Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?
Angel Beats! was created by Jun Maeda, one of the people who worked on Little Busters! and other visual novels by KEY (Clannad, AIR, Kanon). Angel Beats! explores the meaning of life while Little Busters! focuses more on the strength of friendship While Angel Beats! serves to be much shorter than the other series listed, it still captures the importance in one's life and explores in-depth character development present in all of KEY's works, notably Little Busters! where it remains a hidden theme within the story. Both series eventually explore the meaning of life and death and what it means to sacrifice for those you care about.
The characters and character design in Little Busters immediately reminded me of Angel Beats, as well as similar themes of memory loss, building friendships, learning to deal with traumatic pasts, and contrasts between past and present realities. This recommendation is more of a gut feeling than anything else, but fans of either show should give the other a try.
They both have a amazing storyline and once I was watching them , I found I was attached to both 'Angel Beats' and 'Little Busters'. It also helps that they were both made by KEY!!! I would say that they are both brilliant and I would highly recommend them both!!!
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...
Clannad and Little Busters! are both visual novels created by Key, so right away fans will notice the similarity of both series. While Clannad focuses more on the concept of family and love, Little Busters! is more about friendship and the innocence of discovering first love. Both have emotional and touching stories which constantly take you on a fantastic roller coaster of laughter and tears. In the end, both are beautiful stories that should not be passed up.
Little busters is very much like Clannad. Both anime show a story about a group of friends trying to recruit more people (in Clannad it was drama club, in little busters the baseball team) and the plot shows the main protagonist going through each of the girls past in a dramatic way before recruiting them and going back to the original comedic format.
This recommendation probably won't much sense for those watching the Little Busters! anime until it reaches its conclusion, or unless you've played the visual novel. But, both series focus on the importance of friendship and the process of moving forward after the death of someone you care about. Each series has its ups and downs, but in the end they'll be jerking tears from your eyes. How do I say this... upon experiencing both series, it felt as if a hand had reached deep down into my heart and tugged it around a bit, but it wasn't an unpleasant feeling. In fact, I rather enjoyed it. Not very many stories can do that to you, but these two will.
Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.
Since Clannad ~After Story~ is merely a continuation of the story in the anime adaptation, everything I said before about the first season still applies to After Story. However, it is within After Story of Clannad that the real potential of the series is brought to life. It will also be this way within the Refrain arc of Little Busters! later on within the series. Visual novel wise, both After Story and Refrain are continuations of the main heroine's stories (Nagisa in Clannad and Rin in Little Busters!) and they wrap up the plot of each series within a whole. Each have a stunning and beautiful ending.