Chihayafuru

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Space Brothers

Space Brothers

When Mutta and Hibito were children, they made a promise to become astronauts together after spotting a UFO one night. Now adults, the duo's path couldn't have diverged more – Hibito is about to travel to the moon with NASA to help simulate the future exploration of Mars, and Mutta is unemployed, having recently headbutted his boss at an auto company. Still, the man can't shake his desire to surpass his younger brother, and soon, he becomes an applicant for Japan's JAXA space program. His ultimate goal, to get one step ahead of Hibito and go to Mars. But the path to becoming an astronaut is long and fraught with tests and challenges. Will Mutta and newfound friends Kenji and Serika manage to persevere and achieve their dream?

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kio3459 kio3459 says...

If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me! 

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into their one true goal in life; becoming great players of karuta in Chihayafuru and becoming an astronaut in Uchuu Kyoudai. As the story progresses, you'll begin to cheer the characters on and watch in eagerness as they try to overcome trial after trial. You may even shed tears along with them. If you enjoy watching characters grow and work towards their dreams, and you enjoyed one of these shows, you'll more than likely enjoy the other. 

jugemxjugem jugemxjugem says...

Both shows create characters that are really out of flesh and blood. Everyone is just a full person, with issues, dreams, etc, and u can't help but to care and be invested in their lifes, hopes and dreams

Bamboo Blade

Bamboo Blade

Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.

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Bronia Bronia says...

Both have a tournament focus and cute bishoujo girls. However, that's not their only similarity! Chihayafuru may focus more on the drama and romance side of things, but both shows are character driven and feature varying degrees of development and backstory for their leads. Chihaya is very similar to Kirino in that they are both devoted to their respective clubs (Karuta and Kendo) and are fairly loud about it. Both shows have the characters stuggling to keep their club afloat as well as attend as many tournaments as they can and improve as much as they can.

kremlin kremlin says...

I must say that i'm shocked that Bamboo Blade isn't the must req'ed show for Chihayafuru, for me they fit "Hand in glove" - both are about minority club sports that are having issues getting enough support but some how the individuals and club continue growing and achieving in spite of this. Enjoy one, enjoy both.

Saki

Saki

Winning a game of Mahjong is hard; getting the same score every time is practically impossible. So imagine the surprise of the school Mahjong club when Saki Miyanaga walks in and does just that. Despite her dislike for the game, her talent is obvious and it's up to the club members - the top-heavy Nodoka, the energetic Yuuki, the cunning Mako and the permanently in control club president Hisa - to persuade her to join the club and help them reach the Nationals. But even then, will their combined skills be enough to overturn some of the toughest high school players the country has to offer?

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winniebai winniebai says...

they both have a common theme of a game where the main character is very passionat about what they play. the feel of them is also very similar,if you liked one, you should definatly check out the other

willfemi willfemi says...

Both Saki and Chihayafuru are about recruiting members for their clubs and then participating as teams (an occationally individuals) in compitions.

Kuragehime

Kuragehime

Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!

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Morwen Morwen says...

Both of these josei series feature a quirky cast of characters, a love triangle between a somewhat childish guy that none the less passionately loves the protagonist and a shy, awkward man that wears glasses, a bright color palatte and a main character with one particular dream and fixation. The characters in Chihayafuru aren't quite as counter-culture as the ones in Princess Jellyfish (considering most of the cast there are otaku of some sort), but I think both of these series have a similar focus on characterization, not to mention the same demographic.

triplestrike triplestrike says...

These shows are very different in their main concept however both can dip into the tender category and really offer the viewer a way to reflect on the beautiful frienships within our lives.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?

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DLMP DLMP says...

Both anime are about high school clubs and the characters that involved in it. Chihayafuru is interesting because it is about Karuta card game. Both has anime amazing animation

emilyp98 emilyp98 says...

*please excuse any spelling error sorry in advance*

Personally I see a lot of underlying similarities between these two shows.

Simliarities:

  • Themes/motifs like teamwork and competeing
  • Determined characters
  • Childhood flashbacks and stories
  • Being inpsired through the passion of others

Differences:

  • swimming vs. kaurta
  • cast practically all males minus 2 characters vs. almost 50/50 but majority male
  • lots of shirtless men vs. no shirtless men 
  • 24 episode (2 seasons) vs 48 episodes (2 seasons)

I loved both of these animes and honestly I dont think I could pick a favorite. I highly recommend it. So if you are lik me and youre browsing for your next binge session look no further just check out the first episode watch it all youll be hook i promise.

Also go on youtube and watch the first episode of the parody, 50% off. (its great like definatly check it out)