Clannad After Story

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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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Galadriel Galadriel says...

Angel Beats! and Clannad After Story share many things in common, similar animation style, similar characters personalities, both were produced by the same studio and since these are the works of Kei, from how Clannad was i predict that Angel Beats will have a similar plot, sad, sorrowful, dramatic with plenty of ending options, be it happy, sad or between this two. Both send the same feeling so if you liked Clannad you will definitely enjoy Angel Beats and vice-versa.

BlackVoid BlackVoid says...

Few series try to get you to care about its characters as much as these two. Although Clannad develops them a bit better, both series focus on making you love the characters in it before tragically taking them away from us.

The highlights of both shows are funny character interactions, and both do well most of the time at humor. They definently have some memorable "highlight scenes".

It also helps that these 2 have near-identical main characters.

Finally, both of them take their animation to a whole other level. Angel Beats is the prettiest anime I've seen, and Clannad isn't far behind. You will be wowed with every bright, detailed scene they throw at you.

Bvision Bvision says...

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.

mattandpenguins mattandpenguins says...

The shows are both sad with some supernatural stuff thrown in. I even think the theme songs are by the same artist... The songs sound similar, at least.

Leslie1984 Leslie1984 says...

it may be strange to think how these 2 animes could be anything alike by reading the synopsis for both stories, even if they where both done by Key. But trust me when i say you couldnt be more wrong both these anime have a story that focuses on the story that comes with each char, it may tell the story in a diffrent setting with diffrent methods, but one thing is for certain both these animes do it extremely well and if you liked one try the other, and you too will be surprised. both anime's are an emotional rollercoaster of laughs and cries and i'm sure if you enjoyd one the other will be amazing aswell

Icaraexes Icaraexes says...

What can you say? Both amazingly emotional animes. The stories themselves are not that similar, but the feelings they create are. Big doses of comedy -which is actually funny- and deep plotlines. Only 3 animes have ever given me such an emotional experience. The best thing that I can say without giving away any spoliers would be : Both of these stories punch your heart in the face.

ricky26 ricky26 says...

They're both Key productions! Both have fantastically emotional plot pivot-points. (And in some ways Angel Beats! has a better ending.)

Bren Bren says...

Both very sad animes with After Story taking the cake with it tugging on your emotions. Both very good animes, again with an edge to After Story, but I suggest watching both.

C3RIAL C3RIAL says...

You'd like both of these anime because they both deal with sad endings. Lots of areas of each story can be very relatable to real life. Both have amazing visuals along with a excellent soundtrack.

samychan samychan says...

They both refer to a different dimension, and very heartfelt moments. There is action in Angel Beats and none in Clannad, but they both show us the difficult times of one's life. Anyway, you will cry watching both.

metalheadotaku metalheadotaku says...

I agree with this recommendation because both Angel Beats and Clannad are full of humor and sadness. In both animes you get to witness bonds grow through the good and bad times they go through together. Also, both Angel Beats and Clannad are romantic, dramatic, and as I mentioned before, has quite a bit of comedy. 

moax3l moax3l says...

These two are similar. Their stories are different but when you finish them, you will feel the same thing.

Swerto Swerto says...

Both are anime from Key with bittersweet endings. Word of warning, many voice actors are shared between them in the English Dub, which can be confusing considering how different the characters are. 

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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xkub4 xkub4 says...

In both, Clannad and Kanon you can find jokes, romance, drama and other similar things. Main character is surrounded by girls. There are mysterious characters too just like Mai or Makoto in Kanon and girl in other world or the cat in Clannad After Story.

Animes are similar, just like prev. serie of Clannad with Kanon.

shinigamilv shinigamilv says...

Becous kanon and Clannad after story bith are very dramatic animes. Both animes are about love. In both anime there is many dramatic moments, but the end of story will suprise you.

zmalt zmalt says...

If you're looking for a damn good cry, go for either of these fantastic animes. These are the type of shows that make you feel so much it's almost impossible not to be moved, it's amazing how much beauty can be found in such tragedy... yeah... get some tissues.

TsumeShiro TsumeShiro says...

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.

AceD AceD says...

What to say that hasn't all ready been said? Not a lot...Both these animes are the pinnacle of there genre, and two of the best anime you could ever watch. I found Clannad a bit boring at times but still very good, but o boy was it worth watching to get to see After story. Emotions may arise in even the most manly of people, if you feel nothing watching either of these then you probably lack heart.

zyzolol zyzolol says...

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

Nixze Nixze says...

If you liked Kanon/Clannad, you'll guaranteed like the opposite because both of them got very much drama and the main character are both males.

Bvision Bvision says...

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.

x52495 x52495 says...

If you're desperate for more shows like Clannad, this anime was directed by the same studio and the manga was written by the same studio.  Very similar shows.  Same kind of awkward humor prevalent in Clannad.

Winterborn Winterborn says...

These are two of my favorite anime's in the world, on par with AnoHana and Ef. The first twelve episodes of Kanon line up very well with Clannad, but the second half goes with After Story as it is less haappy-go-lucky and much more serious. Both of them are unbelievably well done haremish romance dramas that take on a supernatural aspect and make you fall head over heals in love with the characters. Kanon works with arcs, where After Story essentially follows Tomoya and Nagisa, but otherwise they are extremely similar in character development and personality. Both shows will draw you in, make you cry (After Story a little more than Kanon), break your heart into a thousand pieces, then pick it up and tape it all back together <3 Watch them, I mean it!

NatsuIgneel95 NatsuIgneel95 says...

i really agree cuz both anime is same genre...an also people rating it as "overrated but i don't really care cuz i  really enjoy it...also the ending will surprise you

LilaLily LilaLily says...

Clannad and Kanon were both created by Key and animated by Kyoto Animation. They both have a sad atmosphere and have male protagoinsts. It has an unique storyline. And i highly recommend it.

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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xkub4 xkub4 says...

In both there is thread about other world, mysterious world, magic world. In Clannad AS it is the girl with robot and in Air it is girl with wings. In main story male character is surrounded by girls. In both you can find drama and romance(not that many in Air as in Clannad AS, but it is).

vortex6700 vortex6700 says...

In both series there is a distinct kind of relationship that goes beyond trust and sexual attraction. However, both are also pit up against insurmountable odds and thier dedication seems to blind them to the fact that they cannot succeed. Commitment to a higher whole than themselves seems to be a predominant theme in both of these anime.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

If you liked the mix of drama and romance in Clannad After Story then you may want to check out Air. It has a similar sort of tone to that of Clannad After Story, so if you liked that in AS then you may like that in Air.

Southrop Southrop says...

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. While Air features less characters than Clannad, both share similar designs and they are certainly worth a watch.

Melourn Melourn says...

Clannad Afterstory 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. Clannad Afterstory is the continuation of the first Clannad as well as a few side stories, alternate perspectives of the story, as well as a second ending.

WinterSnowfall WinterSnowfall says...

These are two bitter-sweet stories about the harsh road to adulthood and the problems life casts in one's way. The loss of something irreplaceable and how life should go on even after such an incident are themes you will find in both animes.

darczon69 darczon69 says...

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

1) The romance in both anime is realistic

2) Both anime have a knack for drawing tears

3) Both flesh out their characters in an exquisite manner

 

Osiummaster Osiummaster says...

Air and clannad are both drama animes from Key, though Air doesn't play in a school environment, and the main male character doesn't have such a hard time with the girl, it still has a lot of drama in it. personally i think Clannad and Air are both very memorable and you won't regret watching either of them.

Bvision Bvision says...

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.

Shuhan Shuhan says...

If you like Clannad After Story you'll also like Air. Both are kinda depressing and enough to make you cry or sad. :(

Bobo Bobo says...

To start off, their both made by "Key" which has a knack for creating masterpeices that touch you're heart in unique ways. They both focus somewhat on a supernatural theme, air more then clannad. Would definatly like anything made by key if you liked clannad.

Labrua Labrua says...

Both of these animes have complex, supernatural storylines, but are also accompanied by drama, humour, and romance. Another similarity between the two is the art. Fantastic.

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 maraques says...

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.

 

nick2121 nick2121 says...

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.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

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.

Winterborn Winterborn says...

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!

wargol wargol says...

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.

Annalyn Annalyn says...

Anohana has very similar themes to Clannad After Story. Both center on precious relationships and... well, I'm trying to avoid spoilers here, so forgive me if I leave out the examples. Anohana has at least the same quality of story as After Story, and the character development is as close to that quality as they could manage in 11 episodes. If you want more preciousness, I highly recommend you watch this.

Kaeryk Kaeryk says...

Both of these have very similar themes, each hit you right in the feels, and these two both have amazing quality.

Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss

Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?

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bobjoe bobjoe says...

Besides the common elements of romance between a fairly ditsy girl and a guy who can be more than a little brash and insulting at times, these two anime both posses a common feeling derived from the emotional power of the bond between two people who love each other for who they are, regardless of the influences of other people around them. Both ItaKiss and the Clannad Saga span an intriguingly long period of the protagonists' lives, and both of them present their stories in a comedic, yet emotionally engaging way.

chinesegirl524 chinesegirl524 says...

Out of all the romance anime I've seen, both Itazura na Kiss and Clannad After Story actually "finish" and complete their stories. I don't want to spoil either anime, but both start off with a boy and a girl meeting in high school, getting married, while going through several obstacles physically and mentally. It is intriguing to watch the development of all the characters and how they are so similar; even the characters are pretty alike in personality.

The main difference is that Clannad After Story has a more down to earth feel, while Itazura na Kiss has more comedy, with the background turning into flowers and hearts and what not. 

Both are a must for those who love romance and slice of life anime! :)

gretzky99 gretzky99 says...

I have seen quite a lot romantic shows and I have seen even more school life shows, but I only know Clannad After Story and Itazura na Kiss that follow the lives of the main characters after graduation. In both animes the lovers love each others with no conditions and hold on no matter what.

On the other hand, the greatest difference between the two is that Itazura na Kiss provides light and comic entertainment, the couple's problems are resolved quite easily, while in Clannad After Story the audience gets more drama filled with emotions like despair or sorrow.

Baebaeclc Baebaeclc says...

These are both good series that remind me of each other alot although the Clannad after stories made me cry a lot both of the female lead characters where lovable and in both series time flows while years go by

pattyrambles pattyrambles says...

If you like anime that continue after marriage and show the couple's married life you'll love clannad since the story doesn't just stop at the confession and marriage. CLANNAD and itazura na kiss are two of my top favorites. I wish there were more anime/manga with this type of style since I like to watch the couple grow together after marriage.