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Angel Beats!

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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

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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The main characters have the same personality, Yuri is bossy like Haruhi, but none of them have bad intentions; and Otonashi is incredulous  as Kyon. This personalities are so similar that I can assure you that if you liked one, you would like the other.

Both animes are centered on school students, specifically a club with "particular" and fun activities, one named SOS and the other SSS (even tho this one keeps changing).


You'll enjoy this if you liked this, got a good similar weird plot line and it's just thouroughly epic.


What can I say?  Two essentric egotistically female protogonist that warm the viewer hearts!  Meanwhile we enjoy the crazy adventures along the way. Hell even the main characters have strong similarity in the the design, leadership style, outfits and looks. SSS club, S.O.S. Brigade...same difference.


Both anime have a prominent and strong protagonist, that is Suzumiya and Yuri, which is i personally like the most. Eventhough I can say "Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" is one of the best anime I had watch due it's unpredictable storylines and actions, I can also recommends Angel Beats! because of it's humour and moral lessons (which is also exist in Suzumiya). Overall, I recommend all the readers to watch both if they are looking for some cool and humorous contemporary anime.


Angel Beats! and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya both offer surprisingly though-provoking overtones. Haruhi delves more into the philisophical implications of having someone who is, for lack of a better term, omnipotent, even though she doesn't realize it. Angel Beats, on the other hand, deals more with life after death and finding something to live for. Both anime have great animation syle. That is to say that both offer consistent and beautiful animation. Both have great soundtracks as well. And finally, both have good English voice casts, if you cannot handle subtitles (something I mention only because I know quite a few people who get headaches from reading subtitles or have issues with reading them fast enough)If you're a fan of either Yuri or Haruhi, the other will strike a familiar chord. This isn't because of something like an animation studio re-using a character (the two are very different, both in style and personality) but the overwhelming prescence of each character struck me as quite similar. Especially when they are barking orders. 


Feel like AB takes a lot form these series, if you liked charachters in one of those two the other have them also, personalitties are so similar that one could say rip off.


The main characters are incredible similar: Yuri is just like Haruhi, and Otonashi is just like Kyon. The outfits, the animation, the clubs (SOS Brigade, SSS...)... a lot of things in Angel Beats! resemble Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu and visa-versa. If you liked one, there's very little chance you won't enjoy the other (:


Haruhi and Yuri have the same attitude and they both are seemingly eccentric. The plot also has similarities since they both have comedy and romance in them, but Angel beats focuses more on romance unlike Melancholy of haruhi Suzumiya wherein the anime focuses more on the comedy part. Either ways, you'll love watching them both

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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Though Haibane is much slower and considered to be more 'intelligent'/thought provoking, it and Angel Beats are incredibly similar series. Both revolving around a group of young people who've died and must deal with their new lives. A good rec for sure.


Angel Beats! tries to deliver a similar experience to Haibane Renmei. However, it doesn't lend itself to be taken seriously enough to actually achieve it. If you like the whole concept of a loosely defined limbo-like existence, and what that entails to the characters in the show, you will enjoy Haibane Renmei. Similar, yet very different, both shows share a mysterious feeling surrounding their respective worlds, and characters trying to understand them.


Each of these series has an extremely similar setting, taking place in some sort of afterlife, with beings that have to come to terms with the fact that they've died. Beyond that, each series seems to have some grievances against whatever powers put them there/know why they were put there and what is going on. Also, each story has an extremely similar plot line, although how the plot is given and progressed is extremely different.


Angel Beats and Haibane Renmei open in similar circumstances. The characters find themselves in an artificially small world, implied to be the afterlife. Moving beyond the situation, the plot in both shows centers on personal themes of coming to terms with both their present situation and the nature of their previous lives. Despite their differences, they raise quite similar questions, and follow them through to similar conclusions.


Both these series deal with a life after death and rebirth concept as their main story plots. While slightly different in the approaches both series work to give the viewers a sense of mystery, confussion, and eventually hopeful resolution. The end really isn't the end, but trully a new beginning.


Haibane Renmei has the same sort of setting as Angel Beats: a world that seems to be transitional between life and whatever comes after.  In terms of mood, Haibane Renmei is much more subdued than Angel Beats.  It is quite slow-paced, and is not an emotional roller coaster.  The whole show is very intimate, and I think you can form connections with the characters in Haibane better than you can with Angel Beats.


Angel Beats! is more lively than Haibane Renmei, but they deal with the same thing - life after death. They're both set in a purgatory-like world and the characters must deal with their sorrows, regrets, or sins from their previous life. Haibane Renmei is more serious, slow, and thought-provoking than Angel Beats!, but the ideas are the same. If you liked one, you may be interested in the other. 

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The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...

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both Air and Angel Beats are the works of Kei, both share the same feeling, similar character personalities, both were produced by the same studio. If you liked one of these two shows be sure to check the other one as well, but keep some tissues near you while you watch this shows, because without a doubt they will be pretty sad, melancholic.


The characters in Air and Angel Beats have similar characteristics.  The tones of the characters personalities to one another has the same feeling (probably because they were created by the same person).  The melancholic dramas will leave the viewer in suspense until the final scene.


Although at first these animes seem to have nothing in common, once you've finished them both you notice all the similarities, between characters getting second chances to fulfill their lives.

And for both you'll need a box of tissues on hand for the later on episodes.


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.


if you liked Angel beats you will most likey enjoy Air (TV) they have simular art styles and the story feels like it could be realted to this one. I found Angel Beats AFTER seeing Air and I enjoyed both of them alot

Little Busters!

Little Busters!

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Angel Beats! was created by Jun Maeda, one of the people who worked on Little Busters! and other visual novels by KEY (Clannad, AIR, Kanon). Angel Beats! explores the meaning of life while Little Busters! focuses more on the strength of friendship While Angel Beats! serves to be much shorter than the other series listed, it still captures the importance in one's life and explores in-depth character development present in all of KEY's works, notably Little Busters! where it remains a hidden theme within the story. Both series eventually explore the meaning of life and death and what it means to sacrifice for those you care about. 


The characters and character design in Little Busters immediately reminded me of Angel Beats, as well as similar themes of memory loss, building friendships, learning to deal with traumatic pasts, and contrasts between past and present realities. This recommendation is more of a gut feeling than anything else, but fans of either show should give the other a try.


Little Busters! is one of the best Visual Novels ever produced by KEY and I dare to say it's even better than Clannad. Unfortunately, the anime series doesn't do the original story enough justice, since the anime is just advertise for the VN. Nonetheless, it's still a fun anime about true friendship, unbreakable bonds and even first love (but I think that will be covered in an eventual second season). Overall, Little Busters! is a must-see anime for all KEY fans.


ok, someone quite recently asked me to name an anime just like angel beats, first thing I think of is little busters puting the fact that they are both by key aside. they are both very sweet and cute with a underlinning depressing romance story line. As well as both taking place in a "school" situation, these both have similar characters and themes. So as far as anime's go these two animes are very similar and I cant recommend these more!! and why there isnt that many people making this connection I dont know?


Even if the basic plot is quite different, there are few themes in common and a dramatic-romance underline

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Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya

Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Movie (1 ep x 162 min)
  • 2010

Yesterday, Kyon was helping prepare for an SOS Brigade Christmas party. But today, he wakes up to a whole other world. Haruhi and the SOS Brigade are gone, Koizumi's class is missing, Asahina doesn't recognize him, Nagato is still a Literary Club member and even Ryoko Asakura has returned. As the only person who notices that everything has changed, Kyon is left to discover what happened to his friends and figure out if his life truly is better without aliens, time travelers and ESPers.

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The supernatural themes run deep in both of these animes. They both share the unique blend of humor and emotionally  packed storylines that are deep and complex. As I have said in other recommendatons the best way to describe it is that these are  two out of three anime series that truly   punch your heart in the face.


Both of these series have supernatural themes, are super emotional, and have extremely likable characters, also, Yuri = Haruhi.


Both of them have very large supernatural themes. They both take place in school clubs and end with very emotional endings.


Both have supernatural themes, are emotional, and have very likable characters, Im sure if you liked Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya you will love angel beats!


both have a very strong and prominent main female character.

both very good with a good mix of drama, comedy and some action (moreso in angel beats)

i would strongly recommend both these great animes