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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Clannad Movie Movie 2007 Condensed Version
Clannad After Story TV 2008 Sequel
Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter DVD Special 2008 Alternate Universe Alternate tale where Tomoya dates Tomoyo. Released on the last volume of the Clannad DVDs.
Clannad: Another World, Kyou Chapter DVD Special 2009 Alternate Universe Alternate tale surrounding Tomoya and Kyou. Released on the last volume of the Clannad: After Story DVDs.

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Clannad: 4-Koma Manga Theater 2004 TBD
Clannad 2005 TBD
Tomoyo After - Dear Shining Memories 2007 TBD
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Kazumi IKEDA Character Design
Tatsuya ISHIHARA Director
Jun MAEDA Music
Shinji ORITO Music
Magome TOGOSHI Music
Yoshihisa NAKAYAMA Producer
Shinichi NAKAMURA Producer
Naohiro FUTONO Producer
Yoko HATTA Producer

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Kanon (2006)

Kanon (2006)

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.

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Caraniel

Both of these harem series are game conversions from 'Key', animated by 'KyoAni'. As such both series are very very pretty and extremely well-produced.

Clannad and Kanon center around a male high school student (Yuichi in Kanon, Tomoya in Clannad). They are similar in personality: both are quite sarcastic and at times, obnoxious, towards the girls they are surrounded with. There is also a female in each that is the main love interest for the male (Ayu in Kanon, Nagisa in Clannad); they are similar in character design and influence on the male. The plots are also similar; each has a number of arcs related to the girls' stories and how they affect the males' lives.

In short, both of these series are quite similar, and surely if you liked one you would like the other. If nothing else they are beautifully produced and a joy to watch.

Canal

Both Kanon and Clannad are based on visual novels by Key and were animated by the same studio. The stories are somewhat similar: the male lead meets some girls and spends time with them while trying to help them with their problems, although sometimes he plays pranks on them.

Both anime have great animation and similar character designs and while there's some humour in the first few episodes, they get really sad near the end of each arc.

Lazuline

Love and despair, bitter and sweet, and acceptance and denial; these are but a few of the recurring themes that form the foundation of Kanon and Clannad. From this foundation arises these two series as they tell the tale of one man whose destiny unfolds before him. Though similar in many ways, the respective heroes of Kanon and Clannad are still quite distinct from one another. As for the heroines, Kanon and Clannad both employ characters based on Moe characters. Interestingly, both series' heroines remain unique to each series. Lastly, the setting and the style of Kanon and Clannad are similar yet unique.

The paradoxical comparison between the two series is indeed seen in a myriad of ways. Yet, for viewers seeking satisfaction or perhaps heartwarming events or even events that can push one to tears, Kanon and Clannad are two sides of the coin. Enjoying one series consequently results in the enjoyment of the other.

smetske

After watching Kanon 2006, I had an empty feeling, thinking I would never see an anime like it again. Clannad has done a wonderful job in proving myself wrong. Both series have quite some similarities. Such as the art style, the peaceful opening/ending theme, the sound in general, the cuteness of the girls, the different stories the characters have to tell and how they handle their problems. Both anime have a male lead who is surrounded by girls and their story is told in different story arcs. If you enjoyed watching Kanon 2006 or Clannad, the obvious next step would be to watch the other!

Bryth

Both Series deal with a male lead character helping different types of girls with problems they may have. The stories both give you a feel for the male character and the female character he is currently involved with.

xephon

As many people before me have stated, Clannad and Kanon are similar in that they both revolve around a male lead and they both follow the same stile of developing one girl around the male lead then moving to the next. They both even look alike with some of the characters looking almost identical.

However there is one thing that makes the two series different. While kanon didn't have much humor and stayed serious through most of the arc's Clanned is quite funny with a lot of dry humor thrown into the story.

Thats not to say Clanned isn't serious hell if it wasn't for the humor the first arc of Clanned could have been more depressing the the first arc or kanon.

Bottom line is both are really good anime to watch and if you like one the other should be right up your ally.

Kilplow

If you like Clannad, you'll surely like Kanon. Both series involve the main guy with a large group of girl friends. Not quite a harem anime because the guy is only really interested in one girl romantically. Both series of the same animation studio producing them, high production values, are school slice of life stories, a single character that excels at fighting, extreme amounts of comedy, some sad dramatic parts, crisp and interesting character designs, and a touch of the supernatural. Clannad and Kanon are entertaining whirlwinds of excitement and neither is to be missed.

charliechan

Both are about one kind hearted guy who makes lots of female friends who have either a very drepressing background or are facing hard times.

Each anime is set to open your hearts and make you cry by showing a slice of life in a emotional way.

Adamannen

Clannad and Kanon (2006) were made by the same creators and thus resemble each in other in many aspects. They're both harem/romance anime with a touch of fantasy and humor as well as some slightly dramatic twists.

Another notable resemblance between the two are the considerably cuter than average girls which I think could very well serve as a definition for moe.

Darkkris

Clannad and Kanon (2006) have very similar stories. They both are about a young man trying to find himself maybe in different ways, but both of the characters regardless are kind yougn men who seem a little me and straight forward. I woudl recommend highly watching this if you liked clannad.

TheVampireLastat

Hmm..what to say? Well starting off things, i loved these animes. I love heart wrenching dramas.Clannad,Kanon, and ef are some of the sadest animes i have yet stumbled apon. if you want your anime to rip into your emotions like i do, then all three of these will work for you.These three animes all have a wounderfull cast of charicters.You will fall in love with most if not all the charicters and there "arcs".

SaiAkuto

Both Clannad and Kanon (2006) were mad by the same anime studio. They have therefore many similaritie. Either Clannad or Kanon tell a story of a boy who came back to the city when he used to life years ago. Now he has forgotten a lot of his past and both animes shows how he is exploring the past. Both of them are also really touching and at moments makes cry even a boy.

wolfangel87

In both Kanon 2006 and Clannad the main guy in each series is trying to help out all of the girls around him. He is also kind of a smart alick with a good sense of humor that says funny things to the people around him and can always make anyone laugh.

thedudave

Kanon and Clannad are both very similiar. First of all you'll became aware of the same drawing style, but also the romance dramatic storylines are very alike.

In Both Animes the Plot is of a very kind Highschool Student, who makes many connections to female students and until the half the viewer does not realise which girl the main character has really fallen for.

Also in both Storys some flashbacks happen because the main charakter has forgotten some really important things in the past.

shoahunter

Clannad is made by the same people as Kanon (2006). It has the same harem set up at Kanon (2006) and supports its great animation with an equally great plot and character arcs.

serge17

Beautiful story with specyfic characters. Real tear - jerker. If you looking for good (ecchi free) romance witch touching scenes you'll love this both animes. On top of that both anime have great graphics and music (same studio).

Biszek

Hmm best word should be "trilogy". That anime have "special" thing in storyline, it's making you felling curious about everything : main characters, their lifestyle, relations ships, you want to watch it more, and more. If you liked Clannad, you would also like Kanon 2006.

Sheex

This is probably the easiest rec I'll ever make. Both Kanon (2006) and Clannad are astounding works produced by Kyoto Animation, and the similarities in style and presentation between the two are enormous. In addition, both flaunt wonderful drama mixed with tinges of comedy and romance (Clannad moreso), which gives them a broad appeal. If you like one, the other is a 110% guaranteed hit.

fizrox

These two anime are really, really similar. Starting from characters, throug the plot and the dream theme, they are like siblings. In both you will find high school students' life filled with unusal events, a boy with many girlfriends all having feelings for him, and a mystery to be solved with much effort.

thedrummist

Both of these series feature many of the same themes and concepts throughout their length, and are of similar length. If I'm not mistaken they're also both adapted by visual novels from Key and produced by Kyoto Animation. Both deeply involve the watcher in engaging stories, although I think that Clannad's story has a better effect after having played the visual novel. Kanon can still easily be viewed with no playing of the game and is a magnificient remake of the earlier version with very nice animation. Overall, if you liked the themes in one of these series, you'll love the other ^^

Niw

To begin with the similarities, these series have male leads who can basically only be distinguished from each other by their hair colour. These guys then go on babbling about how bored they are, while simultaneously hanging out with several attractive girls who seem to take it naturally that this guy randomly starts asking them personal questions. Soon the main character has saved the lives and solved all the problems of these girls and he's officially the exalted hero of the universe.

If you seriously liked one, there's a high chance you'd like to watch the same thing again.

Kuroda

Kanon and Clannad are both great anime based off of visual novels by Key. They both can pull off humor, drama, and romance in an amazing way.

llsektorll

Nothing can really be said here other than if you liked one I can 100% guarantee you will like the other. Both were produced by the same company and are based on H-Games. Both are equally emotional animes and have endings that are superbly done. Clannad focuses more on the relationship of family and Kanon focuses more on friendship. Both animes have a budding love relationship so if you are one for romance or drama you will not be dissapointed.

Nocturnalgloria

Clannad and Kanon are KyoAni's productions and it really shows. Following a formula in which a Highschool boy gets to interact and help a cast of girls, both have superb production values through and through. Comedy, romance and in Kanon's case a great dose of drama, these are anime that are very likely to captivate the same target audience.

Cfos

The core of both anime is a love story, but the actual episodes aren't only about the two "main characters". In both animes, the male main character is an outsider who is slowly making friends and helps them with their problems.

Merryberry

There's something special about Kyoto Animation's work. With many different levels, it draws you into the series with it's beautiful animation, stunning soundtrack and heart wrenching storylines. Both Clannad and Kanon share this magical world created of similiar weaving stories that captivate the heart. They are a perfect combination making you walk every step of the way with their characters, feeling their emotions and listening to their thoughts. Truely remarkable and it's frightening just how similiar yet wonderfully different these two series are.

TropicalMist

Firstly, I watched Kanon before Clannad... but having watched both, I can see why people would think that both are similar to one another =)

Firstly, both have really strong female characters that each carry their own special personality traits.  And next, I really liked how they both delivered the ending (even though Clannad has a continuation).  They both presented the main female character to the audience at the beginning, developing their story as a side to all the others.  And finally at the end, she has her own debut and it really won me over at the end =)

I personally enjoyed Kanon's storytelling more, but the main lead in Clannad is definitely one in a million ^^ so definitely if you like one, you should try the other.

xkub4

At the start: Main male characters are similar, both are making jokes of girls araound em.

In animes there are some fantasy, magic and other things like that. There is romance and lots girls are around Tomoya and Yuichi.

Animes are created by same studio so there is similar animation, draw etc.

Daniactress

I watched Clannad first, and now im on kanon 2006, they are so similar. i thought i would never find on like clannad again, but its like a contiuation.

certain characters look similar, and there is one character in each of the stories that make you want to cry so bad because of the fact that they are so special and they have a horrible, compelling story- still beautiful anyway. i didnt like Air though. too slow.

HanYouReal

They have sort of the same feeling in what the events are concerned. They both have a dose of mistery which is in some cases almost overlaping. Also the characters are very much alike and somethims makes you think you are watching the same anime. The graphics are very much alike and good by the way. Last but not least they are made by the same studio, which also made Air TV and Sola I think.

LLORAtheLLAMA

Clannad and Kanon are the best of the harems that I've seen. Great plot, great characters, and great art are evident in both series. If you've seen one, then you should definitely check out the other!!

samshadow999

If you liked Clannad or Kanon, you'd like the other because thier both pretty much the same show with minor differences.

Both feature one extra cool male lead, one stupidly cute female lead, awesome parent characters and a bunch of other cute girls all wanting the leads attention for different reasons.

Both shows deal in a mix of comedy and heavy drama, Clannad being the better in both, they guarantee tear jerking, heart warming and side splitting moments.

Both shows deal with 'dream sequences'.

The difference in these shows is the plot, while they do share the same set up (mini arcs all leading up to a final main arc) they differ obviously in story.

I won't say anything here story wise in either, but if you enjoyed one of these great titles, please, check out the other.

Omurqi

Clannad and Kanon (2006) are adaptions of VNs made by Key that follow practically the same format: The main male character helping out the people around him with their problems. One more thing, if you liked Ayu or Fuuko in one of these shows, if it wasn't for their different obsessions (taiyaki and starfish), they would've been almost exact copies. While both shows offer some comic relief, Clannad is definitely heavier on the comedy part. If you enjoyed one of these, give the other a shot as well.

doomsday

Both shows are made by the same company, but that isn't the only reason. If you've seen one of these shows and then go to watch the other, you'll notice that the stories use many of the same plot devices. Also to add another bullet-point, they both are the same genre (duh).

Asraz

They re like the same anime with different characters and a different plot both follows the routes like in visual novel both synchronizes comedy with high doses of drama and a romantic high school life..

eaper

Both of these series share many elements in common. The animation style is similar, the story and the romance has many similarities, and even many of the characters have similarities. Both being Key series, they have so much in common it is almost impossible to imagine someone being able to like one of these series and not the other.

zmalt

If you're looking for that little bit of fantasy mixed in with a romance that otherwise could happen, both Kanon (2006) and Clannad are for you. Fantastic characters and subplots within each.

Xplayer

There is almost no reason that you would like one of these animes and completely dislike the other. The main similarities are obvious, both are based on Key dating sims, animated beautifully by Kyoto Animation, and have a profound emotional effect on the viewer.

starlightknight

Both Kanon and Clannad were originally visual novels written by the studio KEY. Both of these series have touching stories that surround a male lead and several female friends.

While they are both harem anime by definition, they are done in a way that can be taken seriously; neither series is loaded with perversion and/or panty shots like many other harem anime such as Love Hina.

Instead, both of the series focus on developing their story lines; both have touching stories, high quality artwork, and great music. If you liked one, I think there is a good chance that you will enjoy the other as well.

Dekuguy

Clannad and Kanon is made in an awsome way. They are both from the same maker, but the storyline of these animes makes it the best. Clannad and Kanon makes an ordinary school day, look like a sad daydream....

TsumeShiro

Similar in story, art and style of work. Also made by the same group around the same time and is just a beautiful as this one.

NightSlash521

You would also like Kanon because both of the stories are almost basically the same story. They are also both created by Key and by Kyoto Animations. They are both have a male high schools student.

ANIMEallDAY

they are same lots of ways like they both ralk about the guys forgotten memorys and the city they live in

Konakaga

Both series are excellent adaptions of the key series games with animation by Kyoto. And have great balance of romance, drama, comedy, and overall being emotional. Really if you enjoyed Clannad, or Kanon [2006] I strongly urge you to try the other series.

lyllyean

Both anime are really about love and friendship. Both have a main character wich is a boy, the boy makes friends ( most of them girls ) and helps them with theyre problems. and falls in love with one of the girls.

Raylord

Kanon is a very simular anime made by the same company. It has a story simular to clannad and the animation is top quality like clannad it touches on many of the same subject and i am sure if you enjoyed on you will enjoy the other. The animation is simular and the story stucture is almost identicle the main charcter are both sracastic and with the mean ways they tease certian girls it brings gout of laughter to many

Larkawolfgirl

Both of these shows are in segments about a different girl that the main guy knows. Both have mysterious/magical things that happen to them. One of the segments in Kanon with Ayu and the segment of Clannad about Fuko are very similar. In both shows there is this love triangle vibe from all of the girls. And lastly the animation is quite similar as well.

Jsrf38

Both Clannad and Kanon are similar in story, so if you enjoyed one, you may enjoy the other! Kanon 2006 is about a boy who has lost his memory. He returns to a town after seven years to live with his aunt and cousin. In Clannad, the story is about a boy who meets a girl on his walk to school. Something about the girl makes the boy want to tak to this girl. After this, the two highschoolers live to meet many friends, but there may be many obsticles in their paths. In a way, the two stories share very similar qualities. Not only do they share similar qualities, but they are both created by Key and published by Kyoto Animations. Both stories contain comedy, friendship, romance, and just about everything. If you just love, or even like one of these two animes, you will most likely just love the other!

ishmael1991

Kanon i watched first, and when it ended i was convinced that i was never gonna watch an anime which would move me in the same way.When it ended i couldnt tell whether i was sad becuase of the emotion in the story, or just because it was over. I watched a few other Animes of similar themes, and still none of them compared to Kanon at all. Then i saw Clannad, and didnt get what all the hype was about. THEN, i watched Clannad afterstory, and not only was it the best Anime ive ever seen, it also made the first series of Clannad seem worthy of all the hype. If you enjoyed any of these 3 animes, you'd be seriously missing out not to watch the others.

sephyu

Clannad and Kanon is probably the best of their genre, they both got GREAT storys, there's scens which makes you baw your eyes out, both happy and sad ones. Both of the series have similar characters and great ways of building up a "realtionship" to the characters, watch one, watch the other i say!

zyzolol

Both stunning and beautiful with the same atmosphere to them, nothing less then masterpieces for all ages.

ZoundX

These animes are all made by the same company and as such have a 'Very' similar plot, You will notice similar events happening thoughout the anime, However if you enjoyed any of these you will certainly like the others.

 

Schonn

Both anime series are extremely similar. From art-style, animation, and character design to the involvement of somewhat magical elements, storyline, and events. If you enjoyed either Clannad or Kanon, you'll definitely enjoy the other.

pukahuntus

Both these animes were written by key and come from kyoto animation studios. The lead characters - particually the male protagonist's; are very simalar in personality. Both these animes involve blossoming romance in school. Every character is quirky in their own signature way, and a story to go with each of them.

Bvision

Instead of repeating what all other recommendations are saying I'll say this: If you fail to agree with them you have to be mentally challenged. Both are about gaining something and having it ripped away thus very emotional at times and extremely good.

MwrulesC

As mentioned by many others, both Kanon and Clannad are adapted by Kyoto Animation from visual novels by Key. As a result, the series share a similar art style and feel to them. Both stories revolve around a male lead (Yuuichi in Kanon and Tomoya in Clannad) as he interacts with, and helps, the females around him. Kanon has a stronger supernatural element to it, and Clannad has a bit more humor, but I feel that both of these are well dramas, and that those who enjoyed one would also enjoy the other.

AutenticAnimeAddict

Both Clannad and Kanon revolve around a mysterious world and somehow have the same feelings...seriousness, happiness, anguish, love...it makes you feel so homey. LOVE! (Although I personally love Clannad more..)

Mareeck

The first thing i thought after watching Kanon(2006) was that was like a little brother of Clannad. I mean that it had everything Clannad had but in smaller dose. Clannad has 2 series so it's 2 times more episodes. The main hero in Kanon is very similar to Okazaki in Clannad, he looks similar, his jokes are funny, he's also surrounded by many girls.

After all I would say that Kanon was a little less funny and a little less dramatic but still it's a must watch.

P.S.: The opening and ending aree similar as well. Both animes had almost identical entries before opening (in Clannad it was the girl and the robot and in Kanon it was the talking about a dream)..

Bimpy

Clannad is awsome, sweet and its a good anime. One of the best in my mind. Its an anime you havve to watch..... In that case, if you like Clannad - then Kanon is something 4 you! (2006)..... Its so alike that its almost scary.. Both is great animes!! 

Zatheyll

Both Clannad and Kanon are near identical, yet with such different plots they will both keep you completely hooked. The two best harem out there.

cysinlife

both stories are very similar

they both start out in such a happy setting

but as the stories progress everything seems to change for the worst

but you knew everyone loves a happy ending

youll be hooked from the first episode

naru7uzumaki

They're both from KyoAni, they have similar animation and feel, and they are both romantic dramas that are very sad at times, yet still have comedy in there.

wargol

they have the same "feel", both are about a male student who is a bit sarcastic but has good humor and gets involved with a few girls and helps to solve their problems.

both also have music from key sounds label which provides excellent music for every situation.

kuronyan90

Extremely similiar in visuals and music, while stories differ from each other. Excellent animes

Byukkun

Clannad and Kanon (2006), have a very similar feel towards eachother. Both anime focus on the lives of a teenage boy and the various girls around him. He has to chose who he would like to be with, and who he will leave behind. Although these anime mainly focus on school life and romance, they both have a supernatural theme to them in one way or another. For example, both of them have a girl, who they view as a little sister or similar, and get strongly attatched to, dissapear. Also, including After Story, there are even more supernatural themes.If you loved one anime, you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the other one also.

signed222

These are so much alike. 1 guy and half a dozen of women. I suggest this to all of those who like the same genre with different settings.

milky228

Both have similar music and a rich character development.

Each anime focuses heavily on romance with characters having to deal with a hard past.

nakamuratakehiro

They are both very similar, because in both many of the characters have little memory of their past relationships with one another. They are both quite sad, with some very touching episodes, and at other times, hilarious and cute.

tootalls

I doubt I can say anything that hasn't been already, so I'm basically just adding to the count of people that think if one was well enjoyed than the other is a much was.

Kannon did get kinda predictable about 80% through but thats probably because I watched clannad first and both shows are so darned similar. It's painfully obvious the same heads were behind both anime's

But it's not a bad thing. They both sit well in top 5 places in my opinion of animes in the genre and I wouldn't bother recommending an anime If I felt it were better left   unwatched.

DarkOnister

Both stories and their art style are similar.  The main character is a guy who likes a girl but ends up helping others also.

Garindo

If you like Clannad you will like Kanon (2006) and vice versa, the stories of both series are really similar and both feature harem, romance and comedy, giving them the same feel. They both have a male lead that spends some time with girls and helps them with their problems. Both series were originally visual novels by Key and were later animated by Kyoto Animation, the art is excellent.

dBo0i

Both are adaptations from Key games, Both have very similar visuals, and Both have very tear-jerking moments throughout the plot.

tinaditte

the characters in Kanon and Clannad is alot alike.

The story plot is also very similar to each other. Its much about the town and it's 'curse'.

If you loved kanon, you will love Clannad, and that counts both way around!

HipsterKyou

If you liked Clannad you'll like Kanon has the same supernatural aspect sort of both have happy endings and comedy they compliment each other I feel

Winterborn

These are two absolutely fantastic animes. Both are romance dramas that start out light hearted and progress into dramas as time passes. They both posses a bit of a harem feel but both main characters clearly choose thier woman in both animes, unlike most harems. Later in the series (After Story, second half of Kanon) they take on a subtle supernatural aspect. You will absolutely fall in love with the characters and the storys are defined and very well done. be SURE to watch After Story, part two of Clannad. If you love a fun, emotional, love story that is more than just heart break, watch them both!

Razernut

Kanon and Clannad both are Key productions, which is in general an awesome studio, that's why they both are much alike, even though I strongly prefer Clannad over Kanon. They both focus around a guy and many different girls with totally different personalities. That's why they are so fun, because it is nice to see those different persons all acting together.

Both, Clannad and Kanon, also have very dramatic aspects to them, especially the second season of Clannad (After Story). But they both manage to keep drama and comedy in perfect relation to each other, while delivering the feelings of the characters like no other anime in this genre.

The art style is pretty much alike, which is to be expected when published by the same studio.

All in all I can highly recommend both of them and if you like one of them you will certainly like the other as well.

Utomneian

Kanon was Key/Visual Arts first Visual Novel, and i have reason to believe that Clannad had some rehashed character ideas, though not all the way, but if you analyze them all, you'll find some similar traits.  Kanon is't as long as Clannad (that is, if you're counting After Story), but it still has an interesting plot arc.  even though their supernatural plot devices are different, both Kanon and Clannad have some sort of magical forces involved in them, except in Kanon, this magic is a bit more aware and Clannad's is more subtle, like the Illusionary world.  i'm afraid i can't say much more without spoiling either animes, so go and enjoy  :)

ByakuyaCZ

if there outside exists anime that will make you cry because of specific moments or situations, no matter if its dramatic or happy moment, these two will deffinitelly make it. Story is absolutely amazing. I've seen 150 animes so far, but these two are my top.

If you haven't seen any of these, dont wait and watch it. If you won't like it, ill take the blame

L0nG

It's a great heart felt anime. It keeps you wanting the main character to fall in love with everyone which also makes it heart breaking.

Kamehameha1337

Both shows are based on visual novels made by the same people. They´re also produced and released by the same studio. Overall very emotional stories. Funny, tragic, and heart-breaking, a rollercoaster of feelings.

WiLdKaT3196

Both Clannad and Kanon are great harem animes i've seen so far. They both have sad, funny, happy, and tearshedding moments as well. These animes are a Must Watch for those who haven't watched them yet (if they are looking for interesting animes that is).

Sammac

Honestly? It's scarily similar. This isn't a bad thing because if you really enjoyed either Kanon or Clannad, you would want to find something along a similar line and this fits the bill perfectly. The right amount of humour to combat the sadness, the adorable progression through the main couple's relationship. This is definitely something to watch, couldn't recommend it higher.

Rfsancho

The good ole traits of KyoAni, great animation physics, awesome lighting, and choosing directors and storyboarders to create awesome shows. These two are no exception. With very strong male protagonists and a large cast of female targets, these show won't leave you hanging for drama, be it love or otherwise. They each have their great moments and very touchy scenes that you are bound to want to check out. So don't ignore the other show.

xcvb2003

Both have a similar theme with the main male lead in love with the main female lead and some branching arcs with other important female characters in which he helps them and all.Both can be really sad and depressing. 

DashDerpy

Clannad and Kanon are both very touching anime. They will tug at your heart and at the same time make you laugh. To like one is to like the other. I hope all anime fans watch both and love them as much as I did.

appleeaterx

Both from Key, have similar character designs, sad parts, but comedy parts too. Both are awesome!

Selet253

Something funny i noticed.. Watch the end of Kanon Episode 24 past the credits, you'll get a little surprise linking these two anime ^_^

XxMicrochibixX

Clannad and Kanon are both really touching anime series. Both series will make you want to cry and have really likeable female characters. Kanon has a little bit more supernatural elements to it, but if you like one I think you will like the other.

Air

Air

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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Himitsu

Air TV and Clannad undoubtedly have similar styles. These Kyoto Animation productions have extraordinary artwork. Both series begin quite nicely but there's more to them than meets the eye. In addition, there seems to be an overrepresentation of "Moe" factors; the casts of characters have comparable personalities (I'm not saying they're the same). The main characters are quite indifferent to life, while the main girl is clumsy and naive.

Uniflame

It may sound cliche, but since both series are from the same makers and have the same mystery about them chances are high that you will like both: Air and Clannad!

thariinye

It is relatively obvious why you would also like Clannad if you liked Air: Not only do they have the same original source creators and animators, they both deal with roughly the same subject matter, being some of the best 'dating-sim' adaptations there are. Of the Key-Kyoto Triad (Air, Kanon 2006, and Clannad) Air has the most plot-driven story, Kanon the best slice-of-life and moe, and Clannad currently has the best comedy.

Kilplow

If you like Clannad, you'll also like Air. Both series involve a guy with many girl friends. They differ with the main guy character in Air, not being in school, while Clannad is a strictly school comedy, though in both the guy is primarily focused one a single girl--Air tends to abandon its characters more when their arcs are complete. Kyoto animation does both series, and both are extremely funny--the two pet/mascots are nearly identical, though Air's gets more screen time and therefore is more funny. Finally, Air and Clannad both have very sad parts, as well as the comedy and happy times. A fan of one, is almost certainly a fan of both.

TheVampireLastat

Both of these animes are simulasr in the fact that both star a young man who serches for something more than a normal life. both have very nice guys who would do any thing to help those around them and the girl they love.

SaiAkuto

Both Clannad and Air were made by the same anime studio. They have therefore a lot of similarities. Either Clannad or Air tell a story of a boy surrounded by girls who try to resolve a secret of his life. Both makes you cry like a child and are very touching especialy when it comes to someone's unhappines.

wolfangel87

If a comedic drama mixed with a heart-wrenching story is what you are looking for Clannad and Air are the series you will want to check out. They both have the same source directors with an added bonus of similar overall plots. There is an exception in that Clannad has more comedy in it whereas Air is more drama related.

tenkenX6

First of all, both Air and Clannad are very down to earth, mellow romance series, where the main male character interacts with multiple girls. Secondly, both series are done by the same animation studio, so the artwork and character designs are very similar. And lastly, both series can be considered as "slice of life" anime shows. They both portray events, activities, and things that any person can encounter in their everyday lives. So, in a sense, it feels like you're watching a generalized animated version of real life situations.

serge17

This anime are similar mostly because of main male characters. Both of them are generally bored with life and doesn't take their future, or anything else seriously....untill....well you have to see. I can say that: If you enjoyed watching one of this anime - you'll won't regret seeing another :)

Biszek

Hmm best word should be "trilogy". That anime have "special" thing in storyline, it's making you felling curious about everything : main characters, their lifestyle, relations ships, you want to watch it more, and more. If you liked Clannad, you would also like Air.

yumili

They both have similar unhappy subjects. Both characters are cute and they both are harem style. Also they both use dreamy scenes..

fizrox

The main heroine of both anime is a girl with poor health and social problems. But she meets a boy and her life changes. In these two series, story developes in pretty the same way, and what is more, they share the same atmopshere and bring calmness to watcher's heart.

JeadiX

Clannad and Air are both beautiful animes. Both are about a slightly introverted guy that meets a rather strange girl with no friends. They are both sad stories filled with a beauty of mystery and incredible wonder. The animes are also from the same studio and have identical animation art. The story lines are very closely related and just the way these two series make you feel when you watch them is incredible. Enjoyment is guaranteed when watching either of these animes if you enjoyed the other.

Merryberry

The same artistic style is used in both Clannad and Air, with the exchanges between the characters being exceptionally well scripted.  The music accompanies the series flawlessly producing some amazing scenes.  Both are masterpieces with many similiar factors.  Go watch!

cassiesheepgirl

Both of these series have a fairly similar type of quiet nature about them. They focus on everyday life that isn't full of wacky adventures or battles, but instead have a gentle warmth about them. Both series also place focus on a central female character who has a specific weakness that makes their normal life more difficult and the new young boy in their lives who try to change their lives. While Air has more of a supernatural quality about it, if you liked one of the series, then it may be worth watching the other.

charliechan

Both are about one boy meeting lots of different with dreams and problems in life. They have a romance feel about them and the main cast are nearly the same. There a calm minded boy with a clumy yet fun loving girl. If you enjoy one then you will like the other.

Omurqi

While Clannad has a lot more comic relief then Air has, both shows follow the same format: The male lead helping out the people around him with their problems. Both Air and Clannad follow this format with the relationship between the male character and one girl as red line through all of the arcs. If you liked one of these, give the other try.

Southrop

Both shows are by Kyoto Animation, KEY and Visual Art's. Combining the brilliant visual novel features into the anime, Kyoto Animation captured the brilliant tear-jerking scenes of the visual novels in both of these anime. Air has a focus on the supernatural, while Clannad has a focus on family, but both of these anime show strong developments of relationships and love.

Melourn

Clannad and AIR, apart from having very similar tragic themes also alike in that they have beautiful animation. Bottom line- if you liked one or the other then you'll like the other as well.

Brunelli

Both Air and Clannad have a great story and development, it's even possible to cry with them. These ones are unmissable. Prepare your scarves.

xKuroiTenshix

Air and Clannad are both made by Kyoto Animation, and therefore have a lot in common. Both series follow a guy with one 'main' female friend, and various others, who, at first, seem quite normal, but turn out to be not so normal after all. The protagonist, friendly as he is, wants to help his friends, no matter the cost.

Both series have beautiful artwork, great soundtrack and an interesting storyline. They are both slow-paced but interesting, funny as well as sad.

Kico7

Although they have a diferent thematic, both series have the same style of narration and animation. If you liked Air drama moments you will love Clannad and vice versa!

Jsrf38

Both Clannad and Air give you characters with personalities any viewer will love. Both of the anime series have many common factors, even the animation company! Both series have to do with other strange worlds, love, and getting through life. If you liked one of these anime series, there is a great chance you will like the other! I highly recommend watching both anime series, especially to any fans of Kyoto Animation!

MasterPiece

Well Air and Clannad are both about a boy becoming friends with a girl with troubles and along the way helping out the others around.So I'm sure if you like one you'll like the other.

ZoundX

These animes are all made by the same company and as such have a 'Very' similar plot, You will notice similar events happening thoughout the anime, However if you enjoyed any of these you will certainly like the others.

darczon69

Clannad and Air have quite a few things in common, among those:

1) Both have a strong male lead

2) The characters are well developed, more so in Clannad

3) Both have a certain degree of tragedy and drama

Bvision

Instead of repeating what all other recommendations are saying I'll say this: If you fail to agree with them you have to be mentally challenged. Both are about gaining something and having it ripped away thus very emotional at times and extremely good. Air is a bit older so the animation is a bit weaker but still its very good considering its age.

eaper

Each of these series, both being Key series, have amazing artwork, music, and a somewhat similar feel to the stories. Both of these series do an amazing job telling a great story with plenty of character depth in several characters.

AlienicoN

Both have similar if not almost the same plot lines. Air may be alittle more supernatural, but each has a beautiful sadness between the same type of main characters. 

triplestrike

Parallels can be drawn between Air and Clanned although they are only loosely similar in my opinion. Both tackle some deep issues within it's characters and spend a lot of time on these characters.

zetazach

Both are magnificent creations of Kyoto Animation; which,  also has similiar plot. A man is surrounded by girls and helps them out with their problems. They both also find a special connection with a certain girl.

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

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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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.

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.

tenshi28

If you liked Clannad, then you would certainly like Angel Beats!, because both series are overflowing of drama!!! Honestly, I cried and cried until my face was all wet because of tears.. Although, comedy was not absent on both animes. The only difference between the two is that Angel Beats! has more action and fighting scenes! But still, you'll love both.

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.

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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Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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GrnEydDvl

Both of these shows feature a main guy character who is unhappy with his lot in life and misjudged by the world aroud him who decides to take care of a girl who seems to be his polar opposite.  Although Taiga and Nagisa are very different characters, they both welcome the assistance of their male counterparts and become stronger because of their friendship with him.  They are both slice of life style animes that show friends dealing with the problems of everyday life, and just enjoying high school.  Both shows are incredible and should be watched by everyone.

eaper

Both of these stories revolve around a couple that slowly get together, with a harem theme going on, both taking place in school. Although Toradora! has a much strong female role in Taiga, both of them progress with a similar love arch in the background.

rdnetto

Both are excellent romantic comedies that start of with a strong comedic element before focusing on the romance/drama. Both have extremely funny and sad moments, so if you liked one you're sure to like the other.

Verified

Both animes are excellent love stories that devlop the main characters throughly, devling into their family life, school life, and love life; showing them how much they need each other without them knowing it.

Both animes offer a good amount of comedy as well and a great group of characters for the supporting cast. Clannad is definitely a little more serious than Toradora! however, both animes are not without their shining moments that make you feel for the characters and out yourself in their world.

awpaperwings

As I sat on my couch watching Toradora! I could not help thinking, "This is a lot like 'reverse Clannad.'" While there are exceptions, the male and female protagonists of the two shows seem to hold almost opposite roles. Also both feature moments of great comedy and gut-wrenching tragedy. Both are great romance stories and stand apart from the generic, 3 star harem romances that are oh-so-common. I highly recommend both of these shows.

Gharial

A Romantic Journey is the best way to describe both Clannad & Toradora! Both had the chance of needlessly throwing themselves away to the Harem genre, with the Female casts outweighing the Male cast, But thankfully don't! Large Smatterings of Comedy & Misunderstandings make these anime more than just a simple Romance. With well-built characters, a paced story & ultimately satisfying endings. Both shows are MUST sees!

yasmin09

Both are romantic comedies/dramas with a slice-of-life element and balance out the comedy and drama so that neither aspect overwhelms the anime. There is good development among the relationships between characters fleshing them out and have them slowly mature and grow on each other throughout the anime. Both are beautifully done though Clannad has less realistic elements but both are still done wonderfully.

rusty0

Although the female protagonists are certainly very different characters, the lead male characters are both very similar, in that they always try to help the female protagonist, and dont realise their feelings untill late in the show.

Also the relationship that develops between the leads is very good in both cases, and is quite touching.

Kyusuri

Clannad and Toradora share several themes; for one both of them do a great job with comedy. As long as you're used to japanese humor, you're all set to enjoy both series. The drama and slice of life aspects are both great. Clannad though, has a more realistic feel imo. The characters are similar in a sense, with Tomoya willing to support Nagisa while Ryuji supports Taiga... the reasons are different though. With both stories, their friends play a major role to the plot development and both execute it close to perfect.

Morwen

These two series are made for each other. Both feature wonderful characters, great comedy, tearjerker moments, highschool romance and high production values. This is probably one of my most no-brainer recommendations for each series--if you like this genre of anime, then Clannad and Toradora! are both must-sees.

HitU2

Both of the main dude character are very gloomy. but both of them slowly get together.Both of these show are great!!

odie81

Highschool romances at first glance, hilarious comedies at second. Both star the passive reclusive male lead who finds themselves attached to a rather unusual match. The laughs are what set these two apart from most HS romance.

annalisebee

These are both just great love stories. Both are cute and touching, with likeable characters. The male leads, Ryuuji and Tomoya, are quite similar and even loook alike. The love stories progress similarly and keep you engaged through all the entertaining side plots.Clannad has the best end song though ^-^

ipsilonv

The romances in these shows start from characters helping one-another. Not only do the characters help eachother directly, but they also help eachother emotionally. This helps create very strong bonds between the characters; bonds that the viewer can easily graps and share with the characters.

The relationships in the shows are between characters that, for different reasons, are depicted as undesirable partners to others. The idea is very well expressed in the introductory poem for Toradora:

"There's something in this world that no one has ever seen. It's something kind and very sweet. If people could see it, they would probably want it. That's why the world hid it; So that it wouldn't be so easy to find. But someday, someone will definitely find it. The one who is supposed to find it, will be the one to find it. That's just how it is."

The awesome comedy in both shows is also a very important factor for the success of each. They have very likeable characters that will trully make you smile and care about them. How much you care about the characters will be what ultimately determines how much emotional investment you put into these shows, and therefore how much you will enjoy them.

Bvision

Romance should be the main connection.

Toradora! also contains some of that tear jerking magic and in depth character development that Clannad has however its not as powerfull as Clannad in that area because of the comedy side Toradora! has compared to Clannad.

judgement123

The Style and Humor are both similar, with a good measure of comedic violence, and drama (the good kind). I honestly dont see someone liking one without liking the other.

visiraith

Both Toradora and Clannad are based in a high school with some rather odd people, many of the characters have similarities but the main thing that joins these two togethor is the plot. If you liked one then you will definately like the otherr.

babyeater

I'd say these are both very similar is production value and quality. The art style reminds me of one another. If toradora made an after story I believe they would easily be contenders for best of romance.

Kitanachandesu

Clannad and Toradora are both a very heart warming story. Its more evident in Clannad then Toradora but its still touching. The main male leads are also very simliar although in Toradora Teh main male doesn't mean to be a delinquent. Other Charaters are also similar as well as story. If you want a more dramatic anime go for Clannad but Toradora is also just as good.

Jynn04

Taiga and Nagisa are pretty much opposites; but Tomoya and Takasu are kinda the same. Both anime are a school-related love, drama, and comedy like anime. Very cute if I may add, and you always want to watch the next episode once you finished one. Clannad is one of my favorites, and now toradora (After finishing it just yesterday) Is another. I also reccomend Kimi Ni Todoke.

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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maraques

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.

Beldallan

Both of these stories are funny, heartfelt, and touching slice of life stories. If you like one you are almost certain to enjoy the other.

holms

Both have great characters, both about wishes, both makes you wanna cry out loud in the end, both teaching you to live, both makes you a better person. This is ELITE OF ANIME WORLD!

jypsyjulia

Both Clannad and AnoHana have beautiful artwork that perfectly coincides with the story lines being presented.  They are both deep, melancholy animes that manage to pull heartstrings and yet somehow maintain a lighthearted feeling about them.

GrnEydDvl

There are very few shows out there that are so spectacularly emotional, heartwarming, gut-wrenching, mature, bittersweet, and serious, which can make you laugh and cry at the same time, but AnoHana and Clannad do just that.  Both of these shows center around a group of high school students as they deal with complex emotional issues, like love, loss, and mutual understanding.  The characters must deal with difficult problems from their past while trying desperatly to look towards the future.  Both shows are full of tears and laughter as the characters face with their problems with the support of others, finding themselves in the process.  There is also a stong element of the supernatural weaved through both shows that is vital to the plot.  These are two of the greatest shows I have ever seen, and if you want a break from the standard school-life story and wish for something a bit more involved and rich, then these shows are for you.  If you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.

HasseRovdjur

Both shows have gorgeous art style and a mix of comedy, drama and supernatural elements. While the execution and cast varies (AnoHana has more of an ensemble cast) they're both similar enough that I would recommend that fans of either work to check out the other work.

eaper

These series each have a good mixture of comedy, romance, and drama. They focus around many of the same themes and follow a very similar age group. AnoHana is, however, on the whole, more dramatic and less comedy driven than Clannad.

renanbandelaria

Both have very touching storylines that deal with love and loss.... GREAT WATCH, it also has quite a bit of comedy involved which makes the anime that much more AMAZING! 

cahbayb

Both are very very sad. They both deal with having a wish and over coming death. They also have a lighthearted seriousness to the plots. Clannad is more detailed and longer. 

zelight

both series shows funny moments and tells about how they develop friendship. and later part of both series features tear jerking moments...

darczon69

Although the first season of Clannad has more of a high school romance setting, I feel that the second season would go well with Ano Hana; both treat their character's emotions very maturely and both feature life-altering moments that plunge their characters into the pits of hell, changing them forever...but still maintaing that sense of hope and the feeling that the passing of time heals all wounds.

cardcaptors8

Both animes are emotionally touching and pleasant to watch. They are heartwarming and really pluck at the heartstrings of the viewer. Clannad has the advantage of a far greater number of episodes to allow for far more character and story development as well as allowing the viewer to become attached to the characters. However, Ano Hana still does an amazing job in all these areas despite far fewer installments and the smaller number of episodes is in no way a disadvntage as the length of the series feels just right.

melkat7

Oh yes! If you have seen Clannad and liked it, you will absolutely adore Ano Hana! It has a well constructed, and very touching storyline that creates such an empathy for the characters, resulting in a lot of tears, just like clannad. Both are romance based, and both will make you cry! It has beautiful animation on top of that, and if you've ever grown apart from childhood friends, this is the perfect anime! Not to many people have seen this, but it is really one of the best shows I've ever seen.

Bottom line, if you liked Clannad, get the tissues out again, cause you will LOVE Ano Hana! And the same goes for the other way around!

Codieecho

Both of these series revolve around a very serious tone and similar plot, they will also both thear you heart appart as you watch them T.T

Rifunger

You will also like Anohana because it is the very dramatic and sad like Clannad and Clannad ~After Story~. While Clannad got this ' WHY?! Pleas no! ' -feels, Anohana got this nostalgia feels. Just watch this anime it's fucking great.

wargol

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.

HexaSept

Both are really emotional, in some parts. Clannad has more of a comedic side while Anohana is short and sweet, more serious. 

Both are just amazing

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