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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Alt titles: Rumbling Hearts

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Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.

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Yoko KIKUCHI Character Design
Tetsuya WATANABE Director
Kenichi SUDO Music
Yoshiyuki ITO Producer
Katsuji NAGATA Producer

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Ultima 9.3/10 Aug 27, 2004
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School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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MonkeyZerg

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and School Days are dramatic, intense, and among the few romance anime that, I find, really elicit powerful emotions in me towards their characters.

Don't expect fairy tale endings here, but do expect some of the most provocative and discording plots!

The both are not for the faint of heart!

mis4tune

Real life is hard, that's for sure. School Days and KgNE show us the consequences of human actions toward other humans, and are truly art. If you like dramatic/unpleasant situations then these are the anime for you. 

Tonttu

As mentioned by other viewers, both series feature strong plots and drama, and aim at presenting the most realistic course of events. I haven't seen a powerful and moving anime before, but KGNE and School Days definitely stand out. Though be warned about School Days: the emotional content is so intense that some people, even the strong-minded, may find it disturbing. It's by no means a "college romance", but a serious critic of the Japanese culture of "cuteness".

The featured characters act cruelly and egoistically to the point where it's hard to find anything positive about them. They are hurting others due to their inability to communicate their true feelings or simply by suppressing their conscience. School Days is an exceptional and extremely good anime, so if you're looking for something filled with real emotions, go for it. However be aware that because of the emotional impact (especially last episodes), this anime should be watched by mature audiences exclusively.

Weeqay

KGnE and School Days' storylines are rather twisted, and most of the time you are unsure as to whether you like what's happening or not. If you like this kind of feeling of uneasiness and are not afraid of having to watch helplessly how the ending you would like most drifts away as far as possible, then make sure to watch both series. They really are dramatic at some points; School Days is a bit more extreme in that point however.

wolfangel87

The main characters in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and School Days have similar situations in which they are stuck, and they have no choice but to deal with them. The main boy has to decide which girl he really likes and what is truly in his heart. They are both intense dramas and each series has emotionally disturbing aspects.

Ragnarokr

I consider School Days a little upgrade from KGNE.

Well, basically if you enjoyed KGNE you'll enjoy School days for sure, I enjoyed more School Days because the ending was what I hoped for KGNE at the time.

But School Days being based in a Hgame as KGNE, it portrays lots of similarities, extreme drama, highschool background, love problems, and complicated situations caused by a wishy-washy character.

matteas

KgNE and School Days are very similar. They are about a boy/man who has just started to date somebody, and the two of them are supported by another girl. The problem is that the girl who is cheering them on loves that boy too. The situations become more complicated as the stories progress.

Both series play on people's sensitivity and ability to feel sorry for someone. If you saw and liked one of these series, you'd certainly like the other one too.

AnimeBoi

The complex storyline makes these storylines very addictive. Plus, the character development as these series goes on is very noticable and interesting to watch. Basically, if you love to see charcters make difficult desicions and watch the results of their actions play out, you'd love these series.

viento

Two romantic anime series of the harcore type. By hardcore I mean realistic anime that will shock you. SD starts pretty much like KgNE. A boy must choose one of two girls, one of whom is the weak type and the other is tough. In fact, I was so sure that SD was just a KgNE clone that I didn't bother watching it past the 8th episode. I thought I didn't miss anything. I was wrong. When I watched the last 4 episodes later, SD tured out to have a very different ending. However, the shock was the same. SD reproduces KgNE's impact on the watcher without duplicating it. You liked KgNE and wonder what the next romantic anime should be? Well, School Days is the perfect choice for you.

Sway

We all know life is hard. Those two animes are all about those moments in life, when love becomes a challenge. Both very dramatic, KGNE and School days can be hard to watch because of all the realistic touch we found in them. Life ain't no fairy tale! You liked the twist in KGNE? You'll be amazed by how far School Days will bring you!

Saufkultur

School Days and Kimi ga nozomu eien have both a tragic, but somehow romantic story and an unique ending. I think people who liked one of the anime will like the other one as well.

risuta

School Days and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien are about romance, friendship and really complicated and frustrating situations! They both have funny moments but also tragic events occuring in the lives of the main characters. Finally both have characters that you will either love or hate so much, you'll be banging your head on your keyboard and swearing loud enough for your neighbours to hear! Thus, I believe that if you liked one of them, you'll enjoy watching the other!

TropicalMist

I first finished watching Eien before watching School Days... and I can see why people say that there are so many similarities between them.

The story starts off the in the same manner... A likes B... C is A and B's friend and tries to hook A and B together... but C likes A... and bum bum bum! the plot starts to develop...

I feel that both the male protaganists also seem to handle the situations very similarly. They like to avoid confrontation at all cost... which is also what makes me think that they also lack personality. However, they DO develop and learn

However, while Eien lacks the "surprise" ending that SD offers, it does leave the audience with a definite solid ending.

jurexplay

Romance, drama a bit of comedy and love triangle. You will find it all in these anime. Even a bit more, but I don't want to spoil it. It's not that I think they are SO similiar e.g. I loved KGNE for everything it had and I hated School Days for almost everything it had. Still there's too many similarities in plot so not recommending them would be a sin (have nice time watching SD you will need it ...).

kawaiinekohanyoo

The parallels between School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are almost endless. Like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, School Days focuses mainly on the human psyche and relationships. The theme of the plot (thought a different story-line) is eerily similar; a boy has to make a decision between a former lover and his current lover, and struggles to make the decision that will hurt the least amount of people. Angst runs rampant in School Days, especially towards the end. No matter how it ends, there is no right decision. Just as in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, the ending of School Days leaves you writhing and wishing we could go back to episode 1 and change a few things so that we could have a happy ending. Similar to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, you also can quickly connect and sympathize with the characters. Unlike most Anime, School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien have very believable and well developed characters, as all the main characters show shades of good and evil throughout the episodes. School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are truly two of a kind. If you want another emotional roller-coaster ride like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, then turn on School Days and grab some tissues!

SypherSan

KgNE and School days are like one in the same. both have epic and compeling plots that will have you in a strong sense of emotion twords one or more of the main characters. both animes are tragic, and a non plesent happy ending, but both are fabulus pieces of art and story. if you liked one you'll like the other, but i wouldint reccomend both back to back with eachother if you have a soft heart, because both are extremly dramatic and will leave you speachless at its conclusion. so i Highly recommend watching KgNE if you like School Days.

BurntFlower

School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are very similar in many ways, especially in plot and characters. In both of these series you'll find the usual stereotypical characters that are pretty common in this type of anime: The painfully shy girl who obsessively loves the male lead, the tomboyish, outgoing girl who becomes more and more angsty and melodramatic as the series goes on, and the male lead with barely any personality whatsoever. Both anime also have a soap opera-like love triangle that is the cause of much angst in both shows, and due to contrived reasons (mainly due to the male lead's extreme indecisiveness), it continues. However, whereas Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ended in a bittersweet way, School Day's ending was brutal and violent. I'm positive that fans of one show will definitely like the other.

neutrino

Both are stories about men who can't seem to make up their minds, and the women who fall all over themselves to get at him, and the watcher can't quite figure out why.

berenvel

Both left me a though guy who loves horror movies crying not for the faint of heart thats for sure i watched with my buddy and he even fainted once (iam serious) if you like realisic anime that leaves you crying and shocked these are perfect. If you like a happy ending or are going to meet your GF tomorow ....dont watch...

sothis

KgNE and School Days focus on one douchebag main character and the girls whose love he unfairly covets.  Both focus on mature issues (KgNE being far more realistic as a whole and less shitty on all fronts), whereas School Days ends how you wish KgNE would in your wildest dreams...

Zaig

Both anime have a male protagonist who can’t make up his mind between relationships, going back and forth between them. High levels of drama are existent in the two anime, much like a soap drama (one has the typical “person in coma” and the other has cheating). If you like your romantic dramas exceedingly dramatic, check the other out.

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Bokura ga Ita

Bokura ga Ita

Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?

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Reawen

When tragedy strikes the one you love, moving on can be difficult. Both Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Bokura ga Ita follow the struggles of letting yourself fall in love again. Narumi & Yano both deal with memories of the past creeping up when least expected.

Both series also have strong outlying relationships. The story isn't really just about the main characters' relationship, but also about the interactions of a larger group of friends and acquaintances, and people who have to decide if friendship or love takes priority. I personally think Bokura ga Ita has a slightly less tragic feeling than Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, but the both seem to me to be strong relationship dramas.

MonkeyZerg

If you liked the emotional journey that was Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and are looking for a mature series about relationships, love, pain, and life choices, then you should seriously consider watching Bokura ga Ita. The latter may not have tragedy of the weight of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, but with more episodes you get more character development, deeper exploration of their backgrounds and histories, and a greater appreciation for their motivations and actions. Bokura ga Ita is a story about people, real enough to be true, with all the good moments, sad times, and complications involved.

Jax33

Both of these series have a similar focus on the relationships of their main characters. Although Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is slightly more adult than Bokura ga Ita in the way the show tackles the issue.

Aporias

As a series both Bokura ga Ita and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien share a lot of common themes and characters. These two series do a fantastic job at telling a unique story that gradually fells like watching a modern Shakespearean play. As for the plot of the story you'll find it quite similar as both male leads have their difficulties dealing with the past and sorting out the present. While Kimi ga Nozomu Eien has a more depressing atmosphere, it's highly likely that you'll be drawn into both series despite their difference in mood.

caseydevil

Both Bokura ga Ita and KGnE have a serious love-romance story. If you like more mature anime with a lot of development, these are a "have to watch".

VivisQueen

KGNE and Bokura ga Ita are tear-jerkers about confused characters in love with each other. While the characters provide many moments of frustration for the viewer ('WHY CAN'T THEY JUST SAY AND DO WHAT THEY MEAN?!'), their behaviour is satisfyingly complex and their dilemmas sympathetic. The idea in both is that love hurts (astronomically) but that the occasional joys it provides make it worth it.

Sway

Everything is about love! Just like what you've found in KGNE, in Bokura ga ita, the choices they make will lead them to love, pain...or both. Sometimes, letting go of the past is the only way to fully appreciate the present.

naoom

Both anime have a unique story but they also have things in common. Both male lead characters are dealing with their own problems en difficulties within their relationships, past or future. Although I think Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is more mature than Bokura ga Ita. On the other hand has Bokura ga Ita a more brighter side of the story.

MariJine

These romance anime focus strongly on school relationships. The couple(s) in both anime face several hardships throughout the story that challenges their seemingly unfit relationships. The struggles depicted are both pitiable and true to life with some of the characters' annoying decisions and shocking and mysterious twists throughout.

TropicalMist

Besides the obvious drama and romance that's involved, these two anime really are more geared towards an older audience.

What relates Bokura ga Ita to Rumbling Hearts, is that they both deal with relationships now and back then.  They both talk about loving someone now and thinking about who you loved in the past.  I think both the male characters develop the most in these two series, and learn what's most important to them.

If you loved one because of the depth in their relationship, then you'll for sure love the other.  Besides the evidently different animation styles, the story itself is really similar.

joykimlee

Both are slow paced romance that pulled me in for realistic romance.  But i couldn't finish both for its somewhat boring rendition due to the "snail-ness".  Watch both if you liked one of them.

Chez

Bokura ga Ita and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are both powerfully emotional dramas that deal with the struggles between romantic feelings, tragic pasts and love triangles between friends.  In both cases, these series are in no way predictable, there is no particularly right or wrong answer to who should end up with whom in the love triangles, and each character develops further throughout each series, as they go through the highs and lows of their relationship situations, finding out not only more about each other but about themselves as well.  If you enjoyed one series, you'll definitely enjoy the other.

Koi Kaze

Koi Kaze

If life teaches us anything, it is that love sometimes happens in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of people. Koshiro is a run-of-the-mill salaryman who has recently been dumped by his partner. With his heart broken and hope lost, he soon comes to realize that he can love again, once he sets eyes on a beautiful young schoolgirl riding the train. However, there is one catch -- this girl named Nanoka is his sister, who he has not seen in years. Knowing that their forbidden love will always be scrutinized by society; will Koushirou and Nanoka be able to resist the temptation?

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Ultima

Both Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Koi Kaze depict realistic relationships. While Kimi ga Nozomu Eien centers upon a love triangle, Koi Kaze centers upon the taboo relationship between a brother and sister. Although Koi Kaze is not sad like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, it still feels like a semi-tragic, enthralling story told from the heart. If you liked Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and like realistic anime, you should give Koi Kaze a try.

magnusvv
Both KGNE and Koi Kaze contain serious love stories that need to be hidden in order to avoid hurting others. The romance is bittersweet for the characters in both these sieries.
Arcardo
Both series deal with "forbidden" love and the attempts to hide it (to a certain degree at least). If u liked the uncertainity, fears and depression the main character experienced during his day to day life, you should definitely check out this one. Both animes will bombard u with waves of happiness and sadness interchanging at a rather slow pace.
viento

Koi Kaze and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien have very much in common. There is an ethical problem in both, and their storylines are well written, so that they lack an obvious "best solution". Also, both share a melancholic atmosphere. If you liked one of them, you mustn't miss the other one.

Omurqi

These are both romantic drama's with a realistic feeling to it. They are both about a strong, but frowned upon love, the way the main character deals with his inner conflicts and the way the people judge them. If you liked of these, you will without doubt like the other.

Malek

Both series show the sober side of romances and the guilt there can be. If you like one you will like the other since both have a well thought out story.

ishmael1991

Both have a melancholic feel throughout, and deal with the guilt of forbidden love. They both end in a fairly similar way. They both have a feeling of maturity, and contain no supernatural elements. Koi kaze is more controversial in what it deals with, but the response of the surrounding characters, to the main characters relationships is quite similar in both series. However Rumbling hearts deals with the jealousy and betrayal of another girl, wheras Koi kaze is more betrayal of societies norms and parents. Both are great Anime's and worth watching, especially if you liked one, watch the other!

wolfangel87

The characters of Koi Kaze and Kimi ga Nozume Eien are thrown into the chaos of uncertainty making you want to hold your breath until the very end.  The fears of an uncertain love and how the other person might feel towards you are displayed in each series taking a real level feeling to a whole new level.

Nana

Nana

Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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kissmetgen

Both series are about growing up, facing difficult circumstances, making difficult choices, finding love and maintaining friends. Both series are post-high school which makes them even better. If you liked one then you will surely like the other.

witchhuntergio

Both Nana and KGnE manage to explore the more complex areas of human relationships. The characters are so well-developed and presented that you are going to forget that they are not real.

kawaiinekohanyoo

Similar to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Nana's plot focuses on the relationships and hardships of teenagers and young adults in today's society. Both Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Nana also abound with a mixture of warm, fluffy moments and dramatic, 7-tissue moments. If you're tired of Kindergarten relationships and anime that treats you like you're 10, don't pass up Nana or Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Both of these anime will leave you in amazement with their crisp colors, relatable characters, and believable plots.

vahen

Both animes tells about the choices that one have to make in one's love life, of it's consequences and how painful it is to make a choice.

Nana and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is very similar from my point of view. The main difference are just the ways in which the main characters express their love and the characters themselves are quite different.

Nevertheless, both of these animes are a must watch for romance anime lovers.

wolfangel87

Growing up and facing difficult circumstances are hard to do on a regular basis but throw in the hardships that the girls in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Nana face and viewers will be undecided on exactly what course of action they would take in the situation.  The series revolve around love and dealing with the choices you make, they also display a very good view of human relationships.

Michichan

Nana and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien have the same themes.  Both are about the relationships between people and tough decisions people need to make.  Although the plots are very different, I feel that fans of Nana will still definitely enjoy Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and vice versa

bebe4styll

Both of these anime have a heart-breaking story , with a lot of twists in the plot and people getting hurt. They are both about grown-ups and about the love they have for one another, but also about friendship and how easily that friendship can be harmed. Nana and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien show the reality , how hard life can be for the characters and they both show this at a very high intensity, with very powerful feelings flowing into the viewers as they watch them.

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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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robbald
While Air is not a romance as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is, I found that both of these series stirred similar emotions. That is to say they are both the sort of series that make your heart ach in a bittersweet way. Both series focus on the tragedy of loosing someone close to you, the quagmire of dwelling on the past, and moving on after that loss.
XMrNiceguyX
Although Kimi ga Nozomu Eien might have brought you to tears, Air TV might not go this far. Both series DO share the deep romance and drama and the excellent slice of life view. One of the main differences is the art and the characters involved though. While Kimi ga Nozomu Eien mainly focuses on three characters, you'll see quite a few more in Air TV
wolfangel87

The Air TV series and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien have extremely innocent characters and have similar themes about dwelling on the past. In each series the characters have to learn through harsh emotional struggles that there are things that just can't be changed. Although both are quite overpowering, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is probably more emotional overall.

pittaxx

Both series features rather painful themes and are wonderful examples on how drama really should be like. While the stories are quite different in nature, both of them generates a similar feeling, that makes it really hard to continue watching, but even more so to stop without seeing the outcome.

LeGuMa

If you liked AIR or Kimi Ga, you might like the other because both are very touching series. If you enjoy drama, you can't miss these two.

bunnylovesanime

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is very similar to Air in the way the romantic story is bittersweet. In both stories the main character must accept the female lead illness, and in both cases lose something dear to him in order for her to get well. Both stories have similar animation styles. Although Air has a bit of a supernatural/magical theme if you liked it you would more than likely enjoy Kimi ga Nozomu.