The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt titles: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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BloodySocks BloodySocks says...

There are a few reasons that Clannad is similar to the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Clannad's main male role is once again an apathetic (yet present) and inactively humorous character, who tells the kind of jokes you're used to seeing from Kyon in Haruhi. Although Clannad's male role is not the focus of attention, the story is told from his point of view. Also, there are supernatural forces going, although not on such a scale as those in Haruhi. There is a hint of love here as well, although, as of the seventh episode, it's not very obvious. A fan of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya should enjoy this new anime.

Zimmbo Zimmbo says...

Tomoya Okazaki and Haruhi Suzumiya are both bored. After all it's the same thing day after day. I think you will enjoy how life gets interesting all of a sudden for when the right people and an idea come together.

Skip Skip says...

Enjoy the manic craziness of Suzumiya? Then maybe Clannad is something to try. Initially Tomoya is similar to Suzumiya, both have the ability to say some crazy things and everyone seems to be oblivious to it.

The series also uses 'over the top' scenes to hammer home some of the more comical moments. Worth a watch.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

In Clannad and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya the main characters are bored and want to make a club. They also both have supernatural aspects to them and a bunch of crazy situations, with comical moments intertwined.

Hadogenes Hadogenes says...

I think there is "something" what is connecting this series. I can't tell what exactly it is, maybe the crankiness (<- first use of this word ;) ) of both anime.

But there are many obvious facts which connects these anime ex. both anime are around some club in school (the topis of both clubs are extremely different, but in both there is reactivating or creating new club), both main male characters are similar (bored, but when they meet main female they change a bit).

In Clannad there is more, what I called it, philosophy babble.

Clannad is little worse than Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but if someone very like the second he will also enjoy Clannad.

fizrox fizrox says...

Both series are about a group of high school friends having many ideas and problems in the same time. The main characters are boy and a girl who have some feelings for each other. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, these anime are much alike.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series are Slice of Life, based around making a club, and the main character in each is a rather apathetic boy that gets attached to the main female without completely recognizing it fully. Also, they both have some harem within.

4EverDreamer 4EverDreamer says...

Both shows have a male central character who find themself being drafted for a club. The shows are very humorous, and have some perverted fun. Also, there are underlying supernatural occurances

Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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werehuntress werehuntress says...

There is never a slow moment in these anime due to the antics of the highly energetic female protagonists. The male protagonists of both anime who are laidback, and easygoing, are often times roped into the scheming plots of the female, which result in uproarous outcomes. If comedic, slice of life anime is your thing do not pass up these delectable treats!

neverknowsbest neverknowsbest says...

Aside form the obvious comedic aspects, I find Taiga and Haruhi likeable in a similar way.  Though Toradora! does not have as strong of a supporting cast, I feel both play well for eachother.

goldy496 goldy496 says...

If you liked The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I am fairly certain you'd enjoy Toradora, and vice-versa. First, some similarities.

1.) Both feature an energetic female lead with a penchant for eccentric behavior. Taiga's behavior is more violent, while Haruhi's is more perverse

2.) Both could be considered school life, though Toradora will focus more heavily on the romance than Haruhi. As for their setting, both take place in a high school setting. They are actually shown the same way as well, with relatively few main chracters, an occasional side character and everyone else just merely drawn in to fill the background or chime in a line or two here and there.

3.) Minori and Mikuru are not very similar characters, although arguably the situation is quite similar. Kyon puts up with Haruhi, and is attracted to Mikuru, whereas Ryuuji puts up with Taiga and is attracted to Minori.

4.) Lastly, Kitamura may not flirt obviously with Ryuuji, but his insertion is similar to Itsuki with reference to Kyon. Haruhi may not like Itsuki the way Taiga seems to be attracted to Kitamura, but the similarity is there.

Alas, there is not Yuki Nagato figure in Toradora, so for those coming from Haruhi hoping for a silent, cute character, your hopes have been dashed.

I could go on, but if you've already read this far, you clearly are interested enough to watch one or the other, right?

thepgo thepgo says...

Both female leading characters are energetic, a bit eccentric. Male protagonists are "soul" of both of the series - inteligent, ironic comments often make lots of funny situations.

Both series are school life, having quite similar flavour.

DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Two slice of life comedies with clueless main characters that you know you want them to be together but somethings always pulling them apart. Whether it be other love interests or you know, being an all powerful god who can reset the universe at will.

eaper eaper says...

These series are both centered around a slightly bored male lead that basically completely accepts a rather strong female into their life, leading it to a complete change. Both of these series also have a slight harem feel, are somewhat slow paced, and have a similar arch when it comes to the romance. Finally, the story in each is told from the main male in the series, and each of the males have a similar outlook on life.

DuskFey DuskFey says...

If you enjoy anime with strong, determined, and brash heroines, both The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Toradora! should be right up your alley. Haruhi and Taiga both know exactly what they want, and they do whatever it takes to pursue it, however, their strong fronts sometimes blind them to the feelings budding inside their hearts. Still, if you loved one of these girls, the other can probably capture your heart as well. :)

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

The thing that really binds these two together are the character portrayals. Strong casts are included in both shows, with several major characters who are similar. Though I feel I should add that Toradora contains much more character development. (Due to Haruhi being based of a rather long series of light novels).

These two are both slice of school life and comedy, but Toradora is more romance focused whereas Haruhi contains supernatural/science fiction elements.

Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape

Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape

"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!

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watsup3 watsup3 says...

they both have a lazy and unmotivated boy who is drawn in by a girl who is overengetic to start/restart a club.

snivets snivets says...

The main character combination in both shows is quite similar: an enthusiastic female lead who has a taste for the dramatic and a low-energy male lead who allows himself to be sucked into her schemes. Haruhi is a little more overbearing than the well-mannered Chitanda; Oreki and Kyon are almost identical; Melancholy is a little more sci-fi while Hyou-ka falls more under slice-of-life.

mentalstatic mentalstatic says...

I think the main thing that people would like about hyou-ka when compairing to melancholy is the great characters, especially the lead males. both are very likable and their internal monologue is clever and witty. I think hyou-ka is the better so far but both have great style and unique plots.

discospider discospider says...

If you like some mystery both of these shows have it. They both also revolve around an ordinary guy who gets pulled around by a more eccentric girl in large adventures that they don't want to be a part of. They have similar humour in these escapades and also feature a similar love tension building. 

Naga Naga says...

In both series male lead narrates from his ironic/ a bit sarchastic POV. Kyon and Oreki are both dealing with overly enthusiastic female lead who gets them into doing stuff they are not even interested in and think of it as a bother. It´s a plot device in both anime. Both feature good mysteries, Hyouka has a slice of life/school life aproach when Suzumiya SF. Mysteries in Suzumiya are on far larger scale than in Hyouka where they are around pointless stuff but are suprisingly better made. If you are fan of one go check other... seriously!

MaxwellPiston MaxwellPiston says...

Bored male gets dragged into a club with hyper-active female and enjoys solving mysteries despite his protests. Both KyoAni.

Shivichan Shivichan says...

Haruhi and Hyouka both revolve around two lazy guys who are forced into a club/using their brain by a charimatic, beautiful girl.Although Haruhi is WAY more brash than Eru, the both shows offer a striking similarity, but with Hyouka taking a Slice of life path while Haruhi is more towards the Sci-fi supernatural side.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Sousuke Sagara is far from the average high school student - not only is he highly trained in military tactics, he puts his knowledge to use in every single applicable situation (and even those nonapplicable ones.) So, when confronted with high school, he tends to turn average high school experiences into off-the-wall adventures. Love letters become terrorist threats and field trips become commando operations; his survival depends on the watchful eye of his best friend and classmate, Kaname. Together, they may just make it out of high school alive...

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Harbin Harbin says...

While Haruhi takes school activities to the extreme, Sagara takes everything quite literally in a military sense.  In both series, one of their friends gets dragged unwillingly into their mess.  Kyon from Haruhi sits in a similar boat as Chidori from Fumoffu, as each must get accustomed to their counterparts' weird personalities.

Kari84075 Kari84075 says...

Haruhi and Sagara are both 'abnormal' students. While Haruhi is trying to find aliens, time travelers, and espers, Sagara is checking other students and school property (such as fire alarms) for guns, bugs and grenades. Amidst all of the chaos, Kyon and Chidori are trying to keep it to a minimum, with little success.

Himitsu Himitsu says...

An indifferent guy, and an eccentric girl; this is what you see in both Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. The amount of energy contained in these two anime is overwhelming, but results in pure hilarity; it's all fun and games. As an added bonus, you are swept away with excellent soundtracks, and beautiful animation (thanks KyoAni!).

shadowalchemist198 shadowalchemist198 says...

These are both good series for comedy lovers. Both have excellent characters in strange situations doing strange things that make you laugh. Sousuke in Full Metal Panic Fumoffu wearing a big bear costume getting into a gun battle with a police officer on a bicycle is one of the stranger things you could see in anime, and watching two school girls duke it out in what appeared to have been cyberspace ranks right along up there.

JAhU JAhU says...

Both anime are school comedies and both are quite hilarious. If you liked one of those two you should check the other one.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Sagara and Suzumiya must share the same gene that makes them take school to the extreme. Chidori and Kyon are their no-nonsense partners who try to rein in the rather destructive capabilities.

Kyoto Animation produced both series, and it shows. If you liked one, it's pretty much guarenteed you'll like the other.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...

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hurin hurin says...

The two shows feature supernatural events in a high school setting. While this is quite common in anime, what sets these apart is that they're not action anime, and require you to think about what's happening.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

Both start out as seemingly normal stories of girls in high school who seem to have nothing better to do than fool around with their friends and do as they please. However, later on, mystical and amazing things happen to Makoto and Haruhi, and prove that life is not always as simple as it seems (even if one of them might not realize it).

mirai mirai says...

Both Toki wo kakeru shoujo and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya feature female protagonists who have a supernatural ability to alter time/space around them. Although the setting for both stories are not entirely similar, I found a strong likeness between both 'slice of life' anime when it came to genre, and overall pace of the story, not to mention the actual direction. When I watched them, I didn't think they would be at all similar, but now that I have, I think you will enjoy one if you enjoyed the other.

Oehr Oehr says...

At first view, both anime seem pretty normal with a slice-of-life feel. Though as you might have noticed, it's not normal, not at all. Both feature a female protagonist with the ability to change their surroundings - even though its unconsciously. I'm sure you would enjoy both shows!

fizrox fizrox says...

High school + supernatural mystery + interesting characters = what you have been looking for after seeing this anime and in the same time what you will find in suggested series :)

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these animes have female leads that are aided by supernatural forces to let nature takes its course the way they want to. The biggest difference is that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time's lead is aware of this and tries to rectify what's been done whereas The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has its other main lead handle all the problems caused by this situation. You'll also find plenty of light-hearted comedy, heart-warming and saddening moments and endearing casts in both titles.