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10 Anime Like Bakemonogatari

10. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
9. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
8. Mononoke
7. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
6. Arakawa Under the Bridge
5. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
4. xxxHOLiC
3. Nisekoi: False Love
2. Noragami
1. Katanagatari

10. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)
Synopsis – One autumn evening at a mysterious ramen stand behind the Shimogamo Shrine, a lonely third-year college student bumps into a man with an eggplant-shaped head who calls himself a god of matrimony. Meeting this man causes the student to reflect upon his past two years at college—two years bitterly spent trying to break up couples on campus with his only friend Ozu, a ghoulish-looking man seemingly set on making his life as miserable as possible. Resolving to make the most out of the rest of his college life, the student attempts to ask out the unsociable but kind-hearted underclassman Akashi yet fails to follow through, prompting him to regret not living out his college life differently. As soon as this thought passes through his head, however, he is hurtled through time and space to the beginning of his years at college and given another chance to live his life.

Similarity – Both have a unique art style and presentation, with emotional tension between the characters. There is an obvious romantic pairing in both series. Both focus on characters and presentation over any other element.

9. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)Synopsis – Keima Katsuragi, known online as the legendary “God of Conquest,” can conquer any girl’s heart—in dating sim games, at least. In reality, he opts for the two-dimensional world of gaming over real life because he is an unhealthily obsessed otaku of galge games (a type of Japanese video game centered on interactions with attractive girls).

When he arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to prove his supremacy at dating sim games, Keima is misled into aiding a naïve and impish demon from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission: retrieving runaway evil spirits who have escaped from hell and scattered themselves throughout the human world. Keima discovers that the only way to capture these spirits is to conquer what he hates the most: the unpredictable hearts of three-dimensional girls! Shackled to Elsie via a deadly collar, Keima now has his title of “God of Conquest” put to the ultimate test as he is forced to navigate through the hearts of a multitude of real-life girls.

Similarity – In the sense that its a boy trying to do something for a girl. With kami nomi, katsuragi tries to fill the emptiness of the heart of the girl to capture a loose soul hiding there while with Bakemonogatari, Araragi seeks to help all the heroines with their problems.

8. Mononoke

Mononoke

Synopsis – The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of Mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

Similarity – Both series center around sequential arcs in which the protagonist tackles a supernatural entity plaguing humans by unraveling the circumstances surrounding it. Bakemonogatari has a modern setting while Mononoke is a period piece, so they complement each other with the contrast.

7. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou SenseiSynopsis – Nozomu Itoshiki is a high school teacher so pessimistic that even the smallest of misfortunes can send him into a pit of raging despair; some of these “catastrophes” even lead to suicide attempts. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a satirical slice-of-life comedy set in the modern day, covering various aspects of Japanese life and culture through Nozomu and his interactions with his students: Kiri Komori, a recluse who refuses to leave the school; Abiru Kobushi, an enigma who frequently arrives to class with severe and mysterious injuries; the hyper-optimistic Kafuuka Fuura, Nozomu’s polar opposite; and several other unusual girls, all of whom are just as eccentric as their teacher.

Similarity – Even though they’re completely different genres (another one is a satirical comedy/sol while the other is supernatural harem series), they have similarities as to how they are presented. The art (especially background art) is all SHAFT in both of them and both rely on witty and fun dialogue more than action. Both anime have the same voice actor as the main character and is used in a similar way on both of them.

6. Arakawa Under the Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge
Synopsis – Kou Ichinomiya is the son of a wealthy businessman who holds a firm belief in his elite status. As such, he is determined to avoid becoming indebted to anyone; but one day, after a run-in with some mischievous kids on Arakawa Bridge, he ends up falling into the river running underneath. Luckily for him, a passerby is there to save him—but now, he owes his life to this stranger!

Angered by this, Kou insists on paying her back, but this may just be the worst deal the arrogant businessman has ever made. The stranger—a stoic, tracksuit-wearing homeless girl known only as Nino—lives in a cardboard box under the bridge and wants only one thing: to fall in love. Asking Kou to be her boyfriend, he has no choice but to accept, forcing him to move out of his comfortable home and start a new life under the bridge!

Similarity – Both series start with the meeting between the protagonist and an odd yet characteristically deadpan girl he forms an arbitrarily romantic relationship with and follows up with his dealings with various increasingly odd people and their problems. Having the same production studio, director, and lead seiyuu, they often feel quite similar, despite Bakemonogatari possessing a seriousness and sequential arc structure Arakawa consistently avoids.

5. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
Synopsis – Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He firmly believes that joyful youth is nothing but a farce, and everyone who says otherwise is just lying to themselves.

In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman’s teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to extend a helping hand to any student who seeks their support in achieving their goals. With the only other club member being the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people’s problems—a place he never dreamed he would be. As Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to solve many students’ problems, will Hachiman’s rotten view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage?

Similarity – Both with witty dialogues and monologues, if you enjoyed either series you’ll definitely enjoy the other because of the well-crafted dialogue between the two main characters. Seeing their relationship grow and their abusive banter is really amusing. I would’ve loved to see their relationship go deeper like Bakemonogatari but the love triangle was amusing enough.

4. xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC
Synopsis – Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with a cursed gift. He has the ability to see evil spirits, and somehow they seem attracted to himself. One day he meets a mysterious woman who names herself Yuuko. She claims to have the means to end his torment, but she never works for free, and she wouldn’t help him until he works for her enough to pay for her services. Thus he starts to work in her shop and discovers that in that place, nothing is what it seems.

Similarity – Both series focus on the main character solving “oddities” or supernatural phenomena that occur with other characters. There are also parallels between the mentors of each main character. Yuuko (xxxHolic) & Oshino (Bakemonogatari) both provide insight as to how Watanuki (xxxHolic) & Araragi (Bakemonogatari) can solve the ailments spotted. The main difference is that in xxxHolic the solving of these oddities is more of price for service to customers, whereas, in Bakemonogatari, the service is free of charge and deal with the protagonist’s close friends. Still, both are enjoyable to watch and offer a lot of humor.

3. Nisekoi: False Love

Nisekoi False Love
Synopsis – Raku Ichijou, a first-year student at Bonyari High School, is the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. Ten years ago, Raku made a promise to his childhood friend. Now, all he has to go on is a pendant with a lock, which can only be unlocked with the key which the girl took with her when they parted.

Now, years later, Raku has grown into a typical teenager, and all he wants is to remain as uninvolved in his yakuza background as possible while spending his school days alongside his middle school crush Kosaki Onodera. However, when the American Bee Hive Gang invades his family’s turf, Raku’s idyllic romantic dreams are sent for a toss as he is dragged into a frustrating conflict: Raku is to pretend that he is in a romantic relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the beautiful daughter of the Bee Hive’s chief, so as to reduce the friction between the two groups. Unfortunately, reality could not be farther from this whopping lie—Raku and Chitoge fall in hate at first sight, as the girl is convinced he is a pathetic pushover, and in Raku’s eyes, Chitoge is about as attractive as a savage gorilla.

Similarity – They both have that same trippy style (Bakemonogatari’s is more pronounced) like scene cutting, slow-motion shots, soft color backgrounds, off-colored objects (like blue desks or green background characters)…
Basically, I watched Nisekoi for maybe 5 minutes before I asked, “Was this made by the same guy that made Bakemonogatari?

2. Noragami

Noragami

Synopsis – In times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God.

Yato is a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having millions of worshippers. Without a single shrine dedicated to his name, however, his goals are far from being realized. He spends his days doing odd jobs for five yen apiece until his weapon partner becomes fed up with her useless master and deserts him.

Just as things seem to be looking grim for the god, his fortune changes when a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, supposedly saves Yato from a car accident, taking the hit for him. Remarkably, she survives, but the event has caused her soul to become loose and hence able to leave her body. Hiyori demands that Yato return her to normal, but upon learning that he needs a new partner to do so, reluctantly agrees to help him find one. And with Hiyori’s help, Yato’s luck may finally be turning around.

Similarity – Both series involves action, drama, and comedy with humorous dialogues. Bakemonogatari focuses more on wordplay and narrative dialogues while Noragami uses gags for comedy. The main protagonist in both series gets involved with events that put their lives in danger. There is also a bit of influence from folklore and legends relating to various cultures to some degrees.

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1. Katanagatari

katanagatariSynopsis – In an Edo-era Japan lush with a variety of sword-fighting styles, Shichika Yasuri practices the unique one: Kyotouryuu, a technique in which the user’s own body is wielded as a blade. The enigmatic seventh head of the Kyotouryuu school, Shichika lives quietly in exile with his sister Nanami until one day—the wildly ambitious strategist Togame barges into their lives.

Togame brazenly requests that Shichika help in her mission to collect twelve unique swords, known as the “Deviant Blades,” for the shogunate. Shichika accepts, interested in the girl herself rather than petty politics, and thus sets out on a journey. Standing in their way are the fierce wielders of these legendary weapons as well as other power-hungry entities who seek to thwart Togame’s objective. In order to prevail against their enemies, the duo must become an unbreakable team as they forge ahead on a path of uncertainty and peril.

Similarity – Both are adaptations of light novels written by Isin Nisio, and both are extremely heavy on dialogue. The style of humor employed in both Bakemono and Katana is very similar, so if you like the one you’re sure to enjoy the other. Also, though Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari seem like the typical harem and shonen series, both quickly break the confines of their respective genres.

Credits – MAL

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