The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt title: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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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.

Kare Kano

Kare Kano

Yukino had it all. Brilliant, athletic, popular and pretty, she was the perfect school girl with many friends and admirers. But then one fateful day she met her match: a handsome young man named Arima. Now, not only is he beating her at her own game, she's becoming more and more dismayed to learn that she's developing her first real feelings of romance. Can Yukino maintain her model student appearance, or will love ruin all her plans?

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Task Task says...

These series are, at their core, about the relationship between two high-school students. Many other features are different: Circumstances is highly linear and Melancholy is anything but. Circumstances takes place in a normal world with normal people, in Melancholy while things may seem normal they often aren't. Still, it's all about two unusual people and everything that happens between them over the course of a year.

Quality animation and a brilliantly told story, this is the only kind of drama I'll watch. Enjoy!

hurin hurin says...

If you took out the supernatural events of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya it would be quite similar to Kare Kano.

I see a strong similarity between Kyon and Yokino, who both act as an anchor of normality for others to hold on to.

fizrox fizrox says...

Another story which takes place in high school, but if you enjoyed this anime it means that you appreciate interesting plot, well-thought characters, great animation, fitted music and never borning, lively atmosphere - and this is exactly what you will find in recommended series.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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kazi kazi says...

I know this is fairly obvious, as these are both really popular, but its worth pointing out. Each series is a thought-inducing, insightful, clever series that will be talked about for years to come. These are the series for the person who enjoys something a little more out there.

Rilkar Rilkar says...

One of the aspects that made Evangelion very popular is Rei Ayanami the character who started the quiet girl type. Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a parody of the quiet girl type. If you like one you should watch the other to appreciate both shows more.

Donze Donze says...

It might seem that i'm speaking totally nonsense, but these series are probably two of the most deep background stories ever seen in japanese animation.

Both stories may seem banal at the very beginning, but i can tell you for sure that tha work behind them is as huge as your imagination can understand and even over, and you'll find out only keeping on watching.

Kyoran Kazoku Nikki

Kyoran Kazoku Nikki

Once upon a time, a creature named Enka tried to destroy everything on Earth. It was eventually slain by humans; but before dying Enka proclaimed that one day its child would return to the planet, spreading fear and despair throughout all humanity. Now, thousands of years later, DNA tests have identified six 'children of Enka'. Only one of them is dangerous, but nobody knows which one (and killing them all would be mean!) Instead, 'Operation Cozy Family' is born! Normal human Ouka Midarezaki is forced into marrying Kyouka, one of the children of Enka; and together they play the roles of 'father' and 'mother' for the other children. But will family bonding and love really be enough to prevent the destruction of the planet?

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SingerOfWhiteLine SingerOfWhiteLine says...

Both series feature hyperactive heroines with godlike powers (real or not), which gather some really unusual cast around them. They both also can't imagine their life as boring or plain - and while either of them is around, no one else can, too. These series are optimistic and fun, but still have some dramatic episodes. Check them out if you'd like hilarious, yet thoughtful experience.

JustAbigail JustAbigail says...

First off, I have *never* seen two characters - in my ENTIRE life - as similar to each-other as Haruhi Suzumiya is to Kyouka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. Both girls (if you can call them that) not only are honestly under the impression they are superior to everyone else, but are also loud about this and completely unashamed of it. Kyouka even goes as far to refer to herself as GOD...and Haruhi herself *is* God (or, at least, a god).

Yet both Kyouka and Haruhi still care about the people around them - especially the normal male lead characters (Kyon in Haruhi and Ouka in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki), though in the case of said male leads, they do not like to admit it, even to themselves. Furthermore, the leading male characters in both shows are the only people who are capable of causing the loud, dominant female leads to change their minds or become flustered. (And when Kyouka and Haruhi become flustered, it doesn't last long - with an insult or excuse, they quickly revert back to their bossy, self-assured selves.)

There are other similarities in the characters and their dynamics with each-other, too; Mikuru in Haruhi and Yuka in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki are both meek, innocent girls Haruhi/Kyouka love to dress-up; Itsuki and Ginka are both smiling enablers to the lead female characer; Kyon and Ouka are both the voice of reason among craziness caused by Haruhi/Kyouka who don't appreciate being thrown into romantic situations with the lead female character and are constantly having their patience tested.

Really, though, both anime are centered around one normal guy and one loud, obnoxious girl and the craziness that follows them. And, while Kyouran Kazoku Nikki might be a bit more, uh, insane than Haruhi, both have the same basic styles of humor with serious moments mixed in - if you like/liked one anime, you will like the other.


The main thing I noticed while watching Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is that the main leads, Kyouka and Ouka, remind me of Haruhi and Kyon from Suzumiya Haruhi.

In these two shows, you have the female lead who's over-confident and throws everyone (especially the male lead) into strange situation (mostly because she's bored). The male lead is the one who is usually stuck in going along with the female lead's whims.

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.

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KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

For starters both series focus quite a bit on the supernatural aspect with time travelers, monsters, and well other occult related subjects.  With both series featuring a strong leading lady throw in some mystery, comedy, and just a bit of romance and it creates an enjoyable experience for just about anyone. 

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

Both focus on the supernatural being there, but only in the background. Both also have a very shallow plot and focus more on interaction between the characters. 

If you liked one, check out the other.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

Occult Academy and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya both center around the supernatual and both show handle the subject manner in a humorous way most of the time. Both shows star a stong willed female leads that can be both adventurous and tomboyish, but at other times display a softer more vunerable side. Both shows also have alot of school life elements mixed in with action.