Waiting in the Summer

Alt title: Ano Natsu de Matteru

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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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KiyoneSaya KiyoneSaya says...

Both series  revolves around multiple lovee stories. Although alternate story lines both anime have a similar feel. With the protogonist triyng to fulfill the wish of seemingly only temporary girl.

Suimin Suimin says...

AnoHana and Ano Natsu de Matteru are two dramatic shows that have similar characters; a socially awkward male, a paranormal girl, and friends in between who are in a pinch regarding their love lives. The director of AnoHana worked as one of the directors on Ano Natsu de Matteru so it's no surprise that they have similarities. Personally I prefer AnoHana, but if you like one, you might like the other.

eaper eaper says...

These series follow similar(ish) love stories, extreme circumstances, and have a very similar mode of story telling. If you enjoyed one, be sure to check out the other.

Doomoo Doomoo says...

Both anime are directed by the same man and both have a similar cast of characters. They even share voice actors. These two anime are similar on many levels.

Symmetrical Symmetrical says...

Both series have such emotional scenes built in that I cry constantly while watching both. At the end of the day I feel so emotional that im happy and want to burst out into tears.  If you need a good reason to let out tears and a smile then please watch both of these.

dandere dandere says...

Both anime are centered around a group of friends who are in a love triangle between all of them. The art in both anime is very similar.

GeorgeJQ GeorgeJQ says...

Definitely gave a similar feel, both have a mix of romance, drama and a healthy dose of comedy. I watched Ano Hana first, and while watching Ano Natsu de Matteru, the music reminded me of Ano Hana a lot. 

x52495 x52495 says...

Both discuss issues of death and what happens after death.  "The Flower We Saw That Day" is also a love story of sorts.

tekniq tekniq says...

In both series you learn in depth with each charactor's bond to the protagonist and among each other.  They are both shorter series w/ less than 12 episodes where the last few are when the deeper story arcs are revealed for the climax. Leading up to them I was engaged enough but missing that win over moment which happened at the end.  They are very similar in storytelling and animation so if you liked one, you're likely to also enjoy the other. (Ano Natsu is more revealing though if some people shy away from that.)

ST4RRCADE ST4RRCADE says...

From the first episode of Ano Natsu de Matteru, I thought that the artwork reminded me a lot of Ano Hana, even though they were made by different animation studios, and the multiple love stories are kind of similar to Ano Hana aswell..

Winterborn Winterborn says...

Though Anu Natsu has significantly more fan pleasure, the two shows have quite a few unexpected similarities. Natsu has more comedy, a little ecchi, and some filler, but the entire story evolves around the deep blooming love between the characters which does give it a dramatic feel that increases as the show progresses. Natsu also has a really excellent use of soundtrack that guides your mood as you watch.

AnoHana is much moree dramatic and deep, plus I enjoyed the characters more; Natsu sort of has the generic all-bases-covered cast. But otherwise fans of one shoulp give the other a try.

vernanonix vernanonix says...

Both series really work on their characterization. The development of characters take center stage in both anime, resulting in stories that you can't help but get emotionally attached to. If you fell in love with the characters of one of these series, you can definitely find the same experience in the other.

tstutz344 tstutz344 says...

Both stories center on character development and their respective love triangles (hexagons) as the characters blunder towards a hearfelt conclusion.

mrdrajle mrdrajle says...

as anohana is probably one of the best drama animes out there ano natsu de matteru has a wonderful built romantic story the only downgrade would be the fact that the ending is too abrupt and most of all it is dificult to understand ( if you watch the whole ending with the ending song you will see the female protagonist in a poncho if you watched the anime you will know ) other than that it is a well structured anime with compelling characters and a beautiful story :)

castaway195 castaway195 says...

They have the same slice of life feel, but both offer supernatural elements that coexist so perfecty the story wouldn't be the same without that blend of life and the unknown

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

Both shows are very simular, they're both about complicated relationships and have a simular story. Both anime are also made by the same director.

XxMicrochibixX XxMicrochibixX says...

Both Anohana and Ano Natsu De Matteru deal with the theme of unrequited love as the series go on. Both are also beautiful series with some great tear-jerking moments.

WaveMasterJohn WaveMasterJohn says...

Both of these share a strong bond with the Main character and main heroine. Right off the bat Ano Hi has amuch stronger story. (which is the reason its ranked so high.) Not to say that Ano Natsu doesnt but you get much more I think fro the former.Both have a light hint of romance, nothing over the top but some subtle "Thank you for everything" type lines. Plot wise I would have to say Natsu would be more interesting as there are many more variables at play. Both have their merits andpretty awesome OSTto par. 

chad28 chad28 says...

Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru) and Ano Hana have a group of friends, school life, love triangles and combine romance with science-fiction and supernatural respectively.

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other because of these elements, including the love and friendship story. I really liked both shows.

Xplayer Xplayer says...

Summer? Check. Feels? Check. Unrequitted love? Check check. Ano Natsu in some ways can be the poor man's Ano Hana but I still recommend both for lovers of the genre.

viveknair1997 viveknair1997 says...

Though the plot for both may differ in some ways, the overall idea is similar. The characters and the animation looks similar. Anohana takes the lead on the feels category though.  

Please Teacher

Please Teacher

Kei Kusanagi is a shy teenage boy with no romantic experience whatsoever... until he finds out that his hot new teacher is actually an alien! In order to conceal her identity, the two are forced into a pretend marriage... but is it really a pretense, or are they actually falling in love?

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Aten Aten says...

Alien girlfriend, fan service, pretty much boring storyline both ways :/ Even written by the same guy, the plots seem to nearly overlap.

palaeologus palaeologus says...

The same producers and staff, some of the same voice talent, a similar magical girl theme = one of the closest "kinship" relationships among anime.

kincokinco kincokinco says...

Both have the same director, and the first episode has the same feeling and scenarios as the first episode of Please Teacher. So if you love'd Please Teacher you are going to love Ano Natsu de Matteru or vice versa :]

Turak Turak says...

Almost the same shows.  Similar characters, plot, ect.  Even the character designs are similar.  If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other, even with them being so very similar.

Avrgeboy123 Avrgeboy123 says...

they have a similar storyline--alien from space falls in love with boy from earth. Visual similarities are astonishing however this doesn't mean it is a repeat of onegai sensei. There are subtle differences that make it worth watching

rickxboy rickxboy says...

It's almost the same type of caracters and the kind of same plot. If you like one of those you should see the other.

VirginRapist VirginRapist says...

FFS, even one of the character is the same, 'forever 17' remenber, it's the president which is shown in please twins!! also, it's in summer as well as next to a lake.

sylvesterj96 sylvesterj96 says...

Everything is almost the same such as plot and setting

the only main difference is the main characters' public relationship.

abunai abunai says...

In terms of style and storytelling, as well as much of the basic plot, Ano Natsu is a close cousin of the Onegai series (both Teacher and Twins). Many of the characters bear a strong resemblance, in terms of design and personality, and the conflicts that carry the story are much the same. It's safe to say that, if you enjoyed the Onegai series, you will enjoy Ano Natsu, and vice versa.

JAhU JAhU says...

Being a spiritual successor to Onegai Teacher, Ano Natsu de Matteru sure came a long way from that series. If you watched Ano Natsu de Matteru and liked it, you should most definitely watch the series that started it all. Like Ano Natsu de Matteru, Onegai Teacher features sudden appearance of an alien girlfriend , but it has less drama, (probably) a better story and (unfortunately) more fanservice.

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

They are essentially one and the same show. Natsu Matteru is just a bit remodeled, that's all.

mcdiel8 mcdiel8 says...

Historias parecidas chica del espacio conoce al chico :) y sale buena historia de romance 

Si te gustó Ano Natsu de Matteru... Please teacher es una buena opción para ver

ofall ofall says...

When I started watching Ano Natsu de Matteru, I started feeling nostalgic immediately and the feeling continued thoughout. The main differenc between these two is that in Please Teacher, he knew and in Ano Natsu he dosn't. The characters are almost exactly the same, and many of the plot twists are similar.

sridanu sridanu says...

Alien Girl falling in love with a Earth boy, love triangles and a very common storyline bind these two animes together

Paladinexcorsist Paladinexcorsist says...

Great anime about a boy who falls in love with his teacher after accedintly marrying her. The main character is the type of guy who goes in a stand still moment where he is paralyzed for a long time, he has already been in one for 4 years. Will he go in a stand still once agian?

apoc9 apoc9 says...

Practically It is the original and better version of same story (with some difference ofc). If you like Ano Natsu de Matteru you should definitely watch Onegai Teacher.

Jayage Jayage says...

Ano Natsu de Matteru and Please Teacher are pretty much the same show the plot, characters and even style feels the sames. Both are about a Red heading ailen girl that wears glasses falling in love with a human male that wears glasses. Both animes also have alot of love triangles and were written by the same person. The only difference between the two is in Ano Natsu de Matteru the main girl is a student and in Please Teacher the main girl is a teacher.

rajaymoore rajaymoore says...

Almost exact anime buth different twists and different ending if u like 1 ur gonna love the other

minti minti says...

Alien girl meets dorky Earth boy. One boy likes to make movies, the other has faced an illness  They hang out with their group of friends, and figure out their relationships. There are LOTS of similarities... all the way down to the squishy spaceship computers.

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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ItsumoHitori ItsumoHitori says...

the pleasant and fun atmosphere between all the characters in both shows reminded me of the other. With an easygoing pace to boot, check out the other if you liked the chemistry between all the characters

Drasticc Drasticc says...

Well the character style seem very similar, and the flow and pace is well done.  Most Rom/Coms fail when it comes to originality, yet these two seem to pull it off.

MindlessHooligan MindlessHooligan says...

Both are good drama-romance related shows even though Ano Natsu de Matteru takes a Sci-fi spin and Toradora! is more slice of life

JAhU JAhU says...

Both series are RomComs that revolve around a group of friends, on top of that both feature love polygons with unrequited love driven drama. Even the art style from one series reminded me of the other. If you liked one of them, you'll probably like the other one as well.

TheHabbadasher TheHabbadasher says...

Both Toradora and Ano Natsu are the same kind of, very emotional, relationship and romance drama.Both shows are all about love and friendship, and both handle their adolescent romances in a very sweet and heartfelt fashion.

mrdrajle mrdrajle says...

as both love stories are well built i will take side with toradora here because lets be serious toradora has a more compeling love story with stronger characters and better flow ... on anu natsu de matteru the main problem with the anime is not that the anime it self has dull story but the ending is too abrupt and doesnt give a compeling situation .. :)

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

Both shows have a very simular style and pace. They're also about love and the relationships between a group of friends. 

DangoDaiku DangoDaiku says...

Both are big in the drama/romance genre and keep you wanting to watch till the end. They also have very similar art styles and the idea of a scattered love triangle.

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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chad28 chad28 says...

Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru) and Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) contain a group of friends, school life, love triangles and an art form (filming and music respectively).

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other because of these elements, including the love and friendship story.

snivets snivets says...

Both of these shows are charming and bittersweet. The clumsy way the characters try to express their feelings for each other is similar, as is the drama that results because of people's romantic interest. I'd recommend both to people who like a tangled mess of love triangles.

ofall ofall says...

the "love triangles" in both are similar. in both, person A likes person B who has been friends with since childhood and is in love with person C, who likes person D, likes person E, who likes person D back. The way the characters interact with each other is similar and the both end in a way that may make you shed a few tears, but its happy.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?

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JAhU JAhU says...

Both shows are high school romcoms revolving around a group of friends. In both series the characters are trying to accomplish something (in case of Ano Natsu de Matteru a movie and in case of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo a game or at least in the first half of the series). Obviously there is romance, drama, comedy and some love polygons going on. If you watched one and liked it, the other one is not that much different, so odds are, you could like it.

JVAnimeReviews JVAnimeReviews says...

Both are very good romantic comdies with some drama intertwined. Also they both feature themes like guilt and jealosy.

rajaymoore rajaymoore says...

This is more of a light romantic comedy than compared to ano natsu but it's worth the watch never the less

True Tears

True Tears

Shinichiro Nakagami is an everyday high school student, with the exception of having his beautiful and athletic childhood friend Hiromi Yuasa living in his household after the death of her parents. Unfortunately, their relationship is cold at best - Shinichiro can tell that she is suffering, but she acts coldly and distant from her foster family and so he is unable to help ease her sadness. His family is also forcing him to practice a traditional Japanese dance that does not interest him, adding to his frustration. On top of that, he is cursed to misfortune by another girl in school, the eccentric Noe Isurugi. Shinichiro juggles all of these problems on a day-to-day basis as he learns about love and the sadness of those around him.

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Drasticc Drasticc says...

Beside the fact there are great comedic moments, confusion, and one-sided love interest, the plots were well written, and the animation was great.  Perfect for Romance fanatics.

snivets snivets says...

Otona Joshi and 5cm/s are two anime which, in my opinion, function primarily as reflections on the possibilities of love in the treasured past of adults. The same sorts of feelings permeate the atmosphere in both shows: melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, and observation that the responsibility of adulthood takes precendence over the past.

Psychic School Wars

Psychic School Wars

When transfer student Ryoichi Kyogoku appears things take a turn for the weird. Students are missing school, the student council bans cellphones, and Kyogoku begins changing students by awakening their psychic abilities to prevent a future disaster on Earth. Kenji Seki and his friends get caught in the middle and must try to figure out what is going on in time to save their friends and the future.

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lesterf1020 lesterf1020 says...

Both of these shows are very similar. They are both school based romantic love polygons that start when a new student transfers to the school. They both include tomboys, childhood friends and unrequited love. The plotting is similar as well but Ano Natsu de Matteru handles its scifi components better.

Unfortunately both shows also have a scifi element that does nothing but clutter the plot and muddy the characterization. IMHO both shows would have been much better off writing the scifi stuff out of the show and focusing on the love polygon and this is coming from a huge scifi fan.

snivets snivets says...

Both essentially high school romances with a light touch of sci-fi, Nerawareta Gakuen and Ano Natsu de Matteru's complex love triangles cause the characters to struggle with navigating friendships and loves, farewells and futures. Fans of one would probably enjoy the other.

Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara

Long ago, humans lived in the sea. However, some humans defied the Sea God and moved to the land, creating the division that now exists between Shioshishio, the Sea Village, and Oshiooshi, the village of the land. Now, four middle school students from the Sea Village, Manaka Mukaido, Hikari Sakishima, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki must attend Mihama Middle School on the surface. While getting used to their new lives, these four and their new friend from the surface, Tsumugu Kihara, learn how true bonds of love and friendship can overcome any separation.

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KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

Both series are alike due to their obvious love polygon and the drama that arises from the forbidden love spotted in both series. Nagi no Asukara is more dramatic while Waiting in The Summer is a bit more comedic. If you loved one of these series, you'll definitely love the other.

minelyn minelyn says...

both romance

both have supernatural qualities

both are just awesome. 

if you like one you are sure to like the other

DearS

DearS

On a day that seemed ordinary, a spaceship crash landed in Tokyo bay, filled to the brim with beautiful aliens that would come to be known as DearS. Since that day, though all of Japan seems to have gone DearS-crazy, one high school boy named Takeya it still not impressed by the phenomenon. But things change for Takeya when he finds a lone DearS girl on the side of the road, who forces herself into his apartment, and his life! Now, he must brave a plethora of complications, misunderstandings, and embarassments, when all he wants to do is be left alone!

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Drasticc Drasticc says...

Great rom/com. Hot Aliens and hyper active boys always make a great mix. Great pace and animation with a splash of action towards the end.  Great animes repectivly.

Please Twins

Please Twins

Maiku Kamishiro has always had a photo of himself as a child in front of an old house with a young girl. One day after spotting the building in a news report, the high school boy moves to the countryside to live in the house from the picture. While living alone, making ends meet by working as a freelance programmer, Maiku gets the shock of his life when not one, but two girls turn up on his doorstep claiming to be his twin sister! With the lively Miina and timid Karen both possessing the same photograph, the pair begins living with the confused Maiku as they try to figure out which one of them is actually his sister.

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abunai abunai says...

In terms of style and storytelling, as well as much of the basic plot, Ano Natsu is a close cousin of the Onegai series (both Teacher and Twins). Many of the characters bear a strong resemblance, in terms of design and personality, and the conflicts that carry the story are much the same. It's safe to say that, if you enjoyed the Onegai series, you will enjoy Ano Natsu, and vice versa.