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K-On!

K-On!

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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Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Saki and K-On! are typical examples of succesful "cute girls being cute" anime. They both are moe-series about the members of a high-school club having fun together. Saki is more focussed on competition than K-On!, but in essence both shows are trying to do exactly the same: keeping you entertained with light-hearted fun and cuteness.

cruzinforit cruzinforit says...

Ahhhh K-on, and Saki. Two excellent anime that feature cute girls doing cute things. Both go a little deeper than that, but especially Saki. Both of these are about high school girls and their clubs. K-on is light music, Saki is Mahjong.  Both are stuffed to the brim with moe.

From there the similarities diverge quite a bit. K-on! in general is more light in tone and feel, and there is a lot more emphasis on the "Cute girls doing cute things" aspect.  Saki focuses much more heavily on the primary plot, that is to say, Mahjong. And boy what Mahjong it is. Exciting toIf you like one of these, chances are that you will like the other.

Akagi

Akagi

One stormy night, a desperate man finds himself playing Mahjong with yakuza thugs; the prize is his life. He is losing, and death seems certain, until a teenage boy stumbles out of the darkness into the Mahjong parlor, drenched in rain. Allowed to watch, the boy soon offers to play in place of the marked man, and that night, a legend is born. After his first taste for Mahjong, Akagi Shigeru finds himself entangled in the dark underworld of Mahjong gambling: for money, reputation, and lives.

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SorBlade15 SorBlade15 says...

If you really like Mahjong but without the kiddy themes and humor replaced with high stakes gambling and jaw-breaking suspense (like Kaiji), try Akagi.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

The obvious connection here is mahjong, but both of these shows are very interesting to watch for anyone interested in playing mahjong in real life. Both play the Ricchi style of mahjong, but Saki focuses on rare, higher end hands while Akagi deals with more realistic hands while psychologically manipulating your opponent or slight-of-hand. Saki's setting is high school tournament while Akagi deals with the underworld and criminal games. Both are very interesting for anyone who is interested it learning new hands, or just enjoy watching mahjong.

Taishou Yakyuu Musume

Taishou Yakyuu Musume

The year is 1925 and Japan is still a country with socially backwards views, particularly on women's rights. One young girl named Akiko Ogasawara decides to fight for equality in her own way - by forming a girls' baseball team! She soon enlists her good friend Koume Suzukawa, and it's now up to the two of them to put together a team of like-minded and spirited young ladies. Under the able and enthusiastic tutelage of English teacher Miss Garland, the girls will need to bond closely, learn well and practice hard if they are to stand their ground against boys' teams and show a misogynistic society exactly what they're made of... while having some fun in the process.

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therik therik says...

Quirky and interesting cast? Check. Teams of girls playing competetive games? Check. Gently implied yuri? Check. While Saki and Taishou Yakyuu Musume differ in both their pacing and their approach to competition - Saki being the more dramatic of the two - they also have several elements in common, which makes me think that people fond of one ought to think about trying the other too.

Umisho

Umisho

Kaname Okimura wants to learn how to swim, but has been afraid to due to a childhood accident. So how does he approach his fear of water? By joining Umisho's swimming club... but as the manager. Things are easy and slow going for Okimura, until an eccentric family moves into town, literally floating their home to the shore! Okimura watches as the hyper and childish Amuro Ninagawa and her father make their entrance, only to find out that Ninagawa is as agile as a fish in the sea she lives on. Her swimming style may be unorthodox, but she's quickly recruited into Umisho's swimming club, spicing up school life and making things interesting and complicated for Okimura...

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Riven Riven says...

Umisho and Saki are anime best of Sports+Moe comedy+Fan service combination. Umisho is bigger on fanservice but Saki don't lose with its lesbian and nopan innuendo. They both can boast by great collections of funny, sexy and likable characters. Also they have some sport competition somwhere in there.

Inazuma Eleven

Inazuma Eleven

Raimon Middle School's soccer club is led by the boisterous and determined Mamoru Endou. Armed with his grandfather’s notebook on special training and a fierce spirit, Mamoru desires to lead the team to victory, but there’s just one problem: the team is weak, unskilled, and disheartened. However, when several new members come on board, including soccer star Shuuya Gouenji from Kidokawa Seishuu Middle School, things begin to look up for the team. With ruthless opponents to defeat, special moves to acquire and the Soccer Frontier tournament to win, Mamoru and the gang will kick and block their way to victory!

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totomi totomi says...

Both series are feature a tournament, and crazy, unrealistic, but nevertheless enjoyable "finishing moves" that completely blow away the opponent teams and viewers. The main characters are also talented in their sport (Endou in soccer, and Saki in mahjong). There are slight plot differences, but the overall enjoyment, and the feeling of wanting the character to succeed remains.