Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

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Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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DLMP DLMP says...

Both anime are about high school clubs and the characters that involved in it. Chihayafuru is interesting because it is about Karuta card game. Both has anime amazing animation

emilyp98 emilyp98 says...

*please excuse any spelling error sorry in advance*

Personally I see a lot of underlying similarities between these two shows.

Simliarities:

  • Themes/motifs like teamwork and competeing
  • Determined characters
  • Childhood flashbacks and stories
  • Being inpsired through the passion of others

Differences:

  • swimming vs. kaurta
  • cast practically all males minus 2 characters vs. almost 50/50 but majority male
  • lots of shirtless men vs. no shirtless men 
  • 24 episode (2 seasons) vs 48 episodes (2 seasons)

I loved both of these animes and honestly I dont think I could pick a favorite. I highly recommend it. So if you are lik me and youre browsing for your next binge session look no further just check out the first episode watch it all youll be hook i promise.

Also go on youtube and watch the first episode of the parody, 50% off. (its great like definatly check it out)

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!

Tsuritama

Tsuritama

Yuki is an introverted teenager whose intense fear of public speaking makes it difficult for him to make friends, so hoping for a fresh start, he moves with his grandmother to the small island of Enoshima. Shortly after his arrival he encounters Haru, a strange youth claiming to be an alien - and what's more, the otherworldly visitor requests his help to catch a strange being that inhabits the local waters! Along with fellow classmate and local angling celebrity Natsuki, the boys must now form a bond in the hopes of saving the town from the force that is threatening it. With a mysterious organization also lurking about and posing potential danger, Yuki must put his best face forward and protect the island... with the help of a fishing rod?!

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snivets snivets says...

Possibly an odd rec, I think there are enough similarities in the two shows to entertain fans of either. There's a certain flamboyant air to both shows, and both revolve around water. Several of the characters seem similar--introverted protags Haru and Yuki, overly cheerful Nagisa and the alien Haru--and the story is really about relating to other people. Call it a gut feel, but if you liked one, I think you'd like the other.

Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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Funkgun Funkgun says...

So, did you enjoy these for the deep thought provoking story?

No?

You instead want a bevy of pretty lads?  OK, you might like these either way.