Tsuritama

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Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden

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!

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snivets snivets says...

Potentially an "out there" rec, but I see a lot of similarity between the main characters in both these shows. Yuki and Jun have both withdrawn from interacting with others at the beginning of the story. Both shows are a coming-of-age tale in which the protag learns to overcome his fears with help from unsual friends.

Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman Crowds

The Gatchaman are a group of superhero fighters rumored to exist in urban legends, blurry pictures and second-hand hearsay. Teenager Hajime Ichinose has heard the gossip, but she never imagined her love of stationery would make her a candidate to be a Gatchaman… as their suits are empowered by cosmic notebooks! Hajime teams up with the stern Sugane Tachibana, aloof Jou Hibiki and other beacons of justice - but the Gatchaman are not this world’s only heroes, as Galax, a social media app, lets anyone use their unique skills to assist in a crisis! Strangers and newfound friends must now band together to stop Berg Katze, a mysterious alien who threatens the world with death and destruction.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Aliens, zany characters, very colorful and sleek all around: Tsuritama and Gatchaman Crowds are a perfect match. Both have a very oddball premise that includes using the most mundane of instruments to launch into battles with alien beings. They also have a visual identity that is very distinctive and match the overall craziness very well.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?

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snivets snivets says...

Possibly an odd rec, I think there are enough similarities in the two shows to entertain fans of either. There's a certain flamboyant air to both shows, and both revolve around water. Several of the characters seem similar--introverted protags Haru and Yuki, overly cheerful Nagisa and the alien Haru--and the story is really about relating to other people. Call it a gut feel, but if you liked one, I think you'd like the other.

Barakamon

Barakamon

The slice-of-life comedy centers around the ikemen (handsome) 23-year-old calligrapher Seishuu Handa, who moves to the remote Gotou Islands off the western coast of Kyushu. Seishuu grew up in the city, and the manga chronicles Seishuu's interactions with the people of the island, who drive tractors on public roads and don't enter through his front door when they visit. On top of that, Seishuu's house becomes a hangout for the island's children.

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thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both shows follow a "city slicker" protagonist with not much experience dealing with people who moves to an island populated by quirky locals. While tsuritama has supernatural elements and Barakamon is purely slice-of-life, both shows are calming to watch and heartwarming. They both feature flutes as part of the soundtrack.