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Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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mikitti mikitti says...

Both animes revolve and are based around music and a highschool environment. Some romance too, but the characters have gone through hardships.

thepopularllama thepopularllama says...

both are music related.. your lie in april is a must-watch classic! both of these shows made me remember the reason i liked music..

Neoa Neoa says...

yes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

angelyne angelyne says...

both make you cry like a b ;) bet you need that in your life there buddy . given hit when you got to the episode 9 when mafuyu legit just made up a lyric on the spot but still sad tho , because the lyric is the feelin he put . and your lie on april , i started crying at ep 10 , try it

SunnyBell SunnyBell says...

Both center on music and will likely make yoou cry. I will say that Your Lie in April has a completely different kind of music than Given, but both feed into the plot in their own unique way that fit the emotions of the show. Be it bitterness, sorrow, or simple joy you will find that the music will cement the emotions of the characters in a way that will effect you just with the first notes of a song any time you hear it afterward.

pauka0400 pauka0400 says...

both animes involve music and their love towards it. It revolves about highschoolers and both have suffered a trauma. its baisically about how they try to surpass theirtrauma with the help of a friend and love interest and through music. They are both really wholesome and we get to enjoy really good and sentimental music. We also get to see them grow and see how they use thier talents to inspire others.

applejuicegoyum applejuicegoyum says...

lol tears + music 

both = great animation 

animefan22000 animefan22000 says...

I heard it was pretty good from a friend and if it shows up here it means I should give it a shot. Thank you 

FruSpice FruSpice says...

Similar themes, and they both relate to how music brings people together. Healing and romance packed into an anime that will leave your jaw on the floor, in a good way.

footsnatcher footsnatcher says...

Both have some truly sad parts and are heartbreaking but both deal with remance and music. The only reason I wouldn't suggest this recommendation for someone is if they don't like bl.

Dnzie19 Dnzie19 says...

While these two animes are undoubtedly similar, if you're looking for a gay romance aspect that's where they part ways in differences.

However if you're not looking just for an interesting gay music based romance then, you'll probably want to watch this. Especially if you're looking for something that will bring you into it's world with the sheer level of angst that it has.

While your lie in April as I've said doesn't feature a gay romance, it does however cover a hard topic around health, as well as delving into the relm of music. In it you'll find a roller coaster of classic music, scenes that will pull on your heart strings. And leave you needing a tissue most likely more than once.

This is my first time Sharing my views so of you read this hope it helped you decide, I did my best not to spoil it ✌️😅

Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown in Kyushu and hid away in his family's home, half wanting to continue skating and half wanting to retire. That was when the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, suddenly showed up with his teammate, Yuuri Plisetsky, a young skater starting to surpass his seniors. And so the two Yuuris and the Russian champion Viktor set out to compete in a Grand Prix like none the world has ever seen!

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PEARLx PEARLx says...

I really recommed you to watch given if you watched yuri on ice!

and other wise!

also there is a movie of given you should also watch that after watching the series!

benirunsondunkin benirunsondunkin says...

They're alike in the way the mc has support. Given may be a little more heavy hearted but it's just as wholesome 

memojuez memojuez says...

Both series show the ups and downs that any relatiionship has regardless of the sex of the couples are.

They both you humor when there are stresses on the couples both internall and externally.  

thatdisneychik thatdisneychik says...

Both anime and romance stories between two men who are very passionate at what they do: Yuri on Ice has ice skating, Given has music. In each, one of the men becomes sort of a mentor to the other and love delops. Both are emotional series that discuss darker themes as well.

LamiaNymph LamiaNymph says...

Both seires have believable LGBTQ+ Romances that don't depict it's main couples any differently then a heterosexual romance.

Neither series fetishize it's characters because of their sexuality either.

The main characters of both of these series also have a passion/interest in something that the person of their affections is gifted at.

LailanD LailanD says...

Though I don't like yoi, but...

Mafuyu is like Yuri

Ritsuka is protective, supportive like Viktor.

Hon3ylove Hon3ylove says...

Both have really sweet BL without the problematic aspects. They also both have really engaging performances whether it's a show or skating with amazing animation I really enjoyed. 

Bondagemuffin Bondagemuffin says...

love both stories. Yurio and Mafyuu are preacious little beans who deserve all the love and protection 

Hitorijime My Hero

Hitorijime My Hero

High schooler Masahiro Setagawa is a fairly helpless delinquent, so much so that the neighborhood bullies use him to run their errands. His life changes when he meets high school teacher Kosuke Oshiba, a man whose fighting abilities have earned him a powerful reputation on the streets. Oshiba finds himself with a desire to protect Setagawa, and despite swearing that he's not interested in men, Setagawa finds himself getting more involved in Oshiba's affairs…

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kat0612 kat0612 says...

If you liked one of these animes I would recommend the other. Both are really good BL animes I loved both of these so much. Also both of these animes are based of manga so if you do decided to watch these I would also recommend reading the manga too.

atuasaysno atuasaysno says...

They are good BL stories. This reccomendation is right. I agree, if you don't agree, you are not, but i am.

LailanD LailanD says...

Hitorijime is very much like Given. I think, just change their titles.

Hitorijime has the protective kousuke and strong, but soft setagawa. 

Given has your cute Mafuyu, precious. Ritsuka and Yuki, the protective seme.

Just given has a lot of love triangles.

Both anime show 2 relationships:

Kousuke and Setagawa    |   Akihiko and Ugetsu and Haruki 

Kensuke and Hasegura    |    Mafuyu and Ritsuka and Yuki

Struggles with relationships, tragedy, cool and sweet op, ed themes and super cute character art.

DabblinDingo DabblinDingo says...

I agree with what already has been said, they are both great BL stories with a lot of feels.

Both have deep characters, with interesting relationship dynamics.

Bakugoukin Bakugoukin says...

THEY both are great shows in my opinion. you all should watch. highschool boys/ music it goes hand in hand. 

ehmanimelover ehmanimelover says...

super gay and super good!!! there are many couples and their stories are all well developed. 

SK8 the Infinity

SK8 the Infinity

High school students Reki and Langa are hooked on one thing—a dangerous, top secret, no-holds-barred downhill skateboarding race called “S.” When Reki takes Langa, a transfer student, to the mountain where “S” is held, Langa finds himself sucked in. These colorful skaters will take you through a thrilling story of skateboard battles and unlimited possibilities!

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Max4444 Max4444 says...

Both anime are about boys being passionate about a hobby. In both anime one of the main characters has never done that hobby before, but he has a talent for it while their talent is not like other anime where someone wants to try something for the first time and is immediately a pro at it (Langa was already very good at snowboarding, and he struggles with skateboarding tricks at first, and Mafuyu struggles with playing the guitar and his actual talent is singing.)

While Sk8 is not a BL, there is a lot of gay tension between the main characters. Even if you don't like gay stuff though, both are still very entertining anime.

ketm ketm says...

no explanation needed. both are worth a shot. both have the center focus music and skating. they have two main characters who get close because of their interests. 

ar10 ar10 says...

both have a prodigy ✅

both get taught by someone and then get good ✅

gay ✅ 

amazing story and art ✅

kiwiigloo kiwiigloo says...

Both these animes seem very lighthearted and fun, then theres darkness in each. You'll have to watch to find out what :)

ExilicRain ExilicRain says...

boy introduces quiet boy to his hobby. Quiet boy is supremely talented. drama ensues. Main boys are surrounded by older role models with drama of their own

killuasbloodyankles killuasbloodyankles says...

YESSS i love sk8 and given bc both give equal amounts of gay and the duo's r just 😫😍 reki and langa are two of the most perfect anime characters and seeing their development for each other really makes the show better. 

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard

One night, a college student with a strong sense of justice, Seigi Nakata, saved a gorgeous foreigner, Richard, who was being harassed by some drunks. When Seigi found out that Richard was a jeweler, he asked for an appraisal on a ring with a shady history; one which his grandmother had kept secret until she died. The appraisal had revealed her past, truth, and desire. It led Seigi to work as a part-time employee for Richard’s jewelry store, the “Jewelry Etranger” in Ginza. While solving various “mysteries” introduced to the Jewelry Etranger, the relationship between Richard and Seigi gradually changes. However, each of them has secrets they have not told anyone.

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moonchild15 moonchild15 says...

both anime r educational for the viewer. Definitely check this out if u r a curious person, and enjoy learning new things. They both also kinda share the shonen ai element

NeiJuzzuo NeiJuzzuo says...

They have similar art style and they are both fun, slow peace, refreshing and interesting to watch. 

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LailanD LailanD says...

Same characteristics...

Mafuyu is not very talkative like seigi, but they ARE alike. Richard and Ritsuka are also similar. They both love their partners in a stoic, but sweet, supportive way ^^

Both anime have a talented and gifted character struggling with their relationships. 

NinjaWay333 NinjaWay333 says...

Beautiful animation and a duo of an oblivious character and a more down to earth and talented character that's respected by other people for his work. 

Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Boys Love anime series about guys who really love music and are in a band. Gravitation is much older but was super popular in its heyday. Hopefully Given will be equally well-received.

Crimsonsongbird Crimsonsongbird says...

Gravitation and given, these are two of a kind, protaying feeling over a backgraound of songs. Given is much more serious take but both have a lot of humour and are a must for music and yaoi fans.

LailanD LailanD says...

Yup, here too. I agree with this one too. Haven't watched it yet, but know the theme.

Music, vocalists, gay love, cute mcs, oh, Mafuyu and Shindo look amazing and THE SAME. 

Both are good anime.

pinkmilk3wolf pinkmilk3wolf says...

Shounen ai 

music related 

will make you cry and melt your heart

i mean you watched so much might as well add this one on your list wont regret and will enjoy!!!

Doukyuusei

Doukyuusei

Rihito Sajou is an honor student with perfect scores in every subject on his high school entrance exam. Hikaru Kusakabe plays guitar in his band that performs at live events and is popular among the girls. These boys would have never crossed paths. But one day Hikaru offers to help Rihito prepare for their upcoming chorus festival and the two begin to talk. As the two meet after school, they bond through songs and begin to harmonize as their hearts beat together. It starts out slowly but soon their feelings for one another grow and suddenly they both realize that they are in love. Hikaru's emotions are frivolous, pure and direct causing Rihito to hesitate at first, but he gradually opens his heart. The boys learn about each other, as well as themselves, as they support one another during this difficult time in their youth.As the time to start thinking about their futures approaches, what do these young men find as they try to move forward...

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snivets snivets says...

Both are light, slice-of-life BL anime about high school boys. In given, both boys are in a band, and in Doukyuusei, one of them is in a band. Both have some bittersweet/sad moments, and also many suuuper cute ones. Both feel real.

kawaiibunbun kawaiibunbun says...

They are both genuine. Showing the innoncence of young love and coming of age. Raw emotion. Beautiful character development. 

Max4444 Max4444 says...

Both are wholesome BL anime with some darker moments. Both start with the main characters not knowing each other, and shows how they got together, how their friendship transforms into a romantic relationship, and some romantic moments.

LailanD LailanD says...

They are absolutely the same. Not by story, talents, but there are some sweet elements. 

I really find Yuki and Kusakabe similar. While, rihito and mafuyu are stoic, cute. 

Also, both start from high school friends/classmates.

Sweet, heartwarming. 

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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maddyxxo maddyxxo says...

Both of these animes have similar concepts and plots. In orange, the protagonist suffers a heavy loss of someone they were close with due to suicide. In Given, the protagonist also loses someone close to them because of suicide. In both these animes, the characters have many similarities, such as having a deep backstory and meeting new people that help them overcome their sadness and problems.

hiranox hiranox says...

Both of the animes have someone they loved die

On given, the protagonist lost its boyfriend 

On orange, the protagonist lost someone she loved

XxLuoBingHexX XxLuoBingHexX says...

If you liked Given (anime), you'd also like Orange, vice-versa:

1. Loss of a loved one (in Orange's case its a bit different)

2. Great Opening!

3. Sad theme, but happy ending for the most part

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi

As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was back-stabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

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Crimsonsongbird Crimsonsongbird says...

Anyone who loves bl will like this too.                                                                                                                                                    

LailanD LailanD says...

Quite different in a few ways, but:

Just like Given, MDZS shows an important, beloved person (Mo Xuanyu) who died. 

Both have the seme (LW&RT) very doting and special towards their uke (WY&MF)

The main point is BL abd both anime/donghua are nice, filled with cute and funny BL elements. So both are recommended highly.

animezzined animezzined says...

No matter how different both are, the two animations stick to their plots, show the relationship between the characters very uniquely, above of all else don't get me started on the art style. 

The Stranger by the Shore

The Stranger by the Shore

On an island off the coast of Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. He is interested in Mio Chibana, a somber high school student, and starts to flirt with him. Day by day, the two of them grow closer, but then, suddenly, Mio decides to leave the island. Three years later, Mio returns and approaches Shun with the words, "I've thought about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even if you're a guy." However, when faced with the prospect of finally becoming lovers with Mio, Shun cannot take the first step towards commitment...?

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Max4444 Max4444 says...

Both are wholesome BL anime with some darker moments. Both start with the main characters not knowing each other, and shows how they got together, how their friendship transforms into a romantic relationship, and some romantic moments.

Noxoll Noxoll says...

Both of this animes are one of the best BL anime i watched, they are little bit similar On the beginning the main characters doesn't know eachother, and one has his loved gone, and the main character are a little bit scared to admit love to other, but their convince is so smooth

nalka nalka says...

theyre both gay and sad

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