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Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Angel Beats! Special DVD Special 2010 Side Story Special episode released on the 7th volume of the DVD.
Angel Beats! Another Epilogue DVD Special 2010 TBD

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Angel Beats! Heaven's Door 2010 Prequel
Angel Beats! Track Zero (Light Novel) 2010 Prequel
Angel Beats! The 4-koma: Our War Front March Song 2010 Same Franchise
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Katsuzo HIRATA Character Design
Seiji KISHI Director
Jun MAEDA Music

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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juananto

Haruhi & Yuripee are kinda similar, both have a great attitude, I think if haruhi were dead, she may be kinda yuripee (lol).

Xplayer

The structures of both shows are very similar. Both have groups that are led by an energetic girl with wild plans and a lively attitude. Both have elements of the supernatural interwoven into the plot.

chii

If you like super energetic girls leading a group of people for a interesting cause check either of these shows out.

DuskFey

A headstrong girl recruits a boy into a group that he doesn't want to be a part of but can't escape. He's forced to do exactly what she wants, even if she only orders him around on a whim. Am I describing Kyon and Haruhi or Yuzuru and Yuri? Both, obviously. ^_^

ninjapintu

Both the series give same vibes. The cast is kinda similar as well. Even though the story is completely different, I am sure If you like one, you will like another

Konakaga

Both Angel Beats and Haruhi Suzumiya both start off as somewhat of a Comedy, where we start off not knowing very much, and then combines mysteries and comedy during the series.

AnimeShima

Whether you like Angel Beats or Haruhi Suzumiya , I think you're gonna like the other because they both have similar animation style though Angel Beats is better, both will make you laugh and the two of them have an eccentric girl as a leader of a group.

Make sure if you watch one have a look at the other too.

nerv1729

Both animes are just great. Leaded by energetic girls, Haruhi & Yurippe, both have great music and an intresting, excentric plot.

Must see!

MugiwaraMarius

Both Angel Beats and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya feature school clubs that are lead by a charismatic and headstrong female character. Both shows feature a lot of supernatural elements and they have a very similar style of humor. 

tenshi28

You liked ANGEL BEATS? well yeah, you would also like HARUHI SUZUMIYA NO YUUTSU!

It's just that, both anime series have the same type of protagonist. yeah. YURI AND HARUHI ARE LIKE SIBLINGS!! And they're bothe leader-like(Shinda Sekai Sensen for YURI; and SOS brigade for HARUHI)..

Not only that, their animation is also almost the same, and also the genre, both are very fictional and sort-of-school-life-anime.

Xjylix

2 characters that look the same

Haruhi Suzumiya and Yuri Nakamura =)

Sets in school, nice drawn, same humor =)

MugenNeS

Both anime tend to deal with school life as well as revolving around an interesting plot and story line. The characters in both will seem similar but will also show a great deal of differences that you'll just fall in love with them both. Example: Haruhi and Yuri are both bossy, cunning and overall just plain old cute as hell. Kyon and Otanashi are just both two of a kind. They're hearts are in the right place, it's just they don't realize it until the end. Oh and both also have a kick ass soundtrack that will stick with you for a long time to come.

gretzky99

The story and atmosphere of these two are pretty different but at the same time they have something in common. The female leads are really energetic and they make others do a lots of silly things.

MrMetroid

Other than the obvious lookalike to Haruhi, they are also share very similar humorous moments plus both have ridiculous plans

Dozo

Both these series have a similar surface, in which a group of high school students deal with ridiculous, extraordinary and hilarious situations. However, beneath this façade, you find two profound, intriguing and compelling storylines which will make you question fundamental aspects of life. You will certainly have fun watching these series but the thing that you will remember most, long after finishing watching them, will be the unresolved issues which raise questions worth asking.

Suimin

As soon as I started watching the first episode Angel Beats!, I related Yuri to Haruhi with her uptight attitude and bossy personality. Right off the bat, the main female character forces the main male character into a club that deals with the supernatural in both series.

The topic of God is a common subject of mystery in both series. The biggest difference regarding God in both The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Angel Beats! is that in Haruhi, the topic of God is understood by everyone besides Haruhi, and is a mystery that takes place in the real world. In Angel Beats!, nobody knows whether or not there is a God, and is a mystery that the group is searching for in the afterlife.

Xx1Talon1xX

The style of the main people in the animes both have many similarities to each other, just look at the main girl characters. Ya,um i think you can see my point, but both are really good showas and i recomend both : )

Chefalton

These are both similar in many ways. They both have a supernatural feeling to them with similar leaders (Haruhi and Yurippe). Angel Beats! is definitely more serious and touching as well as funny, but The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is also very interesting, fun, and worth watching.

flalayla

HAHAHA the two shows were made by the same person :) both are VERY good shows and i promise you if you like one you'll like the other. Yurippe and Haruhi are both very similar :) Both shows will tear at your heart strings and really make you think.

cruzinforit

Both are great anime, both have their own distinct plots.  At the same time though, both have a common tone, and "feel" similar, if that makes sense. How about, "Normal guy suddenly thrown into a strange world".  In the case of Angel Beats, this is quite literal. In haruhi, it's more how his world is suddenly rocked on it's heels.  Both are worth a look.

leoknight

They both have similar characters and similar feel to it at least for the begining of the few episodes, altlhough Angel Beats eventually get into more serious plots and quite a depressing moments at time.

epicotaku

Angel Beats and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are both similar kind of and they both have a group lead by girls who cause trouble for the others but they have fun and that's all that matters. The only difference is that Yuri cares more for her people, but they're still both excellent animes.

TheEpicStickMan

Funny that these two are together, considering the laugh I had when the two main female leads seem to be the same.  Haruhi is a good show (a bit overrated if you ask me) but it has it's interesting moments.  Angel Beats, on the other hand, I would recommend way more than Haruhi.  In the end, both have great animation and interesting characters.  Angel Beats might have a stronger story, but both are great in their own way.

SiderumLumen

Both brilliant anime's with a similar style, highly recommened watching both of them if you enjoy one or the other!

neutrino

I couldn't quite figure out what Angel Beats reminded me of, but seeing how Yuri styles her hair, it came to me.  Angel Beats is clearly a reimagining of Melancholy.  Both are set in weird worlds, the humor is similar, and the cast of characters are basically the same. 

aminex

These two animes are awesome!! They are both very similar becausse it gives you that mystery-ish feeling, and it has its funny moments, and can also make you cry because that's how awesome it is.

Mirari

The main female characters (Yuri and Haruhi) are very similar - spunky fun club leaders who are a bit crazy and drag the main male lead into all sorts of trouble and wacky hijinks, while inspiring loyalty and warm feels in their subordinates.

MaraRuizu

Angel Beats! and the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have many similarities. Mainly, the characters are alike. The amount of character development also seems similar. Both series have themes of friendship, humour and supernatural elements. I feel that these similarities are enough that you surely will enjoy one if you like the other.

Rfsancho

While Haruhi may not share Yurippes eagerness to bear arms, it doesn't stop them from being nearly identical in the boundless amounts of energy and my-way-or-the-highway leadership quality they both have.

A smarthmouthed group of people with great personalities lead by a leader who doesn't give a crap and just plows all logic down with willpower. What's not to love?

CrazyMadHatter

  • Both Set in a school.
  • Both have supernatural powers involved.
  • Both have some romance involved.
  • Both have groups that are led by girls both that even look similar.

Dreamteller

As previous users said, Haruhi & Yuripee are really similar. Both anime have supernatural elements, but Angel Beats is more dramatic. Both are worth to see.

TinyBird

Both anime are quite similar, with some supernatural elements. Both of these are worth seeing! 

liljoeaa

They are both great shows about a guy who gets mixed up in supernatural mayhem. The only difference is Haruhi is more comedy.

NicoNicoDesu

The shows are achingly similar. Haruhi and Yuri are both energetic leaders of a ragtag group of weirdos. Both stories have a hefty dose of comedy, but "TMOHS" has little of the emotional weight that "Angel Beats!" carries. On the other hand, the "TMOHS" movie does contain a lot of drama, so that recommendation is appropriate, too.

zanemaster98

Intense action, adventure, character development, romantic entanglement, craziness. Both ways!

XkittymewmewX

To be honest, I found Haruhi and Yuri to be extremely similar, which sort of bugged me because I watched Haruhi first.  I loved the supernatural themes of both of them.  

Mafiacow

For almost a year, the Haruhi franchise were the only anime I deemed worthy of 5 star rating, but now, Angel Beats! is the only non-Haruhi anime to achieve such a rating from me.Both have:-An energetic leader character who is sorta tsun at first, but would do anything for her friends-A stoic character with cool super powers-Good comedy-A big supernatural theme in a school setting-Amazing story

JAhU

Both series share a great number of similarities and because of that fans of one of those series might like the other. The fact that the female lead is a genki girl and the male lead plays the straight man in gags is just the tip of the iceberg, but there are simply too many similarities to list. I hope this is enough to encourage you to watch one if you liked the other, because it's really worth it (both series sport a decent story, characters and the production values are high).

P.S. Make sure to bring a pack of tissues when you watch Angel Beats!, because it can switch from crazy comedy to drama and even tragedy.

Nonextant

Excellent story with good character designs. Great pacing and excellent music. I ended up buying all the soundtracks and the live concert

bklynbajan1989

both have a similar feel of interesting school days that you never want to end. There is a good mix of comedy and drama in both with slightly more drama in Angel Beats!

Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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sacchi

Expect both shows to have amazing characters that will be developed, that you'll take your time to care about, and that you'll finally cry for when they leave the show.

Created by the same company, while both animes deal with different situations, they're still very similar in its style.

eaper

Being written by the same person, it is obvious they'll have a great many similarities, but it is still good to point out. Both series do a great job of being dramatic and emotional while still being very funny, although I would say Clannad is slightly more dramatic, and AB more humor. If you enjoyed one, you'd likely enjoy the other.

DuskFey

I really didn't understand this pairing. If you don't get it either, then trust me- you need to finish Angel Beats! first. If you're starting there and liked the ending, you should watch Clannad. If you're coming the other direction, please trust me and watch all of Angel Beats! Either way, you'll be glad you did.

Verdeloth26

These two shows are mostly character-driven, which means they both have really great characters in them.  The development of characters is key to both Angel Beats and Clannad, making the two of them a perfect compliment to each other.

CreatorBurden

While Angel Beats starts off violent, much unlike Clannad, if you focus on the characters you uncover a story similar to that of Clannad. Both shows hold a special place in my heart, the endings of both are each a masterpiece in their own right. If you liked one, watch the other.

shoahunter

There is one thing that ties Angel Beats! and Clannad together and it is the strong emotion that both shows release.

There is a very similar vibe that the two shows give off when they are trying to be dramatic, and this is because Angel Beats! writer, Jun Maeda, composed the music for both shows and did a good amount of writing for the Clannad visual novel.

While Angel Beats! is a more action oriented anime, and Clannad focuses on drama comedy if you are a fan of the emotional scenes in one you’ll find your self open to trying the other.

wolfemperor

Both storries have funny, touching and sad moments. They are both original works by key. If you like Angel Beats, you will most likely like clannad and vice versa.

wolfangel87

There is an emotional connection to the characters in both Clannad and Angel Beats.  While watching each series the viewer is drawn into the lives of the characters themselves through the good and bad times.  Trying to fight the imperfections that exist in each of their worlds and strive to overcome the obstacles standing in their paths.  Finding love as well as friendship and experiencing loads of dramatic moments that will leave you wanting more at the end.

thegreatmajeni

Clannad + Action = Angel Beats!

Both have well developed characters that you get to know. They both also have really sad moments in them.

DeDaan

Both anime make you really think about live. While Clannand shows how beautiful your live can be if you really try to love your live. While Angel Beats also shows that you must live to the fullest so you wont regret it. Both are very emotional and funny on the right times.

MrMetroid

Both have a equal mix of comedy parts that make you laugh and serious moments that make you sad. Plus both animes have male leads that helps solve other people's problems

gretzky99

The animation styles of Angel Beats! and Clannad are similar in my opinion. In addition, both anime's main topic is the afterlife, thus they have quite a few sentimental moments.

theazariah

These are both masterpieces from Maeda Jun. Since it's the same writer, a lot of the same themes appear: family, graduation, growing up (or not growing up), etc.

It's very interesting to actually see nuances of some of the characters in the other anime.

The main difference in the two is that Angel Beats is mostly a male cast, while Clannad is mostly a female cast.

Clannad is more of a love and understanding story while Angel Beats is more of a life and understanding story. Either way, they both have a very similar sense of humour and they both have the concept of "forming a club to fulfill our dreams."

galacticdude7

If you liked Angel Beats! or Clannad, you will like the other series because they both deal with characters with sad pasts, and both series can convey emotions quite well.

SadisticTendencies

Cutesy character designs and a storyline that involves action, comedy and romance. That sentence would be a fairly good description of Clannad, but it could just as well describe Angel Beats! They share many similarities, like the one mentioned above, but they reserve plenty of screen time to feature melodrama so profound that it comes off as cheesy. Regardless of this, these are two enjoyable shows. IF you like one of them, you should like the other just as much.

Morwen

Both of these shows are written by the same group and share a lot of the same themes. They both deal with the need to move on from the trauma in your past and the importance of the relationships you have with other people. Clannad's story doesn't quite flow together as well as Angel Beats' does--I think Angel Beats hits the perfect sense of pacing and focus on romance--but they're both clearly the work of an author coming into his own. Both definitely deserve a look.

Blaopink

Both take place within a school-like enviroment, despite the fact there are actually enemies in Angel Beats! and none in Clannad, thevisual styles are typically similar.

All in all they can't really be considered complementory and i don't recommend watching both of them at the same time as they are just that similar, but if you really want to follow and see more anime like Angel Beats! then Clannad is one of your best bets and vice versa ofcourse.

Bvision

This masterpiece (Angel Beats!) has all right to join the Key animation bundle being Clannad, Air & Kanon (2006). And the tear jerking magic they produce. On top of all that they added something extra this time, some comedy and action.

lex272443

both series have a sentimental path the main characters have to take, it takes them back to their past but come to a good end eventualy.

Chefalton

Both of these have a very good story and very good characters. Angel Beats! tends to be more on the humorous side (although not to say Clannad isn't funny). Both of the anime deal with a group that become close friends throughout the series.

kroseph

Due to the fact that these two anime were made by Key(collaborated) as well as the same producer from clannad, kanon and Air i would definately reccommend this one for those who love real tearjerkers. With this i mean After story :)

Jonnoiscooler

Clannad is somewhat similair to Angel Beats. Even though it doesn't have life after death concepts, and badass fight scenes, it is still mysterious and supernatural in the same way Angel Beats is. It's hilarios at moments, and tear jerking in plenty of others, and I thouroghly enjoyed it. Make sure you continue to watch the After story, as it answers all of the non answered ones in the first 2 seasons. And you won't be let down by the length of clannad, theres 50 (!!!!!!) Episodes, so nice and long.

Kenji666

The plot of both these anime is very different. Though the writing and general feel is very similar, as both were written by the same person. (Jun Maeda). Angel Beats and Clannad both have a seamless combination of humor and drama. One second you'll be laughing your ass off, the next you'll be crying manly (or regular) tears. It is worth noting however that Clannad is more fleshed out than Angel Beats, with a greater emphasis on side characters. But that shouldn't stop you, if you enjoyed one you're almost certain to enjoy the other.

Mirari

Different overall plot and form, one is slice of life with a touch of magical realism, the other is comedy+action in the afterlife.  Despite the differences, they have a similar heartwarming feel and cultivate a sense of attachment to empathic watchers.  If you liked one, you will like the other.

Tiram98

I liked Angel Beats! because it was fun, sad, romantic and had action and thats what I think all animes should have

htiffany

Both are heartwarming tales that will end up making you feel like there is more to this world.

Franniesama

Both series deal in very well written love story's which could make you cry, and they have good humor.

Bestanimeserie

Both shows are made by Key and both have drama and emotional but also funny scene's they are both animated in the same way and written by the same person (jun maeda) both can make you cry and laugh out loud. If you liked one you should defintly try the other as well.

DivineJudgment

Both are great shows. They are very well written stories that can get you to laugh, and get you to cry. You should definitely watch both.

phoniefly

both of these made me cry they have similarties in them and both have a back story in away. ( not going to give the back story aways so you will just have to watch them XD). They both show the characters growing and getting closer together. People that might not get along in another place but here they become friends going thru hardships. They both have a love story which a lot of people can connect to.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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Sakiji

Similar in many ways.

Adresses the difficulty of departing and letting someone depart. Though AnoHana is way more serious of a show.

eaper

While bouncing between comedy, romance, and drama, these series manage to each throw your emotions around while filling many episodes up with touching scenes able to bring a dear to the dryest eyes. Angel Beats! is more comedy based than AnoHana, but both series have their fair share of tear jerking moments spliced with comedy that will leave most veiwers looking for some tissues.

Kyouko

If you liked either AnoHana or Angel Beats!, chances are you will like the afterlife drama you haven't seen yet.

These two anime have multiple similar themes, such as the idea of overcoming regrets in the afterlife and being able to pass onto heaven. Regret is a key emotion in both series, and this helps make the characters more relatable, bringing out both their bad and good sides.

Character growth is also quite strong in both shows, though it is, admittedly, somewhat more obvious in AnoHana.

Anyway, the point is, if one of these anime was a gem to you, you will probably enjoy both.

 

kadamczy

Angel Beats! and Anohana are both wonderful animes that share several plot elements.

  • Both feature ideas about the afterlife and unfulfilled wishes.
  • Both contain an emphasis on the importance of letting go and expressing yourself.
  • Both emphasize the importance of friendship

Angel Beats! felt a little rushed in pacing while anohana was executed perfectly. This being said, I think both of them should've been longer (fingers crossed for an anohana OVA though I doubt it will come)

Anohana had much better character development (but that's also because there were significantly less main characters) Angel Beats was more action packed (by a landslide)

Both animes are great and exhibit similar themes although Angel Beats! ending left some to be desired, anohana's ending was perfect (though really really sad!).

straydog

You looking for a show with characters stuck in the afterlife?! A show with some comedy, real warm/touching scenes and real emotional bits scattered here and there?! well if you've seen one I'm sure you would enjoy the other.. so go on and give it a go...

Kryn

Both anime are funny & dramatic, and both involve the protagonist losing someone who is actually already dead. Both are very emotional, although AnoHana is on a more serious side, with Angel Beats being more comedic.

MugiwaraMarius

Both of these shows are about a group of kids trying to move on with their lives. In both shows the characters have to first face their past before being able to move forward in their lives. This theme is much more subtle and nuanced in Anohana but Angel Beats is a bit more straight forward and obvious.

Both shows have comedy to balance the more emotional moments. Once again the comedy in Anohana is more subtle and intergrates the comedy more smoothly but Angel Beats does a decent job with it's comic relief. I think the comedy in Angel Beats is a bit more obvious and isn't quite as nuanced as that in Anohana. However both shows will make the viewer run the gamut of emotions.

jypsyjulia

In Angel Beats! and AnoHana, the audience is exploring the concept of death.  In both animes, the dead character(s) are being held back by some sort of wish or unfufillment  that has yet to be addressed.  They are both tear jerkers in their own right.

sothis

Both titles focus on death, dying, and accepting what's happened, and are tear-jerkers of the best degree. Angel Beats is far more humorous but these two are a great pairing.

Arkohn

Both Angel Beats and Ano Hi Mita(...) give you the same sort of feeling when you watch them. The characters in both grow on you, so much so that you may even come close to crying at points. If you liked one you will definitly enjoy the other. Just keep in mind that Angel beats is more action oriented.

pinkparfait

If you are looking for an anime with deep characters, a unique and meaningful story, great animation, and a guarentee that you will be bawling by the last episode, look no further than Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai and Angel Beats.

RedCrossRobbery

Very few animes out there have the ability to make me as emotional as these two series that revolve around learning to accept death as a part of life, and the process of moving on. They differ greatly in story, but are very similar to overall theme and characters. Wonderful animes, and perfect compliments to eachother.

Douche

Both made me cry, nuff said..plus ano hana is pretty good.It has great characters,plot,music,quality..and did i say..I CRIED :|

LeviathanTheGreat

Both are great animes with death, friendship, and love. Although Angel Beats is more on the action while ano hana is more drama centered both are great animes

cahbayb

Getting over death is the greatest common theme in both. Ano hi has a way better and more detailed story, imo. Angel Beats has its tear jerking moments too though.

RAQ154

Anohana and Angel beats are very similar, angel beats is about the world where spirits search for the wishes that did not come true in the real world and in anohana memma is back in spirit form and her friends are trying to send her to heaven by fulfilling her wishes

mrdrajle

both anime show a beautiful perpspective on friendship and have a wonderful way of expressing one's desire to see the afterlife

080705639

both anime are very similar, they tell the story about the afterlife, about how to forget their regrets and continue living their life

both have a very touching scene, but angel beats have more comedy while anohana show more drama

and both have incredible animation and soundtrack, if you enjoy angel beats you will enjoy anohana, and vice versa

killthrill20

it is so similar to the ending and it slowly builds up the relationship of the two protagonists and the group and eventually they become friends again....and for both of them it made me cry watching the ending

DreamMonster

Angel Beats ! is a bit more humor filled than Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. But both anime are about life after death and in both of these amazing series they try to find out what has to be done to be able to rest in peace. I found the characters to be very likable in both series. I think if you like one of them you most likely like the other as well.

PaulCreenis

They both cover the topic of death and both of them have characters that are looking for something so they can finally rest in piece. They are also both incredibly emotional while also having a tiny bit comedy thrown in there for good measure, one having a little less than the other though.

NoelleSasaki

Both Angel Beats! and AnoHana make you want to bawl your eyes out for days, but are both VERY good animes. They both have dead people and good backgrounds to each character.

JohnWatchAnime

Anohana and Angel beats are very similar, because in both it's about unfinished wishes or actions after death. They are both very emotional and heartwarming shows both should be watched!

Madoka

Though the series have some differences on the surface, mainly being that AnoHana is a serious story whilst AB is a little more on the comedy side but aside that they are quite alike at the core.

Both series focus on grief and afterlife, Angel beats as said has some comedy on side with it but is still serious when it comes down to it and focus on the loss of others (or their own life in AB case). The series focus on the loss of them around us and have a strong connection of death and how effects people around you as well as both express the sad parting of life.

EdddeK

Both anime are similar in a way. Comedy, yes... but mostly drama. I shed man-tears on both (and I'm not that easily moved by something!). I recommend them both for everyone!

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Clannad After Story

Clannad After Story

Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.

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Galadriel

Angel Beats! and Clannad After Story share many things in common, similar animation style, similar characters personalities, both were produced by the same studio and since these are the works of Kei, from how Clannad was i predict that Angel Beats will have a similar plot, sad, sorrowful, dramatic with plenty of ending options, be it happy, sad or between this two. Both send the same feeling so if you liked Clannad you will definitely enjoy Angel Beats and vice-versa.

BlackVoid

Few series try to get you to care about its characters as much as these two. Although Clannad develops them a bit better, both series focus on making you love the characters in it before tragically taking them away from us.

The highlights of both shows are funny character interactions, and both do well most of the time at humor. They definently have some memorable "highlight scenes".

It also helps that these 2 have near-identical main characters.

Finally, both of them take their animation to a whole other level. Angel Beats is the prettiest anime I've seen, and Clannad isn't far behind. You will be wowed with every bright, detailed scene they throw at you.

mattandpenguins

The shows are both sad with some supernatural stuff thrown in. I even think the theme songs are by the same artist... The songs sound similar, at least.

Leslie1984

it may be strange to think how these 2 animes could be anything alike by reading the synopsis for both stories, even if they where both done by Key. But trust me when i say you couldnt be more wrong both these anime have a story that focuses on the story that comes with each char, it may tell the story in a diffrent setting with diffrent methods, but one thing is for certain both these animes do it extremely well and if you liked one try the other, and you too will be surprised. both anime's are an emotional rollercoaster of laughs and cries and i'm sure if you enjoyd one the other will be amazing aswell

Icaraexes

What can you say? Both amazingly emotional animes. The stories themselves are not that similar, but the feelings they create are. Big doses of comedy -which is actually funny- and deep plotlines. Only 3 animes have ever given me such an emotional experience. The best thing that I can say without giving away any spoliers would be : Both of these stories punch your heart in the face.

ShogunAssassin

It lacks action but it is great none the less.  It the story is immense and really gets to you in many ways.  One minute you could be laughing and/or smiling, then the next you could be crying your eyes dry.  Both Clannad After Story and Angel Beats! will be making you ask for more at the end.

P.S.  If your going to watch Clannad After Story, I advise you watch Clannad first, as Clannad After Story is like a second season to Clannad.

ricky26

They're both Key productions! Both have fantastically emotional plot pivot-points. (And in some ways Angel Beats! has a better ending.)

Bren

Both very sad animes with After Story taking the cake with it tugging on your emotions. Both very good animes, again with an edge to After Story, but I suggest watching both.

C3RIAL

You'd like both of these anime because they both deal with sad endings. Lots of areas of each story can be very relatable to real life. Both have amazing visuals along with a excellent soundtrack.

NejiKaoru

I'm sure you would like Clannad after story! It is similar to Angel Beats! it has the drama,comedy,and tear jerking moments :)

samychan

They both refer to a different dimension, and very heartfelt moments. There is action in Angel Beats and none in Clannad, but they both show us the difficult times of one's life. Anyway, you will cry watching both.

metalheadotaku

I agree with this recommendation because both Angel Beats and Clannad are full of humor and sadness. In both animes you get to witness bonds grow through the good and bad times they go through together. Also, both Angel Beats and Clannad are romantic, dramatic, and as I mentioned before, has quite a bit of comedy. 

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

Ayumu was murdered by a serial killer – at least, he was. For after the mysterious Eucliwood Hellscythe revives him, he changes from a human to a zombie, much to his dismay. Now, in addition to being unable to die, the boy must see to the whims of his supernatural, silent companion – but things continue to get worse from there. As once Ayumu accidentally steals a magical girl named Haruna's powers, he is tasked with the embarrassing, obnoxious task of being a magical girl – err, boy – in her stead! Then with the addition of a hostile vampire ninja to his household, can Ayumu manage to maintain his new home life, fight against attacking monsters, and track down the person who killed him all while attempting to keep what little dignity he has left in tact?

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sothis

I'm not fully sure why, but these totally remind me of each other. Sure, Angel Beats doesn't have anything to do with magical girls and it's less spazzy, but both are downright fun, have hilarious random violence (including maimings and death, sometimes downright gory), a perpetually pissed off (or at least, very assertive) leading lady, etc. I think if you enjoyed the overall ride of one, you should try out the other.

Sasukefanx12

Both involve main characters who are unable to die, but often randomly get maimed to the point where they would die, for no other reason than random comedy. Angel Beats!is a little more story and a little less humor (not by much) than Kore wa Zombie though. Both of the aforementioned main characters are also 'brought back to life' in a sense as well, with some sort of back story as to how they died.

awpaperwings

Enjoy watching protagonist and cast die in bizarre, ridiculous and hilarious ways? These two shows provide some great death-related laughs as well as just some straight up crazy humor.

KittyEmperor

Maybe it's the fact that in both series the main character can get killed and then a short time later come back as if nothing happened.  Then again it could very well be the hilarious violence or the great cast of characters that both series have or even the way to both series make death into something rather funny.  If you liked one then you might like the other one as well.

Panma

Angel Beats and Kore wa Zombie offer an intriguing fictional world where characters are forced into unfamiliar situations. Do not be fooled, both shows offer an immense dose of humor and hilarious skits. While Angel Beats seems to have a better grasp on running humor, Kore wa Zombie definitely has a good grasp on being able to mock other genres.

ItsumoHitori

Angel Beats! and Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? are both intriguing, funny, original shows that you will not regret watching. The two also get serious and dramatic at times, though to different degrees, and are quite entertaining in that violence is used for humour the majority of the time.

Morwen

Both of these shows mix violent comedy with at times dark supernatural drama. Zombie is heavier on the comedy and at times aims for over-the-top parodies of anime tropes, while overall Angel Beats! takes itself a little more seriously and has less of a harem romance, but they still feel pretty similar in terms of their setting and sense of humor. Angel is also somewhat similar to Eucliwood as a character. Definitely give one a try if you enjoyed the other!

Edmond

If you've watched Angel Beats! or Kore wa Zombie desu ka? I can almost garuntee you'll like the other due to similar Humor. Both main characters have an uncanny sense of justice and are killed many times over in almost every episode. More so, they both contain light hearted romance theme.

So if you're looking for another bundle of laughs, I would recommend this to you!

HarioSagara

Hilarious! Otonashi and Ayumu are both average guys that have now become undead average guys. Now they're both about to become apart of an insane supernatural world, whether they want to or not. Both shows are filled with great characters and hilarious situations, if you liked one you'll more than likely enjoy the other.

DarkMiko

if you enjoyed the crazy world of Angel Beats the gore and the different sense of humor it offers you will definatly want to give 'Is this a Zombie?!' a try its hystarical and gorey simular to Angel Beats. Basically it is about a boy who ends up turning into a zombie and somehow ends up in a pink puffy dress fighting off evil *giggles* like Angel Beats though it still has an underlying message and its certianly an enjoyable watch

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