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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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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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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

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

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.

Kotoura-san

Kotoura-san

Haruka Kotoura has had a psychic ability to read minds since she was born, but her inability to grasp that she's different has led her to be ostracized by every friend she's made. When she meets Manabe, she can't help but be surprised - when he's not imagining strange creatures dancing through the desert, the boy is a hopeless pervert and makes no attempt to hide his dirtiest fantasies. What's more, Manabe isn't driven away by Kotoura seeing his thoughts, and even goes out of his way to befriend her - seemingly because he enjoys thinking of the girl erotically and seeing her subsequent embarrassment! Before long, the once-lonely girl even meets other students who aren't pushed away by her abilities. Could this be the start of a normal school life, with real, lasting friends for Kotoura?

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sarwor248

Both anime feature a club where the members have or investigate ESP and they get into wacky adventures. There is also a normal guy who gets interested in a gril who isn't normal, and he often has slightly perverted thoughts. Kotoura-san is more comedic while Haruhi is more on the action adventure side, but both have a pretty balanced tone.

JAhU

Both series revolve around a high school club which investigates supernatural phenomena. Both of them feature a fair amount of comedy, bits of romance and characters who actually posses supernatural powers. Last but not least, the male leads in both shows are very similar, though the guy from Kotoura-san (unlike Kyon) is also quite goofy (and perverted). If you liked one of those series, the other one should prove interesting (especially if you liked the male lead).

HasseRovdjur

Both shows are about highschoolers investigating paranormal phenomena. There's a fair bit of drama, comedy and romance to be had in both, but Haruhi is by far the superior show. Still, if you want another show about a school club one various adventures, might as well check the other one out.

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

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

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.

LLORAtheLLAMA

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.

MM!

MM!

Seeking a cure for his depraved masochism, Taro Sado approaches the Second Volunteer Club on the recommendation of his best friend, Tatsukichi. There he finds the help of the violent but kind Mio Isurugi who promises to beat the masochism out of him by any means necessary. Will Taro be able to survive the assaults of this upperclassman, the overly-affectionate attentions of his mother and sister, and still lead a normal school life? Unlikely. But will he get over his perverse fetish? He sure hopes so.

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gretzky99

These shows feature strong female leads who are arrogant (but cute at the same time) and order everyone around themselves, have lots of comedic elements and a bit of romance.

HarioSagara

Imagine if you took the personalities from the characters in Haruhi Suzumiya and intensified them to the extreme! What you'd get would be MM! Both of these series feature the same types of characters but in MM! their interactions become over the top. Mio from MM! has a lot of striking similarities to Haruhi, from her bossiness to the slight god-complex to the comedic abuse of the male protagonist. 

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a more in depth storyline with more well rounded characters while MM! relies more on its outrageous slapstick comedy. Both anime have undercurrents of romance weaved into the stories but MM! has more of a complex love triangle scenario. If you ever want to see what the characters of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya would look like from a more intensified perspective than I recommend MM!

ashman711

both of these show feature a strong female lead albeit they sometimes suffer from delusions of grandeur.  lots of zany laugh at loud moments. 

watch it online now!

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

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

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

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.