Bakemonogatari - Recommendations

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Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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hurin hurin says...

Both are animes featuring surrealist drawing style, little actual plot, curious characters, and random discussions about life the universe and everyting.

OtakuSkull OtakuSkull says...

The same studio's work. Flashly amazing graphics and sharp and hilarious dialogs wrapped in a pretty interesting story revolving about the surreal and supernatural. And the messeges in the backgroud - If you liked Zetsubou Sensei or Bakemonogatari, you should the other one. I assure you like it.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

The eyecatcher in both Bakemonogatari and SZS is the artstyle. The way the Shaft animated both series gives them a unique look and feel, and is possibly the only example I know in which the animation influences the anime this much. Apart from the animation, both series have a reasonably large cast of interesting characters, most with their own little background and distinct personalities. I feel that if you liked one of these, you shouldn't be missing out on the other, despite differences in genres.

kenikki kenikki says...

The style of animation and art directing is next to identical and even if SZS has deeper meanings to it's conversation, both show's conversations are random and confusion in humorous ways.

azanimefan azanimefan says...

Alright, on the surface, these two anime have not a whole lot of similarities, apart from their presentation. But in the end, their presentation is so unique and esoteric in a way they're an acquired taste.  If you like the visual feast that is SZS or Bakemonogatari , you'll probably love the other.

Setting that aside, both are primarily comedies, both feed off a great deal of contemporary humor and witty dialogues. 

xxSilencexx xxSilencexx says...

Both productions of Shaft Animation. Bioth are beautifully designed and an absolute pleasure to watch, not only well designed but quite symbolic. The main Characters are similiar but Zetsubo Sensei is much more extreme, resorting to suicide mostly every episode (I've seen so far). The both share a number of deep, seemingly random conversation about various matter in the world... Trust me you like them both!

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Interesting animation coupled with quick wit and great characters; SZS and Bakemonogatari are two peas in a pod. Though the themes covered in both shows vary greatly, the fun/frustrating feeling that if you blink you will miss the punchline is similar in both of these shows.

eaper eaper says...

These series are both Shaft series with the same voice actor as the main character. If you like the zaney main character in one series, or the off beat directing and artwork in one series, the other one is worth looking at.

Qplayer Qplayer says...

Sayonara Zetsobou Sensei and Bakemonogatari can almost be considered "two of a kind." Both are Shaft anime with unusual animation styles, memorable characters, and a heavy reliance on in jokes and references.

SyrEmilon SyrEmilon says...

Both place a great deal of focus on wordplay. They create an enviroment where the narrative pushes dialouge, rather than the dialouge creates the narrative. Great enjoyment for fans of witty anime

Theta Theta says...

These are both harem anime that deviate from the standard. Interesting and beautiful animation round out original and enaging characters.  Humour drives the plot and both are exceptional anime.

Vic969 Vic969 says...

If you love endless conversations about many different (often random), but very meaningful topics, then you'll love these 2 series.

The flow of dialogue pulls you in, and often doesn't let go.

Both of them have an awesome artstyle, plus both MCs share the same, great voice actor.

Brad Brad says...

They may differ in content quite a bit, but with both being made by Shaft they have a similar feel to them. The animation is fairly unique in both, as well as the direction being fairly unorthodox. 

Comedy is also fairly prevalent throughout both series, mainly in the form of fast paced, or witty dialogue that is very well written.

AnnaCupcake AnnaCupcake says...

Both shows have the same kind of pace, with quick, chaotic dialogue and weird cuts. Both shows deal with the same kind of setup for the introductions of characters and have one male lead and lots of female roles. And ofcourse; Kamiya Hiroshi.

ForeverGlows ForeverGlows says...

Both anime were done by Shaft Studios, for those who are familiar with them will get a strong Monogatari vibe from Zetsubo sensei in terms of art form, cut away's to japanese text popping up on screen with a bland background and then quickly disappearing before you get a chance to read what it says and the weird head tilt poses that the monogatari series was famous for back when it was a meme of some sort, you know the one i'm talking about, the ones that look like their necks are made of jello or about to snap off from their head. Needless to say that that's all these two have in common. One is a supernatural series with ghosts, demons, deities and what not while the other is about a suicidal teacher who sees everything in a pesmissitic perspective. 

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

"Puberty syndrome – Abnormal experiences rumored on the internet to be caused by sensitivity and instability during adolescence. This year, Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student at a high school near Enoshima, meets several girls that are experiencing this “puberty syndrome.” For instance, he meets a wild bunny girl in the library. She turns out to be an actress on hiatus, Mai Sakurajima, who is also his senior at the school. For some reason, no one else can see this enchanting girl. How did she become invisible…?

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ACrankyOldMan ACrankyOldMan says...

The series seems to be going in the direction of solving short mystery stories about unexplainable situations called adolescent syndrome. Show really reminds me of the Monogatari series where the main protagonist, Araragi, tries to support his friends in overcoming their inner demons. Funny enough, the interactions between the bunny girl, Mai, and the main protagonist, Sakuta, resembles the interactions between Araragi and Senjougahara. 

mindlord0013 mindlord0013 says...

A modern world with a subtle, surreal supernatural tone.

Both shows focus on short arcs that last a few episodes, focusing on the supernatural problems of a particular individual in a very grounded manner. These problems are based off folklore in the Monogatari series (Phoenix, Monkey's Paw), or phrase a phrase or concept in Bunny Girl Senpai (Schrodinger's Cat was the first arc).

Additionally, the female love interests share some very similar traits.

Both series are visually well done, though Monogatari can get quite surreal and abstract.

Rascal Rascal says...

Both series center around a boy who deals with mysterious goings-on surrounding other adolescents in and around where he lives. The two have similarly witty dialogue and banter between the mains, and similar characterizations in the leads. If you like monogatari's swagger you'll like Rascal's, but be aware they don't have similar visual styles.

LupusInFabula LupusInFabula says...

Very similar vibe and general plot structure. Bake is a bit more intense, for lack of a better term, whereas bunnygirl feels a bit more lax.

Grizz Grizz says...

If you liked this, then you will probably enjoy this too. As they both feature supernatural driven plots with witty character interactions.

frp frp says...

Same structure, many similarities. Seishun butayarou is "lighter", Bakemonogatari is "heavier".

RetardedHyena RetardedHyena says...

Guy solving supernatural problems that affect possible date candidates.

Both series got a main girl as well.

DreamsAndIllusions DreamsAndIllusions says...

Essentially, both animes are about cool MC who go around helping various girls and their supernatural problems. The only difference is Monogatari is a long series with a lot of lore and is dialogue heavy, not that that is a problem however.

kazas41 kazas41 says...

  • Some strange and unnatural circumstances revolve around simple, everyday characters.
  • The dialogues form a crutual information base for the plot.

Raveena02 Raveena02 says...

Both feature a similar main character who have a common tendency to help others in need.

Share a similar sense of humour with good balance of serious moments too.

Both link the supernatural  to problems faced by people

8MangaMan 8MangaMan says...

Both these anime share a similar structure.  They each start with the main character who comes off as someone who keeps to themselves.  One day they meet a strange girl suffering from some impossible to believe problem.  Due to also having experienced something similar, our otherwise loners decide to lend a helping hand and try to fix their problems.  This continues throughout each anime with a new character and a new problem showing up right after the last has resolved.  

If watching a strange man solve problems for cute girls is to your liking, I think you'll enjoy the other as well.  

Jaimefm Jaimefm says...

Both center around a male main character that helps female characters solve supernatural mysteries that are causing them problems. The main girl in both was someone that was helped by the main character before starting a relationship. The interactions between the love interests are really similar in both as well. Rascal is a bit more loud get and wholesome while Bakemonogatari is more heavy and toes the lines in certain aspects. 

G4tsu G4tsu says...

You have the same atmosphere in both anime. All the characters are likable and get emotionally attached to them really fast.

PommesKrake PommesKrake says...

Both shows are quite similar regarding concept and tone, the chemistry between the protagonist and the love interest are also very similar. The biggest difference: Bakemonogatari has a much more surreal style than Bunnygirl Senpai.

Sybille Sybille says...

There's a little controversy between these two as they're SO similar, but keeping that apart, they both are about the main character solving supernatural issues that happen to the people that surround them. In terms of art style, Bakemonogatari is one of a kind; don't feel bad if you don't like it, its not everyone's cup of tea. Talking romance, Bunny Girl Senpai offers a lot more cute and couple scenes than Bakemonogatari but certainly the last one doesn't fall behind. 

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.

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zombieiscool zombieiscool says...

Both of these animes are EXTREMELY similar, I can't stress it enough. They use the same kind of comedy. I believe the main protagonist is voice acted by the same person. Both of them are made by shaft, which means the animation quality is great.

KinGs KinGs says...

Both animes are very similar, have the same Movements, same style, when you watch arakawa the first thing you ll notice is the comedy because is the same style as bake, the eyes movements, the transitions. Than if you liked one you will like the other for sure.

Lota Lota says...

Both anime are very similar in their main characters and stories, though, of course, there are differences. If you like 'Bakemonogatari', you should definitely watch 'Arakawa Under the Bridge', you'll enjoy both.

yelizaveritas yelizaveritas says...

Made by the same studio, Arakawa Under The Bridge and Bakemonogatari have totally the same style, kinda similar (and weird!) characters. And, of course, they both are comedies not every fan of comedy-genre would like. If you liked one you'll the other, no doubt.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

similar, artwork, similar movements, similar type of comedy, similar character designs, Arakawa and Bakemonogatari are also produced by the same studio, studio Shaft. I believe this two shows are pretty similar so if you like one be sure to check the other one as well.

eaper eaper says...

Both being Shaft anime, they share a very unique animation style that few other series can be compared to, along with a similar sense of humor. Beyond that, many characters are very far from ordinary, giving each of these series an extremely different feel than most series.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

In addition to both having very unique style of animation which has been come to be expected from work done by Shaft.  Both series also share a similar sense of humor and storytelling and each series also features a interesting cast of characters that you will find hard to find copies of them in other series.  If you liked one then you should definitely check out the other.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

The similarities between these two shows are obvious from the opening credits. They are both witty, humor=-packed and extremely dialogue driven. If you are a fan of Studio Shaft or director Akiyuki Shinbo, then these are two shows that can't be missed!

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

Stars a similar protagonist. Each rather normal guy, one a student, the other a successful business man. Each discusses topics of family relations, and he bonds between friends.

Both of these shows are held together by similar visuals, unique uses of text and color and every day occurrences that have taken a turn into abnormality. A lot of thought and planning has obviously gone into the production of each. Both are well worth the watch!

Urshilikai Urshilikai says...

Both Bakemonogatari and Arakawa Under the Bridge have very witty and clever dialogue and ridiculous situational humor. The art styles are also very similar (the camera snapshots with the eye blinking in particular), and both heavily draw upon parodying other anime.

neutrino neutrino says...

The art style and comedy of these shows are very similar.  Both contain the straight-man/crazy-guy comedy duo that Japan so loves.  If you like fast-paced humor and strange situations, these are good ones to check out.

Garindo Garindo says...

They're both produced by Shaft and they have a similar animation style, a pretty unique one that is, you'll notice. They feature the same kind of unusual camera angles and clever sentences with good humor. These two animes really stand out. If you like one of them you will probably like the other too.

Jet85 Jet85 says...

100% agree, you'll see this since episode 1. Both anime were laid by the same golden chicken, the only difference between the two is the supernatural in monogatari. Love them

xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC

Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!

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MaatiSan MaatiSan says...

Both animes have a wandering almost completely normal protagonist which grows with his encounters with the super natural.  XXXHolic is a bit more focused with comedy, but it's serious moments surpass those of Bakemonogatari.  Bakemonogatari however has a focus on mature themes and relationship issues as well.  Both are the best of the supernatural/superstition genre of anime and should not be missed by fans of this category!

kenikki kenikki says...

Both shows deal with quite "heavy" supernatural stories, even if xxxHOLiC deals more with the stories and Bakemonogatari deals more with the interactions and conversations between the characters. They have plenty of smaller similarities as well, like some slightly different versions of the same myth and how many similarities Oshino and Yuuko share.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

There are quite a few episodic series about supernatural stories/spirits.monsters/etc. Bakemonogatari and xxxHolic are different from the rest of these because of the emphasis on comedy, espacially in the dialogue between characters. I prefer xxxHolic, because Bakemonogatari seems to pander to the harem/moe crowd, but I can easily see how the same people would like both.

eaper eaper says...

These series are both rather dialog and humor heavy, while being centered around super natural occurrences. Furthermore, in each series, the main character is drawn to the supernatural, despite not knowing how to deal with it, and constantly needs help, and teaching, on how to deal with it from another character that is well versed in the supernatural.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Both series focus a lot of the dialogue between the characters as the center point for each series.  In addition to this the main character in either series finds himself constantly finds himself in the middle of the supernatural events with little idea as to how to deal with them and must seek help from other characters.  There are also similarities between some of the myths in both series with only slight differences.  So if you liked one then you'll probably like the other as well.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Supernatural dilemmas with a little comedy thrown in for good measure. XXXHOLiC and Bakemonogatari are two shows that explore mystical happenings with roots in issues all too human.

Doomoo Doomoo says...

These two shows take on the same situation from two totally diffrent directions. There is a boy at the turning point in his life to become a man who has some experiance with supernatural and a wise but often mysterious mentor who helps them "save themselves" and helps other's with their supernatural problems. Not to mention that there are many other aspect that are the same that I can not mention without giving big spoilers for XXXHOLiC. Anyway, if you like one for it's theme of Asian folklore and mythology and the general feel of mystery that one has then you should most certainly check the other out because I assure you, you will love the other.

Rayray1000 Rayray1000 says...

both share that supernatural theme and both have a main protaganist who grows as the series progresses and he encounters more expierences with the supernatural

xxxholic may focus a little more on comedy as bakemonogatri focuses a little on the more mature side

but they are both great anime you should watch

Hecadoth Hecadoth says...

Have many resemblance that quite easy to tell: the supernatural theme, the too-helpful main character (Koyomi and Watanuki), the overly-priced problem solver (Oshino and Yuuko) and the slow-pace of the series.

Bakemonogatari has a good romance in it. So if you like watching xxxHolic, you will LOVE Bakemonogatari. No kidding.

jollyReaper666 jollyReaper666 says...

they both deal with a similiar conflict/senario in a unique way  to each other and should be along the same genre as well so if you like either of these you are sure to like the other keep in mind that both shows animation are slightly unique and have either multiple season or multiple seasons and movies makeing them a bit longer than your short anime films. also on a continuation about the show they are both revolved around a spirtual or god like theme and how they interacte or after society by showing it through an individusl i will not define or narrow this definition as to the fact that people wanting to watch it don't want spoliers

TheRainyDevil TheRainyDevil says...

It just has the same type of feeling, music and vibe. Holic is less invested in visuals but it's the same clump of beating you with wild stuff that you will weirdly feel invested in. And monogatari is more visuals but the same stuff. An interesting thing to note is that both animes have the story about Monkey Paw that grants three wishes.

Katanagatari

Katanagatari

In the wake of a rebellion that shook Japan twenty years prior, Togame Hida, general director and strategist for the army, seeks to obtain the 12 "deviant blades" created by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki to help add stability and security to the Bakufu government. To aid in this endeavor, she looks to enlist the help of Yasuri Mutsune, head of the Kyotou-ryu school and hero of the rebellion. But when she arrives on the island where he lives in exile, she finds him dead, succeeded by his skilled yet slightly daft son Shichika. Undeterred, the two set off from the island in search of the swords armed only with Togami's sharp strategic mind and Shichika's powerful, swordless Kyotou-ryu.

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LegOHorse LegOHorse says...

Both are from the same author and as expected, characters are developed nicely with a quirky sense of humour.

arctangent arctangent says...

Both shows will leave you in awe after finishing them. They were writen by the same author, and though in my opinion Katanagatari took a little longer to pick up they both had great dialouge and were equally as impressive in the end. Though Katanagatari had more action, and Bakemonogatari had more mystery, neither of these two shows deserve another recommendation more than they deserve each other.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Fanastic writing and dialogue is probably the biggest draw for both series which is a given since both stories are written by Nisio Isin.  In addition to this both feature great interaction between the characters to the point that everything feels natural and well planned out.  While Katanagatari does tend to have more action than Bakemonogatari who has something more of supernatural/mystery feel to it.  Both have an abundence of memorable characters and are sure to keep the viewer completely interested.

unitzero unitzero says...

Both series are based on light novels by the same author, therefore they have a lot in common in terms of the writing style. Both series rely heavily on dialogue to drive their respective plots, and a lot of dialogue is what you are going to get with each. Katanagatari feels more like a solid epic with two main characters developing over the course of the series; while Bakemonogatari is broken down into 5 arcs which have more of a short story feel to them. Both are excellent in terms of the wit and humor injected into some rather disturbing situations. Both anime are critically well known and excellent in terms of production quality. A fan of one will want to check out the other.

eaper eaper says...

The light novels each of these series are based on were written by the same author. As such, they both have many similar characteristics, such as a large number of puns, areas of heavy dialog, and some similar pacing. If you liked one, it is worthwhile to check the other one out.

069JLU 069JLU says...

They even give off the same feeling, the interesting background, storyline and unique yet rather realistic characters makes it special. I especially love the broken transitions and flat gradient patterns.

Drasticc Drasticc says...

Great plot and character development in both, heavy on the dialog.  If you like one, then you're more than likely to like the other based on story, character design, and story pace.

kazas41 kazas41 says...

The dialogues are epic. Every word brings in more meaning and flavor to the anime, after which you'll get a life-meaning crissis - that's what I love.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are dialogue-driven shows which focus more on the interactions between the characters than the overall plot. Said characters are also very memorable. The main difference ebtween both shows is that Katanagatari has some bits of action while there's none in Bakemonogatari, but fans of one will definitely appreciate the other.

Mekakucity Actors

Mekakucity Actors

The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?

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atlas7 atlas7 says...

Five minutes into one,  you could tell both were animated by studio Shaft. Everything from the visual artwork to the camera angles, might i add the impossible turning of the neck as one speaks, all the way to how the story is presented takes a role similar to the other. The only major difference that i was able to pick up, other that different plots and characters of course, is that mekaku city actors is a little less reliant on word play than bakemonogatari, hell, they even have a semi sidekick character( shinobu/ene ) included in the package. So its a given that if you like one, you will definitely like the other. 

ammo1991 ammo1991 says...

If you liked Bakemonogatari, you will clearly like Mekaku City Actors too. Bakemonogatari held my old "record for weirdest anime ever", but mekaku city actors is clearly much weirder. If you like getting confused, having no idea what you are watching, and having questions answered with new questions, then these are the animes for you! 

SamIchi SamIchi says...

Just like atlas7 said, at the beginning of the show you could tell it was made from the same people, the creepy neck turning too (lol) I recommend both ways!! You've got to see the other if you liked either, I'm a big fan of Bakemonogatari and I've got to say, same vibe and everything while watching Mekakucity

Zilverwilg Zilverwilg says...

I found the art and the slow pacing in Mekaku City Actors had a lot of similarities with Bakemonogatari from the beginning when I started watching. The shows have both characters possesed with mysterious spirits.

In Bakemonogatari is it more in episodes different stories and in Mekaku City Actors is it all one story, but how the characters get introduced are all different stories.

I think if you liked Bakemonogatari like I did you also like Mekaku City Actors, and those who liked Mekaku City Actors go check out Bakemonogatari because these shows all look a like very much.

But I need to say don't expect an master who gives help in Mekaku City Actors, like in Bakemonogatari.

Noriko Noriko says...

Very similar style, angles, and vibe. If you liked the animation and story telling in either Bakemonogatari, I'm sure you'll like Mekaku City Actors and other way.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

Soooo. these two anime have the same sort of story layout (completely all over the place) and both ended up being pretty confusing. They both have supernatural elements and both animated by the same studio (Head turns Shaft T_T). Well I think that if you enjoyed the storyline of one (if you could find some) then you should enjoy the other. So if you enjoyed the weird nature of one, check out the other.

boxdragon boxdragon says...

As mentioned multiple times by others both have Shaft's signature style, similar pacing and wonderful dialogue.

Aikoto Aikoto says...

Yep. Exaclty teh same stark colors, weird cutaways, random nonsense. It's like TV static- the anime. Basically, if you like one, you'll probably like the other. If you hate one, avoid the other.

Nisekoi

Nisekoi

Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.

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PraVDa PraVDa says...

I never thought that Nisekoi will be similar with Bakemonogatari, but after a few minutes watching Nisekoi, one thing that comes to my mind, 'It's so Shaft-like'. Their style of animation are almost identical. And Onodera's voice kinda remind me about Nadeko, turns out they have same voice actor.

Bakemonogatari and Nisekoi has same plot, both have one guy who gets in a relationship with many girls one after another. But Bakemonogatari is more about supernatural while Nisekoi is more about romantic comedy that happen around the male lead.

Chriskat777 Chriskat777 says...

I agree with 080705639 and I'd like to point out that the use of camera views is very similar. You always see the camera shift every which way in bakemonogatari just like in nisekoi.

SuperProngs SuperProngs says...

It's too soon to tell whether Nisekoi will live up to Bakemonogatari's excellence but with Akiyuki Shinbo directing both series and with the beautiful art style that he's brought to Nisekoi, I am rather optimistic. Shinbo directs Shaft to more silky-smooth animation. The stories are clearly different but just self-aware enough to appeal to a certain corner of my mind.

If you loved either series and are looking for a similarly directed show full of slick animation, creative bright art direction and tight editing, give the other show a shot.

lualdu lualdu says...

I don't recommend these shows because of their storys at all, but I personally can't get enough of either Shaft studio shows. Bakemonogatari  is a slightly more serious and supernatural themed, Ecchi show whereas Nisekoi  is a romantic comedy, false love, and Ecchi (although the two shows have a different kind of Ecchi, one is more perverted jokes than anything and the other has bikinis and a character who can't get enough of them). In Bakemonogatari  and Nisekoi  there are undeniable similarities. Both shows have a Tsundere involved (Kirisaki for Nisekoi  Senjougahara for Bakemonogatari). There is also a noticable similarity in both of the main characters (although Araragi from Bakemonogatari  is a much more perverted character than Ichijo from Nisekoi), as well as Onodera from Nisekoi  and Sengoku from Bakemonogatari. So for those of you that really loved the characters from Bakemonogatari  or Nisekoi  I highly recommend you watch either of these shows. 

bunnylovesanime bunnylovesanime says...

Both are Shaft animes with a similar story about a boy and host of girls he helps.  Both boy characters are sort of aloof. The artwork and fluid motion of the action scenes is very similar. While Bakemonogatari is a supernatural show both are ecchi, feature some comedy, and a little romance. If you are a fan of Shaft anime then you will more than likely enjoy both shows.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

These shows share both a director and studio, so stylistically they are very similar. While Bakemonogatari deals more in the realm of the supernatural and is completely dialogue driven, Nisekoi thrives more on the hilarity and romance that ensues from various unique situations. If you enjoy character driven shows that maintain good balance between seriousness and comedy, either one is for you.

RPKll RPKll says...

From a Cinematography standpoint, they are extremely similiar.

There's also a wonderful tsundere best girl.

Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Reasons you might like Mushishi...

Julia Julia says...

If you enjoyed Meme-sama's handling of supernatural phenomena, you'd probably also like watching Ginko solve problems caused by Mushi.

kresek kresek says...

Both animes resembles each other. There is this slow-paced, unrealistic atmosphere, and solving cases involving weird things (oddities, Mushi).

eaper eaper says...

These series each focus around a character trying to solve supernatural issues. Mushishi is much more episodic and laid back, however.

Airsnares Airsnares says...

Both have the chill and seemingly calm yet edgy style. Bakemonogatari is a little more exciting, but Mushishi feels more rich. Both amazing anime in their own respects.

globalwild globalwild says...

At their core, Bakemonogatari and Mushishi center around a male character with the ability to see and interact with a spiritual world.  From that base, both series story diverge greatly.  Mushishi is more slow-paced, philosophical, and feels more spirtual overall.  On the other hand, Bakemonogatari mixes the supernatural with tsundere and comedy for an experience that is uniquely its own.

vhunterD vhunterD says...

Both deal with supernatural mysteries and make great headtrips. Mushishi is more episodic compared to Bakemonogatari's 2 to 5 episode arcs. All the same if you liked Bakemonogatari, you'll like Mushishi too.

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Nightmares creep into the waking hours as Mina Tepes, childlike Queen of the damned, shockingly appears on live television to announce her plans for a colony where her blood-sucking brethren can live in peace. As pandemonium engulfs the globe, Mina reconnects with a handsome face from her past: Akira, a brooding beast whose link to the queen is both powerful and mysterious. Together, Mina and Akira will bare their fangs and fight against an ancient evil. And though the Queen and her ferocious werewolf minions vow that no human blood will be spilled, there are others of her kind who yearn to sink their teeth into innocent flesh. Can Akira maintain his fleeting link to the realm of the living while battling to protect this ruthless and royal beauty? Only one thing is certain. The world’s not ready for her reign.

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Reasons you might like Dance in the Vampire Bund...

5hinigam1 5hinigam1 says...

Both animes have the same nice graphics/animation,Bakemonogatari have a vampire too,and the humor is similar. So if you enjoyed one of these animes you must try the other one

ciller ciller says...

If you think about it, there actually quite the same. Because first of all, they have vampire’s. And if you have an eye for it they have both the same kind of dialogs. People have a conversation that is really abstract and not really show any emotion. And that is the point that you will like the other if you liked one of them. I think people that like one of them are kind of interested in the dialogs there having. In Bakemonogatari they show the missing emotions with things flashing through. In Dance in the Vampire Bund they do the same only there are less things that are flashing through and its more concentrated on camera view and the music. Of course there are people that liked one of them because of the violent atmosphere. Because the dialogs are not only abstract without emotion they are constantly threaten each other. Also I may not forget they both have the fights everyone would like. Once in the while they fight however when they do it they do it good. Remember watch both even if you didn’t even watched one of them.

Symmetrical Symmetrical says...

Both of these animes are pieces of art in my opinion. The quality and animation of both are astonishing and very clear. They also have the same feel to it if you know what i mean. Darkness, romance, alot of smart talk :)

eaper eaper says...

Both being made by Shaft, they each have a similar method of story telling, a similar art and character design. They also are both heavy of ecchiness and loliness and have a lot of supernatural myths/characters.

Edmond Edmond says...

Both Bakemonogatari and Dance in the Vampire Bund are alike in many ways. The animation style and techniques applied to the visuals make these two anime's a must 'watch'. Listening or in some cases, reading the story alone is not enough to fully comprehend the intentions, feelings and complexities of both storys' characters.

The animation and the delivery of both animes leave them as highly recommended in my books.

quize20 quize20 says...

has a very similar feel with the jumping around and what not. Deals with the whole supernatural theme really well and has strong vampire points in each of these amimes.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.

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Reasons you might like Sasami-san@Ganbaranai...

sothis sothis says...

Both titles are incredibly gorgeous with unique animation and character designs - in my opinion both are also excessively slow and boring and esoteric and lost my interest. I do think fans of one would likely appreciate the style or pacing of the other.

Etue Etue says...

Both have interesting artstyles and likable characters. Sasami-san has a weak start but don't let that fool you. The anime only gets better during it's run. Bakemonogatari has a more sensible artistic approach and relies more on dialogue but is genuinely good as well.

Taek Taek says...

Although the 2 are quite different in terms of story line and feel, there are some similarities with character portrayal, animation styles (especially how text is used) and some of the idea's behind the characters (the 'Ghosts' in Bake and the Shinto gods in Sasami). Overall, they're both very enjoyable, and I'd say that they are similar enough to warrant a good recommendation. 

snivets snivets says...

Sasami-san and Bakemonogatari both are best described as eccentric, abstruse, and slightly bizarre. Both display little regard for plot intricacy, instead focusing on unconventional art and animation. With similar atmospheres and senses of humor, I think fans of either show would enjoy the other.

Madoka Madoka says...

Both series have a similar art and animation style and though they seem different they are quite alike. Sasami-sam has a slower start and pacing as a whole, but don't be put off, it in my eyes is basically monogatari except slower and a little more laid back. The writing style and some comedy is also quite alike in the two series. It comes down to, Sasami-sam is a more hands off laid back monogatari or alternitively Monogatari is a more serious Sasami. If you like one you are likely to enjoy the other unless you don't care for easy going (alternitively serious) series.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both deal with gods and monsters and mucking around with the laws of the natural world and the consequences that come with using such powers. Both are nicely animated Shaft productions.