Urusei Yatsura

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Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2

Ranma, raised to be a man among men, has a bit of a problem: he is half woman! While training in China he fell into a strange magic spring at Jusenkyo. Now, he is eternally cursed to change into a beautiful woman whenever he is hit by cold water, but that may be the least of his problems; his father has betrothed him to marry! There's never a dull day for Ranma as he attempts to find a cure for his curse, train to become stronger, and grapple with the fact that half of himself may be more feminine than his fiancée!

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alienangel alienangel says...

Both series by Rumiko Takahashi, both dealing with the horriby horribly complicated love-lives of unfortunate japanese highschoolers. Similar hilarious yet seemingly never endingly varied situations that pop up in trying to resolve things.

MaximusThrax MaximusThrax says...

Both of these rather long series are based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga (the highest paid manga artist, or was). They are both crazy, wild, outrageous comedies featuring comic violence and romance. Urusei Yatsura is older taking place in the '80s, while Ranma 1/2 is from the '90s. Newer fans of Takahashi may be unfamiliar with the earlier Urusei Yatsura series and may well want to check it out.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Aside from being from the same manga author, both of these series feature a young man faced with multiple love interests and the most outlandish series of adventures. These romantic comedies are sure to please, and both fit nicely into the 'classics' category. Go Rumiko Takahashi!

colecc colecc says...

They both wrote by the person so they have alot of in common, and both very light hearted but funny and both are a romance in a way kinda, and they both have long runnings 150 epsiods+

Oehr Oehr says...

The Rumiko Feeling.

Not only Rumiko Takahashi fans should make sure to watch both anime series because of the epic greatness of all her creations.

Both Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura only have enclosed episodes and are all about one sided love - or well, is it really one sided? Watch 'em and you'll see!

ammo1991 ammo1991 says...

Ranma and Urusei Yatsura is both made of the same person, if you liked one of them, youre definetely going to like the other. For you who like romantic more than action, but don't want to lose the fun, this is your anime. When I first watched Ranma i thought that was like the best anime ever, the only anime that made me feel like it was an even better anime was Urusei Yatsura.

Raspberries Raspberries says...

Both anime are works of Rumiko Takahashi, so drawing a similarity here isn't a large stretch of the mind. However, both shows have a number of similarities. Both have a proposed marriage as the backdrop for the events of the show, as well as a quasi-high school setting. Both also dig deeply into mythology and culture, Japan in the case of Urusei Yatsura, and China in Ranma 1/2. Fans of one are sure to enjoy the other, and luckily for them, both had a very long run of over 150 episodes.

foxhead556 foxhead556 says...

For starters both made by Rumiko Takahashi so you may like it because it's another one of her works. But if you wanna go deeper Rumiko Takahashi used some stuff from Urusei Yatsura as a prototype in a way. For example Ryuunosuke shares alot of traits with Ranma(or vice versa) like being good at fighting, gender identity crisis and having bastard dads. Another example is Asuka and Tobimaro's mother(urusei yatsura) can do the "angry big-head" technique which Soun Tendou(Ranma 1/2) perfected.

Humph Humph says...

Takahashi brings her charm to both these series, with both having great comedy surrounded by background romance. 

Theta Theta says...

This is an obvious recommendation; both are created by Rumiko Takahashi, both are romantic comedies with harem elements.  The only reason fans of one might not like the other is that they cover much of the same content.

To Love-Ru

To Love-Ru

Rito Yuki is a bumbling boy who wants nothing more than to confess his love to the lovely Haruna, but a variety of obstacles always seems to stand in his way. One day, while relaxing in his bathtub Rito found his hands full - literally - with the breasts of a strange alien girl named Lala who suddenly appeared in his lap! She is the princess of Planet Deviluke, and she has run away from home to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage; and unfortunately for Rito, his accidental groping is the traditional engagement ritual of his otherworldly guest! Deviluke's emperor will destroy Earth if Rito backs down from his "proposal," but all he really wants to do is be with Saruyama! Naked antics, magical powers, misunderstandings, Lala's marriage-happy family and Rito's own shyness are many of the barriers he must face in his attempt to win the real love of his life – that is, if Lala doesn't win him over first!

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tyr tyr says...

To Love-Ru is just a 21st century rip off of Urusei Yatsura. Less nostalgic charm but much better animation and it feels more modern.

picconiv picconiv says...

Same idea, similar characters and setting. The animation is better in the modern To Love-Ru, although Urusei Yatsura has more of a comedy feel to it.

Differences can be found in the main character personality (Ataru is openely more perverted than the stoic Yuki) resulting in an anime(To Love-Ru) which is decidedly more Harem style. 

If you liked the original, (Urusei Yatsura), you'll like the modern version.

mrd456 mrd456 says...

both about a human boy in love with a normal girl who ends up havving ro marry an alien princess because of a misunderstanding

KenichiSora KenichiSora says...

these two anime really are just a dated, and modern version of the same anime, well thats obviously not true but it might as well be. notable differences would be the main charactor, yukis just a generic shy guy MC, while Ataru is a generic (extremely) perverted guy MC. which is funny because Ataru actually picks one girl as his only real love, while nobody even knows what yuki even wants.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Tenchi Masaki lives a quiet life helping his grandfather at the temple. Quiet, that is, until he accidentally unleashes a strange and beautiful space pirate from her 700-year-old prison. Things rapidly get worse for Tenchi when the royal princess Ayeka, cute Sasami, ditzy galaxy police agent Mihoshi and scientifically insane Washu crash land in his back garden to join the mayhem. Will Tenchi be able to shake off the unwanted romantic advances of these women, and what secret does his history hold?

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Zadillo Zadillo says...

You should definitely enjoy this if you like the whole guy surrounded by girls genre, and especially with the alien element to it.

Amathakathi Amathakathi says...

Romantic comedies featuring colourful characters with deep and meaningful characterisation, that you grow to love with every episode.

Also, both are quite aged, so if you are happy with the dated animation of one, you can probably deal with the animation of the other.

Kimagure Orange Road TV

Kimagure Orange Road  TV

A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Kimagerure Orange Road is mabe by the same producers as Urusei Yatsura. And you can really tell it is ;) Just like Urused Yatsura KOR contains alot of fun and many romantic moments. I would say that KOR is abit more serious than Urusei Yatsura but still really close. Check it out if you want a similiar series to Urusei Yatsura.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

While KOR is considerably less 'fantastic' than Urusei Yatsura, you'll find that both these series offer an amusing look at love triangles as one person after another says or does the wrong thing... with sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious results.

InuYasha

InuYasha

Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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whatsanime whatsanime says...

Urusei Yatsura may be more of a romantic comedy, and Inuyasha may be more of an action series, but they both fit well together. Inuyasha has a romantic element to it and it is focused on a fair bit. Miroku from Inuyasha reminds me very much of Shuutaro from Urusei Yatsura, and Kagome punishes Inuyasha nearly as much as Lum does Ataru, though in different ways. Though Urusei Yatsura is pretty much episodic, there is a bit of a continuing story to follow. If you like one of these, you'd probably like the other.

chii chii says...

Both series have such odd characters and bad guys in it with very interesting humor to boot. Plot wise they are quite different as Urusei Yatsura is more lovey dovey where InuYasha has more action and adventure. But i have to say if you liked one check out the other.