mysterious powers. Besides the character development and atmosphere, you will also find some comedy and romance in both.
Both of these shows allow many of the episodes to be seen in almost completley random iteration. With the exception of the beginning (the why) and the end (the how), of course. Haruhi and Abenobashi each share a great sense of humor and a little love- but mostly humor.