Nekomonogatari (Black) - Recommendations

Alt title: Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

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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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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.

Naga Naga says...

After Shinbo came to Shaft, their animating style became almost religious, and since both anime come from studio Shaft, they share the same overal feel. Both are funky and bizzare to boot. But biggest similarity would definitely be the comedy.

If you enjoyed one for any of the mentioned, then you could also check out the other one. 

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

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?

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

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.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are quite different in setting and general tone, but they pair well together when you consider the protagonists. A fairly normal man/teenager boy paired with a supernatural female. The bulk of both shows are made up of dialogue where these pairings match wits. The content of the dialogues are much different, but it's the same style of using a lot of metaphors, along with witty, flirty banter. There's also a certain amount of sexual tension and a good deal of chemistry between each pairing.

Welcome to Irabu's Office

Welcome to Irabu's Office

Meet the bizarre and twisted psychiatric doctor Ichirou Irabu. Occasionally taking the form of a lime green bear, a young man or even a small child, this freaky physician and his seductively sadistic nurse Mayumi deal with all manner of patients. Though in order to satiate his rampant injection fetish, everyone receives the same treatment: a large vaccination, whether they need it or not! From a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia, to an office worker tormented by a permanent erection, to a romance novelist with OCD and stress-induced vomiting, no one is safe from Dr. Ichirou's unique and psychedelic medical practice.

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Both these series live and die on the strength of their dialogue. They both use weird abtract imagry to supliment their story telling. And they both have a strange atmosphere that makes then feel a bit surreal at times. 

Katanagatari

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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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Nicknames Nicknames says...

Like Nekomonogatari, Katanagatari is a dialogue-driven shows which focus more on the interactions between the characters than the overall plot. Said characters also happen to be very memorable. Even though there's some action in Katanagatari, fans of Nekomonogatari will definitely enjoy it.

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The Garden of Sinners Movie 2: ...And Nothing Heart. (Murder Speculation Part A)

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In the winter of 1995, Mikiya Kokutou passes a young woman during a late night stroll in the snow. Clad in a striking white kimono and bearing an enigmatic gaze, Shiki Ryougi smiles at Mikiya who stares back with curiosity. As they become acquaintances through lunchtime conversations, Shiki begins opening up to him, with Mikiya learning about her unique upbringing.

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My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy

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Good-looking Kanade Amakusa would prefer nothing more than to have a normal high school life. But due to his "Absolute Choice", a mental curse compelling him to decide between two outrageous options such as sniffing a smutty magazine on the ground versus eating it in public, everyone thinks he’s a total weirdo! One day, the boy chooses that a beautiful girl will fall from the sky, and much to his surprise, his choice becomes reality! Her name is Chocolat, and she’s come with a message: God will strike a deal with Kanade in the form of missions that might just cure his suffering. Sounds trouble-free enough compared to what he’s already gone through - except they’re on a whole other level of extreme craziness than the choices he already makes daily! Can Kanade successfully clear these outrageous challenges, or will he be forever rejected by his classmates and remain an outcast?!

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The Garden of Sinners Movie 7: ......Not Nothing Heart. (Murder Speculation Part B)

The Garden of Sinners Movie 7: ......Not Nothing Heart. (Murder Speculation Part B)

In February 1999, a string of murders has Shiki Ryougi and Mikiya Kokutou on edge. These crimes share a disturbing resemblance to a similar set of homicides from 1995, when Shiki and Mikiya first met, and awaken a dark, murderous desire that has laid dormant within Shiki's soul ever since then.

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Morimiya Yorito is a normal student who has an abnormal obsession for the sky. One day, he meets a strange girl named Shihou Matsuri who shares his interest, but as fate may have it, she isn't a human; Matsuri is a Yaka -- a "woe of the night" -- who is immortal and cannot stand the sunlight. A strange man is chasing Matsuri, to use her powers, so Yorito decides to help her hide. What are the strange man's plans, and what secrets does Yorito's sister hide?

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