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Sakamichi no Apollon

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Beck

Beck

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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Ishmoo

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad has an extremely similar atmosphere to Sakamichi no Apollon in many ways, though the setting and style of music vary greatly. The emphasis on a developing friendship between two young men is strikingly similar, as are the tribulations they go through as their bond deepens. The music is fantastic in both, though more rock and punk centered in Beck. I'd have to give Beck a slight edge over Sakamichi no Apollon in quality, though it pains me to say so being a huge Watanabe fan. Both have top notch writing and well developed characters though, again, I'd rate Beck higher in both.

lovesnsd

If u like Sakamichi no Apollon, u will like Beck and vice versa as Beck is rock and more modern verison of Sakamichi no Apollon and Sakamichi no Apollon is Jazz and 60's version of Beck

discospider

Both of these shows are centered around boys who don't belong but find their place in rock/jazz. You will see many of the same struggles and joys of finding friends with whom you can play music with. While there is the obvious music connection, the similarities go beyond that into a similar atmosphere and feel.

SwarleySupreme

Both animes deal with the themes of using music as a release to help their teenage main characters deal with loneliness they both try to identify the themes of their respective music. Rock music for Beck and Jazz for Kids On the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Marvelman

Sakamichi no Apollon and Beck both share themes of friendship, love, and passion. The styles of both shows do a great job of creating a realistic feel and get you to like the characters through tales of their feelings.

Additionally, both shows do a great job with their soundtracks and implementing music into the show without getting into a supernatural theme. If you want a realistic story of friends, aspirations, music, and life in general, Beck and Sakamichi no Apollon go very well together.

Sianeka

If you liked Beck, and seeing the interplay of characters to whom music is a big factor in their life, then I'd recommend checking out Kids on the Slope.  And if you enjoyed following the growing friendships and ties main guy Kaoru Nishimi makes due to his music in Kids on the Slope, then check out the formation and trials and tribulations of newly formed rock group Beck. Kids is a bit more slice-of-life and features jazz rather than rock as Beck does, but both anime are about how music changes the life of the main protagonist.

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Ano Natsu de Matteru

Ano Natsu de Matteru

One day, while testing out his new video camera on a bridge in town, Kaito Kirishima sees a bright blue light in the sky and is inexplicably knocked over the side, awakening the next morning in bed with no memory of the event. But upon heading to school, the boy notices a new face that’s familiar to him somehow - her name is Ichika Takatsuki, and she’s new in town. Kaito’s friends, noticing his interest in the girl, all resolve to make a movie this summer and cast her as the lead, to which she immediately approves. Now, the group embarks on what will be a truly memorable summer that no one will forget, as Kaito and Ichika slowly, and clumsily, begin to fall in love.

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chad28

Both series are School-Life and Romance. I think that if you liked the love story of one you probably you'll like the other.

I'm usually not into School-Life, Romance but I liked watching both series.

snivets

Both of these shows are charming and bittersweet. The clumsy way the characters try to express their feelings for each other is similar, as is the drama that results because of people's romantic interest. I'd recommend both to people who like a tangled mess of love triangles.

ofall

the "love triangles" in both are similar. in both, person A likes person B who has been friends with since childhood and is in love with person C, who likes person D, likes person E, who likes person D back. The way the characters interact with each other is similar and the both end in a way that may make you shed a few tears, but its happy.

WaveMasterJohn

Apollon is so underated in my opinion, but then again its rather hard to come across. (thus the rec.) Apollon and Ano Natsu is a strange combination. Story wise both wereexcellent in character development and plot. It might be better to point out some diffrences first though.Apollon focuses a lot on music, whileAno Natsu uses the slice of lifecard. Now Ano Natsu is deffinitelynot just slice of lifein fact Apollon shares some of this as well. Another key note in differentiaing between the two would be is there isa little more romancethan in Ano Natsu than in Apollon. They do have some "love traits" in common though. 

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Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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snivets

Although the characters in Sakamichi no Apollon are younger than Honey and Clover's, both shows tell coming-of-age stories about friendship and complex love triangles (or maybe pentangles?) with a serious-dramatic tone and a side of light humor.

AirCommodore

Another josei series about a love dodecahedron that's as complex as it is unrequited. While Kids on the Slope features jazz music, and Honey and Clover focuses on art, both are full of characters with passion and drive. If you liked one, and are looking for another mature series with bucket loads of drama, definitely check out the other.

Funari

Sakamichi and H&C both center on relationships between people first and art second. While H&C has the main cast doing some rather crazy antics at times, when it comes to drama between people, they're both pretty normal. People have believable issues instead of gigantic problems that would require psychiatric aid. Their relationships are riddled with the same uncertainty most people can recognize. A lot of introspection, stupid decisions and one-sided love with the hope of it turning into something else. Sentaro and Morita also reminded me of each other with their random appearances out of nowhere and complete indifference to what other people thought of them.

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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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Bronia

Nana and Sakamichi no Apollon are both anime with heavy themes about friends, love, and music!

Nana centers around adults in the Punk Rock scene (in 2003) trying to get famous whereas Sakamichi centers around teens who play jazz (in the 1960s) and are just trying to figure out life. Despite the differences, both anime have dynamic main characters and interesting secondary characters. Both have fast-paced stories that tug at your heartstrings.

If you liked one, the other is a must-watch, even if the music isn't to your taste the anime surely will be!

Funkgun

Two polar opposites that become great friends?

Romanic situations, good drama.

Oh, and lots of music in both, centering around great sequences of animation in the music?

I'm amazed Bronia's rec was the only one on here so far.

If you dug one, you might like the other. 

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Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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dandere

Both anime are josei and slice of life. Both have the same kind of feeling to them. Both have a lot of romance between the characters.

snivets

I think both Paradise Kiss and Kids on the Slope appeal to an older audience. The romance and friendships are similar, and the atmosphere in both turns from innocent to bittersweet by the end.