A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Koyomi Araragi can't stop thinking about Tsubasa Hanekawa, the brilliant-yet-modest class representative who always follows the rules, but what the boy doesn't know is that beneath her facade, Tsubasa harbors an extraordinary amount of pent-up stress. Things change one day for the girl when she encounters a supernatural feline that allows her to break free from her normal self... causing immense chaos in the process! Luckily for Tsubasa, Koyomi will do anything to help a friend and he sets forth on a mission to return her to normal by any means necessary, leading to an unforgettable Golden Week.
Both of these are unconventional stoires with fast paced, clever dialogue. They both involove the protagonist working through their own issues, while building relationships with others around them. They both have a supernatural element, and use the clever dialogue, along with wierd imagry to develop the characters.
Nekomon has a bit more action, and a ton more fanservice, but Tatami is more clever and much funnier. But both with satisfy your craving for creative banter between memorable characters.
The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the Future Gadget Research Laboratory, and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what's more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences - consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle...
Both deal with alternate realities and "would have, could haves," yet the protagonist seemingly keeps coming up with the same result albeit through very different pathways.
If you enjoyed the exposition of the possiblilities in one you will like the other.
Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart.
Growing up is an awkward experience, and here are two male leads trapped by their indecision, their choices and their desire to make choices, living in the own heads, pathetically relatable in these strange, unusual anime.
Tatami Galaxy is the funnier of the two, telling its story swiftly and wittly, while Aku no Hana is a slow burn, but they are united in another way: Unusual animation styles, with the distinctive choices of Masaaki Yuasa in Tatami Galaxy, and the decision to rotoscope the entirety of Aku no Hana, an unusual choice that may look alienating at first but pays rich dividends.
Looking for another strange, weirdly animated and thorougly engrossing coming-of-age anime? Then you may have found it.