The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt title: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Miyu's parents have big dreams: her mother wants to explore the universe and meet aliens, and her father wants to develop a new space shuttle. In order to accomplish their goals they decide to work at NASA; but due to their inevitably busy schedules, Miyu is sent to live with a friend of the family. On the day she arrives at her new home, her caretaker leaves on a religious pilgrimage, leaving her alone with his son Kanata. To top it off, an alien baby crashes into the house that night! The ship is too damaged to fly so the baby and his pet/baby sitter decide to live with Miyu and Kanata until help arrives, whenever that may be. How can two unrelated middle school kids learn to live together while raising a baby that insists on calling them mom and dad?

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Saaya867 Saaya867 says...

Both Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu and Daa! Daa! Daa! (UFO Baby) are loosely-plotted supernatural anime. Both of them consist of daily school life, a slow romance, and oppressive female and calm male leads which brings me to think that if you liked DDD you'd love ZHnY (and vice versa).

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?

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kazi kazi says...

The Place Promised In Our Early Days has just as many psychological ideas and questions that Haruhi has. Either one is likely to give you an aneurysm from thinking too much. They are just my style. :]

Mushishi

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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Not only are both originally designed and have amazing soundtracks but the plots show some resemblance - There aren't many similar anime to Mushishi, but the main reason it is loved is because it differs from the standard anime genres. If you have seen so much and just want something different every once and a while, Mushishi and Suzumiya Haruhi are what you want.

Mushishi has a somewhat unfamiliar flow of things and talks about new subjects, while Suzumiya Haruhi uses a good story while stepping away from the clichés. Travel along with the characters and discover more about the anime as they do.

Kamichu!

Kamichu!

On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Kamichu isn't as energetic and funny as Suzumiya Haruhi, but then again Suzumiya Haruhi doesn't have the same relaxing flow that Kamichu has. Both have two people with strange powers though, and we slowly find out more about the powers. On a final note, Kamichu might be aimed at a younger audience, as it has quite a few magical creatures in it.

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Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense; Chiaki, the youngest, is more reserved, but her sharp tongue and devious mind often cause trouble for others; and Haruka, the eldest, acts like a mother to the other two, is beautiful and kind, but has a fearsome stern streak. Together, no obstacle can stand in their way, be it school, romance, or even cooking.

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Firebloom Firebloom says...

Minami Kana, the darker-haired middle sister of Minami-ke, shares many characteristics with Suzumiya Haruhi, the female protagonist of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. The rest of their respective anime suffer with the hyper-hijinks that Kana and Haruhi drag them into.