Takeshi was just an ordinary guy until a perfectly innocent study session with Michi - the most beautiful girl in the school - ended up with him being mysteriously transported into the strange dimension known as the Weiss Schwarz Battle Space. Once there, a crazy but enthusiastic old man informs him that he is the chosen warrior and must win a succession of card battles to get back home. The only problem: he doesn't know how to play! However, with the expert Michi ready to teach him the ins and outs of this bizarre and improbably slapstick card game, Takeshi will learn the ropes and get ready for the card battle of a lifetime. Assuming he survives the training...
Fumizuki Academy is divided into classes ranked based purely on ability; Class A has laptops, reclining seats and ultimate comfort whereas Class F has to settle for a rundown classroom with rotten cushions and rickety coffee tables. Akihisa Yoshii has recently taken the placement exam and finds himself relegated to the lowly Class F along with many of his friends, and they’re far from impressed with their draughty facilities. Luckily, not all is lost as at Fumizuki, classes can declare war on each other to swap rooms by fighting with summoned characters whose strength is based on the users' test scores. As they dream of escaping their decrepit circumstances, the ‘idiotic’ students of Class F will try whatever they can to reach the dizzy heights of Class A’s luxury, even if it means taking on the entire school in an all-out summoning war!
Both series have similar character designs, similar slapstick humour, similar high levels of randomness... What's more, the absurd idea for the ''plot'' development of the two is pretty much the same too: teenagers battling each other with immaterial warriors (from cards in Weiss, summoned spirits in Baka to Test).
The fundamental difference, and the reason this is a one-sided recommendation, are both easy to grasp: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is infinitely better executed than Weiss and as a result it is way funnier. Much less repetitive as well.
If you actually liked Weiss for its random battles and general wackiness you'd definitely appreciate Baka to Test, but I cannot affirm this the other way around.
Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have arrived to do the only reasonable thing: assassinate him! Fortunately for Sakura, one of them, Dokuro-chan, takes a liking to him but her intentions to protect him prove downright lethal. When Sakura’s not dodging her spiked bat Excalibolg, he’s fighting for his life on river escapades. And when he’s not quick enough, Dokuro-chan’s catchy incantation brings him back to life! Bludgeoning and blood splatters aside, can Dokuro-chan save the one she loves without damaging the future?
When it comes to plot, setting and all of that jazz, these two anime are very different. This notwithstanding, at the centre of both shows lies a core of amusing ecchi shenanigans, accentuated by unnecessary violence. Dokuro-chan is a bit heavier on the brutality, but both series are powered by the same dynamic of perverted actions and hilariously vicious retribution. I think the chances are fairly good that that's why you enjoyed one of these, so go right on ahead and pick up the other.
What do you do when the Emperor of Japan has been replaced with... an alien from Planet Octopus?! From intense motorcycle races to crazy machine inventors from Holland, from sea voyages to battles about emo trading cards, there's never a dull moment in the life of the bizarre. Join an eclectic cast as they are visited by a Ramen Fairy, are reincarnated over and over, solve cases like detective pros, and overall have a laughably ridiculous time!
"Making sense is for wussies!" I'm pretty sure that phrase - give or take a translation - was the inspiration behind both of these anime, as neither even attempt to ground themselves in reality. Weiss Survive is a leedle bit more ecchi and Gag Manga Biyori is a touch more frantic, but both of them are slapstick, unpredictable and oh so joyously random.
In another reality protected by a sentient portal lies the Magician's Academy – a facility for learning about the magical arts and the power of summoning. Takuto Hasegawa is one such student who must balance his life on Earth with his life at the Academy. His life was relatively normal until one day, he summoned a naked creature who he dubs Tanarotte, and who subsequently becomes his servant. Takuto must now care for this busty beauty, but it won't be easy – representatives of both the god and demon realms want to put a stop to Tanarotte's existence, for once she chooses to become a god or demon she will throw off the balance of power between the two kingdoms. Now, Takuto finds himself in the middle of a variety of ecchi and cleavage-heavy situations as he tries to continue his studies, while slowly and inadvertently acquiring more scantily-clad women that he must watch over.
Different ideas, same execution. Both series explore a magical world with crazy rules and inhabitants, no plot (or rather, there is a plot, but it makes absolutely zero sense), comedic sketches and frequent skin exposition on the part of various female characters, who also happen to share the cutesy almost-super-deformed design style.
Also, they both work as parodies of sort, often referencing other anime or mocking common trends. Basically, try these shows if you just want to laugh in a bizarre setting without giving a single thought to what you're actually watching.
Join Haruhi, Yuki, Kyon, Mikuru, Itsuki, and the rest of the gang in their all-new adventures. From creepy dreams, dodge ball games, quiz shows, and cosplay contests, the excitement never stops! Can Kyon, the only normal student of the SOS Brigade, make sense of all these odd occurrences, attempt to avoid them, and hopefully survive them with his sanity intact? With the adventure and mystery-seeking Haruhi in his way, along with aliens, espers, and time travelers, he certainly has his doubts!
Do you like random humour? I'm guessing so, as you probably wouldn't be checking this rec out otherwise. In any case, these anime have a fairly similar brand of hilarious stupidity. Haruhi-chan Suzumiya no Yuuutsu is slightly more character-based while Weiss Survive lays the ecchi on a little thicker, but both hit hard with unexpected occurrences and wide-spread bizarrity. For that reason, it's very much a case of "liked one, watch the other".