The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt title: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Medaka Box

Medaka Box

Medaka Kurokami is the perfect honor student. She has exemplary grades, talent at any sport she tries her hand at, comes from a rich family, is exceptionally popular, and has just become the first ever freshman student to be elected School President! During her inauguration speech she proclaims that she will endeavor to help every student with any problem if they simply submit it to the newly instated suggestion box. But with a bare-bones student council consisting of only herself and her unwilling accomplice Zenkichi, people are unsure whether to take her seriously or not. Regardless, Medaka takes each suggestion and gives her all to fulfil any request, be it ridding the kendo hall of delinquents, writing a love letter, or helping a struggling art student find his muse.

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RG RG says...

The female leads in both shows, Medaka and Haruhi, are both take-charge type girls leading their own small group.

Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura

Ataru is one of the most desperate womanizers alive, and a man whose life is about to become complicated. When aliens invade, he discovers he has been chosen at random to be mankind’s defender, and must play a game of tag with the beautiful alien princess Lum to decide the fate of the planet! After chasing her with all of his crafty techniques, Ataru finally wins, but his victory also means he must marry the princess herself! Now, with strange alien visitors and a jealous wife to handle, Ataru still manages to keep an eye on his ultimate goal: having his own harem!

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Theta Theta says...

Urusei Yatsura and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya are both lighthearted school comedies full of aliens, and strange occurrences.  Both of these anime feature powerful female protagonists who only seem to cause trouble for the unwilling recipients of their affections, though for very different reasons.

Acchi Kocchi

Acchi Kocchi

Everyone has a circle of friends they hang out with. But even within a small group there are smaller groups of friends, best friends and, here's where it gets complicated, boyfriends and girlfriends. Sometimes relationships just develop in a way where you're not exactly sure what you are to the other person. Which is the problem Tsukimi has when it comes to Io: he seems to be totally clueless about how she's starting to feel. It's a puzzle she'll have to solve in Place to Place.

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JAhU JAhU says...

I know this might be a bit of a stretch, but seeing how Acchi Kocchi is a school comedy with a stoic male lead, I couldn't help but think of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. I'm not exactly sure why, but the guy from Acchi Kocchi reminded me of Kyon from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. There is also the part about the show revolving around a bunch of his friends. Last but not least, both have a hint of romance. Despite those similar elements the series are not all that similar, but my gut tells me you should try one if you liked the other.

Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden

In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!

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SandJester SandJester says...

Rozen Maiden and Haruhi Suzimya (in my opinion) follow the same plot format. Both shows have the key element of setting a very serious undertone, but chooses to focus more on the character dealing with it more than the situation itself. 

Because of this both shows have moments where the characters can have real emotional moments, but at the same time real comedic ones. Haruhi can sometimes be more series that Rozen, and as a result Rozen can seem more loose. 

Ether way, if you're into the type of fight scenes this anime deleivers, where it's almost predictable yet still excititing as it's to continue the plot line, then this is an anime for you to check out. 

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Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.

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