Sakamichi no Apollon

Alt titles: Kids on the Slope

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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 Bronia says...

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 Funkgun says...

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. 

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.

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hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes involve a little bit of romance, a little bit of drama, and plenty of beautiful music. While Whisper is more classical than Sakamichi, they both have the same feel. If you like animes about kids reaching for their dreams, these are the animes to watch. 

tootalls tootalls says...

Both have romantic aspects and the eliment of music loving people coming together to make grreat music with each other.

Can't only like one of them.

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 dandere says...

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 snivets says...

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.

White Album 2

White Album 2

Third-year student and guitarist Haruki Kitahara wants nothing more than his Light Music Club to play at his upcoming, final school festival. But soon, the other members quit, and Haruki resigns himself to playing one last solo jam session in the now-empty practice room. As he strums the chords of his favorite song "White Album", Setsuna, the school idol with an amazing voice, and Touma, an extraordinarily talented pianist, suddenly join the performance from an adjacent classroom and atop the roof, and Haruki becomes determined to keep the club going. Though one of the girls would rather avoid the spotlight and the other is a loner, Haruki’s passion wins them over and they agree to join. Now, with the performance date fast approaching, the trio spends all of their time together practicing, learning the joys of friendship, and the heartache that comes from falling in love with the same person...

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canvballstar canvballstar says...

Both animes focus on the premise that music is an integral part of their lifestyle. This includes both animes cast members forming a band and the enjoyment of playing as a group. Romance and love triangles are also key factors during both shows tenures.

chad28 chad28 says...

White Album 2 and Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) are about a group of friends, their school life, the love triangles between them and their passion for music.

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other because of these elements, including the love and friendship story.

Colorful (2010)

Colorful (2010)

A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Kids on the Slope has a fair share of romance, but I think the most important part of the series is the friendship between the two male leads, Kaoru and Sentarou. Likewise, while Colorful isn't initially about friendship, the theme becomes very important later on.

There aren't that many series about the strength and importance of friendships between males, and Kids on the Slope and Colorful are both full of really excellent drama, (though their pacing is completely different), so if you liked one you should check the other out.