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Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight

Cross Academy is a school with a difference: in a unique and experimental setup designed by the headmaster, it has a Day Class consisting of ordinary humans and a Night Class filled with vampires. Yuki Cross and her friend Zero Kiryu are school prefects whose job it is to make sure the secret of the Night Class is always safe; they patrol the school grounds at night and supervise the switchover of classes at dawn and dusk to prevent any 'accidents' from happening. While Zero is suspicious of vampires and hates the idea of sharing the same space as them, Yuki admires the Night Class for their beauty and sophistication; she is especially intrigued by their charming leader, Kaname, because he once saved her life. However, as Yuki quickly learns, not all vampires are amiable like the Night Class, and as terrible events unfold, Yuki must ask herself whether in a world where vampires are the hunters and humans are the prey, peaceful coexistence can really be achieved.

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scblakdrgon scblakdrgon says...

The plot of both series are quite different, but in both series, the female lead is liked by two boys. The female lead whats both of them to get along but the two boys don't get along well even if the situation has nothining to do with the female lead. In both, the boys try to get along for the female leads sake, but they have issues against the other that are hard to overcome. Aside from this, both female leads are also shown to have a tragic past, but it only encourages them to view things in a more positive way.

MeLeo MeLeo says...

In both series there is the story of an outcast, who fits in at neither 'side', who is having troubles with himself and that of a good girl with her own past trying to help him at all costs. There is also the cool, mysterious guy including fangirls and many other characters that are comparable. In the plot, one can also see similarities in the fact that there's a group that must remain a secret to all of the outside world.

sarrysar09 sarrysar09 says...

Both stories are entangled with mystery and love. There is a darkness that lurks in the shadows but in the end what makes the difference is love.

Caerulean Caerulean says...

Both Vampire Knight and Fruits Basket share a few common traits. First off they both have a high school setting. It may not be the main setting for Fruits Basket but it is still strong. A single girl connects two worlds. The everyday world and a world of mystery. They also have the common setting of learning more about this mysterious lifestyle while the main female character learn about and grow to share her heart with two young men. If you are looking for something a little bit dark, a little bit mysterious, this would be a darker side to Fruits Basket. 

veggiegirl veggiegirl says...

Even though Vampire Knight may be a bit more mature than Fruits Basket, they are both a drama with a dramatic love story.

DoomsdayAnime DoomsdayAnime says...

i find these two animes are alike because they both have love triangles in them. the plot line and setting is different. but if it’s the love triangle that you like about vampire knight/ fruit basket I think you would like the other anime.

Lola13014 Lola13014 says...

these anime are aimed at the same audience and both deal with love and supernatural matters. Both are very enjoyable!

LourdesHime LourdesHime says...

I agree but I would have to say Vampire Knight has much more romancey feelings and situations than Fruits Baskets. Both have drama that has to do with the characters pasts and how they attempt to try to continue moving forward. Both lead females could be considered "airy" but Tohru is a bit more on the airy side than Yuki. If I had to compare guys, I'd say Kaname is like Yuki, Zero would be like Kyo. 

SarahL SarahL says...

Both anime have a sort of love triangle situation. Fruits Baket is in some ways much lighter and maybe sweeter. Both have to do with supernatural things. If you liked one I'm pretty sure you like the other!

Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

I'm making this recommendation because of the dynamic between the three female leads. Fruits Basket's Tohru and Kimi ni Todoke's Sawako are sweet, naive, selfless girls who have inexplicably befriended their school's typical anime "bad girls", who dote on her and are super-protective. It's really cute.

superprettytia superprettytia says...

The main girls in Fruits Basket and Kimi ni Todoke both have pure, naive, sweet hearts. Both girls have terrific friends who are overprotective. The art style in Kimi ni Todoke is similar to Fruits Basket.

phyakul phyakul says...

They both are heart warming and plot twisting.  Each characters has strong background.  It will worth your time!!

Einhertz Einhertz says...

Both stories focus around hard working and humble female leads, with hints of romance and teen life.

sawakoNOTsadako sawakoNOTsadako says...

If you like Kimi ni Todoke you'd like Fruits Basket (and vice versa) because they are both sweet, good natured romantic comedies with positive outlooks and loveable characters.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The lifestyles both heroines lead in Kimi ni Todoke and Fruits Basket are similar.  They are trying to find a way to successfully fit in with the people around them.  For Tohru (Fruits Basket), she already has the winning personality and can easily make friends but she has to put that to good use to help the people around her.  Sadako (Kimi ni Todoke) desperatly wants to make friends with the people around her but everyone things she is scary, she goes out of her way to try and help everyone to gain their friendship.  Both girls are naive and beyond nice, both are refreshing series to watch.

Kirenahana Kirenahana says...

I think both these series give a very "warm" feeling while watching them. Even though the plots are very different I believe that people who enjoyed one will definately enjoy the other as well. 

yoninayo yoninayo says...

Both anime have a very similar feeling in terms of mood and theme. Although Fruits basket at times touches on a few darker issues like abandonement, abuse and death, it remains light hearted through the personality of Honda Tohru.Her ernest desire to do everything to the best of her ability reflects that of Sawako in Kimi Ni Todoke. If you liked one of these, you should definitely watch the other.

bekybooo bekybooo says...

Both a very cute romance story about a girl who likes to do the best for everyone. Both the main charaters befriend the 'bad girls' in the school and they have friends that stick with them. They have very simliar charaters and if you like one I'd be suprised if you didn't like the other.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't bad enough, two shinigami inform Mitsuki that she only has one year left to live. However, all is not lost, for they make a deal that if she goes with them, they will help realize her dream by changing her into a healthy 16-year-old, who is able to sing and apply for auditions.

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Modesty81 Modesty81 says...

Have the same sort of feeling as Fruits basket, a show that i enjoyed a lot.

Yoshia Yoshia says...

I think you will like Full Moon wo Sagashite if you liked Fruits Basket because it has the same sort of jokes and it's also very sad in some parts. It's a beautiful anime with the same feeling as Fruit Basket.

littlekitty littlekitty says...

Fruits Basket and Full Moon are filled with tragedy, but ultimately, both stories are incredibly uplifting.  Also, Furuba's Tohru and Full Moon's Mitsuki have similar personalities; each girl is a very positive, inspiring, likable character.

lovepink lovepink says...

Both Fruits Basket and FMoS are cute series in which the heroes always protect the naïve heroines. The sweet & goofy atmospheres are also very pleasant and funny, but the anime also have serious parts which will make you wonder about the true motives of the different characters.

pitypancake pitypancake says...

they are both a fun anime with loveable charicters and if you like the whole thing about people that are animal-ish, then you would like both! plus they are both very funny and get a little more seriouse at the end (although fruits basket more than full moon)

sarrysar09 sarrysar09 says...

You can't help but cheer for the protagonists as they work hard to overcome hardships. In Full Moon you want to see the poor sick girl achieve her dreams and become a singer. In Fruits basket you want to see Tohru break the curse and become happy living with the sohmas.

Ruavel Ruavel says...

Both anime have the same mood and the same optimistic manner of thinking and acting. Main characters are like sisters, with a tragedy behind, but still kind, helpful and loving.

Byukkun Byukkun says...

Full Moon being my very first real anime I started watching and Fruits Basket the first one I sat the whole thing through, (and thoroughly enjoyed), I found an easy transition between the two due to their similarities. The same type of humour, jokes and the art quality really make these two stand out. If you like one, I strongly suggest you try the other.

Clannad

Clannad

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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JustAbigail JustAbigail says...

It's hard to describe, but I found Fruits Basket and CLANNAD to have a very similar feel to them. Both are fairly lighthearted with an almost half-and-half blend of drama and comedy. The drama is very sentimental and the comedy revolves around the characters' antics, and neither relies on dirty jokes or references to other anime series. Both take place at the main character's high school a fair amount, and both deal with similar themes: friendship, family and acceptance. There are also some very, very light romantic undertones between characters here and there. If you like one, it's *very* likely that you'll like the other.

meph meph says...

Fruits basket and Clannad both deal with similar themes and they compliment each other nicely. Either involve harem or reverse harems. Both involve a central character (Tohru from fruits basket and Okazaki from Clannad) who grows from there experience with others as well as helping others grow. Both series have excellent character development and a wonderful dramatic comedy with a little bit of romance sprinkled in.

Both series have similar feels to them and if you like one it’s a near guarantee you will like the other.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

If your the type of anime fan who likes watching series with:

  • Comedy
  • Character Development
  • Helping other characters
  • And a touch of seriousness at the right moment

Then both Clannad and Fruit Basket fit the deal. With the delicate blend of sheer outrageous comedy and then incredibly serious scenes, both series manage to pull this off. Through in a good soundtrack, characters and animation makes it possible for you to be able to watch one as easily as the other.

foltor foltor says...

Fruits Basket and Clannad are both high school comedy-dramas with subtle romantic undertones which deal with themes of developing emotional intimacy and finding a sense of belonging. I find them both higly uplifting and rewatchable.

The comedy in Fruits Basket is a bit more broad and slapstick while Clannad is more bizarre and esoteric. Fruits Basket also has some rather dark aspects as the plot unfolds, whereas Clannad (as of episode 15) is pretty consistently optimistic. Fruits Basket is also more focused on the development of its three core characters and only strays from them for brief intervals, but Clannad spends several episodes at a time in a subplot exploring the issues of one of the secondary characters.

narutou narutou says...

I would reccomend this because both series have a similar type of humor and are definitely fun to watch. Clannad has a more supernatural feel to it while Fruits Basket is more down to earth.

WalkingEast WalkingEast says...

Fruits Basket and Clannad are two of the most touching anime I've taken the time to watch this year. Both have sweet characters who are thrust together by destiny. Although Fruits Basket is more light hearted, both share a mild exploration of the supernatural, and both have some touching moments.

Clannad is the deeper of the two, with some honest tear jerking scenes, but if you're not ready to get into the heady undertow of that show, or if you've just gotten out of it, Fruits Basket will be a welcome bastion.

eaper eaper says...

These series each have a rather moving and emotional story surrounded by a large amount of comedy and some romance. Clannad is more romantic and slightly less episodic in nature, though.

AlienicoN AlienicoN says...

It's strange to suggest but true. Each one is based around a cheerful girl who doesn't want to hurt anyone around her. 

The overall view on characters can also compare. A wide variety of different personalities.

You'll know when you realize that you've been cheering for the main characters throughout each series from beginning to end.

Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2

Ranma, raised to be a man among men, has a bit of a problem: he is half woman! While training in China he fell into a strange magic spring at Jusenkyo. Now, he is eternally cursed to change into a beautiful woman whenever he is hit by cold water, but that may be the least of his problems; his father has betrothed him to marry! There's never a dull day for Ranma as he attempts to find a cure for his curse, train to become stronger, and grapple with the fact that half of himself may be more feminine than his fiancée!

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Humans become animals, Funny stuff happens. And of course some background romance. No, I'm actually talking about Ranma, but the elements are all the same.

catzgirl catzgirl says...

Both series feature humorous love triangles with humans changing into animals and other things. In Ranma's case, with a splash of cold water, you have a boy that can change into a girl, a girl that changes into a cat, and another boy that changes into a cute black pig. There are many other characters that change as well, but you would have to watch the series to find out ;) Both Ranma and Fruits Basket have extensive love triangles and plenty of situational comedy. Ranma is a tad more mature with the gratuitous female nudity and also a good deal of martial art fighting storylines, while Fruit Baskets is more relationship driven. Neither have a lack of humor, that's for sure.

chaotic chaotic says...

Both Fruits Basket and Ranma are about people turning into animals/girls/etc. and both feature a lot of comedy in a similar style. Ranma is better for people who like martial arts as it focuses a lot on the fighting, whilst Fruits Basket has more emphasis on the romance and is generally cuter.

Sorinchako Sorinchako says...

What Fruits Basket does for angst and romance, Ranma 1/2 does for romance and humor. Both anime feature strange situations, people that turn into animals, curses, and genderbenders (though the latter is quite literal). While Ranma 1/2 features much more fighting than Fruits Basket, in the end they are both beautiful love stories with equal helpings of humor, romance, and angst.

Freewind Freewind says...

Fruits Basket and Ranma 1/2 are both anime with characters who change into animals. Also, Tohru Honda and Ranma have histories that allow them to intermingle with the world around them.

goldenphoenix101 goldenphoenix101 says...

lots of romance, lots of transformations, lots of animals and a hell of a lot of humour make these two animes very similar. You'l either love both or neither.

Theta Theta says...

Both of these anime feature teenagers that transform into animals.  On top of that they both have romance and love triangle elements, often verging on harem.  While Fruits basket is more serious and has a continuous plot they share a similar style of humour and explore many of the same themes.