The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt titles: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect

At Yamaboshi High, joining a school club is required, so when Himeko, Iori, Taichi, Yoshifumi and Yui couldn't find a suitable choice, they decided to create their own: the School Culture Club! Together, they pass the days meeting and coming up with topics for the group's newspaper – that is, until one day, Yoshifumi and Yui proclaim that they switched bodies last night! Soon after, all five members of the gang find themselves inadvertently swapping at random, with no end in sight. What, or who, caused this supernatural phenomenon?

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Aranneas Aranneas says...

Both shows are character-driven high school comedies with a large supernatural element. Haruhi definitely has a much more slice-of-life style where KokoCo focuses on the drama of the situations they're thrust into. KokoCo's sense of humour is also decidedly more perverted.

MaxwellPiston MaxwellPiston says...

Both of these shows feature a high school club being forced to deal with bizare supernatural events. 

arachni42 arachni42 says...

Both of these shows involve a high school club with five characters that grow closer together due to reality warping. They both make you wonder, after awhile, what new crazy supernatural change is going to disrupt high school life. Haruhi has a much stronger satirical element and the supernatural elements are more involved. Kokoro Connect is more straightforward drama with some comedy. But they are both ultimately driven by the relationships between the characters. If you like one, the other is worth checking out.

ofall ofall says...

They are both about unorthodox school clubs that experience supernatural happenings. Also, they both provide you with a wide range of characters with varrying personalities. They both also contain Love triangle-ish things. They're both hilarious and if you liked one, you would like thee other.

neutrino neutrino says...

Both series are about a club made up of random, off-beat characters.  Weird stuff starts happening to them, and they're tasked with figuring it out and how to handle it.  Kokoro Connect is way more serious in tone, but both have funny and entertaining moments as well as important character development.

Sora no Manimani

Sora no Manimani

Years ago, Saku moved away from his hometown, leaving behind his friend and tormentor Mihoshi. As a child, Mihoshi constantly forced the bookish and shy Saku to play and look at the stars; and now, as Saku moves back home to attend high school, he prays for a quiet school life free from her grasp. Unfortunately, Saku’s desires are quickly shattered as Mihoshi catches sight of him and convinces him to join the school’s astronomy club. Alongside Mihoshi, the other club members and Hime - another girl from Saku’s past who’s determined to win him over - Saku continues his dreadfully unordinary high school life with a grimace and positive attitude!

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sothis sothis says...

Sora no Manimani is like Haruhi's far less annoying, way more entertaining sister series. I hated Haruhi's excessive obnoxiousness and found Mihoshi's more caring, toned down version of control to be far more palatable. Both series have girls who bully others around in a comedic sense and follow a male character who's along for the ride. If you liked Haruhi but want something a little less aggro, check out Sora no Manimani.

blueangel06661 blueangel06661 says...

Sora no Manimani features a girl driven by her love of stars. Her personality over powers and wins against her childhood frind who loves books. She wants to have an astronomy club but is lacking in members. But she manages to pull it off.

Like Mihoshi from Sora no Manimani, Haruhi also has an overpowering personality and a love for something. She likes weird things like time travelers, aliens. etc. and started a club for that, but once again lacking in members.

They both have their weird moments and are very funny.

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both these shows are centered around a very loud and obnoxious girl and her high school club. Their friends try to keep them in check while participating in club activities including trips and fairs.

TidusBlade TidusBlade says...

The first thing that popped into my mind was Haruhi while watching Mihoshi advertise the Astronomy Club. Both series feature school clubs with aggresive female leads that are over the top enthusiastic about their club. Their plots are similiar, at least when it comes to the club, Haruhi goes much deeper when it comes to story.

Both also feature a bored guy as a main character that's dragged around catering to the female's every whim and that's where quite a lot of the comedy is taken from, which is pretty good in both of them. If you enjoyed one, I'd suggest you try watching the other, but don't expect a deep story in Sora no Manimani or a light hearted feel in Haruhi.

Kanon (2006)

Kanon (2006)

It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left Yuuichi in the care of Akiko once again, and this time, he will attend the same school as his cousin Nayuki. Many different girls appear before him, and some of them seem to know him from his past. Yuuichi must now recover his memories of the dark secrets that he erased from his heart, before he loses his precious ones.


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eaper eaper says...

This may be kind of a stretch, but the voice actor of the male lead is the same in each, and even the characterization of the male lead is similar. Also, there is a budding romance (although it is much more present in Kanon) and some science-fiction type things going on in the back ground of each.

WiiLeeYum WiiLeeYum says...

You may think that these two titles have nothing similar but they are. As mentioned by eaper, the main male protagonist share not only the same voice actor, but the roughly the same personality and oddly enough, the same coat (lol). The art and several characters are almost identical in personality which make it seem like both are a spin-off of each other. Both Kanon and Haruhi have a suprising turn in the story, however, for Haruhi you MUST watch it in RELEASED order.They both deal with romance (Kanon>>>Haruhi), supernatural occurences (Haruhi>Kanon) and miracles. I doubt you will dislike one if you like the other. Just remember: Kanon is a romance/drama/supernatural anime with some comedy, whereas Haruhi is a supernatural school life anime with a more mature comedy.

pukahuntus pukahuntus says...

Both male lead characters from Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya are extremely simalar in terms of visuals and personality, they even have the same voice actor! (Tomokuzu Sugita)Have you ever wondered what would happen if Kyon never met Haruhi? What would happen if he were to turn up in a snowy town and become surrounded by girls from his forgotten childhood?What if Yuuichi were to go to school with a strange girl who believed in Aliens, Espers & Timetravellers?Well maybe you haven't wondered either of those things before, but if you do now simply watch and find out.

Jonnoiscooler Jonnoiscooler says...

These two titles have no genres in common, however they should both have Supernatural as one of them, which I'm not sure why they don't. I beleive the most similiar point of these two is the male protagonist, not to mention they are both voiced by the same actor, they both play very similar roles. Yuuichi gets caught up in a bunch of supernatural things, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Later he realizes that these things have all been caused by him, and he eventually resolves them. Kyon on the other hand is faced by supernatural challenges caused by Haruhi being god and all, and he trys to wiggle his way out of the universe ending and giant space crickets. He also begins to realize that he is the cause of a lot of the things that are happening that are weird because he stirred up Haruhi. In general, If you liked either of these two, it would be hard to dislike the other. Just remember that The melancholy of haruhi suzumiya is much more light hearted then Kanon. It doesn't provoke tears like Kanon, and tends to have much more comedy, and school life to. Kanon focuses on Drama and Romance a lot more, barely any comedy at all, how -ever there is a sliver of it.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

After being turned down by his unrequited crush, Hachiman Hikigaya is determined to live out the rest of his high school life single and socially tuned out to avoid the folly of youth. But Hachiman's resolve is lacking compared to his guidance counselor, a woman determined to change the boy's ways. So, much to his dismay, Hachiman is soon forced to reach out to those around him by joining a club dedicated to serving others. Alongside the cold, but beautiful club president Yukino, eager Yui, and other new friends, Hachiman will try to stomach his new volunteer work and survive his ultimate fear: being involved in a typical high school romantic comedy.

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Funkgun Funkgun says...

A school club, where a colorful cast is unwittingly put together and become a unique set of friends.

Both posses humor, and some high school hi-jinx. 

The overall flow of the two series is a bit different, but I would assume if you enjoy one, you will get a kick out of the other. 

Naga Naga says...

In both shows MC is a laid back loner that’s not particularly interested in his surrounding and is not a big fan of socializing. Either way, both show feature some club life that soon starts to turn their views upside down. Similar with the cast structure, and with some solid comedy that MCs provide, I’d say that enjoying one may easily lead you to liking the other one. 

JAhU JAhU says...

If you like cynical characters than you're in luck. Both Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu feature a cynical male lead and the first also features a cynical female lead. I could try to name other similarities, but there is no point since what I've already stated is the essence of this recommendation.

Qem Qem says...

Some similar elements with the cynical protagonist, as well as many comedic moments with the occasional more serious moment interspersed. Both have a strong core cast, and whacky hijinx - although Haruhi's are far more surreal and pronounced.

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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ish1618 ish1618 says...

Although it is difficult to find an anime that can live up to the standards of Haruhi Suzumiya, Death Note will be up to par for anyone who would like to keep their minds working while watching. Both leads have a dissatisfaction with the world and they desire to change it. Although they may be similar in very few aspects such as what I've said, they certainly are hand-in-hand as they deal with deeper issues such as the concept of god and morality (Death Note) and philosophy and science(Haruhi). With both, nothing is the same old, same old...

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Both of the main characters in Death Note and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have a desire to change the world that they are in. In Death Note, Light decides to change it in a drastic violent, way as opposed to Haruhi who wants to start over completely.

roukew roukew says...

You are not supposed to recommend something just because you like them both. So I won't. So I'll say that, both series have a deeper side to it, be it less obvious in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

But, although it isn't untrue, it wouldn't be enough for a cross recommendation. What is, is that if you liked either of them, you have brains. Not just any brains, brains that like anime. And thát, and I promise I won´t ever use this bogus a reason again for any recommendation, should be enough to like the other one.

A more reasonably sounding argument: they aren't the same story, type or theme, but they will appeal to the same audience.