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Penguindrum (2011)
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Penguindrum (2011)
Original name: 輪るピングドラム
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: A terminally ill girl named Himari Takakura is miraculously saved from death by a strange spirit who resides in a penguin-shaped hat. However, in exchange for extending her life, the spirit tasks Himari's brothers, Kanba and Shōma, to seek out an elusive item known as the Penguin Drum with assistance from a trio of strange penguins.
Style: humorous, twists and turns, surreal, captivating, tense, entertaining, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, non-linear ...
Plot: destiny, resurrection, reincarnation, supernatural, mystery, terminal illness, family relations, lifesaver, riddles and clues, penguins, back from the dead, friendship, uncover truth, incest, twins, conspiracy, life is a bitch, diary, siblings relations, farce, dishonesty, terrorism, surrealism, symbolism, broken family ...
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, captivating, exciting and semi serious films and TV series with plots about supernatural, danger, friendship, heroes, high school, supernatural ability and escapades mostly in Animation, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like Penguindrum: From the New World (2012), Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (2012), Heaven's Memo Notepad (2011), Inu x Boku Secret Service (2012), Blood Lad (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
From the New World (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Born into a world 1000 years in our future, Saki and her friends live in utopia. Not only is their idyllic community overflowing with resources, but technology is obsolete, thanks to a magical power that grants the ability to materialize anything. ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: coming of age, utopia, good versus evil, apocalypse, society, supernatural, chaos, under the surface, uncover truth, monster, friendship, mystery ...
Time: future
Place: japan
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100%
Nakaimo: My Little Sister Is Among Them! (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Is insanity hereditary? Shougo Mikadono's beginning to think so, because the terms of his late father's will seem crazy and following them may drive Shougo bonkers as well. Oh, it sounds simple at first: before Shougo can claim his VERY ...
Style: touching, humorous, light, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: romance, school, relationships, looking for love, harem, friendship, love interest, couple relations, romantic rivalry, first love, sister, friends ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The story revolves around a first-year high school student, Teiichi Niiya who had just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy. When he gets lost in one of the school's old building, he meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: school, ghost, love and romance, supernatural, uncover truth, left to die, love triangle, haunted house, hidden truth, crimes, investigation, academy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Heaven's Memo Notepad (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Narumi Fujishima is an ordinary high school boy who remains isolated from his fellow classmates. One afternoon fellow classmate Ayaka Shinozaki invites Narumi to join the gardening club and introduces him to a reclusive detective named Alice. Alice ...
Style: seinen, captivating, entertaining, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, computer genius, conspiracy, amateur detective, mystery, hacker, youth, computers and web, high school life, society, mafia, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Inu x Boku Secret Service (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Protected by the highest security, the Maison de Ayakashi is rumored to be haunted, where only eccentrics could live. In reality, it is a place for humans with non-human ancestors to live. The socially-inept Ririchiyo has come here to improve ...
Style: stylized, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: supernatural ability, supernatural, social awkwardness, master and servant, demon, spirit, social misfits, estate, curses spells and rituals, romance, bodyguard, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Blood Lad (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Staz is a vampire from the surreal "Demon World", and Fuyumi, an ordinary girl, accidentally wanders into the Demon World through a portal. Subsequently after meeting each other, Fuyumi is killed by a carnivorous plant and turned into a ...
Style: humorous, exciting, surreal, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, ghost, demon, curses spells and rituals, battles, king, love and romance, friendship, drastic change of life, fantasy world, magic ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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XXXHOLiC (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-schooler, is troubled by monsters and spirits who are magically attracted to him. However, nobody else can see them but him. One day, Watanuki stumbles into a shop that grants wishes, and encounters Yuko Ichihara, a ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, semi serious, scary ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mysterious character, ghost, supernatural ability, supernatural, mystery, magic, encounter, stranger, paranormal activity, psychic, japanese mythology, grownups ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Maria Holic (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Maria†Holic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endō, the author of Dazzle. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory. The ...
Style: humorous, captivating, light, emotional, entertaining ...
Plot: high school life, romance, looking for love, gender bending, disorder, nothing goes right, gender, youth, high school, maid, twins, lesbian ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
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Ushio and Tora (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Ushio thinks that his father's talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! ...
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, humorous, dark fantasy
Plot: supernatural, ghost, demon, adventure, friendship, good versus evil, curse, high school life, young heroes, partners, curses spells and rituals, paranormal activity ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Persona 4: The Animation (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Persona 4: The Animation is a television anime series produced by AIC ASTA and directed by Seiji Kishi, based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 video game by Atlus. The story revolves around the protagonist, Yu Narukami, who acquires a mysterious ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, adventure, riddles and clues, uncover truth, mystery, friendship, youth, escapades, teenage life, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: "Rimuru Tempest" is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, sincere, humorous
Plot: adventure, parallel world, friendship, reincarnation, fantasy world, dragon, demon, heroes, death, murder, vengeance, magic ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Beyond the Boundary (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half Youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is ...
Style: exciting, light, humorous, tense, captivating ...
Plot: religions or cults, immortality, heroes, school, supernatural, monster, adventure, couples, love and romance, rivalry, murder, friendship ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Needless (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Needless is an action comedy science fiction manga and anime series by Kami Imai. Serialized in Shueisha's seinen magazine Ultra Jump beginning in 2004, an anime adaptation by Madhouse began airing on July 2, 2009.
Style: stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, semi serious ...
Plot: chaos and mayhem, supernatural, apocalypse, heroes, supernatural ability, future dystopia, adventure, chaos, supernatural power, society, friends, superhuman powers ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.5
 457
Squid Girl (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity in revenge for pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she ruins the first house she uses as an invasion base and has to work to pay for repairs. Of course, she can't ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: invasion, ocean, squid, environmentalism, society, escapades, slice of life, adventure, friendship, rivalry, supernatural, family relations ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 2K
Blood-C (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Blood-C focuses on Saya Kisaragi, an outwardly normal girl who serves as the shrine maiden to a country town; in reality, she is a skilled swordswoman charged by her father to defeat Elder Bairns, monsters who feed on human blood. As her battles ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, deadly creature, village, good versus evil, sword, violence, friendship, japanese schoolgirl, rivalry, parents and children, family relations, high school ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Kimimaro works two jobs to make ends meet. He could go from pauper to prince in a parallel world called the Financial District—if he’ll invest his future as collateral in a dangerous game. Winning gets you more wealth, but losing could erase you ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: parallel world, mysterious character, rivalry, distopia, society, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, conspiracy, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Lunar Legend Tsukihime (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Shiki Tohno is a boy who, after an accident as a child, is able to see strange lines coming from objects and people. He has to wear special glasses to stop seeing them. If he cuts some of these lines, he destroys people connected to them. One day he ...
Style: gothic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, reincarnation, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, mystery, haunted by the past, rivalry, heroes, super strength, romance, tragedy ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Ajin (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: 17 years ago, immortals first appeared on the battlefields of Africa. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, bleak, tense, twists and turns
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, immortality, life is a bitch, crimes, villain, gunfight, creature, destiny, police investigation, vengeance, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Durarara!! (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Durarara!!, often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, that has also been adapted into a Japanese anime series. As of May 2012, eleven volumes have been published by ...
Style: captivating, exciting, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: urban legend, city life, escapades, gang, supernatural, mysticism, supernatural ability, crimes, friendship, gangsters, snitch, ghost ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Dance in the Vampire Bund (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Mina Tepeş, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants her race to stop hiding from the humans. Using her vast wealth, she has paid off Japan's entire national debt and by doing so, gained the right to create a ...
Style: serious, bleak, exciting, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, society, heroes, samurai, conspiracy, amnesia, romance, tragedy, teenage love, violence, ballet ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Humanity Has Declined (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: It has been several centuries since human population has declined. Food has become harder to find and what little sources the humans have are considered highly valuable. The most prosperous species on the Earth are "Fairies", 10 cm tall ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, exciting, surreal, captivating ...
Plot: satire, save the planet, society, save the world, fairy, supernatural, magical creature, heroes, escapades, negotiator, apocalypse, amnesia ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Diabolik Lovers (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a visual novel of the same name by Rejet and Otomate, for the female market. Komori Yui is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, ...
Style: shoujo, sexy, enigmatic, gothic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, school, old mansion, mystery, supernatural ability, siblings relations, supernatural power, family relations, ghost, romance, harem ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Certain Scientific Accelerator (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After rescuing Last Order and subsequently taking a bullet to the head, Academy City’s top-ranked esper rests in the hospital. But Accelerator’s recovery is cut short when a mysterious girl carrying a photo of his little clone companion asks for ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, humorous
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: supernatural ability, villain, fight, ambition, death, supernatural, super strength, heroes, violence, magical, self discovery, betrayal ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Psychic Detective Yakumo (2010)
Genre: Animation, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In order to help a friend possessed by a spirit, Ozawa Haruka knocks on the door of her university's movie research association. There she meets Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. ...
Style: serious, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, investigation, supernatural ability, crimes, mysterious character, mysterious place, mystery, life is a bitch, college, uncover truth, student life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 2K
Watamote (2013)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, parody
Plot: high school, friendship, misfit, imaginary character, fictional reality, real world, friends, social relations, recluse, brother sister relationship, teacher student relationship, high school life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Ryōko Ōkami is a spunky high school girl who is a member of a "fixer" club called the Otogi High School Bank. She fixes the school's problems with her partner Ringo Akai ("Akazukin-chan").
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, seinen, captivating ...
Plot: romance, high school life, high school, youth, bank, mythology, criminal, friendship, school, school club, coming of age, amnesia ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Dream Eater Merry (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Dream Eater Merry is a Japanese action fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Ushiki Yoshitaka. The series is serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward. The manga was adapted into an anime television ...
Style: humorous, exciting, emotional, seinen, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, parallel world, high school life, youth, nightmare comes true, life turned upside down, heroes, a vision, human host, demon, good versus evil, sleeping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Maburaho (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: High school student Kazuki Shikimori comes from a line of powerful magicians with extraordinary DNA and he attends the most prestigious school for wizards in all of Japan. It would seem that life is good for Kazuki. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, ecchi, captivating
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: supernatural, teenage life, supernatural ability, chosen one, teenage love, wizards and magicians, love triangle, youth, curses spells and rituals, high school, boarding school, love and romance ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Princess Resurrection (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Horror
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Princess Resurrection is a Japanese horror comedy manga by Yasunori Mitsunaga. The manga was serialized monthly in Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine and published by Kodansha. A 26-episode anime series by Madhouse aired on TBS in 2007. Both the manga ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, captivating, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, master and servant, power relations, escapades, afterlife, supernatural, friendship, murder, rivalry, supernatural ability, imaginary kingdom, superhuman powers ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Asura Cryin' (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Tomoharu is a normal high school student... except for the fact that he is never alone. Haunted by the ghost of his dead childhood friend, he moves into a new residence at the beginning of the school year. Life turns out to be a little more ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, humorous, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, good versus evil, friendship, heroic mission, rivalry, teenage life, young heroes, friends, high school life, supernatural, save the world, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%