If you're looking for anime similar to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you might like these titles. All recommendations are made by Anime-Planet users like you!
Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
"Different" can definitely be used to describe these two anime. Both Abenobashi and Suzumiya involve somewhat unusual powers and topics. In a tale of discovery, we find out more about the characters and their mysterious powers. Besides the character development and atmosphere, you will also find some comedy and romance in both.
Both of these shows allow many of the episodes to be seen in almost completley random iteration. With the exception of the beginning (the why) and the end (the how), of course. Haruhi and Abenobashi each share a great sense of humor and a little love- but mostly humor.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Although at first glance you'd think Gurren Lagann and Haruhi have nothing in common, I'd argue otherwise. Both have a ridiculous amount of energy that you can't help but get caught up in. Kamina and Haruhi are two characters that are nigh unforgettable; they demand all of your attention whilst on screen (and even off screen). Both shows also have a bit of tongue-and-cheek tributes to their respective genres - mecha for Gurren Lagann and high school for Haruhi - and are filled with stereotypes that are so outrageous that you can't help but love them. If you enjoyed one, changes are you'd enjoy the other.
At first glance one would think that both shows have no resemblance or relation whatsoever, in fact they're not of the same genre. But both shows leave you with a new view on reality, a different angle so to say. If you relish shows that open your eyes to posibilities about our reality, this show will add another concept to ponder on.
Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?
Both School Rumble and Haruhi are similar in the way that they show how a student's daily life can be interesting with the help of supernatural events, effort, and organized games.
Both are full of odd characters, that you will quickly grow to love and adore.
Also both are set in a high school setting.
School Rumble is heavier on the comedy and alot less drama though.
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...
Both contain supernatural elements, likeable cast, and a good amount of comedy. Haruhi (broadcast order) and Baccano! both tell their stories by jumping back and forth through time and unwind at the end skillfully.
Re-watching the series leads to revelations of plot points that is just brilliant. There are so many crazy things happening at once that you just have to watch it again to get the full story.
Kamizono Academy is so spacious that transfer student Ayumi Nonomura and long time resident Tatsuki Iizuka find themselves lost together in the corridors. With the addition of fiery Torako Kageyama and quirky, somber Suzume Saotome, the four quickly become friends and comrades in arms against boredom. Whether it's being a last minute Morals Officer with bisexual Nene or constructing robots with Kageyama, there's plenty of fun to go around at Kamizono Academy!
If Haruhi was a normal human she would be Torako Kagemaya. There are also parallels with Mikuru, Yuki, and Kyon in Ayu, Suzu, and Tatsuki
Head strong female that probably doesn't think things through all the way and leaves that up to someone else in her party? Check.