The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt titles: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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Dontais Dontais says...

I love both of these shows, Welcome to the NHK! and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are definitely both hit series. The energy and fun mood of Suzumiya really comes across well, and I feel that if you loved Suzumiya, you will like NHK. It may be a little darker then Suzumiya, but it's still a great show.

JAhU JAhU says...

The narration is one thing that connects Haruhi and Welcome to the NHK. In both shows the narration is in the form of an inner monologue of the main character, which is filled with a good amount of irony. If you like stuff like that, you should definitely give these a try.

P.S. If you find any other similarities between the two shows, then good for you. ;)

freakzilla freakzilla says...

NHK and Suzumiya have their similarities. They are about someone discovering a new world that is opening to them because they are changing themselves. Both have some touches of comedy and romance as well, though NHK is a bit darker.

Kiaso Kiaso says...

Both Haruhi and NHK have an eccentric main character, have something out of the ordinary happen in a unique way, and will make you reconsider your own life and experiences in a different way. If you liked one you will love the other.

FatalGlory FatalGlory says...

Both shows appear to be quite average on the surface but after a while, you realize these are not your average anime. Both shows have very quirk characters and crazy comments.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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Antic Antic says...

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei share a more typically Western style of humor. In the case of Melancholy I'm going more off how I've seen others describe the humor, while in Sayonara, sensei's rants reminded me more than anything of a stand up comedian. I wouldn't call either a full-out parody series, but they both play off school comedy/dramas (with Melancholy taking sci-fi elements as well).

ColdMero ColdMero says...

If you liked Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, you would definately like the other. They both feature a school setting and a very 'unique' protaganist. They also both have a bit of ecchiness at times. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei has some episodes that end and never have a resolution the following episode, whereas Haruhi's episodes are in a mixed up order, but they do resolve eventually. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu has more of a serious attitude sometimes where Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei never really has much seriousness at all.

risuta risuta says...

If you have watched either The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi or Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, that means you enjoy random, unique and cynical humour! Both anime are so random that they might be confusing at times, although Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is more "dark"m that applies to both of them! So, if oyu liked one of them, I suggest you watch the other!

fairyskisses77 fairyskisses77 says...

Both of these series are for those serious anime viewers who've seen their fair share of anime. Why? because parody makes up majority of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's best and funniest parts. Both are wacky and very different from mainstream anime. Some may not find it easy to watch, since they are both pretty strange, but for those who appreciate this type of humor, these are gems indeed!

k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

First, MHS/SHY has much more supernatural phenomenon to drive it's story and characters--but both SZS and MHS/SHY collect a groups of characters and put them through ordeals together.  SZS seems totally devoid of whatever relationship element there is is MHS/SHY, however, the character interactions are still very similar.  Both have the same slice-of-life/school-based feel and both also have a refreshing spasmodic energy.  I think those who enjoy one are very likely to enjoy the other.



It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!

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Symmetrical Symmetrical says...

K-on and Haruhi are both based on high school kids who the main character has nothing to do then becomes in a afterschool club. Though haruhi has more of a club based on paranormal and k-on based on music, they both give the same feeling when you watch it. Some of the differances is what makes them similar. Also how the club members get along is very similar its just perfect designing in the characters. If your looking for club based activities and like one. You definately will like the other

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

Most of the events in both stories occur within a high school club. Both are full of humor and plenty of "moe".

Chelsae Chelsae says...

Both of these anime focus on clubs in High School and the life of the students in that club. Whereas the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is fantasy when it focuses on the characters, K-On! is more of a slice of life anime.

As well as this, the characters in it are also quite similar. For example Mio in K-On! reminded me of Asahina. They also dress up in pointless outfits quite a lot.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both anime involve a main character who wants to make an impact at her school through an after school club. While the main point of the clubs is different, both involve tea parties and grand summer vacations. Both anime were produced by Kyoto, so moe and humor abound in each.

meschow meschow says...

if you liked k-on or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya then youll like the other. These shows are both about people meeting new friends and creating the best memorys they can while still young.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Kyousuke Kosaka is a normal teenager with average grades and an average home life, but when he finds out that his overachieving younger sister Kirino has been hiding her vast anime and eroge collection from their unassuming parents, his world turns inside out! Now, having promised to help his formerly distant sibling navigate her two distinct lives, Kyousuke finds himself drawn into Kirino's world of magical girl anime and "little sister" fetish games while covering for his sibling to her parents and friends, not to mention trying to provide what guidance he can.

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NekoKriszty NekoKriszty says...

If you like one series, you will like the other, for sure. The main characters are quite similar in the two series, and there's a perverted touch to both in the female lead's antics.

To be honest, I really dislike Haruhi (the show and the character), and because of that I dropped Ore no Imouto after one episode. However, if you're my opposite and you enjoyed one show, then you are going to love the other, too.

ZoboCamel ZoboCamel says...

Both Haruhi and OreImo are comedies, with the humour coming mostly from a bunch of odd characters. Both series have a sarcastic narrator as their lead - Kyon (from Haruhi) and Kyousuke (from OreImo) have pretty similar personalities.

Additionally, both series have some more serious scenes inserted into the comedy, and a light dose of fanservice (though not enough that anybody adverse to it should ignore either show).

If you liked one of these series, I'd highly recommend the other.

chocobolily chocobolily says...

"A sarcastic guy who wants nothing but a normal life gets roped into helping out a short-tempered girl with an eccentric hobby."  This statement applies to both Oreimo and Haruhi.  In the former, the boy's popular younger sister confides in him that she is a closet otaku/eroge gamer.  In the latter, the boy's eternally bored classmate drags him into starting a club she hopes aliens, espers, and time travelers will join.  Over time, each of the boys becomes far more involved than he had initially hoped.  And don't forget the tsundere leads.

These series also share similarities in terms of their colorful animation and tone.  Things definitely get serious, but they never get too heavy or depressing.

Verified Verified says...

Both of these superb comedies start out relatively normal and each go their unexpected ways with a female-tsun character leading the charge accompanied by their over accepting second in command.

Plot-wise the two anime differ with Haruhi trying to spread the word, whereas Kirino fights to keep things in the closet. However, despite having two opposite plot lines the dialogue, characters, and situations are fairly similar with each respective party trying their best to help the main female without her knowing. If you liked one, checking out the other is definitely worth it!

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

The leads are obnoxious teenage girls (who are pretty polarising) coupled with sarcastic and (mostly) deadpan teenage boys. Both shows have, at least to me, a similar feel, mainly because the humour is kind of the same brand coupled with the fact that there's some dramatic moments to be had as well.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Kodaka is a delinquent. At least, that’s what his fellow classmates seem to think. Thanks to his naturally-blonde hair and an unfortunate series of misunderstandings, the boy can’t seem to shake his false reputation and hasn’t made a single friend. That is, until one day he overhears the normally-aloof Yozora enthusiastically chatting with an imaginary friend, and discovers that she’s just as lonely as he is! In an attempt to finally meet people the duo decides to form the “Neighbors Club”, and are soon joined by a number of other fellow misfits such as Sena, the busty, popular daughter of the school president who can’t seem to connect with others. Together, the gang learns about the joys of friendship through many misadventures such as playing RPGs, visiting the swimming pool or even hunting down delicious takoyaki!

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TrueKnight666 TrueKnight666 says...

They are similar in fact that after a strange and awkward encounter a boy and a girl decide to make a club, with the boy being sort of roped into going along. In both cases the girls are the leaders of their clubs with tendencies to lose their tempers and taunt the other members of the club, while the boy acts as her foil and as the "straight man" throught the series.  If you like one you are likely to enjoy the other as they both revolve around the comedic situations their clubs get into.

jShota jShota says...

After only watching 4 episodes I felt like I have watched it before. Then I remembered Boku wa tomodachi go sukinai had a similar plot with creating a club with mostley girls. someone in both animes dress as a maid and serves tea! both have interesting characters and good animation. They both are funny.I'm only on the forth episode idk if TMofHS has romance like BWTGS had.

snivets snivets says...

Both shows start with the creation of an after-school club, both shows have male protagonists who are normal and willing to put up with the antics of the energetic girls around them. On the surface, both shows appear to be typical of their genre, yet both manage to engage intelligently with genre (and more general) stereotypes with a similar sense of humor.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both shows feature a young man getting torn away from his dreary everyday routine by having to join a school club (full of schoolgirls!) that mainly revolves around having fun.

Their male leads share some qualities, like being a bit of a snarker and generally being the voice of reason, and the club activities are very similar.

Haganai is pretty much an ecchi derivative of Haruhi, bit if you really want more of the club antics, do check them both out.

pikachu203 pikachu203 says...

Both shows are about an average-ish boy meeting up with an eccentric girl and creating an odd club that tends to do out of the ordinary comedic things and has lots of quirky adventures.  Yozora is only a tad less bosy than Haruhi, though you'd probably enjoy both characters equally.  The casts of characters are both very quirky, and you can definitely draw a few parallels between them.  They both offer a unique blend of humor with otaku culture tossed in.  I would definitely recommend one to fans of the other.