Chihayafuru

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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)

Aki no Kanade

Aki no Kanade

Aki Miyagawa moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be a taiko drummer, but had a hard time balancing her strict training regimen with her part-time job. Now, after 15 years, she's returning to coach others for a taiko festival.

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snivets snivets says...

In both Chihayafuru and Aki no Kanade, energetic young girls develop an obsession for traditional Japanese things: Chihaya loves the game of karuta and Aki finds the taiko drums irresitible. Both of them aim their enthusiasm at others around them, getting their friends & classmates to participate. If you liked the way one of these shows portrayed young people & tradition, you might like the other too!

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both have enthusiastic leads who try their best to bring back some of the japanese traditions that they experianced when they were younger. They both get you to find out new things about a certain japanese art and there were similar developments between the characters as their bonds grow.  Even though the lenghts are very different if you liked one you should like the other.

Love Hina

Love Hina

Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?

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Sheila Sheila says...

Both Love Hina and Chihayafuru feature a main character who is desperately trying to fulfill a childhood promise, however, things are of course not so easy as they might seem at first. Both series are also very cheerful and amusing to watch.

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Another josei series about another eccentric girl completely devoted to her hobby/sport/instrument. There's a bit of romance, a diverse cast, and a very in-depth, yet accessable look into the subject matter. The main difference is that I (and probably most other people) find music much more interesting than karuta, so Nodame Cantabile ends up being a more rewarding viewing experience, whereas Chihayafuru gets bogged down by epidode after episode of matches of a card game that I'm only sort-of interested in.

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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Morwen Morwen says...

These two anime have a similar feel in terms of art design, as well as being gentle, optimistic tales about a girl finding her passion and coming of age as a teenager. The two genres are very different, with Chihayafuru being a romantic sports drama and The Cat Returns being more of a fairy tale, but I think someone looking for anime with a similar theme and feel will enjoy both of these.