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What Comes After: An Anime Matchmaking Service


Recently, the Mary Sue put up an “anime matchmaker”, much like if you went onto Netflix and watched a bunch of shows, and it spit out a bunch of anime semi-related to the shows. However, I found that a lot of the things that the Mary Sue recommended fell into the same category as Netflix-recommended shows; sure, there was some sort of similarity…kinda…if you squint your eyes really hard.

As a result, I found myself wanting to make a more comprehensive list; the Mary Sue only gave recommendations based on certain popular television shows, and compared it loosely to a couple of popular anime. When I saw the article, I was hoping for something I’d be able to hand over to a friend who isn’t into anime in hopes of getting them into some of the same things that I love and cherish about the various shows. Instead, that’s what I’m going to try to do here.

If you like the X-Men franchise, try Hamatora!

Hamatora - OP - Large 01 (1)What the hell is that?!

Hamatora is about a detective agency trying to actually get work so they can afford to stay inside of a cafe which is their base of operations. However, the catch here is that this is in a world where a good section of the population have powers, or “Minimums”, which make the people who have the powers “Minimum Holders”. The main characters are Nice and Murasaki, who run the Hamatora Detective Agency, as well as Birthday and Ratio, who work as bodyguards that are pretty close to the Detective Agency. To top it all off, there’s a detective named Art who is a good friend of the boys at the Detective Agency.

Well, great. What’s the relation?

The “Minimum Holders”, in nature, are very similar to the Mutants of the X-Men universe. Being hidden away from society in broad daylight, they’re trying to maintain a grasp on all of those who have Minimums, or mutant powers. Most, if not all Minimums are sent to a special school starting from when they’re young (which is suprisingly not called the Xavier Institute), where they learn how to control and manifest their abilities at will.

Still don’t see the parrallels?

In the first season, one of the main plots that is a riot, caused by the discovery of the Minimum Holders, and people from both sides of the line try to hurt people from the other side. A show that prides itself on its humor from early on takes this surprisingly dark twist, to the point where I couldn’t stop myself from watching every episode together.

So how do I watch it?

Sadly, Hamatora isn’t on many sites; you can watch both seasons on Crunchyroll  for free, or look around on various anime streaming sites.


If you liked Kick-Ass, try Samurai Flamenco!


What the hell is that?!

Samurai Flamenco is one doozy of a show. It starts out with a police officer named Hidenori Goto who is off the clock and minding his own business — and runs into a naked man. Turns out, that naked man is not only a male model (because why the hell not), but he is also a vigilante known as Samurai Flamenco, here to fight crime and bring peace to the streets of Tokyo. Of course, the first six episodes are all about him gaining his popularity, and his group of friends that help him out from episode to episode — and then everything changes at episode seven, and nothing is the same ever again.

Well, great. What’s the relation?

The relationship between the two is highly prevalent in a couple of different ways. For one, Masayoshi Hazama’s motivation, or Samurai Flamenco’s, is very similar to that of Dave Lizewski; having been raised on superheroes (or, in Masayoshi’s case, superheroes like that of the Power Rangers), they decide to try to bring about a new era in crime fighting. And, much like Dave, Masayoshi gets in over his head and ends up fighting against enemies that he should have left alone.

To be quite honest, I was very torn between Kick-Ass and just the general Power Rangers series to compare Samurai Flamenco to. I chose Kick-Ass because, had Samurai Flamenco been an American creation, it would have been more like Kick-Ass than anything else. Even though things get really crazy later on, it still keeps the same core, that same idea that Kick-Ass always had.

So how do I watch it?

Samurai Flamenco is available not just on Crunchyroll, but it’s also available on Hulu for streaming, whether you’re a Hulu Plus member or not!

If you liked 50 First Dates, try One-Week Friends!

What the hell is that?!

One-Week Friends, or, as it is in Japanese, Isshuukan Friends, is about a couple of schoolkids, which starts out in the beginning of the new school year. One boy, Yuki, decides to take it upon himself to become friends with the most cold-hearted girl in the class, Kaori. He keeps trying to get closer to her, and she keeps pushing him away. He finds out later on that the reason behind this is because each week, the memories of her friends wipes clean from her mind, and she can’t remember anything about them. So he takes it upon himself to befriend her every week.

Well great. So what’s the relation?

Well, in this situation, the similarities are abundant; the plot of each of them are essentially the same, the only difference being that One-Week Friends is a little more unrealistic medically than 50 First Dates. As a result of the fact that they are incredibly similar, I’m going to take this opportunity to explain why you should try to watch One-Week Friends instead of watching 50 First Dates over and over again.

In One-Week Friends, for one, it’s a lot less romantically charged — which is good, given that they’re all very young. And the way the characters interact with each other is really great, and age appropriate. Not to mention, it’s really a beautiful show to watch; the art style and direction are really amazing, and they clearly put a lot of effort into the show. It’s taken a little bit of a more serious direction than they did in the movie, but it’s not painful to watch. You find yourself rooting for Yuki, and hoping he can manage to make friends with the girl who pushes all potential friends away. And again, it’s much more appropriate for younger audiences than the movie, without losing any of that charm.

So how do I watch it?

One-Week Friends, like Samurai Flamenco, is available on both Crunchyroll, and on Hulu.

I think that’s enough to get you guys started for now. Don’t worry; come back later on, I’ll give some more shows for you to watch. Until next time!

About Author

Avery Mathews was doomed from birth to be a geek as he descended from geek parents. He hopes to continue to fight the fandom power from the dark recesses of his dorm room as a freshman in college this fall. You can follow his adventures through newly minted adult life on twitter @livingxparadox.

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