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Better Than It Sounds: Anime And Manga A-C
aka: Manga And Anime
Japanese cartoons are weird, man! Though I may be on to something with that blue hair.
Strong Bad, Strong Bad Email #57, "Japanese Cartoon"

The Japanese know a thing or two about making odd-sounding ideas work. After all, they make real odd ideas work all the time.

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  • 07 Ghost: An amnesiac royal gets mixed up with dead bishie bishops after bad dreams make him flee a military academy and his best friend turns into a developmentally delayed mascot character.
  • 20th Century Boys: For some people, there is no life after middle school. Apocalypse ensues.
  • 3x3 Eyes: Immortal dies repeatedly in increasingly bloody, hilarious ways.
  • 666 Satan (manga) : A kid with odd eyes and hair wants to Take Over the World armed only with a boomerang and Satan.
  • + Anima (manga): A bat-girl, crow-boy, feminine fish-boy, and a 17-year-old bear-person with an eye-patch travel through two fictional countries. Food is eaten, people are mauled, and friends are made.
    • Alternative: Some people are part-animal, and others aren't, and many of the ones who aren't part-animal want to either kill or become ones who are, and most of the ones who are part-animal don't want to be.
  • Afro Samurai: Afro sportin' samurai and wise-crackin' motormouth hunt for the "No. 1 Headband" in Schizo Tech Black Feudal Japan so the former can become unquestionable biggest Bad Ass in the world.
  • Afterschool Charisma: Clone High meets Cyteen in Japan.
  • After School Nightmare: Several teenagers must try to solve their crippling psychological problems by repeatedly taking naps.
  • Agent Aika: After the flood, panties.
  • Ah! My Goddess: Good-natured college kid wishes that he could find a girl, finds God instead.
  • Ai Kora: A teenage pervert moves in with a twenty-something drunk, a thrifty, hot-headed red-head, a bespectacled closet fangirl, and a sarcastic singing ninja, who proceed to teach him (the hard way) that women are more than the sum of their parts.
  • Ai Yori Aoshi: College boy moves in with his fiancee. Their neighbors are weird.
  • AIR: Gluttonous hobo and cursed loner fall in love. GOAL-ness ensues.
    • A ramen-loving drifter falls in love with the village idiot and gets turned into a crow.
  • Air Gear: Rollerblading is Serious Business, to the point where it defies physics. Half the rollerbladers seen are various shades of crazy.
  • Akagi: A fourteen-year-old who looks like an adult plays games with gangsters on his days off. He wins. They're scarred for life.
  • Akahori Gedou Hour Lovege: Two female pedophiles commit atrocities on a regular basis in the name of "Justice."
  • Akikan!: The government tries to decide what material to make its drink cans out of.
  • Akame ga Kiru!: Idealistic young man gets robbed. He ends up slaughtering the city folk who take him in and decides to overthrow the government.
  • AKIRA (film)
    • A teenage biker becomes a powerful psychic. This is followed by multiple explosions.
    • Two boys are separated by the government and spend the rest of the movie searching for each other and crying out the other's name until one gets cancer and is killed by canned Jesus.
    • Two teenagers bikers learn the true meaning of friendship and then one of them turns into a blob and blows up Tokyo.
  • AKIRA (manga): An angry teenager takes advantage of a little boy, who eventually expresses his displeasure.
  • Akumetsu: Masked vigilante rains punishment down on corrupt government officials and business executives by repeatedly exploding his own head.
  • Amagami: Choose Your Own Adventure in a Dating Sim: The Anime.
  • Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan: A schoolgirl gets a job at a teahouse to be close to the shop owner. WAFF and Squee ensue.
  • Angel Beats!: A high-school student wakes up, joins an armed revolution against God, and goes to school. In that order.
    • In the first episode, he dies 102 times. Then he shoots a defenseless girl so his friends can steal food.
    • Haruhi hates the afterlife and dragoons people at her school into doing something about it.
  • Animal X (manga): Boy-who-can-turn-into-a-T-rex meets boy-who-can-get-pregnant, ancient conspiracies and corrupt scientists ensue. Much, much more like The Left Hand of Darkness than your average hentai mpreg fic.
  • Animal Yokochou: A frequently neglected five-year-old girl has fourth wall-breaking adventures with her neighbors from another dimension.
  • Ano Hana: A lazy truant high school boy is unpopular because he's harassed by a ditzy ghost. Angst falls, everyone cries.
    • A boy sees a girl. Neither of them has a life.
  • Ano Natsu De Matteru: Dodecahedron of unrequited love interrupted by Intimate Healing from a hot Human Alien.
  • Another: Ordinary High-School Student meets girl. People die.
  • Aoi Hana: Cool upperclassman basketball player picks up a rebound but fails to score.
  • Apollos Song: A delinquent mental patient sees god, then goes through a series of bad relationships.
  • Aquarian Age the Movie: A ten year old boy convinces four Magical Girls to kill him. They fail.
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge: Insane homeless woman rescues drowning man, decides that henceforth, he will be her lover.
    • Or: Wealthy man becomes a hobo because delinquents stole his pants.
  • Arashi No Yoru Ni: A wolf and goat are persecuted because of their romantic love... er, friendship... wait, relationship. Ho Yay and Unresolved Sexual Tension masquerading as Carnivore Confusion ensue.
  • Area 88: A bishonen, a cutter, a Vietnam vet, and their co-workers blow things up and angst about it afterwards. An ambiguously Jewish old guy buys them ramen noodles and weapons of mass destruction.
  • ARIA: Sexist hiring practices mean that a girl's only chance to do what she loves is to enter the tourist industry on Mars.
  • Armitage III: Two cops investigate the death of a Country singer. On Mars.
  • Astro Boy: Scientist makes his dead son the best robot in the world.
  • Asura Cryin': A boy receives a suitcase that contains a Humongous Mecha that is powered by his Cute Ghost Girl.
  • Attack on Titan: A bunch of Spiderman wannabes try to fight giants with swords but fail horribly and repeatedly.
    • Or: Huge nudist cannibals terrorize humanity; angsty Red Shirts fend them off with flimsy swords and unreliable grapple-jetpacks.
    • Or: Stylistic Humongous Mecha series with Kaiju zombies forget the Humongous Mecha.
    • Or: Giant, naked, solar-powered humanish things wander the earth binging and purging all the snacks they come across. The snacks are repeatedly unsuccessful at fighting back.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Flamboyant gourmand gains powerful friends and proves himself useless.
    • Alternately: History in manga form.
    • Alternately: Walking ethnic stereotypes and their relations with one another play out the course of human history from the Ancient Roman Empire to World War II to present time. With extra gay.
  • Azumanga Daioh: No real plot, just Japanese schoolgirls hanging out.
    • Or: Rich 10 year old genius and her friends go through their average lives.
  • B Gata H Kei: Virgin tries to get laid. She's not very good at it.
  • B't X: A guy takes a break from protecting Athena to fly around in a desert on a mechanical pony. Lots of people disapprove.
  • Baccano!!: A number of people aboard a train find they have conflicting interests. An old man looks for friends he shared a drink with a long time ago.
    • Alternately: A genius little girl and a man try to solve a mystery about a train.
      • Or in joke form: A gang, a cult, and the Chicago Mafia walk onto a train one day...
  • Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: The lowest tier class in high-school battles other classes using summoned beings whose power is determined by test grades in order to get better supplies.
    • Alternately: Kids use the powers of studying to overcome bullies.
  • Bakemonogatari: Japanese teenagers and their homeless friend fight monsters TALK. A LOT.
    • Or: Teenage girl falls in love with an enigmatic vampire after he saves her life.
    • Alternatively: Sayonara, Araragi-kun.
  • Bakuman。: An artist and his girlfriend avoid talking to each other.
    • Or, a manga about two kids drawing manga.
  • Bamboo Blade: Kendo instructor decides to settle a year-old bet by fielding an all-girl squad.
  • Bartender: He tends a bar.
    • Alternately: Alcohol solves everything.
  • Basilisk: Romeo and Juliet... with ninja!
  • Basquash!: God created basketball.
  • Batman: Gotham Night: Anime adaptation of a comic hero, made 60 years after the hero's debut.
  • Battle Athletes: Girls train and compete for extreme Olympics, in Space.
  • Beauty Pop: Teenage hairstylists compete with one another.
  • BECK: A shy guy joins a band.
  • Beelzebub: A juvenile delinquent becomes the unwilling father of an infant demon prince and teaches him how to be a real man. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Ben-To: Students having all out wars for half-priced lunchboxes.
  • Berserk: A big guy with an unfortunate tattoo tries to get therapy for the girlfriend who hates him after his pretty-haired ex-best friend sells out the world for a makeover and a spiffy new Batman outfit.
  • Best Student Council: A girl whose best friend is a puppet dabbles in school politics.
  • Beyblade: An evil organization attempts to take over the world using spinning tops. It's Serious Business.
  • Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian: A veteran and a little girl search for overdue library books.
  • The Big O: What if Bruce Wayne had a giant robot? Has surprisingly little to do with orgasms.
    • Or: A bunch of amnesiacs, one of whom thinks he's Batman, run around destroying a city with giant robots. Eventually revealed to be inconsequential.
    • Or: A man who looks like Bruce Wayne, who's actually a tomato, uses a Humongous Mecha named after an orgasm to fight other giant robots who aren't as suggestively named.
  • Binbō-gami ga!: An outwardly-perfect girl who's secretly a Broken Bird ends up in a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with a demigod who wants to stop her from being a good luck vacuum.
  • Binbou Shimai Monogatari: Two underage sisters live together in a run-down apartment and have to get by on their own. They love each other a lot.
  • Birdy the Mighty: A policewoman with Bizarre Alien Biology from space meets Ordinary High-School Student and does Fusion Dance with him. They Fight Crime.
  • Black Cat: A Technical Pacifist tries to stay out of a war between two groups of Well Intentioned Extremists. The Anime adds a subplot where he talks of the less sympathetic Extremist group's leader entirely in death threats for half the series.
  • Black Jack: A Tall, Dark and Snarky man and his Frankensteinian creation charge astronomical sums of money to cut people open.
  • Black Lagoon: A salary-man quits his job to run errands for and with unstable foreigners who frequently try to kill him. He still dresses like a salary-man, though.
  • Black★Rock Shooter: Two girls befriend each other in freshman year but drift apart. Meanwhile, their alternate universe counterparts try to kill each other. Les Yay references ensue.
    • For the TV series: Schoolgirl angst spawns a parallel dimension of nonstop violence. The therapist approves.
  • Blade of the Immortal: A swordsman with internal parasites gets hired by a plucky orphan to kill "bad people."
  • Blame!: An untalkative, millennia-old, amnesiac robot meanders around a mostly abandoned space station looking for genes.
  • Bleach: Dead people fight other dead people but almost never to the death.
    • Or: Wannabe fashion designer (and possible Chessmaster and troper) shows off. Title has little to do with plot.
    • Bleach: Diamond Dust Rebellion: Secondary Pretty Boy character angsts for 90 minutes.
    • Bleach: Fade To Black: Two siblings try to destroy the ruling class because a childhood friend can't remember their names.
    • Bleach: Hell Verse: Teen and his dead friends go to Hell to find a sister. Leads to massive trolling.
  • Blood+: A teenage girl teams up with a cellist and a giant-revolver-wielding David Bowie to fight vampires.
    • Or: A teenage girl has to keep her sister from getting pregnant.
    • Or: A teenage pop idol does horrible things at her manager's insistence.
    • Or: Two vampires carry out a campaign of genocide.
  • Blood-C: A teenage girl protects people from Eldritch Abominations. People die.
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan: A high school lolicon must change his ways and his destiny, or else be murdered horribly. He still gets murdered horribly, however.
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner: A Five-Token Band of teenagers goes on a field trip to learn about technology, astronomy and politics.
  • Blue Drop: An alien battleship captain pretends to be a schoolgirl lesbian and seduces a sociopath home-ed while rehearsing a School Play with her.
  • Blue Exorcist: A young man finds out he's been adopted, and decides that once he's done with high school he will track down his real father. And kill him.
    • Or: Satan's son decides to kill his dad by going to high school.
  • Blue Seed: A girl prone to exposing her underwear, a snarky half-plant guy and a bunch of gun-wielding True Companions try to save humanity from Japanese mythology.
  • Blue Submarine No. 6: A well intentioned extremist tries to teach the world a lesson in tolerance by drowning its entire population.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: A tall man with an afro and magnificent nose hairs uses insanity to fight personifications of premature baldness.
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Several students with social issues team up to find friends.
  • Bokurano: Fifteen messed-up children play a fun game with Humongous Mecha. Neon Genesis Evangelion is happy and optimistic by comparison.
    • Or: Kids on summer camp decide to play a game. The adults think they should stop.
  • The Borrower Arrietty (Studio Ghibli): A small-scale burglar and his family consider moving to a less dangerous neighborhood after catching their daughter giving some sugar to the boy upstairs.
  • Boukun Tyrano San: A male T-Rex dies and is reincarnated 60 million years later as a high school girl; he's not happy at all.
  • Brain Powerd: Giant organic monster makes organic robots that fight other organic robots so it can absorb all organic energy on Earth. An organic submarine fights this. There are lots and lots of organic parental issues.
  • Bremen: An omnilingual clone of Jesus teams up with a guitarist with a mohawk, a car enthusiast bassist, and a transgender dominatrix drummer to form a band. They beat the living shit out of those who get in their way.
    • Or: Amnesiac guy tries to find his girlfriend. Instead, he gets a rockband.
  • Bubblegum Crisis: An Eccentric Millionaire, a Biker Babe, a Plucky Girl, and a Playful Hacker fight robots to 80s music.
  • Bunny Drop: A man adopts his aunt.
  • Burn Up! Excess: Five pairs of breasts (and one guy) fight crime as a secret mercenary unit of the police.
  • Burst Angel: Four pairs of breasts female bounty hunters (and a guy who cooks for them) defend the defenseless in a Crapsack World brought on by the abolition of gun control.
  • Busou Renkin: Two boys go on life support and try to kill each other.
  • Candy Boy: A pair of fraternal twin sisters really like each other. Stuff happens.
  • [C] - The Money and Soul of Possibility: Ordinary college student plays financial card games. It's more awesome than it sounds.
    • Or: Stock Market: The Anime. Definitely much better than it sounds.
  • Card Captor Sakura: A cute little girl navigates a world of very confusing and complex love relationships, while collecting cards in her spare time.
    • Or: A cute little girl plays a high-stakes game of fifty-two pickup.
  • Castle in the Sky: Boy Meets Girl... more specifically, a girl on the run from pirates and a government agent who convinces the military to help him steal a necklace.
  • Casshern Sins: A Bishōnen android walks the earth... what's left of it.
  • The Cat Returns: A girl rescues a cat and is rewarded by nearly being forced to marry him. She's eventually rescued by a magic lawn ornament, a talking crow, and a fat guy.
  • Centaur no Nayami: In an alternate universe populated by mythical creatures, an ordinary girl goes to high school and does everyday things.
  • Change 123: A girl with three fathers struggles with mental illness and finds two possible boyfriends.
  • Chintsubu a.k.a. Chinko no Tsubuyaki: A Yaoi manga whose title translates to "The Mutterings of the Penises." And this is meant to be taken literally.
  • Chis Sweet Home: A kitten finds a home. That's it.
  • Chobits: Boy falls in love with a girl whose artificial body and overprotective sister ensure that they can never have sex.
    • Or: Perverted shut-in falls in love with his computer.
  • Chocolate Underground: A totalitarian regime takes the Atkins diet too far.
  • Chocotto Sister: Santa gives a boy a little sister for Christmas. She really loves him in return.
  • Chrono Crusade: A monster uses a watch to suck away a girl's soul. He may love her. Together, They Fight Demons.
  • Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!: Cloudcuckoolanders: The Anime
  • CLAMP School Detectives: An Absurdly Powerful Student Council solves mysteries in its spare time.
    • Who wears short shorts? They wear short shorts.
  • CLANNAD: A delinquent meets the sickly daughter of Kamina and Belldandy, and they (re)start a club with his best friend and some other girls.
    • Or: A pair of high school students meet a ghost who hands out carvings of echinoderms; they decide to help.
    • Or: A Cloud Cuckoolander has an an unhealthy love for starfish. Some other stuff happens.
    • Season 2: Nothing goes right for the delinquent. Ever. Once his life is thoroughly obliterated, a junk robot in a different world makes everything better.
  • Claymore: A surly woman with a giant sword wanders around a laboratory seeking revenge on a little girl.
  • CodeBreaker: A teenage boy's job is taking out the trash. A girl repeatedly hugs him in order to make him stop.
  • Code Geass: Convoluted Love Dodecahedron develops between British teenagers attending high school in Japan; the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
    • Or: Terrorist takes over the world with mind control. Pizza is involved.
    • Or: Self-Made Orphan learns about the power of sacrifice.
    • Or: High school student starts World War III to learn who killed his mother. When he learns that she isn't dead, he kills her himself.
    • Or: British teenage prodigy throws a gigantic temper tantrum because he hates his family. The whole world gets dragged into it.
    • Or: Bored, disaffected young noble is handed absolute power over others, abuses it for great justice.
    • Or: Chess hustler kills his parents by hypnotizing God.
  • Coffin Princess Chaika: Retired soldier meets a girl with a huge rifle who can't use complete sentences. He helps her murder a unicorn, and they embark on a quest to gather her father's magical severed limbs.
  • Corrector Yui: In the not-so distant future, a computer-illiterate Magical Girl saves the world by surfing the internet. However, she isn't exactly magical, and her Mentor Mascot is just a software program.
  • Count Cain: A boy and his butler solve murders and sometimes commit them. Sometimes there are zombies and often there is incest.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Bounty hunters in space barely make enough money to eat properly. The soundtrack is popular.
    • Or: Bounty hunters fight Chinese mafia, but not in space.
    • He's a former Chinese mafia member turned bounty hunter looking for his girlfriend and wanting to kill his former best friend, he's a hard nosed former cop with a serious chip on his shoulder, she's an attractive amnesiac con-artist with a compulsive gambling problem, she's a mad child prodigy hacker, and he's a dog with a computer in his head. Together they fight crime/ perpetual poverty / each other.
    • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door: A justifiably disgruntled "dead" veteran tries to wipe out humanity by showing them butterflies.
  • Cromartie High School: Idiots go to high school with a robot, a gorilla, and a rock singer look-alike.
  • Cross Game: Little girl dies in the first episode. Her boyfriend goes on to court her younger sister. Oh, and there's baseball.
  • Crows: High school guys spend their time fighting for the hell of it and then wondering why they can't get girlfriends.
    • Worst: A new generation of high school guys spend their time fighting for the hell of it and then wondering why they can't get girlfriends.
  • CubeŚCursedŚCurious: A cursed cube tries to become a human.
  • Cyborg 009: Nine strangers leave their current employer.
    • Alternative: A large mufti-national arms dealer creates perfect killers, but the killers still have hearts and rebel.
    • Alternative: People are kidnapped and experimented on. One scientist part of the project rebels and starts a resistance.
  • Cyborg Kuro Chan: A cat one day woke up and found himself turned into a cyborg by a mad scientist. Hilarity ensues.

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