Tanaka-kun is Always Listless - Recommendations

Alt title: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

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Hyouka

Hyouka

"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!

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PlatinumGirl PlatinumGirl says...

They both have interesting but lazy kuuderes that just want to live a peaceful life and have friends that are their total opposites. It's fun to see their world of peace disturbed for any funny reason. They both have a nice humor (although Tanaka-kun is pure comedy while Hyouka more elements mystery and character development) and everyone could learn one thing or two about Tanaka and Oreki.

takeabite takeabite says...

Both protagonists have the same 'do as little as possible with as little effort as possible' mindset! (Though Hyouka is a much more energetic anime)

Veganimer Veganimer says...

Well, i'ts mainly beacuse the main characters - oreki and tanaka are very similiar, they are both lazy and very smart. but also beacuse both of these animes take place mainly in school.

hotspot hotspot says...

I haven't seen Hyouka in forever, so I don't remember too much. But what I do remember, is what I find similar in both anime.

Both anime start off with a strong bromance factor, and you totally want to ship the two main male characters. But as female characters are introduced, it focuses on the guy and girl pairings... rather than the strong bond between the two guy characters, and how it almost appears like the guys do like each other, but then the girls come in and it all changes...

Astelia Astelia says...

Lazy, bur smart main character, school life and some other detailes make these two series a bit similar. Both of the are interesting, Tanaka-kun is more funny and Hyouka is more like a detective story.

Aeronaut Aeronaut says...

Tanaka and Oreki's personalities are pretty similar. However, in Tanaka-kun wa itsumo kedaruge, it's completely relaxed, whereas in Hyouka, Oreki has mysteries he has to solve. Nevertheless, in both anime, the main character is just trying to have a listless and lazy life, and obstacles keep getting in the way. In Tanaka-kun wa itsumo kedaruge, the obstacles change within the episode, and they're pretty simple. In Hyouka, the obstacle is mainly Chitanda. 

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Chiyo Sakura, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant... The series is a shojo manga boy comedy which centers around Nozaki, a high school boy that is a popular shojo manga artist, and has a story woven by very individualistic characters.

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hotspot hotspot says...

The similarities between the shows don't fully develop until Tanaka-kun, episode 4. But they both involve very stoic main characters, who have a secret admirer with red/orange hair. The girl likes the main character, but the main character has no such feelings for the girl and is completely oblivious. 

Both shows have a similar sense of humor and on occasion, a slight gay vibe to it on some instances.

taotu taotu says...

Very similar styles of humour. Nozaki is wackier and more fast-paced than Tanaka (thus the listlessness) but I watched them both for the same reason. They're nice, light, enjoyable comedies with charming characters. Good shows to watch after a drama anime breaks your heart.

I don't recommend binge watching either of them. One a day, or watching episodes as a study break a few hours apart is the best kind of pacing.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series have a really similar vibe - a school life setting with some pretty ridiculous characters and a stoic main character. 

elitepharaohrk elitepharaohrk says...

These are each the kinds of relaxing show I could watch right before going to bed. The characters in each show add a lot to the atmosphere. Each series has its own ways of mocking and inverting characters and their tropes. The situational but light comedy in each show is done very well. 

Flying Witch

Flying Witch

Makoto Kowata is a 15 year-old witch-in-training who moves out of her parents' home in Yokohama to live with relatives in rural Aomori. She has a lot to learn about magic and living in the countryside, and she's enthusiastic to begin these new adventures. Balancing her days with both the otherworldly and the mundane, Makoto practices casting magic spells one day and growing her own vegetables the next. With her feline familiar Chito, her nomadic sister Akane, and her cousins, Kei and Chinatsu, Makoto makes the most out of each day- whether she's making enchanted snacks, accidentally summoning a giant flock of crows or exploring ancient ruins on the back of a flying whale!

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Osiummaster Osiummaster says...

Both extremely relaxing anime with no huge dillemas for the main characters. While Flying Witch is a lot in a family scenario, Tanaka is almost always in a school setting. Both animes give off a very chill vibe.

hotspot hotspot says...

Not only did both of these anime air at the same time, but they both have a very gentle, calm and slow pace. With plenty of comedy to go around!

zivoy zivoy says...

how doesn't love lazy and clueless people, both of these shows are awsome!

p.s. al hail laziness, magic is great.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are slice of lifes with incredibly chilled atmospheres and cute characters you can't help but fall in love with. 

Handa-kun

Handa-kun

Sei Handa's high school life is one that many teenagers would love to have. He is admired by both students and teachers alike for his calligraphy and he even has his own fan club known as the Handa Force. Unfortunately for Sei, who has a unique talent for misreading situations, his extreme anxiety has convinced him that everyone in school hates him! The more people fawn over him, the more he is convinced that he is being bullied. The members of the Handa Force are equally clueless, misreading every word and action from Sei as something grand or heroic and completely unaware that their daily attempts to guard him from the school's various weirdos make Sei think that they are dangerous stalkers. Will anyone ever figure out what's really going on here, or will this cycle of craziness continue until graduation?

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

School shows with main character who just don't want to be bothered. One wants people to leave him alone so he can sleep the school day away, the other just wants to be left alone period.

findingroses findingroses says...

Both are somewhat soothing, light-hearted comedies featuring protagonists who view themselves as being somewhat different from their classmates, with both Handa-kun and Tanaka-kun being closed-off and unreadable to most, with the exception of their closest friend. Despite this, both protaognists are supported by their classmates, who value their individuality and both even have somewhat of a fan following (Minyano in 'Tanaka-kun' versus the whole school in Handa-kun). They are both set in schools, focusing on the day-to-day lives of the characters. This makes for a warm, slow-paced and calming series.

DabblinDingo DabblinDingo says...

- Both are school slice of life anime

- Both have a unique male protagonist

- Both are light-hearted comedies

- Handa is a little more over-the-top where Tanaka is calmer

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

During class, a schoolboy named Seki-kun is always creating new ways to entertain himself. Even Yokoi-san, who sits next to Seki-kun, always gets sucked into watching his games!

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Astelia Astelia says...

If you like light comedy about school and romance, I suggest both of this shows. They are fun, not too long and quite enjoyable.

LordDoctor LordDoctor says...

MC’s are extremely enthusiastic about methods of not paying attention in class. Also, the characters which tend to judge them and up admiring them for their dedication to the odd ways they chose to avoid class work. Fun and drama, humour, mischief and romance, these series have it all!

My Roommate is a Cat

My Roommate is a Cat

The story of Mikazuki Subaru, a novelist who is shy and struggles in relationships with other people, and a cat who was dumped by humans and lived a tough life on the streets. Through a twist of fate, the two of them end up living together. This heartwarming tale illustrates day-to-day life through the eyes of both man and cat. These moments seem trivial, but as they build upon themselves, the two become family and find happiness in their life together.

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Astelia Astelia says...

If you are looking for a light slice-of-life story then I would really recommend both series. I watched both of them with a smile on my face.

DabblinDingo DabblinDingo says...

Both are easy-going slice of life anime with male protagonists'Tanaka-kun is Always listless' are students where 'My Roommate is a Cat' are mostly adults.  

Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu

Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu

Hitori Bocchi, a girl with extreme social anxiety, has had only one friend throughout elementary school. When Bocchi learns they'll be split up after graduation, she makes a promise to her: "By the time of my middle school graduation, I'll make friends with everyone in my class." And if she can't do it... they won't be friends anymore?! But Bocchi has a hard time talking to people. When she gets nervous, her legs cramp. She can't look other people in the eye. She doesn't even know how to make friends! Every way she thinks of to make friends ends up failing. Will Bocchi's friend-making plan pay off?! It's a story of the persistence of the lonely girl, Bocchi!

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Both of these comfy school life shows feature a main character with a peculiar quirk: Bocchi has trouble with social situations due to her extreme anxiety, while Tanaka can't seem to stay awake for them. 

Isacfosteranime Isacfosteranime says...

both very cute school life animes, both have a nice softness to them that make them so lovceable 

My Love Story!!

My Love Story!!

Takeo Gouda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him (they want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa)! Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

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Sianeka Sianeka says...

Both Tanaka-kun is Always Listless and My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari) feature a touching friendship that adds depth and character to the story.  Ohta is Tanaka-s best friend, and he will do whatever it takes to help his buddy, even if it means shouldering him and carrying him somewhere he needs to be when Tanaka is too tired/sleepy to be bothered going himself.  Suna, in MLS, always is there to help HIS pal, even if it means helping him to study to gain entrance into an all-girls school or letting him steal a practice kissing session!  If you like the friendship dynamics of Suna and Gouda OR those of Tanaka and Ohta, you'll like the bromance set up in the other story.  For that reason, I recommend these for each other.

Both shows are cute and amusing little slice-of-life anime shows, featuring a seemingly unlikeable-at-first-glance protagonist, and his circle of friends, especially one best buddy.  But, only at first glance!  Turns out both Gouta and Tanaka are loveable and will grow on you as character leads!  Both shows feature a slower pacinng of humor, and devoted best friends by their side that you'll want for yourself as a friend.

If you enjoyed the relaxed pace and sweet charm of one of these, I've no doubt you'll enjoy the other.

Barakamon

Barakamon

When calligrapher Sei "Seishuu" Handa becomes so enraged at a judge's critique of his work that he actually punches the old man, his father decides that Sei needs to reflect on his behavior and sends him to a remote island to live. Far from the modern conveniences of the city, the moody artist must adapt to his rural environment and his quirky but well-intentioned neighbors. How can he focus on his art when his appliances frequently don't work, his neighbors keep bothering him, and the neighborhood children have turned his house into a secret base?

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Sianeka Sianeka says...

You've just seen a charming and sweet glimpse into a relaxed world with a protagonist who faces his daily struggles and life stresses with the aid of his close-at-hand circle of devoted friends.  And now you want to see more!  You want to immerse yourself further into their daily life stories, but unfortunately, the series is over.

Since this description matches both Barakamon and Tanaka-kun wa Kyou mo Kedaruge, do yourself a favor and watch the other one.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Both shows offer a slower paced journey to a world populated by fun but troubled characters and episodic adventures depicting the life of the lead protagonist and his loyal friends who help to aid him to navigate this world that is so difficult for him to deal with on his own.

You and Me. 2

You and Me. 2

"No matter how many years go by, I'm sure we'll still be laughing together." "Twins Yuta and Yuki, Kaname, and Shun have been childhood friends since kindergarten. When transfer student Chizuru joins them, their five man school life becomes all the more lively. Through the changing seasons, the boys will find laughter, surprises, love, and new encounters waiting for them." "The second season of the boys growing a little every day of their invaluable daily lives is about to begin!"

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Lurk Lurk says...

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Los dos siguen el día a día de jovenes estudiantes que hacen todo menos estudiar.

Una serie especial para aquellos que no les gustan las tramas complicadas, solamente sentarse, reir y disfrutar.