Nanbaka - Recommendations

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Prison School

Prison School

Hachimitsu Private Academy is anything but typical. With a female to male ratio of 200 to 1, the academy's five male students think they're in heaven – when really, they're about to enter hell! For after peeping on some of the busty, nubile ladies in the locker room, the gang is apprehended by the sadistic members of the Underground Student Council – a group determined to punish those who take part in illicit relationships on campus. Their punishment? To spend a month in prison on the school grounds, subject to the cruel whims of the club members! Now, the boys must pass the days performing mundane tasks and getting beaten by the dominatrix Meiko, all the while trying to view as many breasts and panties as possible!

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PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Prison School's animation is rough and ragged while Nanbaka is bright and crazy but otherwise average. Both take place in "prisons" of some sort with the theme of escaping though. The prisoners are male and each has their own defined quirks. Both include comedy. If you liked one, you should consider trying the other.

Shadowespio Shadowespio says...

Both take place in a prison and have a unique cast of characters.There's also over the top comedy in both shows that are sure to get you laughing.

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill

The city state of Lisvalletta. Two suns rise above this city, and the people here live peaceful lives, but in the shadows crime and illegal drugs run rampant. Among them is the dangerous, highly lethal drug "Anthem" which casts a dark shadow over the city. The SEVEN-O Special Crime Investigation Unit specializes in cracking down on Anthem. This unit operates in two man "buddy" teams in what's called the "Double Decker System" to tackle the problem. Doug Billingham is a seasoned investigator, and joining him is Kirill Vrubel, whose abilities are mysterious and unknown.

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zoetag18 zoetag18 says...

With the bright colors, crazy narration, absurd humor and fun action, it's highly likely that these series would be best friends. 

Inu230 Inu230 says...

Both of these go over the top with bright sparkling animation. Nanbaka is exceptionally heavy with the love of colors. 

If you watched Nanbaka and wanted or would like to see something with less intense but still present color palooza then give Double Decker! Doug & Kirill a watch. 

While the story’s aren’t very relatable both do center on comedy and teamwork. 

The main difference between the M.C.s are the side of the law they find themselves on. Most of the main characters in Double Decker! Doug & Kirill are law enforcers bent on bringing down a drug crime syndicate while Nanbaka’s M.C. are criminals bent on escaping. Or at least that’s how they start out.

If you’d like to see the other side of the law then give the other a watch.

Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho

Yusuke Urameshi was a normal middle school punk until he was hit and killed by a car, while saving a child. His selfless action earned him the right to gain his life back and serve as a detective of the spirit world, keeping the world of the living safe from a myriad of demons. But being reborn has its price: Yusuke must hatch a spirit beast that will develop according to his actions, and if he doesn't act in a good and honest manner, it will eat his soul. Can Yusuke protect the human and spirit worlds and still manage to save himself in the process?

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hotspot hotspot says...

The story is of 4 male characters, most of which are delinquents/enemie of the law. They make new friends along the way, some that have very strange appearances. While they both have comedic aspects, they both have their serious ones too. But what I find the most similar, is the way of battles. Either there's a tornament where one character fights at a time, or the characters are running through a dungeon fighting bad guys left and right.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

In 1955 era Japan, ten years after World War II caused countless to descend into poverty, six young men are transported to a special disciplinary school where countless horrors await them. Overseen by a sadistic, abusive guard and a perverted doctor who requires invasive "inspections," the school is the new home of these boys who committed petty and oft-necessary crimes. Alongside their cellmate, the wise and hardened Rokurouta, the young men will try their best to survive their incarceration and hold on to the fleeting rainbows in their hearts.

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FreyaSilverflame1223 FreyaSilverflame1223 says...

Like this anime, Nanbaka is also about guys attempting to escape from a prison. In Nanbaka, the prison is supposedly impossible to escape from. I call this "the more realistic-looking Nanbaka". No rainbow hair colors here, but still worth a watch.

Gokudo

Gokudo

Gokudo is an adventurer who lies, cheats, and steals to get exactly what he wants, until he steals a magic sword. After a comedic lesson in humility and the prospect of riches and women, he embarks on a quest to save the world of magic. Travelling with the slime-ball Gokudo are royalty, fantastic creatures, and even gods.

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Epimondas Epimondas says...

Gokudo and Nanbaka have similar styles of slapstick silly humo.  Both shows have lead characters being punished.  There is a hefty degree of gender based wit and grayness.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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Epimondas Epimondas says...

Deadman Wonderland and Nanbaka center around a prison and major characters with exceptional and unusual skills.  Both stories don’t seem to care about justice or least not enough to show any character from either deserves prison.

One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

In a city plagued with thugs, mutants, and supervillains, Saitama decides to become a superhero for fun. He envisions an exciting life where he is constantly challenged with tough opponents, but after three years of intense training, he's become so strong that he defeats every enemy with one punch! His dream of engaging challenging foes has gone up in smoke, and his overpowered life is filled with overpowering boredom. Then a cyborg named Genos learns about Saitama's amazing ability and begs him to make him his disciple. Saitama isn't interested in taking on an apprentice, but Genos isn't giving up. Can he convince the disillusioned hero to teach him the secret of his strength? And will Saitama ever find a worthy adversary to battle?

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Narlougo Narlougo says...

These animes are very similar in their overall vibe. Both start out with crazy story lines and wacky characters. After a few episodes the characters become very relatable and you get a feel for their main goals. The main characters both say they do their "jobs" for fun, but actually have other motivations. The whole world seems to go against them, but they just move on with their carefree attitude. Both animes seem random and crazy on the surface but have deeper meanings within the storyline. 

Usavich Zero

Usavich Zero

A prequel to Usavichi.

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Inu230 Inu230 says...

Main character(s) are imprisoned and want to escape. Or do they?

Perhaps they really just want to make the guards miserable.

If you’re into watching failed prison escapes these are for you.

Also characters are humanoid but calling them all human would be misleading.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

It has been 11 years since the defeat of the Joestar's arch nemesis, Dio. In 1999, Jotaro Kujo went to Morioh in S City in M Prefecture, Japan, to find his grandfather, Joseph Joestar's secret child, Josuke Higashikata. However, Josuke had the same ability as Jotaro, the Stand. And as though Jotaro was summoning them, a new group of Stand Users start to make their moves. There's something in this town... Josuke rises up to save Morioh, his hometown that he grew up in.

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Inu230 Inu230 says...

WOOWZERS! Looking for something not only out of the box but so far away the box is basically invisible? then these are for you.

The animators love their colors and their effects and they have no shame about going cray-cray with them.

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Characters in both possess abilities that go beyond scientific explanation and are themselves somewhat beyond explanation. 

Also the stories start with an M.C. living their life until something places them in a situation they don’t want to be in but they face the challenge(s) head-on. Even if they aren’t happy about it.

There’s also a “parent” in both who doesn’t deserve the title.

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Men, Men, Men, Men. The focus is on Men!

Blood Lad

Blood Lad

Staz isn’t what you’d call a traditional vampire. He’s fascinated by human culture - especially anime, manga and video games - and unlike his brethren, he has no interest in sucking people dry. As a prominent street boss in the demon world, Staz has never desired to go to to the human world. But when a human girl accidentally wanders into his territory, is eaten by a carnivorous plant and comes back as a ghost, Staz makes a life-changing decision: he’ll help resurrect this lovely lady any way he can, even if it means heading to Earth! But the path won’t be easy, what with having no idea how to complete the task and his own laziness standing in the way.

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GrandfatherClock GrandfatherClock says...

over the top character comedy? check

eye-burningly bright color scheme? check

morally dubious characters? check

A mysteriously powerful MC that just doesnt care most of the time? check

If you liked one of these animes you'll like the other