Tokyo Godfathers

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Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.

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kilrothi kilrothi says...

Tokyo Godfathers and Millennim Actress are both made by MADHOUSE studio. Though not very similar in story line, both are poignant stories with lots of human emotion, breathtaking visuals, and a few scenes to make you cry.

Menchi Menchi says...

Do you like anime that are a) realistic b) beautiful c) a little humoristic and d) made by Satoshi Kon? In that case Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers are the right choise for you. They are both masterpieces from one of the greatest anime-directors, and worth their reputation.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Most of Satoshi Kon's works are really screwed up and psychological, but Tokyo Godfathers and Millenium Actress are actually really heartwarming and sweet, with a bit of humor thrown in, and some really wonderfully-realized characters. Truely excellent.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Visuaaly beautiful, amazing sound, extremely realstic, great characters, heartwarming, and directed by Satoshi Kon these are all things that these two movies have in common.  Both series are absolute masterpieces that any viewer should have on their watched list.  Completely captivating stories that will draw you in and have you actually care about the characters and what happens next.

valondar valondar says...

While Satoshi Kon is well known for his surreal mindbending fare - where reality being peeled away at the surface is a major part of the plot - it is interesting to compare these two obstensibly non-surreal, Kon anime set in the real world... because the surreal influences he is known for seep in in less obvious ways. In Millennium Actress, his penchant for blending realities is used to suggest memory and recollection - as an actress looks back on her life, with the added layer of the 'real' in her life often matching, contrasing or being melded with the fictions she played as an actress - while Tokyo Godfathers expresses the idea more subtly: While the story never leaves its 'real' trappings, it piles on implausible event after implausible event in a never-ending combination of climaxes. Both titles are heartwarming, though Tokyo Godfathers is hilarious to boot.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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bshegg bshegg says...

Both Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers are directed by Satoshi Kon, fit into similar anime realism genres which are rich in Satoshi Kon's social commentaries, and have intellectually stimulating themes.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

While Tokyo Godfathers is more relaxing than Perfect Blue's murderous plot, both touch upon very realistic and sad parts of our world. Both play up feelings very well, but not the same feelings. Nonetheless, if you like how you are drawn into the story in one you might like the other too!

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Aside from the fact that both of these are films by Satoshi Kon, both of these films have a similar sort of rawness about them. While the plots of both films are rather different, both portray a darker side of society. If you enjoyed that aspect of one, then definately try out the other as tehy both have very engaging plotlines that don't sugar-coat anything.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Both series tend to focus a lot more on the darker side of society.  Though Tokyo Godfather will tend to at times become rather humorous while Perfect Blue tends to have a much more murderous plot to it they both are very realistic and gives insight to parts of society that the viewer may not have been aware of.  As a final point both are made by Satoshi Kon so that's a major plus.

Paprika

Paprika

In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.

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AkiNoHoshi AkiNoHoshi says...

These two films, by the same Satoshi Kon, are very alike in that a lot of the time you find yourself asking, "...Wait, what?" They're intriguing and wonderful, and you can easily get lost in the storyline.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Films both made by Satoshi Kon.  Both movies are ccompletely good a drawing you into their stories and having you actually paying attention to the plot and caring about the characters.  While Tokyo Godfathers tends to be a lot more realistic than Paprika they both have a unique cast of characters and beautiful visuals and music.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series have (apart from the same direct) a very similar since of pacing, constant movement, and artwork. If you liked one movie then it would be worth it to check out the other.

Booskaboo Booskaboo says...

The animations and the way to use real photos for backgrounds is the same (they're both published by MADHOUSE). If you enjoyed one for it's animation, the other will most surely fit your taste.

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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badazz5001 badazz5001 says...

both are by madehose and have verry simmiler naimation. both have to an extent a great mistery asspeact. Both have great charectors and a good phicological aspect.

contralto contralto says...

both anime show man's very 'human' side, our deepest needs and desires and how much we can push ourselves to achieve them. the storytelling showcases many subplots. major characters are well explored, with many minor characters coming and going. the animation is realistic - barely flashy - but very consistent throughout.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Amazing storytelling and interesting characters is easily the two greatest points that each series has to offer.  Include amazing animation with great rich colors and an amazing soundtrack and both series have a lot to offer for pleasing the viewer.  Watching either one of these series not only gets the viewer thinking about themselves but also thinking about humans in general and our desires and what we do to fulfill them.

Diachy Diachy says...

Both Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent are thought provoking Psychological works of Satoshi Kon. They have a great link with the mysteries and ambiguity of the human psyche. While there may be dihherences in the way they show the underlying messages they are still relativley the same. This can be said about all Satoshi Kon's works however. If you like one I truly don't see how you could not like the other. This is the most "down to earth" of Satoshi Kon's work's. It is still very meaningful and thought provoking.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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yuujin yuujin says...

The only thing that really separates Samurai Champloo and Tokyo Godfathers is 400 years between the Edo era and present day Tokyo. In both, a very strange crew travels in searching of relatives, and no one of the party actually wants to stick together but somehow in the end they always get dragged to each other. The funny humour and modern style in these two anime really makes them more lively and interesting to watch.

Gundevil Gundevil says...

This might seem like a strange recommendation, but Samurai Champloo and Tokyo Godfathers are similar in their main concept. They are both about three strange individuals with seemingly nothing in common who come together to find something new about themselves. They're both about outcasts in society who rise above their circumstances by coming together to accomplish a common goal, and in doing so, they find themselves.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

While there are vast differnces between the two they both feature a small group of misfits banding together in search of the relatives of one of the individuals.  The group though having little common and at times seem to display dislike for one another they still end up getting drawn back together.  Also as each story progresses the characters tend to grow from how they were at the beginning and usually end up learning a little something about themselves.

Uchuu Kazoku Carlvinson

Uchuu Kazoku Carlvinson

When the ragtag crew of the Carlvinson saw a spaceship crash land on a planet below, they had no idea they’d stumble across a now-orphaned baby girl! With none of her kind in sight, the cat-like Beruka, brain-faced Tah, robot Andy and the rest of the gang decide to raise little Corona until her people can be found. The very unorthodox “parents” and “extended family” of the Carlvinson will watch Corona grow from a baby to a young child, and will participate in mock dragonfly rescues, family field days, and more! But soon a transmission reveals that someone is coming to retrieve Corona – will Corona’s adopted family lose her forever?

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sothis sothis says...

Carlvinson and Tokyo Godfathers are both delightful tales of a group of misfits who must take care of a small child. Carlvinson takes place in the far reaches of space, while Tokyo Godfathers is more of a realistic story; but both are touching, funny, and fantastic watches regardless. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

SpanglishJC SpanglishJC says...

These two anime both follow a group of characters with interesting personalities trying to deal with having newly acquired an abandoned baby.

Both are a very good time with Tokyo Godfathers being the more substantial film. 

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these anime deal with an abandonned child that ends up in the hands of a rather peculiar group of people. In Uchuu Kazoku it's a group of aliens and in Tokyo Godfathers it's a trio of homeless people.

Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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ace52387 ace52387 says...

Stories about the misfits society leaves behind make very good sob stories. By cruel twists of fate or psychological problems, the characters in NHK and Tokyo Godfathers have sunk to the depths of low. Each character in both these titles has a tragic past to explore. Tear jerkers alternate with jokes, sometimes within seconds of one another, to keep everything light enough to be pleasant.

valondar valondar says...

Welcome to the NHK and Tokyo Godfathers are both sharp comedies with elements of drama (or is it the other way around?) about the outcasts of society - social recluses, or hikikomoris, in NHK, and the homeless in Tokyo Godfathers. They're also, to various extents, about people helping the less fortunate to fill some void of their own. Some of the funniest and, at times, some of the most touching anime out there. Strongly recommended.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are comedies that have a bunch of series moments spread out and are focused around a part of society (although NHK is a part of society unique to Japan) that is a major issue. If you liked looking into a different subsect of society in one of these series, check out the other.

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.

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shortlex shortlex says...

In some great anime series music plays a major role in setting the mood and emotion with the storyline.

Both Tokyo Godfathers and Gunslinger Girls incorporate Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Ode to Joy) and work effectively in displaying the dramatic irony.

Gunslinger Girls unravels a tale which leaves you begging for more in the next episodes. The same can be said for Toyko Godfathers: subplots are introduced, and you can't wait to see how they play out.  

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Gunslinger Girl is longer and has a lot more character development, but both it and Tokyo Godfathers tell a tale of sadness. A lot of events happen to the characters and impact their way of thinking about the world.  

Junkers Come Here

Junkers Come Here

Hiromi Nozawa is a young sixth-grader with a fairly normal life -- and a talking pet dog named Junkers. With her mother at work all hours of the day, and her father constantly overseas, tension in the household is building up quickly, making Hiromi concerned that her parents might not stay together much longer. Luckily, Junkers has the ability to grant three miracles... but are miracles strong enough to save Hiromi's family?

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yuujin yuujin says...

In "Junkers Come Here" and in "Tokyo Godfathers" the most important thing is family; both movies' characters must bring the family back together. At first everyone thinks only about themselves and their own welfare but in the end they'll understand what's so important about family. In other words, they will find their family anew. It may seem that in "Junkers Come Here" everything is done by magical Junkers' powers, or that in "Tokyo Godfathers" all events are keyed by unnatural coincidences, but it's the characters that ultimately grow and make miracles happen.

fizrox fizrox says...

Both movies are about contemprorary issue of not showing one's feelings. Atmosphere is very similar and these productions leave us with some reflections in our head.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Sad things can happen to good people. Tokyo Godfathers and Grave of the Fireflies are realistic anime that show you how a family can make the best of things in the worst situations.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series showed some hardships that come from losing your family, be it by running away from them or losing them to war. Each series has some rather heavy moments with a lot of emotion that bring them together. If you want a happier look into that, try tokyo godfathers. If you want to... well, cry, try GotF.