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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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School Days ONA Web 2005 Same Franchise
School Days: Valentine Days OVA 2008 Side Story
School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan OVA 2008 Spin-off

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Cross Days 2010 TBD
Name Role
Junji GOTO Character Design
Keitaro MOTONAGA Director
Kaoru OKUBO Music
Makoto ITO Producer
Katsumi KOIKE Producer
Masanori GOTO Producer

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School Days mariprosa 5/10 Jan 25, 2008
School Days Sheex 7.5/10 Dec 29, 2007

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

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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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. 

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.

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.

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 ...).

Chigun

Both School Days and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien have a story that revolves around one man and many women. both school days and Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien have great twisting plots that will leave you shocked and amazed. just as in school days Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien has a heart felt story line that will leave you wanting more and more. Just like School Days this anime has an extremely surprising ending which will leave you shocked! Heck this anime might even make you cry at the end. if you enjoyed school days you will definitely enjoy Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien

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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Myself; Yourself

Myself; Yourself

After having lived elsewhere for several years, Sana returns to the town in which he grew up in, and quickly begins to reacquaint himself to his surroundings and new high school. While there, Sana runs into his four childhood friends: Shuu, Shuri, Aoi, and Nanaka; but for some strange reason Nanaka gives him the cold shoulder. As he goes about his new daily life, can Sana rebuild his friendship with Nanaka while trying to deal with a troubling secret from his past?

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crash9661

Myself;Yourself and School Days both have "Nice Boat" endings, lies, deceit, incest, blood, and secrets. So much happens in these series that you are left wanting more. The overly happy mood in the early episodes of each series really does foreshadow the darker things to come. Will the anime end with your favorite lead character dead?

vick01

Both of the series story lines revolve around the characters having serious problems and secrets. Both of the series have a more mature theme to them and contains blood in the series. However, both of the series are done in a way where you get attached to the characters and get you get sucked into the story lines. both of theses series will leave you wanting more when the conclude, you will enjoy one if you liked the other.

Sheex

Myself; Yourself de-emphasizes the romantic focus present in School Days, but still manages to touch upon similar themes. Each presents an apparantly innocent, sugar-coated view of youth, but follows shortly with a dark, sinister breakdown of these ideas as nothing more than fantasy. With both packed full of bleak, ominous drama, it'd you watch one be sure to check out the other.

caitlin

Both Myself; Yourself and School Days begin with a light hearted, pleasant feel, giving the impression that it is going to be a sweet, romantic view on the 'springtime of youth', but that image begins to deteriorate as both begin to focus more on the darker side of human interactions, and growing up. Both anime feature lies, secrets, and themes such as murder and suicide, making both a deceptive, dark watch, in the end. If you enjoyed one you will surely enjoy the other!

Animati0n

The minor similarities are that both of these animes are about a guy who is trying to live his high school life to the brightest point.

But these are just the minor similarities, the real cake is the theme.

I won't reveal what's actually happening, but I can say that these animes have an extremely simular theme. Which is why it's so fascinating. The quick and similar change of atmosphere from the one really bright, enjoyable to a dark, depressing, confusing and emotional one is boneshaking.

Lies, secrets, mental craziness, belief and unclear feelings are only some that comes forth to the light.

But, even though the both of them are very dark, the emotions that are felt at those certain points are different. Sometimes it's a "oh, poor one" feeling and other times a "heh, serves you right" emotion. Or you could just be confused and don't understand a thing, that's completely up to you.

How the protagonist solves it and how the diffrent stories end though are completely diffrent things.

risuta

Both School Days and Myself; Yourself, are anime about school life, relationships, tragedy and life in general. They both are a lot deeper then they seem, and go much further than the "everything blooms" stereotype that we often see in simillar anime. If you liked one of them, I defenitely suggest you watch the other one, too.

wolfangel87

I think that School Days and Myself; Yourself had similar animation styles with some of the characters being similar in personality, although School Days is a much darker anime than Myself; Yourself. They also share a sense of secretism throughout. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the main characters lives and the sense of reality in each series.

fizrox

High school drama can be more dramatic that it is supposed to and both of these series are prove of that. If you like emotional unstable people drawn into the worst of their nightmares, trying to make it using the most hopeless ways, this is what you have been looking for.

bobjoe

Although the ways in which the characters deal with their situations is very different between these two anime, the themes are still very much the same. In each, the main character must deal with a love triangle situation, while much darker adult themes simmer in the background, eventually boiling over and being exposed.

Omurqi

While the themes of Myself; Yourself and School Days aren't 1:1 copies of each other, both series take a shift from innocent to messed up at some point. School Days certainly has more shock value, and Myself; Yourself more touching drama, but both treat subjects that are often avoided by other shows. If you enjoyed the style of storytelling in one of these shows, give the other one a shot!

eaper

Both of these series start off, more or less, as the average school love story, but do a decent job adding a sense of what would probably have to be called crazy into some of the main heroines. This sets them apart from most of the other series in this genre.

triplestrike

School Days and Myself; Yourself have very different protagonists but the actions and deeper subject matter that gets revealed is prevelant in both.

tootalls

Myself; yourself is a fine breath of fresh air for anyone who recently suffered through school Days in it's entirety.

In my obining School Days is a great anime in it's own right but none the less for most people it's better left unwatched. So I do not recommend anyone who has just watched Myself Yourself to watch school Days.

You fall in love with the MY cast but you resent possibly every character in SD. 

MY makes you laugh and cry and SD makes youshout prfanities at your screen never once finding amusment or loosing a tear.

What I'm trying to say Is despite comments saying these anime are similar, they are not.

So if you already seen school days, I feel your pain, now watchs Myself yourself to clear your brain.

If your looking for something similar to myself yourself I recommend Clannad and Kannon 2006

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Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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Fuma

If you totally enjoyed the last episode of School Days, then Elfen Lied is definitely a title for you. The twisted graphics of gore are very similar, except there's more of it in Elfen Lied. On the other hand both of these titles have really soft areas which help define the series. I'm sure if you enjoyed one of these, the other wouldn't be a waste of time.

januar

School Days and Elfen Lied are very similar. When I first started watching School Days I figured it would be another funny school-type comedy series, but it's definitely more like Elfen Lied. You should prepare yourself emotionally before you start to watch these, honestly!

MrKorrrn

School Days and Elfen Lied are very much alike in the terms of geting to know the charaters . In both series theay have realy manage to express what theay are feeling inside. You can realy see what the characters are going thew. Also these series isn't something you'll forget in the first time becouse theay are so touching.

Theay have realy manage to show the emotions, who I think is the best part of all anime. And it's the reason why I love anime so much.

Side of that if you'll find it intresting to see one of these: I strongly recomend to have something to wipe your tears whit. :P

risuta

Well, at first, one would never expect that there would be a recomendation for someone who liked School Days to like Elfeni Lied as well, or the oposite, but here it is! School Days might seem like just an ordinary romance/school life anime but that is not all. School Days starts with romance, but as you watch mor epiosdes, you start questioning the characters, their morals and their sanity. Something Similar happens to Elfen Lied as well. Both anime show you how odd and indescribable human nature can be. One has to do with evolved humans with invisible hands, the other with mere high school students, but the point is, that they both leave you with a good lesson as far as life is concerned and a feeling of astonishment and awe.

wolfangel87

Packed full of tragedy and emotional scenes, Elfen Lied and School Days are full of hard situations to deal with. They each have a twist on the plot line that will keep you guessing until the very end. It seems that is is hard for the characters to express themselves and both series show a different side to human nature.

fizrox

Romance + violence = really good anime. That is the simplest way to explain, why fans of one of these will enjoy another if the equation mentioned seems true to them. In addition, it has to be addmited that both of these anime have really good stories and very uniqe characters.

AnarchicQ

Brutal and violent, Elfen Lied is a more in-your-face version of School Days. Boy loves girl, girl loves boy, other girl loves boy too, chaos ensues. Elfen Lied is more violent, but stories delve into the depths of what a person can do in the name of love.

MrsickVisionz

Well, both of the shows are about young people who are stuck in some messed up romantic relationships.  They both have a good bit of gore in them as well.

Elfen Lied has alot more gore, but both shows share that "tragic romance" element where you're rooting for couples that just aren't meant to be.  If you liked the sad romance thats in Elfen Lied, you will love love love love love School Days.

AirCommodore

Elfen Lied and School Days felt incredibly similar to me. They were both like trainwrecks I just couldn't stop watching. And even when they were trying to be soft/sweet/tender/whatever, you just KNEW something was going to happen, that someone would screw everything up and it would all end terribly.

They're also both chock-full of un-intentional comedy, due to how over-the-top and ridiculous everything is. (If you can get past the idiocy and melodrama of it all)

SadisticTendencies

'Elfen Lied' is gory, disturbing and contains a fair amount of nudity. Just like ecchi Anime 'School Days'.

 

TheMulchmeister

Both series were really emotional and touching for me personally. I love how both series have innocent looking characters who we find out contain a variety of flaws - wheter that be infidelity, lust or killing people. So for the whole angst and charater level I can see a clear connection between both series

hamletsmage

Both of these anime are fairly good at getting you nice and relaxed for another ecchi comedy, then they go psychotic and paint the screen red. Yandare at its finest.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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Berserker

If you liked School Days, you'd also like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni because they both have a school environment setting. Also, both main characters (Makoto and Maebara) have problems dealing with relationships. They also don't undergo an epiphany, but these two series are a thrill to watch.

shoahunter

School Days awoke my thirst for twisted stories and Higurashi satisfied it. If you like the ending of School Days you will surely like Higurashi's story.

AnarchicQ

Intrigued by cute characters doing terrible things? Enjoy watching people break? School Days and Higurashi have similar atmosphere filled with darkness and despair.

frizzygothgirl555

Both of these series have a dark atmosphere to them and have that special something that keeps you begging for more.  If you enjoy an anime with people breaking down in despair and doing horrible things, then these are the anime for you. Higurashi has more gore and violence than School Days, but if you enjoyed one then you are sure to enjoy the other.

heeheechamona3221

Out of every anime I have ever seen, no two shows are more alike than School Days and Higurashi. I can't go into too much detail because doing so would spoil one or both of these masterpieces, but I can definitely say that both shows center on a group of characters in which mistrust and lack of communication leave the world in pieces. For those of you out there who really enjoy watching a train-wreck, (I admit it, I do), both of these are must-sees.

dokurochan

While Higurashi is more violent and horror and school days is more romance there are similarities as characters from both animes are pushed to the extreme due to their huge love of someone. if you liked one you should like the other.

Kiyohime

Both these animes start off light hearted and simplistic, boringly so, but as it continues chaos, drama, and craziness insue. Both take place at a school, which is were the main characters meet and how the drama begins. Higurashi is twice the length of School Days and ALOT more gorey, so if thats not your thing, then you probably shouldn't watch this. But if you like dark animes filled with drama, horror, and increasingly crazy people then you'll both of these.

PandaTeddy

School Days created the beast within me, and Higurashi fed it. If you enjoyed the last episode of School Days, Higurashi will satisfy your thirst for violence.

If School Days is a "nice boat", Higurashi is a nice luxury cruise liner.

Omurqi

From cute to brute, as I like to call these two anime. If you liked the sudden change from a cutesy harem to something entirely different, Higurashi might be just what you're looking for. It has a cast of cutely drawn characters doing their cute things, but makes sudden changes towards something more disturbing. Higurashi contains little romance (although it's not entirely non-existant), but if disturbing is what you're looking for after School Days, definitely check this one out!

Enjeru

Both Higurashi and School Days start out pretty innocently, but gradually get darker as you keep watching.

ItsumoHitori

School Days and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni have characters put in situations where they are pushed to the limit of their sanity. If you enjoyed that aspect of one of these shows, you will most likely find the other a good watch.

NicoNicoDesu

If you like "School Days," you will probably like "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" for a few reasons. One, "HnNKn" is a very good anime, so you can get over the train wreck that is "SD." Two, the (very) little gore in "SD" is intensified and prominent throughout all of "HnNKn." I cannot recommend this the other way around because I cannot bring myself to recommend "SD" to anyone, unless you absolutely love characters you want to burn alive. Also, "HnNKn" has none of the distracting and pointless ecchi of "SD."

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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TropicalSwirl

Even though School Days and Bokura ga Ita are very different, they both focus mainly on love with a dash of comedy. I would recommend Bokura ga Ita to people who enjoyed the softer and more sensitive side of School Days. Bokura ga Ita focuses on a particular couple and they face a few of the problems which were portrayed in School Days. The difference is that Bokura ga Ita goes more in depth with those problems and is more detailed with the characters.

animeisalltome

Both having took place in school and have elements that could happen in real life are truely what make these anime similar. They both have a rushed intro but, getting to the point is just what makes both of the anime great. They both have mostly kissing scenes and make you want to yell at the television because you are so into the plot.

theresabooty

Well, these two have the same concept of the love triangle. They both suffer and feel pain because of love. It definitely bring tears to your eyes as it progresses.

wolfangel87

Bokura ga Ita and School Days involve very real life situations.  The dramatic and intense moments played out in each are real life occurrences that could potentially happen.  The over dramatic, almost manic feelings portrayed in both series are what make this recommendation.