Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Ayase Chihaya 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…
Chihayafuru and Hanasaku Iroha both sell you on their characters. The characters direct the whole story and you will most likely love them. Another exceptional thing about both anime is how they bring you into their world and atmosphere. If they want you to feel happiness, angst, loneliness, whatever feeling- they can do it. I think Hanasaku Iroha and Chihayafuru have strong characters. If you like one, I definitely recommend the other. Hanasaku Iroha boasts consistent beautiful animation while Chihayafuru is quite engaging and educational (I didn't know anything about Karuta before watching this).
Both are slice-of-life titles that explore what it means to have dreams, goals, and asipirations and the hard work required to achieve them. Both have touching love stories and beautiful animation quality.
Both series share a beautiful, very tradtional aesthetic, not just in the gorgeous animation but also in more subtle, thematic ways. The delicate, but strong sense of romance is also incredibly successful. What really shines in both series, though, are the main characters. Ohana and Chihaya are perenially optimistic, cheery, friendly, and most importantly, cause everyone around them to be the same. Watching either of their adventures is nothing short of sheer joy and pleasure.
Both these series center around a girl coming of age and recognizing her dream. Both feature love triangles, but not in an obscene or over the top way. Both stories are played out against a tranditional Japanese setting. Both have really beautiful animation with exqisite details and character designs!
The main protagonist from both animes are very similar. They both have the same passion and desire to do the best they can for their respective goals. Although we cannot directly relate with their aspirations, we are able to live vicariously through their storylines. They both have non-mainstream artwork and a bit of a traditional Japanese touch.
The main characters, Chihaya and Ohana, are both extremely spunky female characters. Their positive thinking influences the people around them, and they both must learn to deal with setbacks and failures. If you like either one of these big personalities, check out the other.
Though they both have very different stories, Hana-Saku Iroha and Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai are both anime with beautiful animation, deep stories and characters, and touching moments. They are not your average run of the mill "moeblob" anime. Instead they are both anime with unique stories that will both make you laugh and think about your own life.
Though they have very different storylines, the characters really touched me in the same way. This made me cry more than Hanusaku Iroha, but I really, really enjoyed it.
Though both are somewhat differant there is some simularites.
For starters there both quite Unique, Hanasaku is possibly one of a kind Slice of Life whilst for a Drama Ano Hana is also very out of the ordinary.Both anime's deal with characters dealing with emotions and life its self. Ohana is left to figure out her feelings for her childhood friend and how new life whilst understanding the concept of work and conflicts which may come with it whilst in anohana Jintan is left to deal with the death of his childhood friend who is now in front of his very eyes, and he must figure how to let her truly be put to rest in peace whilst facing other friends and there feelings.
Both anime are very thourough in character developments and both have a strong impact of emotion left behind. Both also feature a strong feeling op or ed. And during the start of Hana-saku you will find your self feeling very sorry for the character whlst a simular emotion will arise in Anohana early on and around the mid point. I think its a assured thing if you like one of these you should enjoy the other.
I'll add into the recommendation.
I'm not sure if it is just because they aired in the same year, but both is about the characters coming to terms with who they are and what they want to do with their lives as they are all forced to interact with each other.
Both dealing with this in a slice-of-life manner and having a focus on romance without being romance animes.
Both anime have beautiful animation and the stories center much around friendship and love. They also share a strong story telling that really let's you in on each character and their feelings.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
Both shows are about a girl who moves to a new place and starts working for the first time. And both of them discover how hard life is along the way. If you like one you should watch the other.
In both Spirited Away adn Hanasuka Iroha you get a story about a girl who learns more about herself through hardwork while dealing with a mean older woman. In both stories you also get useless parents, a hot spring that is older, and a look at friendship. It is safe to say if you like one you will like the other.
Both anime are coming of age stories characterized by excellent animation and round, dynamic characters. They both take place at traditional Japanese inns which provide a "modern life meets the past" feel to the story.
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...
For the main characters gender is completely different and setting is different they both experiance there own problems while also helping others with there problems. Clannad is far sadder then Hana-Saku and isn't always has happy. Clannad can be funnier and alot less corny but Hana-Saku can still be a wonderful anime.
Hanasaku Iroha and Clannad are both animes that feature a variety of characters in the high school age. They are both Slice-of-Life about a girl who is trying to make her dream come true. They are both feel good anime that have the same sort of "feel" to them: that feel being the happy-go-lucky aura slice-of-life tends to have. Each character in these anime are aiming to achieve something and form friendships and relationships in the meantime.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
In both, a girl is suddenly thrown into a completely new setting where she must learn to adjust to a very different set of circumstances and people than she's used to. After which she learns some lessons about things like finding your path in life and that everything that begins must also come to an end someday.
They both deal with the main lead girl being thrust into a new environment and being made to work.
Haibane Renmei is by far the more 'serious/mature' of the two animes by being a lot more philosophical. It is also fantasy/sci-fi based.
Hanasaku Iroha is much more comical, light-hearted and fun. Both are enjoyable in its own right though.