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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
K-On! Ura-On! DVD Special 2009 Omake Special Omake released on the DVDs.
K-On!! TV 2010 Sequel
K-On! Live House DVD Special 2010 Side Story Bonus episode released on the 7th DVD
K-On!! Ura-On!! DVD Special 2010 Same Franchise
K-On! Movie Movie 2011 TBD
K-On!! Special DVD Special 2011 Same Franchise

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
K-On! 2007 Original Manga
K-On! Anthology Comic 2009 TBD
K-ON! - College 2011 TBD
K-ON! - High School 2011 TBD
Name Role
Yukiko HORIGUCHI Character Design
Naoko YAMADA Director
Hajime HYAKKOKU Music
Kakifly Original Manga Creator
Yoshihisa NAKAYAMA Producer
Shinichi NAKAMURA Producer
Naohiro FUTONO Producer
Yoko HATTA Producer

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Sora no Manimani

Sora no Manimani

Years ago, Saku moved away from his hometown, leaving behind his friend and tormentor Mihoshi. As a child, Mihoshi constantly forced the bookish and shy Saku to play and look at the stars; and now, as Saku moves back home to attend high school, he prays for a quiet school life free from her grasp. Unfortunately, Saku’s desires are quickly shattered as Mihoshi catches sight of him and convinces him to join the school’s astronomy club. Alongside Mihoshi, the other club members and Hime - another girl from Saku’s past who’s determined to win him over - Saku continues his dreadfully unordinary high school life with a grimace and positive attitude!

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Both series revolve on clubs duing very spicific things. Both are slice of life  and settle a lot on comedy and discovering who you are. and both have simmiler charecter modols


Both anime are basically the same thing. Except in K-On the focus is music and in Sora no Manimani it is looking at the stars. a group of children get together and do either musical or astrology activities together while attending regular classes as well as taking it easy the slice of life way. If you liked one i'm sure you'll like the other.


Both Sora no Manimani and K-On! are anime about a high-school club with people trying to get the most out of their hobby. They both have a very lighthearted feel to them and avoid the grim or heavy themes. If you enjoyed one of these, and are looking for a similar, lighthearted show about a group of high school students with their club, give the other a try!


Both animes revolve around a bunch of students and their club, just that in K-ON! it's the Music Club and in Sora no Manimani it's the Astronomy Club. I found that both had similar plots and themes, plus both have a good dose of comedy along with that light hearted feel to them that makes them great to watch at the end of the day. In the end, if you liked one, I'd check out the other, especially if you're interested in either Music or Astronomy, even though both don't delve too deep into either of them.


OK! If you like Sora no Manimani, you will also like K-On!! (and vice versa) Why?? Because these two anime('s) has similarities: the main character joins/creates a club (Sora no Manimani - Astronomy Club; K-On! - light music club); Yui and Mihoshi are very similar! their attitudes, oh, I can't think of anymore. So, watch K-On!/Sora no Manimani if you liked this show.


There both are comedy involving school clubs and the characters are enjoying there hobbies and interests. they both involve similar light hearted themes

Hidamari Sketch

Hidamari Sketch

Yuno is a high school student who dreams of becoming a famous artist; and after being admitted at Yamabuki High School of Arts, she is one step closer to her dream. Yuno must move to an apartment complex near the school, and there, in Hidamari-so, she meets three new friends: Miyako, a very active person who will do anything to get her hands on something to eat; Hiro, an upperclassman who is obsessed with weight gain; and Sae, the oldest of the bunch and also a tomboy. From wild cosplaying teachers to bizarre school myths, Yuno and friends enjoy fun times and crazy days at Yamabuki High!

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Hidamari Sketch and K-On! are quite different stylistically, but are the same at heart. Both are fairly gentle, light-hearted slice of life comedies, and both have a similar balance of characters and a similar sense of humour. If you enjoyed the plot-skimping fun of one, then you ought to have a go with the other.


First take four high school girls (The childish girl, the genki girl, the serious girl, and the nurturing girl) who hang out and have some slice-of-life adventures. Mix in some Romantic Two Girl Friendship, and let simmer.

Both are very relaxing and fun to watch. Even though they have very similar elements, they're handled quite differently, which is rather interesting.


Both anime are basically the same thing. Except in K-On the focus is music and in Hidamari Sketch it is art. a group of 4 girls get together and do either musical or art activities together while attending regular classes as well. If you liked one i'm sure you'll like the other.


If you enjoy innocent girls having fun, then you'd enjoy either of these excellent comedies. Both are "centered" around the character's interests, one art, the other music.

The comedy is very light hearted and refreshing to break from all of the intensity out there!

No boy characters in either as well I believe.


Cute girls doing cute things. One is allegedly centered on music and the other allegedly centered on art, but do you really need a plot?

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Strawberry Marshmallow

Strawberry Marshmallow

Ahh, the life of an elementary school student. Though Chika, Matsuri, Miu and Ana should focus on schoolwork, they’d much rather have fun instead. Whether it’s outings with 20-year-old-chain-smoker Noboe, holding each other hostage or learning to speak English with Ana’s foreign-born skills, there’s never a dull moment in the life of the girls. Join this cute quartet as they do cute (and often devious) things in cute and quirky ways!

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K-on and Ichigo Mashimaro are two peas in a pod. Though Ichigo deals with slightly younger girls, the characters are EXTREMELY similar, the animation is damn near identical, and they both have a very familiar slice of life format you'll appreciate. Cuteness abounds in both titles; if you liked one you'd DEFINITELY like the other.


Both of these shows have a similar style of humour. Also some of the characters have similar personalities. If you enjoyed the interaction between the girls in one of these series you may enjoy the other.


Strawberry Marshmallow and K-On! are two slice of life shows with more in common than just that. The characters have a lot of similarities to each other. Mugi-chan seems to be Anna-chan's long lost sister. Whereas the rest of the K-On! cast seems to be a combination of two or so Strawberry Marshmallow characters. These similarities didn't hinder my enjoyment at all and if you liked one you should enjoy the other as well.


The characters and art are nearly the same. There is the same kind of random humor that you will love in both series. If you've watched one, you must watch the other.


Strawberrry Marshmallow and K-on! are similar shows. Mugi and Ana are like sisters or something. Miu and Ritsu are exactly the same. Matsuri and Mio are one another plus cjika and Yui are eating maniaks you'll enjoy this show.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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K-on and Haruhi are both based on high school kids who the main character has nothing to do then becomes in a afterschool club. Though haruhi has more of a club based on paranormal and k-on based on music, they both give the same feeling when you watch it. Some of the differances is what makes them similar. Also how the club members get along is very similar its just perfect designing in the characters. If your looking for club based activities and like one. You definately will like the other


Most of the events in both stories occur within a high school club. Both are full of humor and plenty of "moe".


Both of these anime focus on clubs in High School and the life of the students in that club. Whereas the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is fantasy when it focuses on the characters, K-On! is more of a slice of life anime.

As well as this, the characters in it are also quite similar. For example Mio in K-On! reminded me of Asahina. They also dress up in pointless outfits quite a lot.


Both anime involve a main character who wants to make an impact at her school through an after school club. While the main point of the clubs is different, both involve tea parties and grand summer vacations. Both anime were produced by Kyoto, so moe and humor abound in each.


if you liked k-on or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya then youll like the other. These shows are both about people meeting new friends and creating the best memorys they can while still young.

Love Live! School Idol Project

Love Live! School Idol Project

Honoka Kousaka is heartbroken. Her school, Otonokizaka High, will be forced to shut down unless it can find more prospective students. Luckily, Honoka and her friends have a plan: they'll form an idol group and throw concerts to attract others to join the school! But following through won't be easy – they'll need to find talent, make outfits, find practice space, build stamina and more in hopes of keeping Otonokizaka High alive!

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One of the biggest things that makes these two shows similar to one another is three of the main characters. Honoka is exactly like Yui (scatterbrained, but optimist), Umi is like Mio (talented, but gets embarassed very easily), and Kotori is like Mugi (calm, gentle, and sometimes motherly). Throw in the fact that both shows are about girls in music clubs who are starting from scratch (none were part of a music group before), I think that fans of one would really enjoy the other.


Both of these shows are about cute school girls who create music, but there is more to this recommendation than that.

Mostly, the a lot of the characters of K-On! and Love Live! are very similar. We have the ditzy lead; the talented artist who is shy and suffers from stage-fright; etcetera.

However there are differences, while K-On! is more focused on characters and has very little actual plot, Love Live! has an important story that continues through-out the series. Love Live! also has so many important characters that the audience simply doesn't get as close to them as in K-On!

All in all, fans of one should be able to enjoy the other.


Love Live and K-on are quite a like as Both series are soft feeling and light, so if you enjoy a not so serious light series they will both do well.

Of course they are both focused around the music theme, whilst Love Live does has a small bit of serious elements to it's story both series develop in a very similar style. Another thing is the characters from each are quite alike, The main of course being Yui and Honoka but you might notice a lot of the other characters on the side share simularites.

If you enjoy the light feeling, enjoy a music focus theme and like a nice group of characters both should appeal to you as much as each other. Love live i say is for the ones who like a bit more music whilst k-on is more for them who like so side comedy as well, but both are quite similar regardless.


Both of these animes are based around a music school club, they are both comedies (sort of) and include Slice of Life features...also some of the characters are pretty similar Yui is quite similar to Honoka (being an slight airhead). Anyway moving on, both series are pretty close the only main difference is the type of club they are in (K-on is the light music club and Love live is a bit like a idol club)

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