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Some time before Otonashi made his way into the lives of Yuri and the gang, and prior to the creation of the SSS, Hinata is involved in a car crash and wakes up in life after death. Surrounded by strange classmates in a strange school, he quickly meets Yuri and, after giving her the nickname Yurippe, the two begin to plan out their fight against god. That is, if they can figure out how to deal with the student council president...
When you think of the plot series of Angel Beats some how it just translates right away into The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The whole entire feeling to the series is similar with a group of kids in a school setting fights against supernatural phenomenon. The lead heroines are spitting images of each other putting on a gutsy attitude while leading the protagonist around in a world completely different from what they are used to.
In Clannad and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya the main characters are bored and want to make a club. They also both have supernatural aspects to them and a bunch of crazy situations, with comical moments intertwined.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate power over life and death: a supernatural "death note" which can kill nearly anyone at his whim. As Light sets off on a crusade-turned-killing-spree, investigators from a police task force try to stop the mysterious deaths - including Light's own father, a senior policeman.
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.
Both of these manga focus on an abnormal high school club full of odd members. These clubs rarely end up doing club activities, but when they do, they're usually pretty abstract. Also, both Kyon and Kodaka have to deal with the strange females in their group, although they usually would prefer not to get involved.
Both series revolve around a hyperactive girl who pulls this normal guy into her crazy antics. The two of them are joined by a bunch of (mostly female) odd friends. Those characters are quite similar between those two series (most likely one was inspired by the other). The kye differences would be that Kebukurohatsu, Zensekai Yuki! features more fanservice and lots of otaku related content, while Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has those supernatural things going on. If you read one and liked it, you might as well try reading the other one too.