Little Busters! - Recommendations

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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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Sev229 Sev229 says...

Clannad and Little Busters! are both visual novels created by Key, so right away fans will notice the similarity of both series. While Clannad focuses more on the concept of family and love, Little Busters! is more about friendship and the innocence of discovering first love. Both have emotional and touching stories which constantly take you on a fantastic roller coaster of laughter and tears. In the end, both are beautiful stories that should not be passed up.

DuckPhlegm DuckPhlegm says...

Little busters is very much like Clannad. Both anime show a story about a group of friends trying to recruit more people (in Clannad it was drama club, in little busters the baseball team) and the plot shows the main protagonist going through each of the girls past in a dramatic way before recruiting them and going back to the original comedic format.

Nanamy Nanamy says...

Both are created by Key so the story of the characters are similar with painfull and lonely pasts making you cry sometimes,both deal with the importance of the family and friendship in our lives, the feels are too much, the storys are very heart worming.

Rifunger Rifunger says...

This anime takes the priority in character development and got kinda like dramatic-nostalgia feels. It is also very sad like Clannad and Clannad ~Afters Story~ and also very funny. You will definitely enjoy this anime. A must watch for Key and Clannad fans.

redstormer redstormer says...

Clannad and Little Busters! are both visual novels created by Key, so right away fans will notice the similarity of both series. While Clannad focuses more on the concept of family and love, Little Busters! is more about friendship and the innocence of discovering first love. Both have emotional and touching stories which constantly take you on a fantastic roller coaster of laughter and tears. In the end, both are beautiful stories that should not be passed up.

Clannad After Story

Clannad After Story

Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

Since Clannad ~After Story~ is merely a continuation of the story in the anime adaptation, everything I said before about the first season still applies to After Story. However, it is within After Story of Clannad that the real potential of the series is brought to life. It will also be this way within the Refrain arc of Little Busters! later on within the series. Visual novel wise, both After Story and Refrain are continuations of the main heroine's stories (Nagisa in Clannad and Rin in Little Busters!) and they wrap up the plot of each series within a whole. Each have a stunning and beautiful ending.

Hierophant Hierophant says...

Little Busters! and Clannad (the whole series) bear a lot in common with each other. In the first place they were both based off VNs which were done by the same company and the creative mind which brought Clannad about was the same that brought about Little Busters! The animation is a bit different between the two, but that's not really a big issue. The music is done by the some composer (Jun Maeda) which is excellent. Both are highly emotional and have supernatural undertones and occurences which are roughly the same in function and tone in both series. The big difference is that whereas Clannad focuses a little more on romance, Little Busters! focuses more on friendship, which is actually a little refreshing. If you like one, DEFINITELY try the other.

ShowerOfSunshine ShowerOfSunshine says...

Made by the same people, Little Busters and Clannad are both set in a school and also follow the story line of trying to get people to join a club/team (Drama club and Baseball team) Each include an emotional rollercoaster and tons of loveable characters.

thealchemisted thealchemisted says...

It's by the same creator, is also based off a visual novel, is the same genre, and has some similar characters.

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

Angel Beats! was created by Jun Maeda, one of the people who worked on Little Busters! and other visual novels by KEY (Clannad, AIR, Kanon). Angel Beats! explores the meaning of life while Little Busters! focuses more on the strength of friendship While Angel Beats! serves to be much shorter than the other series listed, it still captures the importance in one's life and explores in-depth character development present in all of KEY's works, notably Little Busters! where it remains a hidden theme within the story. Both series eventually explore the meaning of life and death and what it means to sacrifice for those you care about. 

snivets snivets says...

The characters and character design in Little Busters immediately reminded me of Angel Beats, as well as similar themes of memory loss, building friendships, learning to deal with traumatic pasts, and contrasts between past and present realities. This recommendation is more of a gut feeling than anything else, but fans of either show should give the other a try.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

ok, someone quite recently asked me to name an anime just like angel beats, first thing I think of is little busters puting the fact that they are both by key aside. they are both very sweet and cute with a underlinning depressing romance story line. As well as both taking place in a "school" situation, these both have similar characters and themes. So as far as anime's go these two animes are very similar and I cant recommend these more!! and why there isnt that many people making this connection I dont know?

Shaward Shaward says...

Even if the basic plot is quite different, there are few themes in common and a dramatic-romance underline

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

This recommendation probably won't much sense for those watching the Little Busters! anime until it reaches its conclusion, or unless you've played the visual novel. But, both series focus on the importance of friendship and the process of moving forward after the death of someone you care about. Each series has its ups and downs, but in the end they'll be jerking tears from your eyes. How do I say this... upon experiencing both series, it felt as if a hand had reached deep down into my heart and tugged it around a bit, but it wasn't an unpleasant feeling. In fact, I rather enjoyed it. Not very many stories can do that to you, but these two will.

bolokun bolokun says...

Both are about the strenght friendship, adolescence and death of friends and both have some fantasy elements.

Saint Luminous Jogakuin

Saint Luminous Jogakuin

Kaihe is a high school student who has been given the task of becoming the chairperson for St Luminous, a private religious school for girls, after his grandfather died. Kaihe, along with a friend, arrives at the school to take care of business. But soon, mysterious disappearances start to happen. Will he unravel the mystery of the school and its past before its too late?

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Takafumi Takafumi says...

Little Busters and St. Luminous don't appear to be all that similar at first glance. Admittedly they both take place in schools and both have a mystery element, however they are very different synopses with very different characters. You wouldn't notice a similarity if you only watched 6 episodes of each. Nevertheless there is a deeper similarity to both.This similarity comes from moral and motif; a belief that a wish can do powerful things. Both of these shows tread the same path, cover the same ground, and present the same type of imagery, ultimately reaching seperate conclusions. In a way, they're the same show, but created with very different mindsets.

In Search of the Lost Future

In Search of the Lost Future

A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her.  The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

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Rewrite

Rewrite

Green City Kazamatsuri is a city built on the ideal of a harmonious relationship between civilization and environment.. However, the peaceful Kazamatsuri will soon be faced with its annual commotion, the Harvest Festa at the turn of the year. It's an event that is much like a massive school festival, and Tennoji Kotaro decides to head out to research topics for his articles. It's an easy decision for him, because the town is filled with rumors about unidentified creature sightings and various other occult occurrences. At the same time, strange things start happening to Kotaro himself.

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Canary

Canary

In the present day, a young group of friends is eager for their band to play in an upcoming festival. Unfortunately for them, the stage has been cancelled! Now, they must race against the clock to convince the mayor to let them play their Canary's song... for fame and glory!

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White Album 2

White Album 2

Third-year student and guitarist Haruki Kitahara wants nothing more than his Light Music Club to play at his upcoming, final school festival. But soon, the other members quit, and Haruki resigns himself to playing one last solo jam session in the now-empty practice room. As he strums the chords of his favorite song "White Album", Setsuna, the school idol with an amazing voice, and Touma, an extraordinarily talented pianist, suddenly join the performance from an adjacent classroom and atop the roof, and Haruki becomes determined to keep the club going. Though one of the girls would rather avoid the spotlight and the other is a loner, Haruki’s passion wins them over and they agree to join. Now, with the performance date fast approaching, the trio spends all of their time together practicing, learning the joys of friendship, and the heartache that comes from falling in love with the same person...

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Love, Election & Chocolate

Love, Election & Chocolate

Yuuki Oojima and his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi belong to the Food Research Club, a sociable place in school dedicated to chatting and taste testing the latest snacks. Other members include their close friend Mifuyu, Yuuki’s self-proclaimed homosexual lover Yume, gadget developer Nozomi, the inseparable duo Ai and Kii, reserved Michiru, and an advisor who drinks all day. But with the next student council presidential election looming, popular candidate Satsuki plans to preserve school funding by terminating obstructive clubs - including theirs! Realizing the Food Research Club is in jeopardy if she is elected, the members declare a presidential campaign of their own. Can Yuuki and his invaluable friends win the election to protect their precious snack-eating society, or will they be disbanded for good?

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