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...
Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...
Though it may be a bit weird to recommend Lovely Complex to Clannad, I think fans of the comedic timing of Clannad will surely enjoy this too. Though Clannad is a bit more on the dramatic side, but we cant hide the fact the it has some awesome comedy too, if you enjoyed Sanae-san and Akio's antics, and how everyone picks on Sumehara, you'll definitely enjoy Lovely Complex.
In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.
Although Clannad may be considered a more serious anime, it does include humor from characters such as Sunohara which makes it comparable with Lucky Star. Clannad is also set in a school where a group is formed and the anime explores their everyday lives.
Valentine's Day is approaching, and young Mami-san is apprehensive. She wants to give chocolates to her crush, Ishida, but can't seem to build up the nerve to do so. Luckily for her, she might have a solution: magical chocolates, given by a witch who seems to vanish into thin air, supposedly will grant the holder the love they desire! But will it work for Ishida?
The main character of Magical Chocolate reminds me of the lead in Clannad, especially in her timid approach to love. I enjoyed watching these girls struggling to admit their real feelings but ending up happy in the end.
Shiratori Ryushi is a young man who wants nothing more than to be a children’s book author. To accomplish his goal he moves to an old-style apartment in the middle of Tokyo, and at first, his humble abode seems heaven-sent… but not for long! In addition to meeting Aoba Kozue, his good-hearted landlady who isn’t entirely what she seems to be, Ryushi discovers that he has a whole cast of crazy neighbors to handle! What started out a dream has turned into a nightmare of chaotic proportions. Can Ryushi survive his stay in Tokyo?
Mahoraba and Clannad are two series that are almost twins in nature. Both are deep drama with a large cast of characters that lean heavily on moe for art. While Clannad is much deeper, if you like on the other is without doubt worth a look.
The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.
The theme of "family" is very strong in both of these titles. Yamadas is focused much more on comedy, and since it's based on a comic strip is much more episodic in nature (even though it's a movie), while Clannad is more harem romance drama, but they both find humor in everyday situations and celebrate close familial relationships.