Blue Spring Ride - Recommendations

Alt title: Ao Haru Ride

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Say "I love you."

Say "I love you."

Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?

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Starletka Starletka says...

Both Ao Haru Ride and Suki-tte Ii na yo are romantic dramas with similar plot, characters and overall feel. Also cats.

Bronia Bronia says...

Both are recent anime meant to appeal to a shoujo demographic. In both shows, the female lead is a black sheep of sorts who we watch navigate the waters of love and friendship in high school. Both heroines befriend girls who are ostracized by other girls due to how boys see them. They have a similar feel to their colour pallets and animation.

Atalea Atalea says...

Two shoujo shows with a slow pacing and a realistic setting, with some great drama. I've read the manga for both and I can say that they have been brought to life perfectly. Life isn't that simple in these worlds and it makes you feel more connected with the characters. If you love the shoujo genre, but want the love to be a bit more raw, these shows are perfect.

Izumii Izumii says...

They both give you the same kind of feeling while watching it. It has a sad, emotional vibe to start with, but it starts to linger to sweet romance after a while. The story is in both cases quite realistic and starts out the same: A girl has had some trouble in the past and decides to change herself a bit because she thinks that this change will prevent the same kind of trouble in the future.

Ilsa Ilsa says...

Similar anime about relationship between lovley girl and handsome boy. Different plot mages both of them interesting and nice to watch. Without wierd japanese humor :)

KyuupiiMe KyuupiiMe says...

I'd say it's both about changing their view on life which is created by early unpleasant life experiences. And stepping out of comfort zones while chasing the one you love. 

kimiofficial kimiofficial says...

I recommend this because I watched "Say 'I Love You'" first, and then found Blue Spring Ride and loved both of them. They both give off the very innocent first time love, with friend troubles and saddness along the way, but a cute ending in the end. I definitely highly recommend both of them!!

crazyeilish crazyeilish says...

they are similar  becauset they are both a cute romance story itis all about discoverin the meaning of love

dragon5861 dragon5861 says...

I like Blue Spring Ride the most out of both of them, but Suki-tte li na yo is pretty good. Both of them are amazing and I recommend watching both of them. They are both hilarious and are amazing!!!    =P

MarmaladeGuy73 MarmaladeGuy73 says...

I recommend both series to all. Both series are very emotional. You reall feel the character's emotions.  

Ussel Ussel says...

Two of these are perfect shojo animes. There are lot of emotions. The plot in both animes is interesting.

suuni suuni says...

Both of the main guy character is cute, they also both had problems from the past. You will definetly like this if you liked Suki-tte na yo or vise verse

kotaku01 kotaku01 says...

They are romantic animes. The plot are both good, but in two completely different ways. And there are also a lot of emotions...

Ponytaaaaaaa Ponytaaaaaaa says...

They are both super adorable! Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesesyesyesyes

saadebady saadebady says...

romantic animes,school theme .good story.Good start and funny mouments you can even shade some tear and laugh to the funny moument in the same time.

yamamotochigusa yamamotochigusa says...

The protagonists are similar. Both don't have friends in the beginning, but for Futaba from BSR, she had friends, but they were not her "true" friends like the ones made later in the series. Both male leads have black hair. The heroines befriend a girl or two girls whom they later defend in the series when bullied. Both animes are romance and shoujo. If you love one of them, you will most likely love the other.  

Peta7382 Peta7382 says...

both anime's are school life shoujo. They have similar character setups with the lonely girl meets cute boy. Although there is obstacles, love always triumphs in the end

baraaabbas baraaabbas says...

the story shows how is it to have true love in you life, for example the support u get, the feelings, attatchments, hardships, and the will that keeps u with them dispite the hardships that they will face. 

Axel24 Axel24 says...

the story is kind of the same but blue spring is way better, Suki tte li na yo starts well but it gets kind of boring and the srtoy goes to slow

rajaymoore rajaymoore says...

Both these anime have a less than popular girl who likes the handsome hero in the story say i love you has a gr8 romantic plot very intriguing to watch

OkamiHime95 OkamiHime95 says...

Both anime have similar plots, characters, and animation. 

lailz lailz says...

Both follow a girl interested in a stoic guy that has a deep backstory. Also the girls both experience the hatred of jealousy from their female peers

kellycoolhahaha kellycoolhahaha says...

I've watched both, but I only watched, 'Say "I love you."' for a little while. I don't remember why I stopped, but I do remember it was a nice anime.

kacchaan kacchaan says...

Both of these anime are really cute high school romances. The heroines do not really resemble each other, but I definitely think that if you liked one of these, you will enjoy watching the other. The story to Say "I love you." has a deeper message than Blue Spring Ride, but both have enough depth and romance to make you swoon. Also like for a pretty, black-haired love interest!

Orange

Orange

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

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DrMoo DrMoo says...

These two have similar charchters.. also the main charchter struggles to find her way to tell her love about her feelings. In both animes they try to show us the power of friendship and how it can change many different things. If you like seeing the main charachter develop and try to correct their mistakes .. until they reach their distiny .. you are to watch this one too.

screxxm screxxm says...

Both blue spring ride and orange have that really similar butterfly feeling, in my opinion the storylines for both are pretty good, orange is a little bit more serious at times but is based on love obstacles, I actually watched both recently, after finishing blue ride the next day I started watching orange, orange will really get you in your feels, I recommend watching orange if you liked blue ride.

sohduh sohduh says...

similar style in art, MC's reminded me of the MC's in blue spring, amazing watch for both! honestly loved them both so much and deffinately reccomending both

linanimex linanimex says...

What mostly captures the eye in these both anime is that art is similar and the two main couples of these anime looks somehow really similar. Also both of the main female characters where really friendly to others and where really attached to their friends. And the main male characters had some issues and something dark deep secrets inside their hearts. Both of the anime have nice dramatic feel which can make you really emotional.

tacocat77 tacocat77 says...

I actually watched Ao Haru Ride before I watched Orange, but if you see Orange first, you'll really like this one too. They both have a pretty similar setting: a group of high-school friends try to help their troubled friend so that they can enjoy the present time. The main girl and boy in Ao Haru Ride and Orange  look a lot alike, which kinda surprised me when i first started watching Orange. Both have romantic conflicts too. But ughh, they're both soo great and Ao Haru Ride's opening is nice and its songs are beautiful... I love it so much, man ;-;

Wawis96 Wawis96 says...

they both talk about helping an important male character (who is a romantic interest to both female leads) get over hardships and find new meaning in their lives!! 10 out of 10 would recomend!!! 

haruhirasawa haruhirasawa says...

i honestly thing these two are really similar, the characters and their personalities match a lot so if you watched one and need more, go watch the other one 

nst5282 nst5282 says...

They're practically the same thing. Both are based around a group of friends and are told in the main female protagonists' point of view. They both have more than two members of the group liking another person in the group (In Orange's case it's the girl and in Ao Haru Ride's case it's the boy.) The main male protagonists are both suffering from sadness or guilt due to their mother's deaths. Everyone else from the group is trying to help the male protagonist overcome this all together. So if you liked one, you'd probably like the other as well considering how similar they are.

kayoky093 kayoky093 says...

They sort of have the same direction. The girl wants to make a good change in the boy she likes. No more details, because otherwise it will be spoiler :D Only one more thing. Both make you shed a tear even when you laugh.

lemomtea lemomtea says...

The story line is very similar and the characters resemble each other. I watched Orange before Ao Haru Ride and I fell in love with the plot and the characters. Two shoujo masterpieces imo.

EvilMayDie64 EvilMayDie64 says...

The two anime are similar in a way or another. Both feature female MCs, the couples of both stories look alike due to the similar artstyle, both love interests deal with death and depression, both feature a love triangle and both is about a group of friends, built over the series' course, trying to save their friend. That being said, there are also a few paralels as the MC in Blue Ride is more or less a social outcast, the drama and angst in Orange is taken to a suicidal level, while Blue Ride is more of a slice of life with a more realistic approach. 

extremelyboring extremelyboring says...

Orange could be like a knock off version of blue spring ride with a few things switched around.

Similliar charcaters that look exactly the same and hav eish simillarities.

SungYuji SungYuji says...

The Charachters and Story in these anime's is so similar that it it is almost unbelievable, both of the anime's is so good, i love them so much.

ttturnip ttturnip says...

Both of the main male protaganists are very similar. The plots of these animes are really close as well. Its also a cute love story.

lakinsenka lakinsenka says...

Both deal with love and loss. I watched these back to back within one day and almost forgot they were two different anime. I enjoyed them to the same extent though.

vYingv vYingv says...

The male leads are similar and they both remind me of the other. I think if you enjoyed either one you will like the other.

EastIsEarly EastIsEarly says...

Both series feature a strong group of friends who care deeply for eachother, who all make a particular effort to help one of their depressed friends. Both have love triangles in which the characters deal with their emotions in a mature and caring way, taking into account both their love interest and their rival's feelings. Both explore melancholy and the different ways people might view the world, and why. Blue Spring Ride is a bit more lighthearted with lower stakes, while Orange goes deeper into the mature/psychological side. 

stutii stutii says...

it reflects very deep hman emotions such as suicide, it shows how people that really love you can change your life make it into a better one. basically a bunch of high school students become friends for their rest of the life because of their future selfs. it makes you cry your eyes out while giving you immense happiness

netherlily netherlily says...

Both are incredibly sad and have sort of similar male leads!! I would definitely recommend it if you cried at any point in time while watching either of these animes!!

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.

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Noriko Noriko says...

These two shows are very very similar!

And both are great so if you like high school romance anime, these two titles are for you ^^

AzureMoon AzureMoon says...

When I watched Blue Spring Ride I got the same kind of feeling as when I watched Kimi ni Todoke. Both have likeable main characters and of course drama and romance. They both touch my heart and make me cry at times. I think if you liked one you will surely like the other.

felody felody says...

yep they are very similar to each other. both drama are about friendships and love. great story line. great background drawing

Atalea Atalea says...

The art style is very similar and both are about finding love and friendship. Blue Spring Ride is more dramatic and therefor more realistic, while Kimi ni Todoke focuses more on the comedy and pure love aspect. Nevertheless these are some of the best shoujo anime and really worth watching!

Ilsa Ilsa says...

Simiar but going in opposite ways. Kimi no todoke is more lika slice of life. Romance is not so dynamic. It may get you bored too but If you watched it first, Blue Spring Ride will interest you.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both Shoujo high school romances that center on a group of students and their various relationship. Both shows focus on one primary couple as they try to find a way to be together through all the various problems in their lives. 

Both these shows are pretty typical examples of the shoujo romance genre so they have similar art styles, the same kind of conflicts and both shows take a heavily dramatic approach to the relationships. In each show one or both of the main character's personal hangups prevent them from fully enterting into the relationship and then the couples try to work through the issue from there. 

Kimi no Todoke is a bit sweeter and more rosy where as Blue Spring takes a more mellow approach. However, both show can amp up the drama when necessary. Both shows also have a fair amount of comedy that works because of the charm of the characters. 

I would only warn you that KnT can go a little too heavy on the visual effects at times with the entire screen covered in love bubbles and sparkles. 

If you're looking for a simple but heartwarming romance that deals with typical teenage problems then these are the shows for you.

MahouShoujoStar MahouShoujoStar says...

they're very simillar, I first watched Kimi ni todoke, i thought it was cute and then I watched blue spring ride or ao haru ride, I got the same feeling I had when I watched Kimi ni todoke, with the same concept cute very likeable main characters in love with a boy from their class. 

motherof2WARS motherof2WARS says...

Simlarities:

Both Shojo, girls who are afraid to confess to the boy they like, they both have comedy. A girl making an effort to make true friends.

Differences:

While Kimi Ni todoke is very innocent (it takes them 20+ episodes just to kiss ) Blue Spring Ride is (slightly)more realistic, Blue spring ride also has some deeper topics involving death etc.

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rajaymoore rajaymoore says...

Both these anime have a less than popular girl who likes the handsome hero in the story say i love you has a gr8 romantic plot very intriguing to watch

snivets snivets says...

This is an easy rec--two sweet shoujo anime that go a bit deeper into the meaning and struggles of of friendships. Both also have super cute romance stories, which have a natural-feeling pace and break free from some of the usual tropes.

haruhirasawa haruhirasawa says...

they are both light love stories to enjoy and forget that you don't have a boyfriend  have a good time watching :)

AnimeSpaceBR AnimeSpaceBR says...

  • Both are excellent shoujos, they have excellent stories and remarkable characters, for sure I recommend both for those who like the genre =D !! ❤️❤️❤️ !!

clearlyjustlys clearlyjustlys says...

both are cute stories about clueless lovers of sorts. Kimi ni Todoke is alot slower paced (two seasons, 37 episodes total) but there is more romance in the story. Highly recommend, one of my all time favs for sure!

gibbygoob15 gibbygoob15 says...

both great shoujos with great plot and well developed characters. Both are heartwarming and characters are well rounded and develop well as the plot progresses. *chef's kiss*

sameemster sameemster says...

YES YES YES these two are a perfect recommendation for each other. i think that kimi ni todoke had more of a finished ending, while ao hara ride felt like the ending was kinda up in the air but nontheless

Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Everyone knows that lies can come back to bite you, but when Erika makes up a fake boyfriend to impress her new classmates, the results may literally end up hounding her forever! Yes, it was dumb, but what were the odds that the random guy whose picture she used would turn out to be a student at her own school? Or that said faux-boyfriend's silence would come with such a horrible price? Now Erika doesn't just have to run and fetch at Kyoya Sata's command, she has to bark too! Because he's literally treating her like a dog, and she just has to roll over and take it, or he'll tell everyone the truth! But that's not the worst part, because even though this wolf in hunk's clothing has Erika collared, she may be starting to have REAL feelings for him anyway! Is she barking up the wrong tree, or could true love be unleashed in Wolf Girl & Black Prince?

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mrpineapple mrpineapple says...

Both shows center on a lively, scatty female protaganist and their relationship with the main male, who is strong and somewhat mysterious.Wolf girl is more humourous, mainly thanks to the sadistic male lead - but the shows are similar enough in tone and plot that if you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other.

LovisaKanin LovisaKanin says...

Both shows center on a lively, scatty female protaganist and their relationship with the main male, who is strong and somewhat mysterious.Wolf girl is more humourous, mainly thanks to the sadistic male lead - but the shows are similar enough in tone and plot that if you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other.

Phyren Phyren says...

They are both humorous, tragic, cute and dramatic. Wolf Girl & Black Prince may be a bit more fun, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch Ao Haru Ride, I recommend it both ways!

emilyp98 emilyp98 says...

They are very similar. Of course there are a few plot differences. But I absolutley love both of them. 10/10 would watch again!

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SukiAyame2 SukiAyame2 says...

How come nobody remembered Ao Haru Ride resembles Wolf girl and Black Prince so much?

They are both shoujo manga, romantic with a touch of comedy in Wolf Girl and Black Prince and a high pitch in drama when it comes to ao haru ride.

Either anime will guarantee you a good time

lol4999 lol4999 says...

These series are both romance with comedy elements. In the beginning the relationship vibe between the main characters are also similair. 

The Male character isn't really that interested in the Female character. But after pulling some clumsy stunts the female character seems to have grasped there attention.

Further down the line they begin to look less an less alike. Since ao haru ride takes a more serious problems route and Wolf girl seems to continue the sweet and awkward love story.

Both i very much enjoyed and do believe that they are very similiar.

xyst xyst says...

Both are in the same genre of a highschool romance between two students who were not that close at first. The girls are both struggling to fit in, and encounter a distant somewhat anti-social boy.

We Were There

We Were There

Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?

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ilfenixnero ilfenixnero says...

It seems like a rather shallow comparison, but the animation style reminds me of Bokura ga Ita, quirky but simple-looking with a romantic story and school theme.

Atalea Atalea says...

Both shows are very realistic, due to the amount of drama in the shows, which we can also find in our own world. Bokura ga Ita is more mature, while Ao Haru Ride is more pure. Love isn't that perfect and simple, and these anime show that fantastically.

Ilsa Ilsa says...

Just romance. Both girls are desperate to get boy love them. Boys have similar characters. Quite realistic about relationship.

Jijie13 Jijie13 says...

  • Both revolve around high school and about high school love
  • The male MC in Bokura Ga Ita are more playful & open but they both somehow still share the same innocent, cute high school relationship.
  • Both of the male MC like to tease the female MC yet there are times where they can be cutE.
  • Both of female MC face challenges in the relationship, feeling insecure etc
  • Also involves love triangle
  • Both anime also contain interesting side characters (their friends from schools)
  • Both have enjoyable music/soundtrack 
  • Both are also from manga adaptation

Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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Atalea Atalea says...

Both shows are about the high school life and the friends you make along the way. While watching these anime, you'll see that sometimes life isn't all sunshine and happiness, which makes the characters feel more realistic. Both shows are beautiful, but have a different art style. Clannad has a lot of comedy, but when there's drama, it's great drama. Ao Haru Ride shows that love isn't so straightforward and simple as it seems, just as in real life. These shows are absolutely fantastic!

SweetRejection SweetRejection says...

If you like Blue Spring Ride you will definitely like Clannad both are based on the school romance type. But i think Clannad has a longer story and both get sad at times. So just watch both because they are equally amazing!!

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...

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YoruMoriarti YoruMoriarti says...

While Lovely Complex has a far more jovial theme throughout there are some parallels between characters and plot.

emilyp98 emilyp98 says...

I really enjoyed both of these shows. Genre wise they are extremely similar. However, each has a unique plot line so that your not watching basically the same thing. Highly recommended.

Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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sneezetease sneezetease says...

I'm recommending Toradora for only one reason- in both animes, a character is trying to overcome something inside of themself and bring down a "wall," so that they can open their heart to other people after spending most of the show looking through people instead of at them.  This is true of most love stories I suppose, but in both Toradora and Blue Spring Ride, there is a distinct moment where that character is shaken out of their slumber by someone else rather than simply overcoming their fear on their own. It's quite rare to see something that we all actively ignore and never say out loud in real life actually pointed at so much by a storyteller.  They're the lies we need to get through life and most of us actively ignore our entire lives rather than deal with.  That being said, Toradora is an inferior anime and not worth watching unless you were attracted specifically to this climax which begins around episode 16.  

KawaiiBunny KawaiiBunny says...

I truly agree with this recommendation! Blue Spring Ride and Toradora are both really great shoujo anime compacted with a bit of drama, comedy, slice of life, and definitely some romance! If you've seen either one of those anime and liked them, then I recommend watching the other because they both have the same amount of "feelings" into them. Although, those may not be good enough reasons for you to watch them. But I still recommend them nonetheless! Hope anyone who watches them likes them! :D

I've Always Liked You

I've Always Liked You

This is the last time I’m going to practice… Natsuki Enomoto, a third-year student at Sakuragaoka High School, has feelings of unrequited love for her childhood friend, Yuu Setoguchi. Unable to be true to her own feelings, Natsuki tells Yuu that she is merely using him as a stand-in to practice confessing her love to. As Natsuki continues to pretend not having any feelings for Yuu, her classmate Koyuki Ayase asks her out on a date. Will Natsuki ever be able to stop “practicing” and actually confess her love to Yuu?

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FriendlyDemon FriendlyDemon says...

Both anime focus on the "trial" of confessing one's love. In both we see childhood friends trying to overcome their emotion and evolve their relationships from friends to lovers.

KarinXOXO KarinXOXO says...

If you liked Blue Spring Ride or I've Always Like You, you would like the other due to the cute, school-like feel of one trying to confess their love to another. It is an emotional rollarcoaster of one trying to overcome their own feelings with learning how to cope and evolve their relationship from friend to lover.

Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn't in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can't be repaired.

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closetedotakuu closetedotakuu says...

What this anime for similar relationship dynamics between Nino and Momo.

Both of these animes offer somewhat standoffish primary male love interests, who grew up with the lead female protagonist. The boy then leaves the girl behind in their youth and they meet again in highschool, where the females explores their feelings for them and they in return, act somewhat cold.

singularity singularity says...

Both of these center around lost childhood loves, and the more complicated relationships that result after a reunion.