H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

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Myself; Yourself

Myself; Yourself

After having lived elsewhere for several years, Sana returns to the town in which he grew up in, and quickly begins to reacquaint himself to his surroundings and new high school. While there, Sana runs into his four childhood friends: Shuu, Shuri, Aoi, and Nanaka; but for some strange reason Nanaka gives him the cold shoulder. As he goes about his new daily life, can Sana rebuild his friendship with Nanaka while trying to deal with a troubling secret from his past?

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

There are harrowing occurrences in each Myself; Yourself and H2O with the same type of set up of a light comedy in the beginning followed by a sudden twist of fate revealing the tragic past of a main character.

shanachan shanachan says...

Both guys get in a new place. They get to know everyone yet they get interested in just one girl because that girl is always "angry" (both blue-haired XD). I liked both, yet Myself; Yourself, a lot more.

Sheex Sheex says...

Myself; Yourself is exactly like H2O with one exception: it doesn't suck complete ass. Unlike H2O its characters are not inexplicably stupid, its plot superficially original, or its graphics more inanimate than my grandmother on her death bed (trust me, she didn't move at all.) While not exceptional, it's strong, and my God if you made it through H2O with your intellect in one piece you're bound to love Myself; Yourself.

worosei worosei says...

Both are about the male lead entering a 'new' place that he has some tie to and how he establishes himself in town.

Each character have their own internal problems, and each series become decidely darker towards the end, with a bizare emotional roller coaster where you want to laugh, strangle some characters, feel for others, puzzle over plot changes, but find both a decent watch.

The female leads also are similar; they have a cold demenour yet are apparently very cabable. It comes down to the male lead to help wean the female out of her shell.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

With the arrival of a new person into the village and the subsequent ripples they send out, affecting not only their friends but everyone else, is just one of the many, many similiarities that these series share. The rescuing of an individual from their somewhat bleak situation is another theme common to both. It would seem that thse two anime are so similiar that actually you might as well watch both at once since you'd enjoy them equally the same!

fizrox fizrox says...

We met here with copule of friends - each of them having dark past and difficult problems that they cannot solve ont heir own. Those two anime are both about changing one's lifes with friends' help and dealing with unwanted feelings or psychological issues.

JSai JSai says...

Both Animes have a guy coming to another place and is well liked by the school (mainly girls). H20 and Myself; Yourself both have the guys ending up with the cold, distant, and seemingly uncaring character who had a troubling event happen to them. As usual, it happens when the characters are in high school in which there are other girls interested in them.

Overall, these two animes have the same 'feel' and a somewhat parallel storyline. (Well, that's my opinion)

xkub4 xkub4 says...

There is really stron conjunction between those two animes. You can find drama thread in Myself and Footprints. Main characters - male and female have been sorely reached by tragedy. There is also romance between male and female main characters in both.

I think that you'll like Myself if you enioyed h2o, and you'll also like h2o, if you liked myself.

Pendevous Pendevous says...

Between these two animes, the most obvious one that we can see is a guy struggling to get used to his new society. Moreover, both presents light comedy and a touch of angst, as well as heavy drama as the series progresses on.

The ending of both animes are also just perfect.

DeLoreanownervin4119 DeLoreanownervin4119 says...

I am recommending this anime because it also has alot of drama in it but not quite to the degree of chaos head or h20 Watch this anime if you need something a little bit easier on the brain but still want a story similar to that of H20.

ciller ciller says...

The same kind of drama, the same kind of romance and the same kind of angry blue-haired girl. That is the connection between Myself; and H2O. Both of them are very slice of life even if H2O has miracles in it, it's still not very important to the story. When I watched the first episode of H2O it immediately reminded me of Myself; this is als because the drawing style is quite the same.

Well if think you should just watch it because the rest is not very explainable so just watch it. And you just can watch it because you always will love the other one if you loved one of them.

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

Myself; Yourself and H20:Footprints in the Sand are both harem animes that move in nearly the same pacing.  They bring a psychological twist to the genre and leave the viewer shocked.  If you liked one, I highly suggest you check out the other.

Bramblestar Bramblestar says...

Both have a melancholy feel and a few key plot twists. If you liked the progression of the story in one, you'll like the other.

Am3n Am3n says...

It is realy great anime. Both have similar story line. But i think Myself;yourself is better in story line.

Archmage Archmage says...

Both these (in my opinion) great animes share many (though small) touches that give them the same kind of atmosphere; on one hand you have in "Myself; Yourself" Nanaka who is quite cold to the main character Sana, on a similar note in "H2O ~footprints in the sand~" you have Hayami who also gives our main charatic a rejecting attitude.

This is also followed by the secondary characters in both, where they don't really interact (H2O, yes they do interact but not in a friendly manner, not in the way I’m referring to) and are very separate but the main character will not have this outrage and tries to bring everyone together.

Insanity ensues, good day Sir… or Madam.

Kai777 Kai777 says...

The plot is similar, it is scary. I liked the ending of both the animes. I liked Myself Youself better because of the voilin song.

ef - a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.

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AnnonOMous AnnonOMous says...

Both H2O and Ef are based on H-Games but neither anime reflect this element.

Each anime follows the main male chacters as they develop and expand their relationships with the various female charaters.

One noticable difference is that in H2O, there is a sole male charcter having to choose between two of the girls whilst Ef shows the story of three boys and how they come to understand and, in two cases, love the female character they choose to stay with.

Both have an ending that you will not forget anytime soon.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

Very few anime series cover the aspect of a relationship between one who has a medical problem and the person who saves them. These two anime however, cover this concept in a brilliant and different manner, yet somehow keeping the same ideas and raw emotions that make these series great. Extremely well made and both Ef and H20 are worthy to watch.

DeLoreanownervin4119 DeLoreanownervin4119 says...

I could go on forever about how this is such a great psychological anime...but I will just say that both animes to me seem to have the same mysterious feel to them and I think that if you enjoyed H20 I think You will enjoy ef alot.

Zaig Zaig says...

Questions aimed at you, the reader: when you watched one of these anime, did you feel like you wanted to tell the entire world about how intense the drama of the anime is? Did you think about it for days and days, pondering how something so powerful could ever be thought up by a human writer? Did you--don’t actually read and answer this question out loud, in case you have been doing so for the others--almost or did cry? Is this anime on your top 10 or at least very close? Is “drama” your kind of genre or perhaps interest you as something to watch?

If you answered “Yes,” “Sure,” or “Wow! It’s like this this recommendation knows who I am and where I live!” to any of those above questions, prepare to live through the past all over again. Although both anime are too short, every episode is used to its full potential, as all dramas should be. Experience the great genre that is…the “other” drama-filled anime you haven’t watched yet but will enjoy because of its level of drama.

DarkMagicianGirl DarkMagicianGirl says...

H2O and tales of memories are both touching stories about the choices you make in life

there similair because both have a gohst who guides the chars with advices.

Both endings you will not forget

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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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Clannad and H2O both are cute school romances or so they appear to be. In each there is a darker side to them with a twist of the characters different experiences. Both are clearly harem anime with the girls vying for the main guy’s attention.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

Changing the lives of others has always been a source of good material for animes, with Clannad and H20 striking a somewhat same message, but from completely different perspectives. However, don't let this put you off as both series incorperate a great range of characters who you just can't help but associate with and with a storyline that weaves elegantely through the series, they are simply un-missable.

fizrox fizrox says...

In both series we have one boy and couple of girls following him and having feelings for him (shortly: harem ;p) as he tries to help them deal with theirs problems, and at last - helping him with his own issues.

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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fullmetaldemoness fullmetaldemoness says...

If you liked footprints in the sand you would like air because, of the sense of secrecy surrounding the plot! Both animes have hidden reasons and have peoples pasts hidden! Also in each episodes they both have it revolve around a center charcter.

fizrox fizrox says...

Dark past and not coping with one's personal problems can be good material to make an anime - and so we have Air and H2O, shows of the same type. What's more, you will find not one, but actually many characters, each of them having their time to solve their issues throughout the series, so if you liked one, you should probably check out another.

True Tears

True Tears

Shinichiro Nakagami is an everyday high school student, with the exception of having his beautiful and athletic childhood friend Hiromi Yuasa living in his household after the death of her parents. Unfortunately, their relationship is cold at best - Shinichiro can tell that she is suffering, but she acts coldly and distant from her foster family and so he is unable to help ease her sadness. His family is also forcing him to practice a traditional Japanese dance that does not interest him, adding to his frustration. On top of that, he is cursed to misfortune by another girl in school, the eccentric Noe Isurugi. Shinichiro juggles all of these problems on a day-to-day basis as he learns about love and the sadness of those around him.

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

In H2O and True Tears there are the same types of school and characters experiences. However, H20 has a more fantasy-based aspect to it while True Tears is more on the realistic side of life in a situation that could actually happen.

fizrox fizrox says...

Love, haterd, misunderstandings, tough past, high school life - this is what those two have in common. Though please note that while TT is typical slice of life story, H2O has some fanstaly plots involved.