Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like FLCL. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like FLCL

10. Tsuritama
9. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
8. Gunbuster
7. Durarara!!
6. Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series
5. Kyousou Giga (TV)
4. Bakemonogatari
3. Dead Leaves
1. Gurren Lagann

10. Tsuritama

Synopsis – Yuki Sanada is a socially awkward young man who lives with his grandmother. Due to her job, they must move around a lot. This means Yuki has difficulty forming lasting relationships with his peers, or relationships at all, for that matter. His fear of social interaction is so great that when asked to make a greeting or parting speech in his classes, Yuki often freezes. As if drowning, he blacks out from the present, only able to focus on his certain ridicule. However, Yuki’s life changes forever when he moves to Enoshima and meets an odd boy named Haru—who claims to be an alien.

Haru wields a questionable water gun and fishbowl, and has a tendency to speak with the beta fish inside it. He immediately latches onto Yuki as a friend, completely disregarding any complaints Yuki might have about this. Haru is like a force of nature, unheeding of other people’s resistance to his antics. Together, Haru and Yuki also snowball a fellow classmate and fisherman named Natsuki Usami into Haru’s schemes. What out-of-this-world adventures lie ahead for this unique bunch? Find out in Tsuritama!

Similarity –Tsuritama almost immediately reminded me of FLCL: impressive art, soundtrack, balance of seriousness and humor, insanity underlined with the motifs of puberty and coming of age among other things. While the main characters are not identical, they are both bored, awkward boys who become mixed up with an alien. Tsuritama lacks the thought-provoking symbols and complex development that FLCL has, but overall they are both an enjoyable ride on the crazy train of adolescence.

9. 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 – Both are totally random, bit confusing and hide a deeper meaning, ah a much deeper meaning, in both (flcl (male mc)and sayonara(female mc) are ignorant people who don’t want to decipher the inner darkness in people but decipher only the portion that makes them happy..

8. Gunbuster

GunbusterSynopsis- Generations have passed since the war with the Space Monsters started, and none remain who know how it began, with even records of those times being scarce. It is a lost cause, but humanity still fights against them, relying on the “Topless”: a group of elite space pilots with special powers that allow them to use the Buster Machines—the last hope against the Space Monsters.

Nono, a girl from a remote Martian town, has heard tales all her life of the legendary pilot “Nono-Riri,” and wants nothing more than to leave her humble life behind and follow in the footsteps of her idol. Though she has no idea of the dangers that lie ahead, nothing will stop her from achieving her dream. While Nono is down on her luck, she chances upon the lonesome Topless pilot Lal’C Melk Mark, and decides to stake her entire future on following Lal’C, no matter the cost.

Similarity – Same director and writer so they have a similar style. They have similar themes about growing up, phenomenally exciting robot action, and fantastically expressive characters; the two main heroines of Diebuster also resemble Naoto and Haruko in that one is rather cynical while the other is hyperactive (and has pink hair) and they also have a bit of a romance. Both have a similar pacing as well, with the first three episodes focused mostly on the characters and the last three episodes being more plot-centric.

7. Durarara!!

DurararaSynopsis – In Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.

Mikado Ryuugamine has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted. But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city.

Similarity – both series music helps drive this awesome explosion of energy! Also to me I love the interesting and diverse characters of both shows. Both stories are set in seemingly realistic worlds but yet there is an element of magic that brings these stories to an almost fairytale-ish charm.

Also read,10 Anime Like Durarara!

6. Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series

Detroit Metal City
Synopsis – Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its captivatingly dark and crude style. Its extravagant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the fiery pits of hell itself in order to bring the world to its knees and lord over all mortals—or at least that’s what he’s publicized to be.

Unbeknownst to his many worshippers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he is soft-spoken, peace-loving, and would rather listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in DMC’s garish concerts in order to make ends meet. Detroit Metal City chronicles Negishi’s hilarious misadventures as he attempts to juggle his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.

Similarity – Though their plots are very different, there are some similarities between FLCL and DMC that will probably make you want to try them both:
– craziness and intensity;
– adult humor, vulgarity and violence;
– rock music and musical instruments;
– lead character seem to be just a regular guy unless he reveals his another astonishing identity;
– both last about 2 hours in total, and both are definitely worth spending time on them.

5. Kyousou Giga (TV)

Kyousou Giga
Synopsis –Long ago, there was a monk named Myoue who could bring anything he drew to life. He quietly lived with his wife Koto—a black rabbit in human form—and their three children: Yakushimaru, Kurama, and Yase. One day, the high priest of the land concluded that Myoue’s drawings caused too many problems for the locals and ordered him to find a solution. In response, the family secretly fled to an alternate world of Myoue’s own creation—the Looking Glass City.

Everything was peaceful until Myoue and Koto suddenly vanished. Their three children are left to take care of the city, and Yakushimaru inherits Myoue’s name and duties. Stranded in this alternate world, their problems only get worse when a young girl—also named Koto—crashes down from the sky and declares that she is also looking for the older Myoue and Koto. Armed with a giant hammer and two rowdy familiars, Koto just might be the key to releasing everyone from the eternal paper city.

Similarity – FLCL and Kyousou Giga not only shares similar artwork and backgrounds but also with its explicit presentation in terms of comedy, action, and fun. The main female characters from both series are similar with their explosive energy and personality.

More so however is the comedy from both series. The dialogues are catchy and provides feedback of fun that also balances itself with emotional scenes. There are also elements mixed in that is quite eye gluing with the way it presents itself.

4. Bakemonogatari

Synopsis – Although there are still traces of the brief period he became a vampire, third-year high school student Koyomi Araragi is human again. He happens upon others with their own supernatural problems and finds that he can empathize. Koyomi becomes involved in their lives, seeking to help them and occasionally asking for advice from Meme Oshino, the homeless man who helped him become human again.

Similarity – Both FLCL and Bakemonogatari capture slices of real life with nonsensical-on-the-surface metaphors. From seeing the end of the second episode, I thought to come here. FLCL and Bakemonogatari fit together perfectly. From what I’ve seen, they’re both anime you appreciate for their quirky or bizarre perspective on serious issues in the human condition. Both experiment heavily. Neither should be given skeptical or realistic treatment. In short, FLCL and Bakemonogatari have very similar feels in their art styles and in how they discuss their subjects.

Also read,10 Anime Like Bakemonogatari

3. Dead Leaves

Synopsis – Pandy and Retro awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past. They embark on a devastating crime spree in search of food, clothing and transportation, but are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves. While incarcerated, they quickly discover that Dead Leaves is also a top-secret cloning facility, occupied by villainous guards and deformed genetic experiments. Ultra-manic chaos and hyper-violent bedlam ensue as they organize a prison break with the aid of their fellow mutant inmates.

Similarity – If you liked Dead Leaves, you’ll like the same sort of crazy energy and action that’s found all over FLCL. On the flip side, if you liked FLCL for its heart, for its smart usage of energy and action to tell a story about youth, responsibility, innocence lost, and for it’s ability to transcend genre and medium to tell a compelling literary story, then Dead Leaves is not for you. This is really just a one-way street. If you like Dead Leaves you’ll like FLCL, the reverse, however, is not necessarily true. Dead Leaves is FLCL without the emotion and intelligence.


Kill la KillSynopsis – Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shaped like half of a pair of scissors. She’s looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman’s identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special “goku uniform”, and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.

Similarity – FLCL and Kill la Kill are the epitomes of craziness with their delivery.
Both series possess an explosive energy that will draw you in with their action, comedy, drama, and dialogues. By explosive standards, both shows go beyond logic and intensify themselves with their artwork and characters.
Both series’ main female protagonists also possess a high degree of energy that unleashes itself like a time-ticking bomb. Their artwork is also similar along with their stunning soundtracks.

Also read,10 Anime Like KILL la KILL

1. Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannSynopsis – In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device—just as the village’s peace is broken by a violent intrusion.

Similarity – These two series have a lot in common. Since they’re both made by the same company, GAINAX, then you can expect them to be a lot alike.

Both animes focus on growing up and becoming a man but they don’t show it in a boring way. These animes will get you pumped and energized just from the first episode. The energy level in one anime is pretty much equal to the other. Other things these anime have in common are: they both focus on first love, estranged parent-child relationships, being yourself, mecha and how to be cool. If you liked one, you’ll like the other.

Also read,10 Anime Like Gurren Lagann

Credits – MAL



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