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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt titles: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya Web 2009 TBD
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) TV 2009 TBD
Nyoron Churuya-san Web 2009 TBD
Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya Movie 2010 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu: Nano Shucchouban   TBD
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Light Novel) 2003 TBD
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2004 TBD
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Shoko IKEDA Character Design
Tatsuya ISHIHARA Director
Satoru KOUSAKI Music
Nagaru TANIGAWA Original Manga Creator

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya kamenoko 9.5/10 Aug 11, 2006
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Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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juananto

Haruhi & Yuripee are kinda similar, both have a great attitude, I think if haruhi were dead, she may be kinda yuripee (lol).

Xplayer

The structures of both shows are very similar. Both have groups that are led by an energetic girl with wild plans and a lively attitude. Both have elements of the supernatural interwoven into the plot.

chii

If you like super energetic girls leading a group of people for a interesting cause check either of these shows out.

DuskFey

A headstrong girl recruits a boy into a group that he doesn't want to be a part of but can't escape. He's forced to do exactly what she wants, even if she only orders him around on a whim. Am I describing Kyon and Haruhi or Yuzuru and Yuri? Both, obviously. ^_^

ninjapintu

Both the series give same vibes. The cast is kinda similar as well. Even though the story is completely different, I am sure If you like one, you will like another

Konakaga

Both Angel Beats and Haruhi Suzumiya both start off as somewhat of a Comedy, where we start off not knowing very much, and then combines mysteries and comedy during the series.

AnimeShima

Whether you like Angel Beats or Haruhi Suzumiya , I think you're gonna like the other because they both have similar animation style though Angel Beats is better, both will make you laugh and the two of them have an eccentric girl as a leader of a group.

Make sure if you watch one have a look at the other too.

nerv1729

Both animes are just great. Leaded by energetic girls, Haruhi & Yurippe, both have great music and an intresting, excentric plot.

Must see!

MugiwaraMarius

Both Angel Beats and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya feature school clubs that are lead by a charismatic and headstrong female character. Both shows feature a lot of supernatural elements and they have a very similar style of humor. 

Xjylix

2 characters that look the same

Haruhi Suzumiya and Yuri Nakamura =)

Sets in school, nice drawn, same humor =)

gretzky99

The story and atmosphere of these two are pretty different but at the same time they have something in common. The female leads are really energetic and they make others do a lots of silly things.

MrMetroid

Other than the obvious lookalike to Haruhi, they are also share very similar humorous moments plus both have ridiculous plans

Dozo

Both these series have a similar surface, in which a group of high school students deal with ridiculous, extraordinary and hilarious situations. However, beneath this façade, you find two profound, intriguing and compelling storylines which will make you question fundamental aspects of life. You will certainly have fun watching these series but the thing that you will remember most, long after finishing watching them, will be the unresolved issues which raise questions worth asking.

Suimin

As soon as I started watching the first episode Angel Beats!, I related Yuri to Haruhi with her uptight attitude and bossy personality. Right off the bat, the main female character forces the main male character into a club that deals with the supernatural in both series.

The topic of God is a common subject of mystery in both series. The biggest difference regarding God in both The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Angel Beats! is that in Haruhi, the topic of God is understood by everyone besides Haruhi, and is a mystery that takes place in the real world. In Angel Beats!, nobody knows whether or not there is a God, and is a mystery that the group is searching for in the afterlife.

Xx1Talon1xX

The style of the main people in the animes both have many similarities to each other, just look at the main girl characters. Ya,um i think you can see my point, but both are really good showas and i recomend both : )

Chefalton

These are both similar in many ways. They both have a supernatural feeling to them with similar leaders (Haruhi and Yurippe). Angel Beats! is definitely more serious and touching as well as funny, but The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is also very interesting, fun, and worth watching.

flalayla

HAHAHA the two shows were made by the same person :) both are VERY good shows and i promise you if you like one you'll like the other. Yurippe and Haruhi are both very similar :) Both shows will tear at your heart strings and really make you think.

cruzinforit

Both are great anime, both have their own distinct plots.  At the same time though, both have a common tone, and "feel" similar, if that makes sense. How about, "Normal guy suddenly thrown into a strange world".  In the case of Angel Beats, this is quite literal. In haruhi, it's more how his world is suddenly rocked on it's heels.  Both are worth a look.

Drasticc

Okay what can I say besides that fact that the whole group of highschool kids that go out and have wonderful adventures while battling the everyday mundane school life. What really ties these two animes together are the female leads...and they do just that!  Besides the similar looks of certain charaters, the comedy is well balanced with a slice of life.

epicotaku

Angel Beats and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are both similar kind of and they both have a group lead by girls who cause trouble for the others but they have fun and that's all that matters. The only difference is that Yuri cares more for her people, but they're still both excellent animes.

TheEpicStickMan

Funny that these two are together, considering the laugh I had when the two main female leads seem to be the same.  Haruhi is a good show (a bit overrated if you ask me) but it has it's interesting moments.  Angel Beats, on the other hand, I would recommend way more than Haruhi.  In the end, both have great animation and interesting characters.  Angel Beats might have a stronger story, but both are great in their own way.

SiderumLumen

Both brilliant anime's with a similar style, highly recommened watching both of them if you enjoy one or the other!

neutrino

I couldn't quite figure out what Angel Beats reminded me of, but seeing how Yuri styles her hair, it came to me.  Angel Beats is clearly a reimagining of Melancholy.  Both are set in weird worlds, the humor is similar, and the cast of characters are basically the same. 

aminex

These two animes are awesome!! They are both very similar becausse it gives you that mystery-ish feeling, and it has its funny moments, and can also make you cry because that's how awesome it is.

MaraRuizu

Angel Beats! and the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have many similarities. Mainly, the characters are alike. The amount of character development also seems similar. Both series have themes of friendship, humour and supernatural elements. I feel that these similarities are enough that you surely will enjoy one if you like the other.

CrazyMadHatter

  • Both Set in a school.
  • Both have supernatural powers involved.
  • Both have some romance involved.
  • Both have groups that are led by girls both that even look similar.

Dreamteller

As previous users said, Haruhi & Yuripee are really similar. Both anime have supernatural elements, but Angel Beats is more dramatic. Both are worth to see.

TinyBird

Both anime are quite similar, with some supernatural elements. Both of these are worth seeing! 

liljoeaa

They are both great shows about a guy who gets mixed up in supernatural mayhem. The only difference is Haruhi is more comedy.

NicoNicoDesu

The shows are achingly similar. Haruhi and Yuri are both energetic leaders of a ragtag group of weirdos. Both stories have a hefty dose of comedy, but "TMOHS" has little of the emotional weight that "Angel Beats!" carries. On the other hand, the "TMOHS" movie does contain a lot of drama, so that recommendation is appropriate, too.

zanemaster98

Intense action, adventure, character development, romantic entanglement, craziness. Both ways!

XkittymewmewX

To be honest, I found Haruhi and Yuri to be extremely similar, which sort of bugged me because I watched Haruhi first.  I loved the supernatural themes of both of them.  

Mafiacow

For almost a year, the Haruhi franchise were the only anime I deemed worthy of 5 star rating, but now, Angel Beats! is the only non-Haruhi anime to achieve such a rating from me.Both have:-An energetic leader character who is sorta tsun at first, but would do anything for her friends-A stoic character with cool super powers-Good comedy-A big supernatural theme in a school setting-Amazing story

JAhU

Both series share a great number of similarities and because of that fans of one of those series might like the other. The fact that the female lead is a genki girl and the male lead plays the straight man in gags is just the tip of the iceberg, but there are simply too many similarities to list. I hope this is enough to encourage you to watch one if you liked the other, because it's really worth it (both series sport a decent story, characters and the production values are high).

P.S. Make sure to bring a pack of tissues when you watch Angel Beats!, because it can switch from crazy comedy to drama and even tragedy.

Nonextant

Excellent story with good character designs. Great pacing and excellent music. I ended up buying all the soundtracks and the live concert

BushidoPizza

Both Angel Beats! and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia feature a heavy load of comedy and in Angel Beats! case, action. They both share the charasmatic leader and her group of misfits and outcasts who go about their anything but daily lifestyle, and the troubles that they bring. Also, they both share the ability to tug at the strings of the veiwer's emotions.

bklynbajan1989

both have a similar feel of interesting school days that you never want to end. There is a good mix of comedy and drama in both with slightly more drama in Angel Beats!

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Lucky Star

Lucky Star

In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.

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Grv

Both Lucky Star and Haruhi have received mixed reviews from the general anime fan scene, but, what goes without question is that they are truly perfect for each other. These two series provide real laughing out loud moments to the point where you wonder who may have heard you guffaw at 2 o'clock in the morning. A mix of characters in both series provides you with numerous absurd and wacky scenarios, and a combination of sarcasm, imitation and pure comedy genius moments makes both of these series pure dynamite.

haruka

There are a lot of similarities with these two anime! They have the same humor and cuteness in them!! <3

JAhU

If you're impatiently waiting for the next season of Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi you should watch Lucky Star. Both of these shows are school comedies made by Kyoto Animation and thus share a variety of things like style, humour, voice actors and much more. On the top of that there are references to MoSH almost in every episode. Need I say more?

Freewind

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star are anime which have lots of randomness involved to keep the watcher guessing what might happen next. Aya Hirano voices main characters in both giving them a kawaii factor.

dolphinloverjc

Although the art style is different, Lucky Star is similar to the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. They show the otaku's point of view to the anime. Otaku Konota Izumi, played by Aya Hirano aka Haruhi, shows her love for gaming, anime, and manga; she shares her love hysterically with her friends Kagami, Tsukasa, and Miyuki. They face their adventures of their last two years of their high school life. Lucky Star has the same voices as the ones on the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime. It is the Family Guy of Japan or Family Girls of Japan.

freakzilla

Both are a story about the lifestyle of a strange high school girl and her friends. Besides the tons of jokes that may or may not be random, there are plenty of other things that put these two anime apart from the rest. There is the "different" atmosphere and the major emphasis on the female lead's character -- not only character development, but also discovering things about her nature. The stories also can change topics immediately to something else.

As a last note I'd advise people to watch Lucky Star after Suzumiya Haruhi, since there are a lot of references to it in Lucky Star.

Jarudin

Lucky Star parodies heavily on Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu; not only do they share the same female voice lead (seiyuu), but Suzumiya Haruhi shows up more than once in Lucky Star. Lucky Star also looks on anime (and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu) from an otaku point of view. In terms of reasoning you could say Lucky Star is a meta-'Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu'.

Sevoth

If it exist, both series will make fun of it. They're both hilarious, nonsensical, and make you laugh at what's really nothing.

Onmyoji

Both animes have this streak of zany, wildly insane humour running through them. Lucky Star will definitely strike a chord with you if you liked The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, because of main character Konata's obsession with Haruhi, and the similar wackiness in each.

Echoleon

I suggest Lucky Star because of how they are both purely random stories, combined with a likeable yet slightly abnormal main character. If you liked The Melacholy of Haruhi Suzimya because of Suzumiya Haruhi's odd ways of thinking, then you'll probably like Lucky Star because of Izumi Konata. Also, if you understood and enjoyed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's sense of humor, then you'll most likely enjoy the same style of humor in Lucky Star.

doomsday
I think anyone who enjoyed Haruhi will enjoy Lucky Star. I believe this because first off, they\'re both made by the same company and feature several of the same voice actors. I also believe this because they\'re both in the \"Slice-of-Life\" style. Lucky Star also makes references to Haruhi, Aya Hirano, and anime in general through-out the series.
MegamiYari

Haruhi is voiced by the same person as Konata, which is Aya Hirano. They both have great music and amazing art. Although, Haruhi has more paranormal stuff in it, Lucky Star is very random. But, they both have lots of humor.

Alito

both series have jokes of normal high school students lifes, in addition to a variety of jokes for manga, games and anime.

ShoujoQ

Seeing as Lucky Star consistently rips off Haruhi, and has several of the same voice actors (not to mention cameos from all the main characters of Haruhi), a fan of Haruhi would find Lucky Star an enjoyable ride.

frozencupcake

The reason for this recommendation is very simple. the main character Lucky star, Konata, is obsessed with Haruhi Suzumiya and as a consequence many refrences to Haruhi are made, not subtle either.

Other than the obvious, both explore lives of high school girls who have a rather strange, irrational way of looking at life. (and the people they drag along with them)

NoxShadow

Their created by the same studio and are made in a similar random funny, but still manages to have a plot style. Lucky Star has a few references to Haruhi which we watchers love to search for and point out. Both are adorably cute and great to watch.

galacticdude7

After seeing Haruhi, you'll love all of the little Haruhi references scattered throughout Lucky Star. Even though Lucky Star is more of a slice of life anime, fans of Haruhi will just love Lucky star.

liltootsiepop

Lucky Star is a parody show that often capitalizes on the popularity of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (both shows were created by the same studio) as the former is full of references to the latter. They are very similar in terms of humour and premise; Lucky Star seems as though it is aimed partially at The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya fans.

If you have only seen Lucky Star, you would understand a lot more of the references the series makes if you were to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

DeathCrunch

Both light hearted (for the most part) comedy slice of life shows. 

Share most of the voice cast and the Lead Lucky Star character constantly references Haruhi. 

Whether you want to get the references origin or want to see the references for a show you've watched, its all good.

eaper

Not only are each of these anime produced by the same company, but they both are slice of lives with crazy humor. Also, a main character is voiced by the same artist in each. Finally, Lucky star has many allusions directly to The Melancholy that anyone that has seen both would greatly appreciate.

Symmetrical

Both series have their random moments and alot of comedy. But Melancholy of haruhi has more of a story line to it instead of lucky star has no real plot. Both are amazing so if you like one you will like the other.

Cucurucho

Both have one moe character (Miyuki and Mikuru) the enthusiastic (Konata and Haruhi) and the shy one (Minami and Yuki). The anime alludes to the school life and comedy. If you want watch these anime, I recommend watch first Suzumiya Haruhi no yuutsu, to understand the parodies in Lucky Star about this anime.

subarashiineko

Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have very simialar humor. Also Aya Hirano voice the main characters in both series. Lucky Star also has several references to Melancholy of Haruhi. If you liked one, you should check out the other.

NeiniAurora3500

Watching one of these will ensure if you loved one then you'll love the other. Both main characters (haruhi-Haruhi, and Konata-Lucky Star) are exciting and do things their way. Lucky Star also refrences Haruhi frequently as an added bounus!

RazzlDazzl

Both Haruhi and Lucky Star are produced by Kyoto Animation, are high quality, and are full of hilarity. Haruhi has a plot and is more serious than Lucky Star, while Lucky Star focuses on the everyday encounters of the characters. Give both a watch, and if you enjoyed one of them, watch the other.

meroko1

Both have a very energetic character & both have pecular characters. Anyone would bve able 2 enjoy these animes . :)

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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xddamnxrandomxd

In Ouran High School Host Club, the Host Club learns what it really is like to be "middle class"; a group learns of another world (a world of instant coffee.) In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon learns that espers, time travelers, and aliens really do exist; a person learns of another world (a world of mysterious beings that he thought only existed in people's imaginations.)

Sangokagome

Love the name Haruhi? Adore anime that center around clubs? Enjoy a pinch of romance with just a bit of fanservice? Well then, sink your teeth into Ouran or Haruhi! Fujioka and Suzumiya are two girls not to be missed!

vernanonix

Action, adventure, romance! Ouran Host Club and Haruhi Suzumiya promise all that to some extent. Compelling story and loveable characters really draw the viewer in. And besides, both the main characters are named Haruhi. I mean, how cool is that?

Animedreamer240

Not only are both series highly unique and comical, they center on a club in which its members have their own different personality to bring to the table. In both cases, the leader is the most overly-dramatic of them all.

wolfangel87

In the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Ouran High School Host Club the characters learn that something outside of their own ‘world’ exists. In the case of Ouran they learn about instant coffee, which does not seem like a big deal to the average person but to the elite, aristocratic characters it was a major point in the series. Where as in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon learns of aliens, time traveling, and espers, something the average person has no idea about. There is a little bit of romance squeezed into each series with some comical aspects too.

Szwagier

Both anime are comedies, portraying activieties of a very strange clubs, that seem to have no real goal except enjoyment of their members.

Also in both cases main character (or 2nd main in case of Ouran) is a very bright, strong, leader-type of person, with unusual ideas, that usually change the lifes of the other characters.

pizzasnail

They both include a wonderful cast of characters and have a great balance of comedy and serious story. People who liked Haruhi in Ouran will love Haruhi in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu because of both of their complete deviation from a typical female character.

bleachgirl102

Both of these series have a wacky, random sense of humor and involve school clubs.  There's also a strong felmal lead and a touch of romance in each that draws the viewer in.  Although Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is science fiction and Ouran has more outright comedy, they both have a similar feel.

AvionExile

The sense of humor in both of these is quite the same. There's this blunt sarcasm that can be found in either anime. Not to mention the situation where the normal protagonist is surrounded by extreme personalities and kind of ends up being taken along on the others' rides.

Though the plots aren't really all that similar, both shows have the same feel, and both are really enjoyable.

stylomagix

The melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Ouran high school host club match in a way that both of these anime get hyper. The comedy is unlimited and both are pretty entertaining.

Apart from the fun, both have a female protagonist. And the funny thing is that both of them have the same name: Haruhi.

See, so Ouran and Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi both are quite similar and enjoyable anime.

Narutoshinobierika

This is a super funny anime about a girl named Haruhi (no relation to Suzumiya) who stummbles across this Host club in this rich school. the only reason she is tied to the host club is because she broke mercandise and cant pay them back. This anime has a plethera of different characters that end up all having fun.i love it so much. its a must watch 5 star.

eaper

Each of these series are centered in a high school around a group of humorous characters in a club together, Also, each of these series has a strong female lead with budding romances going on behind the scenes. Both of these series are must sees for anyone that enjoys these genre.

chihinoke22

Haruhi Fujiyuka got sucked into a Host Club while Haruhi Suzumiya sucks everyone into her club The SOS Brigade. Both clubs are extremely weird and dedicated to each other and their cause and only targets certain people. OHSHC targets lonely ladies seeking attention and the SOS Brigade targets aliens, time travelers and espers (warriors that protect the various dimensions).

ZoboCamel

Both Ouran and TMoHS have a very similar dynamic between the two main characters (Haruhi and Tamaki in Ouran, Kyon and Haruhi in TMoHS); the former of each is always dragged unwillingly into the other's schemes. Both are comedy series, using primarily sarcasm, that are set in an extremely odd school club of some kind, and each uses story-telling aids (the narration in TMoHS, the subtitle-box-things in Ouran) to add extra humour here and there.

DuskFey

Haruhi from Ouran and Kyon from Melancholy both get drawn into school clubs that they don't want to join, but neither can leave. Along the way, their impetuous leaders cause all sorts of trouble, but everything works out all right... usually, anyway.

LAnn

Ouran High School Host Club and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are more alike than one would think. The lead of Ouran, Haruhi Fujioka (no relation to Suzumiya) and the lead of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon, are the tag-alongs of their school clubs forced by their overly flamboyant leaders (Tamaki from Ouran and Haruhi Suzumiya from Suzumiya) into doing weird and insane things to keep the club alive.

Although their anime each take different routes in the end, each holds to the other in a charming way. There's always an underlined feel of romance in each title, although Ouran displays this more than Suzumiya. Bits of action and crack are also displayed, putting the lead characters in more trouble than the normal high school student. Despite the switch of gender roles, these two titles have very similar feels. I'm not going to save that you'll love one if you loved the other, but at least take a look at the other title.

hamletsmage

Crazy school antics, a hilarious cast, and a girl named Haruhi. The main character is pretty level-headed, and somehow keeps their cool despite being surrounded by some rahter interesting characters.

StudioGirlKoi

Both shows revolve around two girls, and in this case, they even have the same name. Haruhi Suzumiya is about a bossy girl wanting to explore the extraterrestrial and creates a club, while Ouran involves Haruhi Fujioka, a poor girl entering a rich high school that has to pay a debt to the school's most beloved club. Watching both shows is a great way to balance both comedy and drama that isn't dull or drawn out.

MaraRuizu

Mostly these two have a similar energy: Both are upbeat shows about friendship and school life.

greyseyboy

These two shows (Haruhi and Ouran) are actually remarkably similar in basic set up. An intersesting female lead joins a group and wacky antics follow. These female leads even have the same first name (Haruhi). However, the directions that the shows go in after that are vastly different, but both very entertaining. So if you liked Haruhi, then you'll like Ouran (and vice-versa), because they are both very similar, but also different enough for it not to feel like you're watching the same show.

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FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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aspasia

Both shows have a pushy, somewhat unhinged female lead. Also, hilarity and fan-service abound! Both are worth watching more than once.

ejs123

Furi Kuri (FLCL) is a must see for fans of Melancholy. They both have similar senses of humor, both in the randomness and perverseness of them. Although it's on the short side, FLCL is definitely worth the time to watch it.

ENTROPY

Both Haruhi and FLCL involve eccentric and, at times, overbearing female characters who possess some kind of secrecy/supernatural nature unknown to the lead male character during the first episodes.

Sevoth

Both series come off as completely crazy, nonsensical series with absolutely no point but to make you split your sides laughing at nothing. However, despite being comedies, they both contain deep, philosophical meanings.

ToonMasta

Both series are absoulutely funny and random. Both series also feature a bizarre, often confusing storyline - if you watch them in their original formats - featuring students, unusual romances, aliens, and other strange things happening in an otherwise normal worldinvolving romance and bizarre happenings . Both series feature a high-energy character, whose name - in both series, oddly enough - starts with "Haru" If you love one, there's a good chance you'll love the other, too.

vernanonix

Haruhi Suzumiya spans many genres with it's craziness. In fact, it's so crazy thatshould you enjoy it, FLCL should be an easy jump due to the randomosity of it. The eccentrics Haruhi and Haruko complement each other from across the gap, making these two hit anime really bring on the laughs.

shadowalchemist198

While FLCL is only about 6 episodes long with only the skeleton of a plot, both FLCL and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have the sort of humor that appeals to people with dry humor. The charactes constantly get into strange situations, and the interactions are hillarious.

Adouma

If utter confusion interspersed with hilarity are your sort of thing, both of these are essential viewing. 'nuf said.

fizrox

I will make this one short: absurd, absurd, absurd, somewhat weak, confused boy who is strongly influenced by vivid, eccentric, noisy girl, absurd one more time. If this is what you were looking for - try this one!

bleachgirl102

Both of these are strange, humorous, "out there" science fiction series with a strong, charismatic, and somewhat mysterious felmal lead.  They both have drama, adventure, and loveable characters.  These are two of my favorite anime and if you like one, you are sure to like the other.

cassiesheepgirl

If you like highly irritating female leads and bizarre random humour then you will probably like both FLCL and Haruhi Suzumiya. Both have a similar sort of feel to them, though FLCL is much more fast paced.

eaper

Each of these series are extremely different from any other series I have seen, almost making a new genre within themselves (or a mishmash of many). There were times in both which I had little idea what was going on (Mainly because I watched Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in the order it was originally aired). Also, both of these series have a very strong main female character, are set in a town where little happens, have aliens and the like as a main piece, and have somewhat of a harem feel to them (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya more so). Finally, both of these series have a large amount of random humor and plenty of fan service.

hamletsmage

Between aliens, an overly enthusiastic (and slightly perverted) female lead, and the guy stuck with trying to to control her, the series are pretty similar. Both have a rather interesting humor and include a cast of individuals who might not be entirely sane.

psirockster

Both series cram in surreal storylines, more-than-slightly-off-kilter female leads, and enough intertextuality to keep you clicking Wikipedia pages for months. The main protagonists also share that same cynical reluctance you see in every male lead who is forced to tag along with a Manic Pixie Girl™. Both series are enjoyable on multiple registers, navigating easily between dick jokes and metaphilosophical discourse, though FLCL is a more insistent on imparting a literary reading.

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Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!

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sothis

The obnoxious Haruhi reminds me of the obnoxious Kagura... but furthermore, if you like the (attempted) randomness of The Melancholy of Haruhi, you'd definitely enjoy the much better, much funnier, and much more random Azumanga.

ejs123

If you liked Melancholy, you'll love Azumanga Daioh. They share the knack for zany, off the wall, random humor. AD maintains a plot throughout each episode, so it's not one of those "gag a minute" shows that make no sense.

Jeremymill

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Azumanga Daioh are both school based comedies. Both are extremely amusing and funny, however Azumanga Daioh does take a somewhat lighter view. In any case, any fan of Azumanga Daioh would, no doubt, enjoy The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya and vice versa.

Adam

I watched these around the same time as each other, and loved both of them. These two are both high school based comedies, and are definitley shows that will make you "lol". Anyone looking for a slice of life comedy should pick up either or, and no doubt you will enjoy one if you liked the other.

jurexplay

Those are one of the most hilarious anime ever made. Although there’s almost no plot little action but you still laugh like crazy. I really recommend it to comedy oriented fans, after watching these shows you will not be able to fall asleep.

Oehr

Both anime are funny as hell and combine all kinds of personalities!

Hyperactive Haruhi and crazy Yukari

Silent Yuki and slow Osaka

Moe Mitsuki and good looking Sakaki

There are so many similar personalities, so if you liked one, you'll surely love the other series too!

I would love to see a second season of both, but you should watch both first^^

mapletree

Both full of random jokes that you can watch again and again. You'll definitely will enjoy both of them.

hamletsmage

A bunch of friends trying to get through high school, go on adventures, and perform some rather interesting antics to keep the humor alive. Haruhi might have some supernatural occurances, but Azumanga has Osaka, whose mind is a supernatural occurance, in my opinion. Humor, school life, and an intriguing cast makes these two animes a must-see combo!