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?
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.
I've been solely into slice of life anime for quite a long time now, and can honestly say that there are almost no other shows out there as moving as Clannad or Anohana (5 cm per second comes really close though). These are the only two shows that have ever made me change the way I see or feel about the world, and I find that amazing to be coming from an animated show. Although Clannad season 1 was more just a dramatic harem to me than an emotionally touching show as After Story was, if you're looking for a show that will change your outlook on family and friends, I highly recommend Anohana and Clannad/AS. These two shows are probably the most beautiful pieces of work I've ever seen in my last 10 or so years of watching anime.
If you like one, you'll probably like the other. Both animes feature several heartwrenching moments, both have likable characters with great personalities, both have great animation style, quality, soundtracks and voice acting, and both are, in my opinion, must-watches amongst slice-of-life fans.
Can you handle the EMOTIONS!? Well, if you managed to remain stone-faced and rock-hearted watching Ano Hana, I challenge you to watch Clannad After Story without sobbing like a burst hose pipe under pressure. Challenge: accepted?
Both animes are having the same somewhat "tragedic" plot. So, if you want to be all "emo-ish" with anime, you should try both of this. Or If you've loved AnoHana, i'm sure you'll love Clannad: AS too.
These are the two most beautiful stories I've ever witnessed. They have so much in common, it's hard to know where to start. They are both incredible stories of what people can accomplish when they come together. They show to importance of friendship and bonds that can never be broken, and of course that love trancends more than just distance, but time, tragedy and death. I think Clannad AS has a wider range of emotional factors but they are both so emotionally moving it's impossible not to cry. Clannad really makes your heart hurt but in a good way, where AnoHana had me balling like a child at the end. But they were tears of joy, not loss. Don't get the wrong idea, they are both beautiful endings. Even though there are still tears rolling down my face as i write this, there's also a smile. The ending to AnoHana is so PERFECT. Everyone absolutely must watch them both. The AnimePlaney description of Clannad AS doesn't do it justice, and AnoHana doesn't have one yet. I'm telling all drama romance fans to watch them, and bring more than one box of tissues!
in my opinion they're both highschool drama with a supernatural touch and a bit of humour mixed in.
they really make you connect with the characters while you go through the story and (especially for first time watchers) make you shed a tear or two at the end.
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
These series both focus around a group of friends with hidden love interests plaguing them as they attempt to mature. Mixing together a lot of drama, romance, and comedy, these series are both a good watch that will leave you on the verge of tears but extremely satisfied.
Both focus greatly on the theme of unrequited love and bitterness, between the closest of friends.
Both shows also have a focus on growing up and transcending personal barriers.
Haru from Honey and Clover and Menma are similar in the aspect that both of them have a loli-esque feel to them (lovable, innocent/naive and physically small), although both of them are tecnically adults at the time of the show.
Jinta is also very similar to Takemoto, in their role in the story, personality and role as narrator.
Well since Anohana came afterwards, I can say no other anime has reminded me more of Honey and Clover than Anohana. I have discovered there's a special place in my heart for anime that emphasize the sort of bitersweet, natsukashii, and just longing for an earlier time. I suppose I like the heavyhanded foreboding because it adds an extra layer to all the actions characters take in the present. I think drawing styles are similar, but just watch you'll get the same kind of bittersweet longing in both series. Also, both series are charactere and relationsihp driven, yes both have drama, but what pulls it off is the strength of characters and how they are developed. Other series I consider to the same longing feeling them to are, Nana, and FMA.
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Although the setting and plot are very different both shows have several major themes in common. Both focus on a group of characters that are struggling to grow up. They are trying to find themselves while at the same time trying to balance new found romantic relationships. The characters in both shows have to deal with problems with their past while worrying about what they are going to do in the future. I think both shows offer a somewhat realisitc portrayal of what it's like trying to grow up and mature. They manage to capture the unique pains of growing up.
Aside from the thematic simalrities both show do a good job of balancing their comedy and drama. They both manage to capture these bittersweet moments that can both be touching and funny. Although I would say that the overall writing and dialogue is much sharper in Anohana.
If you like story lines revloving around a close group of friends and love triangles within these are for you. They are really great slice of life animes and will make you bawl your eyes out, maybe.
The tones of these two animes are very similar. Both have alot of soul searching, unrequited love and they both are very moving.
22-year-old Hazuki lives a boring life in an apartment filled with plants, but secretly he couldn't care less about the vegetation, for the highlight of the young man's day is buying the items from cheery Rokka, a widow who runs the flower shop nearby. So that he can spend more time with her, Hazuki eagerly accepts a job working part-time at the shop, but after months of working with his crush, the man can't seem to muster the courage to confess his feelings. And it's not just his abrasive personality getting in the way of his ideal relationship - the ghost of Rokka's dead husband haunts the shop and is determined to keep all potential suitors away from his wife. Despite this unexpected obstacle, Hazuki continues his attempt to woo the older woman and free her from the ghost of her past.
How do we move on when loved ones have passed away? Do our memories of them and their lingering spirits still affect us today?
These are central questions at the heart of both these series. They focus on how people react, change and grow as a result of losing someone dear.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai focuses on an adolescent group of friends while Natsuyuki Rendezvous has an adult cast and more mature romantic leanings. Despite the differences however, both take us on an intriguing journey through the lives of the characters, their experiences and explore what resolution may be in store for them so that they and those that have passed may finally be at peace.
Both shows focus on characters as they try to move past the death of a loved one. This loved one, in both shows, is visible to one person and causes this person trouble.
The theme in AnoHana focuses heavier on friendship whereas Natsuyuki is more about romance. AnoHana is set with younger characters, but the overall maturity of the casts are equally grown up.
If you liked one, you can't miss the other.
Another ghost related story, a little bizarre, but, recommendable. The mix of situations of people who continue living after a relative passed away, and when this ghost, don't accept a normal life for his living wife and refuse to go "heaven", produce feelings of angry and in sometimes, in a little parts of the serie, of simpathy.
How a dead person deals with being dead is quite something and these 2 shows try to dive into that question. How the living people deal with that persons death is equally as interesting. If you are interested in feeling a little melancholy both of these shows will probably do so check them out.
How does one overcome the death of someone dear to them, especially when that loved one is still lingering around as a ghost? AnoHana centers around a group of childhood friends in their high school years and a ghost from their past, a ghost only one of them can see. Natsuyuki Rendezvous deals with a young man named Hazuki and a widow named Rokka, who's husband still watches over her even after death, and Hazuki is able to see him.
Both shows deal with a lot of drama, saddness, regret, guilt, and are overall heartwrenching. If you liked one, you should give the other a try. They're pretty memorable.
Similar plot themes link these two shows. Specifically: what happens when a ghost appears to only one person and not to those around that person? And, how do we deal with the promises we made with those who have passed on?
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Though they both have very different stories, Hana-Saku Iroha and Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai are both anime with beautiful animation, deep stories and characters, and touching moments. They are not your average run of the mill "moeblob" anime. Instead they are both anime with unique stories that will both make you laugh and think about your own life.
Though they have very different storylines, the characters really touched me in the same way. This made me cry more than Hanusaku Iroha, but I really, really enjoyed it.
Though both are somewhat differant there is some simularites.
For starters there both quite Unique, Hanasaku is possibly one of a kind Slice of Life whilst for a Drama Ano Hana is also very out of the ordinary.Both anime's deal with characters dealing with emotions and life its self. Ohana is left to figure out her feelings for her childhood friend and how new life whilst understanding the concept of work and conflicts which may come with it whilst in anohana Jintan is left to deal with the death of his childhood friend who is now in front of his very eyes, and he must figure how to let her truly be put to rest in peace whilst facing other friends and there feelings.
Both anime are very thourough in character developments and both have a strong impact of emotion left behind. Both also feature a strong feeling op or ed. And during the start of Hana-saku you will find your self feeling very sorry for the character whlst a simular emotion will arise in Anohana early on and around the mid point. I think its a assured thing if you like one of these you should enjoy the other.
I'll add into the recommendation.
I'm not sure if it is just because they aired in the same year, but both is about the characters coming to terms with who they are and what they want to do with their lives as they are all forced to interact with each other.
Both dealing with this in a slice-of-life manner and having a focus on romance without being romance animes.
Both anime have beautiful animation and the stories center much around friendship and love. They also share a strong story telling that really let's you in on each character and their feelings.
It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left Yuuichi in the care of Akiko once again, and this time, he will attend the same school as his cousin Nayuki. Many different girls appear before him, and some of them seem to know him from his past. Yuuichi must now recover his memories of the dark secrets that he erased from his heart, before he loses his precious ones.
Both anime deal with themes of returning to the memories of childhood. Both also feature a character that is searching for something, but does not know exactly what. Both have superb animation and intriguing slice-of-life plots and characters.
Both anime titles deal with comparable emotional situations in dealing with a lost friend. This includes the themes of both miracles and memories in which both Male leads go through.
A lot of people seem to draw similarities between Ano Hana and Clannad. I disagree. While both are wonderful series, and similar in a few ways, I personally think Ano Hana and Kanon are much more like each other. I don't want to spoil much, so I can't go into detail. But both feature main females with a similar history, and both focus on rediscovering the past. If you liked one of these great series, odds are you'll like both.
Both are similar with a childhood romance and the fact that they have to overcome their disappearance. Both are very sad but leave you with a good feeling.