The Anthem of the Heart - Recommendations

Alt title: Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.

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A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

Years ago, Shoya Ishida led his peers in tormenting a hearing-impaired classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. When she transfers schools, Shoya finds he has gone from bully to bullied, and is left completely alone. Now Shoya struggles to redeem himself in Shoko’s eyes and to face the classmates who turned on him.

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Whether coincidence or not, The Anthem of the Heart has several similarities with A Silent Voice. Both feature mute lead characters. Both have the characters try to accomplish something significant through performance (a musical in Anthem of the Heart and a movie in A Silent Voice). Both have your typical slice of life tropes and love triangles. The Anthem of the Heart is about as close to an anime adaptation of A Silent Voice as you can get until the actual anime adaptation comes out sometime in the future.

Zassou-tachi yo Taishi wo Idake

Zassou-tachi yo Taishi wo Idake

For average girls, high school is a time of insecurity, of finding yourself and railing against your imperfections. In one particular high school, five average, unpopular girls take life one day at a time, learning as they go, and stumbling as they try to find their footing.

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Sayonara, Children

Sayonara, Children

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Shino Can't Say Her Name

Shino Can't Say Her Name

High school can be a stressful time for many young people. The change means a new commute, new friends, new courses, new teachers. For Shino Oshima the change could have meant an opportunity to blossom into adulthood. Unfortunately, things go wrong on her first day - she fails to even say her name during her homeroom introduction. From then on Shino is a part-mute part-stuttering mess. Ostracized and afraid she struggles to find her place in this new world... But thankfully for her, she finds her voice through music and some unexpected new frienemies.

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March Comes in Like a Lion

March Comes in Like a Lion

Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old professional shogi player who suffers from anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Unwanted by his relatives after he loses his family in an accident, and resented by his adopted family's children, Rei moves into his own apartment in Tokyo to avoid inconveniencing others. He uses his talent at shogi to earn a living, but doesn't take care of himself, and is reluctant to ask others for help. Soon after his arrival, the boy meets the Kawamoto family: a trio of sisters and their grandfather who run a traditional Japanese pastry shop. They too have dealt with pain and loss, but their warmth and loving-kindness are balm for Rei's anguished spirit.

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Himitsu no Kaidan

Himitsu no Kaidan

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Twin Spica

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When Asumi was just a baby, Japan's first manned space rocket, the Lion, malfunctioned and crashed into her hometown of Yuigahama. The impact killed many of the townspeople and critically wounded the girl's mother, who lay in a coma for several years before passing away, having never regained consciousness. With the help and friendship of Lion-san, a mask-wearing ghost who claims to have come from the rocket, Asumi grew up focusing on her dream – to someday travel to space. Now a young adult, she is determined to beat the odds and attend the newly-formed Tokyo National Space School to achieve her lifelong goal. Alongside Lion-san's guidance and several new, dear friends, Asumi will try her hardest to touch the stars.

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Tokimeki Tonight

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Ranze Etou is an adorable immortal girl with a vampire father and a werewolf mother who would throw things at each other when they get into childish fights. However, Ranze just wants to live like a normal girl and lead a normal life. Unfortunately, she is "blessed" with the power to turn into anything she bites. For example, if she accidentally bites a cake the wrong way, then she will turn into a cake. The only way to return to normal is to sneeze! Ranze is in love with Shun Makabe, who is a handsome human boy at school. However, a human girl (without much hair) named Youko also likes Shun, and she would do anything to reveal that Ranze is not a human!! Things got even more complicated when Ranze met Aaron, who is the prince of the Spirit World. Aaron fell in love with Ranze and first sight, and he would do whatever it takes to win her away from Shun...

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Shougakusei no Himitsu

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There are many firsts when you are a child. The first time your heart pounds fast when you see your childhood friend, when it didn't do so before. The first changes in your body. Friendships and relationships that all too sudden become more complicated. The times when you don't want to talk to anyone, but it feels too hard to bear alone. This is the story of elementary school children.

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