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Tokyo Godfathers

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On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...

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Satoshi KON Character Design
Kenichi KONISHI Character Design
Satoshi KON Director
Keiichi SUZUKI Music
Masao MARUYAMA Producer

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Tokyo Godfathers VivisQueen 8.5/10 Apr 7, 2009

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Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2001

What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.

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kilrothi

Tokyo Godfathers and Millennim Actress are both made by MADHOUSE studio. Though not very similar in story line, both are poignant stories with lots of human emotion, breathtaking visuals, and a few scenes to make you cry.

Menchi

Do you like anime that are a) realistic b) beautiful c) a little humoristic and d) made by Satoshi Kon? In that case Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers are the right choise for you. They are both masterpieces from one of the greatest anime-directors, and worth their reputation.

AirCommodore

Most of Satoshi Kon's works are really screwed up and psychological, but Tokyo Godfathers and Millenium Actress are actually really heartwarming and sweet, with a bit of humor thrown in, and some really wonderfully-realized characters. Truely excellent.

KittyEmperor

Visuaaly beautiful, amazing sound, extremely realstic, great characters, heartwarming, and directed by Satoshi Kon these are all things that these two movies have in common.  Both series are absolute masterpieces that any viewer should have on their watched list.  Completely captivating stories that will draw you in and have you actually care about the characters and what happens next.

valondar

While Satoshi Kon is well known for his surreal mindbending fare - where reality being peeled away at the surface is a major part of the plot - it is interesting to compare these two obstensibly non-surreal, Kon anime set in the real world... because the surreal influences he is known for seep in in less obvious ways. In Millennium Actress, his penchant for blending realities is used to suggest memory and recollection - as an actress looks back on her life, with the added layer of the 'real' in her life often matching, contrasing or being melded with the fictions she played as an actress - while Tokyo Godfathers expresses the idea more subtly: While the story never leaves its 'real' trappings, it piles on implausible event after implausible event in a never-ending combination of climaxes. Both titles are heartwarming, though Tokyo Godfathers is hilarious to boot.

Paprika

Paprika
  • Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
  • 2006

In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.

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AkiNoHoshi

These two films, by the same Satoshi Kon, are very alike in that a lot of the time you find yourself asking, "...Wait, what?" They're intriguing and wonderful, and you can easily get lost in the storyline.

KittyEmperor

Films both made by Satoshi Kon.  Both movies are ccompletely good a drawing you into their stories and having you actually paying attention to the plot and caring about the characters.  While Tokyo Godfathers tends to be a lot more realistic than Paprika they both have a unique cast of characters and beautiful visuals and music.

eaper

Each of these series have (apart from the same direct) a very similar since of pacing, constant movement, and artwork. If you liked one movie then it would be worth it to check out the other.

Booskaboo

The animations and the way to use real photos for backgrounds is the same (they're both published by MADHOUSE). If you enjoyed one for it's animation, the other will most surely fit your taste.

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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badazz5001

both are by madehose and have verry simmiler naimation. both have to an extent a great mistery asspeact. Both have great charectors and a good phicological aspect.

contralto

both anime show man's very 'human' side, our deepest needs and desires and how much we can push ourselves to achieve them. the storytelling showcases many subplots. major characters are well explored, with many minor characters coming and going. the animation is realistic - barely flashy - but very consistent throughout.

KittyEmperor

Amazing storytelling and interesting characters is easily the two greatest points that each series has to offer.  Include amazing animation with great rich colors and an amazing soundtrack and both series have a lot to offer for pleasing the viewer.  Watching either one of these series not only gets the viewer thinking about themselves but also thinking about humans in general and our desires and what we do to fulfill them.

Diachy

Both Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent are thought provoking Psychological works of Satoshi Kon. They have a great link with the mysteries and ambiguity of the human psyche. While there may be dihherences in the way they show the underlying messages they are still relativley the same. This can be said about all Satoshi Kon's works however. If you like one I truly don't see how you could not like the other. This is the most "down to earth" of Satoshi Kon's work's. It is still very meaningful and thought provoking.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue
  • Movie (1 ep x 78 min)
  • 1997

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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bshegg

Both Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers are directed by Satoshi Kon, fit into similar anime realism genres which are rich in Satoshi Kon's social commentaries, and have intellectually stimulating themes.

freakzilla

While Tokyo Godfathers is more relaxing than Perfect Blue's murderous plot, both touch upon very realistic and sad parts of our world. Both play up feelings very well, but not the same feelings. Nonetheless, if you like how you are drawn into the story in one you might like the other too!

cassiesheepgirl

Aside from the fact that both of these are films by Satoshi Kon, both of these films have a similar sort of rawness about them. While the plots of both films are rather different, both portray a darker side of society. If you enjoyed that aspect of one, then definately try out the other as tehy both have very engaging plotlines that don't sugar-coat anything.

KittyEmperor

Both series tend to focus a lot more on the darker side of society.  Though Tokyo Godfather will tend to at times become rather humorous while Perfect Blue tends to have a much more murderous plot to it they both are very realistic and gives insight to parts of society that the viewer may not have been aware of.  As a final point both are made by Satoshi Kon so that's a major plus.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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yuujin

The only thing that really separates Samurai Champloo and Tokyo Godfathers is 400 years between the Edo era and present day Tokyo. In both, a very strange crew travels in searching of relatives, and no one of the party actually wants to stick together but somehow in the end they always get dragged to each other. The funny humour and modern style in these two anime really makes them more lively and interesting to watch.

Gundevil

This might seem like a strange recommendation, but Samurai Champloo and Tokyo Godfathers are similar in their main concept. They are both about three strange individuals with seemingly nothing in common who come together to find something new about themselves. They're both about outcasts in society who rise above their circumstances by coming together to accomplish a common goal, and in doing so, they find themselves.

KittyEmperor

While there are vast differnces between the two they both feature a small group of misfits banding together in search of the relatives of one of the individuals.  The group though having little common and at times seem to display dislike for one another they still end up getting drawn back together.  Also as each story progresses the characters tend to grow from how they were at the beginning and usually end up learning a little something about themselves.

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