The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!
Rozen Maiden and Haruhi Suzimya (in my opinion) follow the same plot format. Both shows have the key element of setting a very serious undertone, but chooses to focus more on the character dealing with it more than the situation itself.
Because of this both shows have moments where the characters can have real emotional moments, but at the same time real comedic ones. Haruhi can sometimes be more series that Rozen, and as a result Rozen can seem more loose.
Ether way, if you're into the type of fight scenes this anime deleivers, where it's almost predictable yet still excititing as it's to continue the plot line, then this is an anime for you to check out.
Ryoko Yakushiji is the gifted and beautiful Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police; no matter what the problem – science gone wrong or supernatural monsters – it seems there is nothing she cannot solve. With her new partner, the mild mannered Junichiro Izumida, she sets about tackling some of Tokyo's most terrible crimes. However, as Izumida quickly discovers, Ryoko's talent comes with a big ego and some strange personal baggage; cleaning up the streets of Tokyo becomes not just a matter of finding the bad guys, but trying to survive Ryoko's attitude problem as well!
Ryoko and Haruhi are similar characters. Both of them think that the world servs no other purpose than to entertain them. Both of those anime also have a male lead who ends up being dragged into all kind of trouble by the said ladies. More often than not, this involves supernatural elements.
Disowned by his father, Jugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Jugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he's not the only person searching.
Both shows feature a guy getting involved with a highschool club that's about solving mysteries and discovering exciting new things, though the exact details differ between the two shows.
Aside from the premise, there's plenty of gags, club stuf and varied antics – ranging from more action-oriented things to mystery-solving – to be had in both shows, the animation is crisp and nice, a varied soundtrack and a large cast of quirky characters. In essence, they share a certain quality (though I think Haruhi is without question the much more superior show) that makes me think that anyone that liked either show should probably give the other one a try.
Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.
While Haruhi is far more spastic and based on comedy, both titles feature similar main characters who are obnoxious in their own way, with special powers involved in the cast, etc. They definitely have a similar feel, drama/comedy differences aside.
"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 shows feature a main character with the power to alter reality, and the effects this has on the world and the people around them.
Serial Experiments Lain is very philosophical while The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a more lighthearted show.