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Ryoko Yakushiji is the gifted and beautiful Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police; no matter what the problem – science gone wrong or supernatural monsters – it seems there is nothing she cannot solve. With her new partner, the mild mannered Junichiro Izumida, she sets about tackling some of Tokyo's most terrible crimes. However, as Izumida quickly discovers, Ryoko's talent comes with a big ego and some strange personal baggage; cleaning up the streets of Tokyo becomes not just a matter of finding the bad guys, but trying to survive Ryoko's attitude problem as well!
Ryoko and Haruhi are similar characters. Both of them think that the world servs no other purpose than to entertain them. Both of those anime also have a male lead who ends up being dragged into all kind of trouble by the said ladies. More often than not, this involves supernatural elements.
Nanaka Kirisato is a serious 17-year-old girl whose main goal in life is to study hard and grow up quickly. She doesn't have any friends, except for Nenji, whom she has known since her childhood. Although she constantly lectures him about his immaturity and fighting, he is the only one that stays by her side. One day after an argument with Nenji, Nanaka falls down a flight of stairs causing her to lose eleven years of her memories. Now she believes that she is a 6-year-old girl! Nenji decides to protect Nanaka by keeping her condition a secret so she can continue attending school and lead a normal life. With Nanaka’s childish personality and her unstable medical condition, how long will Nenji and Nanaka be able to keep up this charade?
Both shows involve two standoffish, cold girls that have their brighter sides witnessed in both anime. Both stories also involve around the people they encounter, and how it affects both female and male leads. However, Haruhi Suzumiya has a more connceted cast that involve the plot, rather than with Nanaka 6/17 where the central focus of the show is Nenji and Nanaka.
Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.
Both feature a bossy female lead that drags the male lead around. Although there are no supernatural elements like in Haruhi, there is enough drama to keep you interested in Ocean Waves. Also, the leads go through a gradual change within the series which brings them closer together than they originally started off as.
As the sole member of a club dedicated to helping others, do-gooder Madoka Kyouno didn't hesitate in helping save a girl from drowning one day. But little did she know that she actually saved an alien named Lan, and that soon, Madoka herself would be in the pilot of a giant mecha...
Chances are that if you liked the Haruhi series, but wanted to add in some mecha and more sci-fi, action and shounen into the show would like Rinne no Lagrange. Without spoiling anything, Rinne no Lagrange has some very similar characters and vibe. Rinne no Lagrange might as well be a parallel world to the Haruhi series.
The ordinary becomes extraordinary, as our protagonist Mahiro Yasaka – an average high school student – suddenly encounters a Nyarlathotep: a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos, who decides to take form as a silver-haired human-like alien. This Nyarlathotep – aptly named Nyarko – may seem like a normal gal, but there’s much more to her than meets the eye! In their encounters together, she ends up saving Mahiro's life, inextricably tying their lives together…
If you like shows were a normal human boy is dragged away from his nice, quiet life by an assorted mix of unusual creatures, such as aliens, you're in luck. Both Nyarko-san and Haruhi features genre savy characters, deity/human relationships and a plot mixing humour and romance. Furthermore, Nyarko-san references Haruhi on several occations, so having watched Haruhi actually enchances the experience gained from Nyarko-san.