Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

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Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball

They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.

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Bradalee Bradalee says...

Each of these shows follow a group of dedicated high school boys as they compete in competitions relating to their chosen sport. The characters are fairly similar, with an intense rivalries prevalent in each. Exaggerated action shots are a common sight in each show as well. Both shows are fairly similar, so it stands to reason that fans of one are likely to enjoy the other, but due to the nature of Free!'s fanservice it may turn a lot of people off before they give it a fair chance.

jaysah925 jaysah925 says...

when i first read the synopsis of Free! it instantlly reminded me of KnB. sports? tournaments? friendship? bishie boys? HECK YEAH. watching the first episode of free! definitely confirmed my suspicions that this anime would have the same themes of KnB.  

gilay04 gilay04 says...

Both plots have boys who aspire to be a professional at the sport they love and try their hardest with their teammates...Though they are around different sports the plot is alike and it gives us a thrill of suspension as we gaze upon the episodes!

Have an enjoyable time with anime and manga too! XD

I personally love Kuroko's Basketball and one of my new favorites Free!

Naga Naga says...

Both anime are about a group of teenage boys engaged in a certain sport. The focus is more or less around their relationships and most of the plot is revolving around the sport. If you’re a fan of one, there’s a big chance you’ll also enjoy the other one.

NicoNicoDesu NicoNicoDesu says...

The recommendation is pretty obvious--both shows are centered around a group of crazy-hot guys (who, especially in "Free!"'s case, are often half-naked) who love sports. Of course, the sports are different, but both allow for some cool animation effects and give the shows an excuse to make the guys have shounen-ai relationships, sweat and pant enough to make any girl swoon, and parade around showing their bodies (which are beautiful enough to warrant a watch in either case (especially "Free!"'s).

But if you actually care for interesting casts and genuinely entertaining shows (and, you know, a little fanservice on the side. It never hurt anyone), both of these shows are easy recommendations.

Larkawolfgirl Larkawolfgirl says...

Both of these shows revolve around a group of students as they struggle to compete in their sport of choice. While it is more apparent in Free, both show the reunion of old time teammates. Fanservice is abundant in both, though Free! definitely wins. Fangirls will jump over these two shows since many shounen-ai inferences can be made. 

manuueex manuueex says...

Both animes show lots of boys who play a sport and do competition. It talks a lot about the rivalry and the friendship in both too.

kenji123 kenji123 says...

Both of these anime is about friendship, sports, and hardwork to be the best... reccomended for people who loves sports 

TallyCrow TallyCrow says...

Both anime is about a sport and about competing to be the best. 

Friendships are built and rivals are made :) 

The only difference is the actual sport! 

KatoMarika KatoMarika says...

there both about teenage boys who love a certain sport. they enter competions and train hard to win.

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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Morwen Morwen says...

This isn't a recommendation based on plot, but more on the feel of these shows. Both of these shows are clearly aimed at women, and feature a group of guys with intense relationships with each other.

Ouran is obviously more romantic, since it's a reverse harem (there's a female lead character in Free!, but she only serves as a manager and friend to the guys), but putting aside the romance aspects of Ouran and the main sports plot in Free! they're definitely similar in tone. Both have elements of comedy and drama, spend a lot of time on character development, and end on a dramatic, feel-good tone.

Since the audiences for both of these shows are so similar, I think that fans of one would definitely like the other.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Although the plots are very different, they both have thesame atmosphere of a small family of friends going through various things together

kristrex kristrex says...

Even though both of them are different in their plots, they are both fairly light hearted and is a story of friends getting to know each other and their lives. Though Iwatobi Swim Club lacks the romantic aspect, in both animes, there are fairly cute guys ;) However, if you prefer an anime with more romance, then Ouran High School Host Club would be better. Iwatobi Swim Club is more of a slice of life anime, but both are fairly relaxed and enjoyable to watch :)

Jennosaur Jennosaur says...

Both of them are awesome, ok. Free and OHSHC both have a group of attractive men, enough said.

Kimi to Boku.

Kimi to Boku.

Shun, Kaname, and the twins Yuuki and Yuuta have known each other since they were young children and are now entering their second year at Homare High School. However, despite having been friends for many years, their life together isn’t always smooth sailing. And with the sarcastic and indifferent twins constantly teasing or irritating the serious Kaname, it's left up to the optimistic and kind Shun to keep the peace. But no matter their differences, the four boys stick together through everything, whether they’re simply reminiscing about their days in kindergarten, attempting to get Yuuki interested in a school club, or trying to stop the source of Shun's recent run of bad luck.

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snivets snivets says...

Both Free! and Kimi to Boku revolve around a group of high school boys. The characters in both interact similarly with each other: despite the fact that they do nothing but argue with each other, you can tell they're good friends. If you enjoy the characters in either show, I'd recommend trying the other.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both shows feature a cast made primarily out of highschool boys and is generally about them interacting with eachother. Kimi to Boku is more of a regular slice of like while Free has more of a fanservice element and it's about a sports club.

Meganebu!

Meganebu!

There’s more to glasses than meets the eye! Akira, Hayata, Mitsuki, Takuma and Yukiya are eager to prove that spectacles are useful as more than just a fashion accessory or vision-correction tool. And while their Glasses Club doesn’t have a club room or any budget, they’ll do whatever it takes to spread the glory of glasses! Their first goal? To make x-ray glasses that can easily see through any clothing!

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both slice of life comedies about a group of boys. Although the main reason for the rec is the boys themselves. They're all bishounen boys for the ladies to drool over. In Meganebu all the guys wear glasses and in Free! the boys are often stripped down to their swim trunks. However, both show are more than fanservice vehicles.

Meganebu is a straight comedy with little or no connecting plot other than maybe an overall theme for an episode, whereas Free actually does have a plot about the swim team. However, both shows have a charming cast of characters and if you want to see pretty boys living their daily lives then these are two good choices for you.

Annalyn Annalyn says...

Both anime are about cute boys in a club, and neither are particularly deep. Free! tries to take itself seriously, but its success is debatable. Meganebu! doesn't even try to be serious, which is why I enjoyed it. Both focus on friendship and all that sappy stuff. The characters are similar enough to require this recommendation.

K-On!

K-On!

It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!

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Ailly Ailly says...

Free! is basically a genderswapped K-On! with swimming instead of music. Both anime are about a group of friends starting a club and encountering all sorts of problems that come along with it. The animation style is very similar (which is a given, since they're done by the same studio) and feature all kinds of adorable, cute characters.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Both anime are about a group of friends beginning a club together and being the best friends they can be!