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Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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DukeJesse DukeJesse says...

Are you tired of happy endings? Do you want bunnies to supernova into a sea of misery, with orphans kicking around washed up pop cans along it's beaches? Would you like some constant angst and melancholy to carry a series to it's end? Fantastic! Then by all means check out Bokurano if you enjoyed this about School Days, and vice-versa.

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

The main similarity between these two is the way the characters develop and how their image changes. Both stories start out with some likable characters and some who just seem downright awful. By the end though, the roles are switched, but only to an extent. The viewer is made to sympathize with the bad ones a bit more, but the weight of their previous sins makes the feelings conflicted while some of the good ones remain good and other good ones go bad but you can't really blame them completely.

ef - a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.

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shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

Both series deal with the more serious and painful side of high school romances that can be very difficult to watch.

Cucurucho Cucurucho says...

In both anime, there is a mischievous character (Sekai and Miyako) who have love problems with a boy, an other girl (Katsura and Kei) don't like their relation this very much. 

Both story are a love triangle and are very similar. Of course, if you liked one of this anime you must watch the other. 

Yumekui Merry

Yumekui Merry

Sometimes daydreaming can get you into trouble, but what do you do when it's other people's dreams that you have to watch out for? Yumeji Fujiwara's has the unique ability to predict what kind of dreams other people will have. But lately, his own dreams have taken a bizarre turn in which he's being pursued by armies of cats. Stranger yet, Yumeji learns that the leader of the dream cats needs his body to access the Real World. And finally, the strange becomes downright weird when a beautiful girl suddenly drops on top of him and announces that she's a Dream Demon looking for a way back to the Dream World! The fabric that separates reality and fantasy is torn to shreds, and Yumeji has a lot of sleepless nights ahead of him as he has to deal with both the dream stalking and a dream walking!

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xxSilencexx xxSilencexx says...

Both animes start light-hearted and develop quickly in too dark story that don't let go, both characters have to come to term with what they have done and the damage it has cause. Also character who look innocent can be very misleading...

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The dark undertones of School Days and Yumekui Merry reveal themselves little by little as the stories unfold.  As the characters develop the heavy weight of their actions come through.

The Flowers of Evil

The Flowers of Evil

Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart. 

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Funkgun Funkgun says...

School days and Aku no Hana deal with school life in a dark heart way.

If you can get past the oddly different art style of Aku no Hana, you might find it quite the case study in psychological damage and overall uneasiness to your liking.  

Also, if you're enjoying Aku no Hana, you will probably enjoy School Days.

gleipnir gleipnir says...

Aku no Hana is what School Days could have been if the latter had been executed with any sort of competence or intelligence.  If you want a decent story about emotionally screwed up high schoolers and you weren't watching School Days for the gross harem fanservice, Aku no Hana is definitely worth a shot.

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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Bacon41 Bacon41 says...

School Days and White Album 2 are both the type of romance where the story doesn't end when the protagonist "gets the girl." Instead, they explore the difficulties of maintaining a relationship over time, with a prominent theme being infidelity. Some more superficial connections include both shows having a fair amount of fanservice at times and the male leads' similar character designs.

ItsumoHitori ItsumoHitori says...

Both masterfully done stories of dramatic love triangles that don't exactly involve your typical harem themes with smiles all round and "friendly competition". If you enjoyed one, definitely set aside time to view the other series