The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Alt title: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Kannagi

Kannagi

Mikuriya Jin makes a woodcarving from the remains of a guardian tree, but he gets much more than he bargained for when girl materializes from the statue! Her name is Nagi, the troublesome and at times violent deity of the land; and with nowhere to go, she announces that she will stay with Jin. Now, with Jin’s help and a magical girl wand purchased at the local convenience store, Nagi aims to exorcise the impurities that are infecting the land. Though when the sacred tree is finally uprooted, it is only a matter of time before her powers will diminish; thus, a new object of worship is required, and what better object than Nagi herself! However, obtaining your goal of becoming a popular idol is not so straightforward, especially when you have to compete with your sister, who is unwilling to share her fan base and plans to sabotage you at every step!

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flyboy42 flyboy42 says...

Both shows are about annoying gods who are tolerated by the strange people around them.

Neither anime has much in terms of action, and really, they both feel like parodies.

Doomoo Doomoo says...

Both female characters are a god. Both Male lead characters are average guys who got pulled into a relationship with said god unwillingly or unknowingly. Both female lead characters are a constant cause of trouble and self centered. The comedy is often very similar in style as well.

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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Konakaga Konakaga says...

Both Haruhi Suzumiya and Bakemonogatari starts off with the main lead meeting a very odd, or unique girl if you prefer; which leads him into being involved with other bizzare things, while having plenty of comedy moments as a result of this, though also in no small part due to  witty comments by the male lead of the series. Addition both series only have a rather small cast of characters, most in high school, and tend to focus on them, and generally ignore most other people. And lastly they both have the whole nobody is really normal thing.

xaynie xaynie says...

Both are witty parody anime which break apart each characters' stereotypes. While Bakemonogatari's characters take themselves less seriously, Haruhi's characters don't even know they are stereotypes, which makes the story more interesting as they try to unravel their world.

Both are brilliant in their own way and a must watch if you like one or another.

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Dating sim master Keima Katsuragi wants nothing more than to immerse himself in the 2D world, chasing digital girlfriends. But when the so-called 'Capturing God' answers a mysterious email from an unknown sender, Keima finds himself chasing down real-life ladies in an attempt to help the peppy demon Elsie de Lute Irma capture 'lost souls' escaped from the depths of hell. Now, lest the explosive collar around his neck detonate, Keima must convince various girls to fall in love with him in order to scare out the souls hiding in their hearts.

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Rilkar Rilkar says...

Both shows are parodies of visual novels. And both shows are crazy comedies. If you like one you should watch the other.

arachni42 arachni42 says...

These series both have a lot of parody-style comedy and interesting male protagonists who have a lot of comments to make about reality. Their situations are quite different, though in both cases they have a responsibility they never would have asked for. But it's really about the characters, not the premise, especially when these series get more serious later on.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

Ayumu was murdered by a serial killer – at least, he was. For after the mysterious Eucliwood Hellscythe revives him, he changes from a human to a zombie, much to his dismay. Now, in addition to being unable to die, the boy must see to the whims of his supernatural, silent companion – but things continue to get worse from there. As once Ayumu accidentally steals a magical girl named Haruna's powers, he is tasked with the embarrassing, obnoxious task of being a magical girl – err, boy – in her stead! Then with the addition of a hostile vampire ninja to his household, can Ayumu manage to maintain his new home life, fight against attacking monsters, and track down the person who killed him all while attempting to keep what little dignity he has left in tact?

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Xjylix Xjylix says...

"TMoHS" and "Kore wa Zombie desu ka?" have various things in common.

The humor is somewhat the same(hilarious). Some characters really look like each other. There are supernatural powers involved ^_^

If you liked the one, I'm pretty sure you'll like the other one too.

Note: Kore wa Zombie desu ka? may be a bit more 'inappropiate' xD but it isn't too extreme xp

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

The main reason for this is how similar the characters are. There's the bossy Haruna/Haruhi, the quiet Yuuki/Yuu, and the straight-man Kon/Ayumu. Both animes also mash together several genres and combine them with a bit of comedy and a bit of ecchi (Zombie a bit more than Melancholy). If you like one, you'll probably like the other. 

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the Future Gadget Research Laboratory, and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible, yet generally useless, futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what's more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences...

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Menchi Menchi says...

Now there are some major similarities in Haruhi andSteins;Gate. Firstly, a weird main character who has a strong will and is determined to uncover the secrets of the unnatural. Secondly, the entourage the main character gathers around her/him, and especially that one support person with the love/hate relationship. And lastly, the supernatural theme and similair plot twist, without spoiling more.

FatalGlory FatalGlory says...

What does a show revolving around the anthropoid principle and one revolving around time travel have in common you ask? Both shows feature quirky characters, psychological elements, paranormal activity, paranoia and good character development all beneath a sugary exterior that begins to fall apart. So if you enjoyed either one of these shows, then I think that you will enjoy the other.