Your lie in April - Recommendations

Alt title: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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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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EdtheRadical EdtheRadical says...

Although this is just based on the first episode, both anime are slice of life / drama. The characters seem to have depth and the artwork is amazing. 

SonFlower SonFlower says...

An overall dreamy and emotional feeling plays across both shows. The age of the characters is also pretty young, so it adds a sense of longing for another time, a hint of childlike magic. They are both beautiful and heartfelt little pieces.

JVAnimeReviews JVAnimeReviews says...

If you want another ride on the feels train, these two will pull some strings In your heart. Both of them deal with suffering and trying to move on after the loss of a loved one.

shanjo shanjo says...

These two Anime may not be entirely the same genre, but the themes between them are uncanny. Both deal with a Protagonist struggling with the past and what he used to be to so many people as well as Romance with and realistic comedy along the way that both greatly contribute to how well both of these stories are told.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows are about a group of friends dealing with a complicated situation and coming together to pull through it.  They both make you laugh and cry and are extremely deep and heartfelt.  They both deal with young adults growing up as they deal with issues that should be beyond their maturity level, and how they cope with the unfortunate situations they are thrust into.  I finished both shows with the feeling of, "that was a masterpiece," and I don't feel that way often.  If you were moved by one show, you should watch the other.

Tsukuyomi15 Tsukuyomi15 says...

both series are centered in the relation between the characters and are really dramatic and emotional series.

chad28 chad28 says...

Ano Hana and Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) contain a group of friends, school life and drama. Get ready to feel.

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

mike7774012 mike7774012 says...

Both animes will make you really attached to the characters. You may find them annoying at times but in the end you just fall in love with them. 

Kirith Kirith says...

Both can wind up being real tearjerkers. Connect with the characters at your own risk. Strong highs and lows.

danryd danryd says...

Both are excellent stories of romance, of remembering and moving betond the past, and of the relationships between people and how they change. If you like/love one, you will like/love the other. But be prepared to be suckerpunched in the feels... I know I was.

SatoAnnnnn SatoAnnnnn says...

not tear-jerking but it made me (almost) cry. Also, the female character are super cute. LOL

Schuichi Schuichi says...

Definitely my 'feel train' animes.. I cried a lot about Your lie in April and Anohana is really one to make me cry too almost the same way.. So sad right now....

Brightstar Brightstar says...

Also similar to Angel Beats! where you don't think that it's going to be sad at all but then you find out that it's really freaking sad. Both incredible shows.

Damek Damek says...

Tears... a lot of tears... Your tears.

You will be crying, or at least you should crying watching this.

Ldeen Ldeen says...

Tears go on their own, even if you do not want to cry. 

I started watching animes with Ano Hi Mita Hana and it is even now deep in my heart. One of my favourites.

Anime0Is0Life Anime0Is0Life says...

BOTH ARE REALLY FULL OF FEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

john1 john1 says...

Both are heart-touching anime about dealing with loss and moving on. They both explore the joy and sadness of life. They are great anime that everyone should watch. 

AiVyLe1 AiVyLe1 says...

Both anime show many emotions over the plot or story line. With both having heart-wrenching moments, they're both the perfect anime for any person.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

These two anime are extremely similar despite having a different main focus, both look into the emotional relationship between two people using different ways to present it. They involve heartwarming stories about someone coming out from mourning and continuing their life, moving on from the past. They focus heavily on this emotion and that drives the story forward and it is certain that some heart strings were intended to be pulled, so I believe if you enjoyed one, maybe check out the other xx

LaEabha LaEabha says...

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Nephelion Nephelion says...

While both animes have different settings, themes and aesthetics, both deal with mourning and give insights about human feelings in heartwrenching ways.

meeloo meeloo says...

They both explore themes of growing up and moving past traumatic events, and show incredible character development from start to finish.

singularity singularity says...

Both of these animes have a melancholy sweetness and center around a short but life-changing relationship in the main character's past. If you want to cry bittersweet tears, these animes are for you. 

Catbeeisafraid Catbeeisafraid says...

I've already watched both your lie in April and anohana and they both made me cry and they both melted my very soul that's literally all I have 

lilinenaira lilinenaira says...

God, where do I begin?!

First of all, the story unravels without rushing anything; although I will admit the buildup of the climax did take a bit too long and the resolution was over too quickly, the bottom line is that the true objective of the goal was clear: a girl died, a boy could see her ghost, and he and his friends have to put her soul to rest. It's a lot more heartwarming than I expected - there's slice-of-life lessons thrown around at the appropriate time and it's really amazing at how much thought and life each character truly has.

This anime touches on grieving, loss, and guilt of having lost a beloved, and not even necessarily in the romantic sense, because as long as you cared for that person, their disappearance will hurt, and Anohana taught me that.

Sabichin Sabichin says...

Defintely watch the two animes. Works of art, I loved anohana so much, it really pulls a string or two. And although this may be a movie the anime "Silent Voice" is an amazing movie to end with. IF and only if you manage to watch all three without crying? Then yes you are undoubtly born without a soul.

xuwuowox xuwuowox says...

Both is about a friend group, they have many adventureswith each other. These two anime's are my favorite

Pimpdaddynix Pimpdaddynix says...

Both anime's are very sad but have a happy scene to them. The ending, similarly, are very tragic but carry it alongside humor and an attractive drawing style!

abbyishere4manga abbyishere4manga says...

Your lie in April and Anohana are both beautiful animes, that fill you with a pile of tears and emotions.

Trajic incidents in both animes make them express each other in a different pretty light, both animes connect with each other because of this!

I reccomend to most, however it is a little mature and dramatic for some.

TheGreatMoof TheGreatMoof says...

Man, this would be a heart-destroyer of a double feature. Both shows are full of heart and love while still exploring the darkest depths of the human heart in order to shine a light therein.

siphan006 siphan006 says...

Romace type anime having a lot of common topics                                                                                                                                                   

04TJ 04TJ says...

The main girl dies sadly........., love triangle............, an airhead guy.......................A good friendship 

LittleRaven470 LittleRaven470 says...

Both animes include heartbreaking moments in which I've bawled my eyes out, as well as having quite complicated love triangles/squares. They also show (if not center around) the loss of a loved one. Both shows include the characters' inner thoughts and feelings, and I think that if you liked either Anohana or YLIA, you'd enjoy watching the other as well

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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EdtheRadical EdtheRadical says...

Both stories are about music and romance.  The characters have intriguing pasts and both have a great elements of comedy. 

theholyduck theholyduck says...

Your lie in april seems to be setting up to be a more childhood romance oriented, less serious anime in the same vein as Nodame Cantabille, It uses the same character archtypes, and it seems to be setting up the same kind of classical music focus. Where they differ is that Your lie in april is going for a much more, sparkling flowery rainbow vibe. So unless you object to that, give the other a go. 

PSNick PSNick says...

They both deal with music. Even though Nodame might be a little more "serious" in the way it deals with it, the music and art of "Your lie in april" can't be taken lightly. Highly recommend both shows.

trinhma trinhma says...

SPOILER!!

They are both about music. Piano to be exactly. 

The stories are similar but the age of the characters are different, which means the personalities are different. 

Both main chracters are traumatized about something. 

asterris asterris says...

Both have musical aspects to them and has a main character who's life is changed by the girl main character (and vice versa).

Nodame's plot ended up leaning away from romance and focusing on 'finding one's place in life', spanning several years, while it appears that Your Lie in April is about a shorter period of time and overcomeing one's past, or future...

Atalea Atalea says...

Both involve a guy with some sort of trauma and a playful girl who enlightens their life through music. Nodame Cantabile is a bit more serious than Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, but both are great shows!

un1que un1que says...

Nodame Cantabile... Just like this anime, I fell in love with that one as well right off the bat. The music, the story, everything about it. I personally LOVE classical music and my childhood "dream" was to become a classical conductor of sorts for the boston symphony. This anime and it's manga are phenomenal. Straight out of a Wikipedia this should save enough."The series has been adapted as three different television series: as an award-winning live-action drama that aired in 2006 followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, and as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first one broadcast in 2007, the second one in 2008 and the third one aired in 2010. Two live-action movie sequels to the television drama, with the same actors, were produced with release dates of 18 December 2009 and April 2010.In addition, several soundtrack albums of classical music have been released, as well as three video games."

wiseleo wiseleo says...

Nodame is not nearly as sad and the music is better. The story will introduce you to what happens behind the scenes of a symphony orchestra. Its soundtrack is out of this world amazing. They recreated the imperfection of an entire orchestra, which could not have been easy. If you liked the sound in Your lie, you will be enthralled with Nodame.

Your lie also involves piano and features a few interesting music scenes. Be warned that it is a very very sad story. I think the best music is in episodes 2, 18, 21, and 22.

LiXue LiXue says...

Both anime's are about music. Both Kousei from Your Lie in April and Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile were raised musically and stick to scores while both love interests are free spirits who play how they want with almost no regard for the score. And while I personally think Nodame Cantabile isn't as serious as Your Lie in April, they are both music animes and the main characters do have overlapping qualities.

AllenCz AllenCz says...

Do you enjoy classic music? Are you interested in romance themes?

Then both animes are made jsut for you! In each of them you can met various artists, find dramatic plot and you will not be bored watching it. ;)

JVAnimeReviews JVAnimeReviews says...

Both musical anime's with lot's of focus on character development and character relationships.

memojuez memojuez says...

Both Anime Series are premised on improving oneself and one's relationships while doing one's best to reach the pinnacle of one'sdiscipline in musicality.  Bothshows  huge favorites of mine.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime are about a male character (who has gone through some sort of trauma) who's life is changed after meeting a female character.  Both series have romantic themes and involve classical music.  While Nodame Cantabile is more light-hearted, both series will likely appeal to the same audience.

Santis523 Santis523 says...

No spoilers here:

They both have a beautiful story of how it doesn't matter what obsticals may come your way, you have the strength to overcome them no matter what. 

Also they both show that just a little kindness can go a long way.

Now for the obvious reasons. 

They both are music oriented.

They both have a distressed main character with an obstical to overcome.

They both have Beautiful love stories.

and they both have stuff in their past that hinders them.

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FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are romances set around classical music, involving a fairly uptight pianist and a carefree girl. Lots of awesome music in both. 

erikaxvanessa erikaxvanessa says...

Both animes include music as a main theme, with a vary "strict" by the book male pianist and a more free, erratic female protagonists who makes music their own. The personalities of the female protanogists are similar. Both bring in elements of comedy.

Your lie in April is just more "poetic" than Nodame Cantible.

melethorn melethorn says...

Because of the solid musical foundation in both series. The romantic angle is different, as well as the general feel I would say. Nodame is in my view a lighter series, despite them both being dramas. Your lie in april is more on the bittersweet side throughout. I found the writing and musical knowledge behind both captivating tho, and being a lover of classical music, had immense pleasure of both series.

odee2004 odee2004 says...

They are both the same in terms of music and love story though the other one is tragic. 

I'm sure you will have a good time watching the too serie. :)

invader257 invader257 says...

 forceused cool headed  honors student   conducter, meets a his oppoisted   savant pianist ,  in this series 

lil1doll lil1doll says...

Both are very similar. The male part is very talented in music. A perfectionist that grew up with it. Both male leads end up re-inspired from the refreshing, talented, and (sometimes haphazard) female part. Both are super cute, though one is WAY sadder than the other. And they are different enough in their own right. I recommend giving both a watch :)

Bebea Bebea says...

despite both of these animes being about music (and pianos) they also offer two main characters (perhaps love interests) who help each other overcome their problems

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

After transferring into a new school, a deaf girl, Shouko Nishimiya, is bullied by the popular Shouya Ishida. As Shouya continues to bully Shouko, the class turns its back on him. Shouko transfers and Shouya grows up as an outcast. Alone and depressed, the regretful Shouya finds Shouko to make amends. 

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cheyo101 cheyo101 says...

After the death of his mother, a serious young piano prodigy lives in a grim, atonal world, until a free-spirited violinist tugs at his heartstrings. A must watch in my opinion.

blahhhhhhhhhhhhh blahhhhhhhhhhhhh says...

Both animes have good storylines with a hint of romance and tragedy, overall both good shows.

jinxluvfil jinxluvfil says...

They are both very well-made slice of life choices. They show the character development throughout the entirety of the show. Really help one think differently about the types of friends they have, questioning why people do what they do. Unless revealed it leaves the watcher and the main character on edge curious as to why. It's like these animes really want to leave a mark on the main character and or watcher. They follow the same pattern of a journey within, finding ones place in the world. Along while trying to maintain a certain level of happiness within themselves. I'm babbling but partially right. Just go watch it especially if you have a thing for classical music Your Lie In April will bring the love back out again. 

Sybille Sybille says...

They both explore love through characters with somehow tragic backstories and both are good if you are looking for something that makes you cry a little (or a lot in my case). Also if you are into OSTs, these are also interesting picks (;

AkkiPakki AkkiPakki says...

Both are such thoughtful stories with a beautiful portrayal of emotions. These are almost similar and have a very matured concept rather than cliche highschool senerios. 

lollilolipop lollilolipop says...

They both had similar vibes. Although your lie in april is a  bit more light hearted due to kaori personality. But they both also have a sad undertone throughout the movie/show. 

WaluigisGF WaluigisGF says...

They both feature around the same kind of storyline- a tradgedy romance with coming of age and other realisations mixed in there.

weebishotaku weebishotaku says...

Omg dvbbbhskifvdgygvfhbygs these are so sad. I still cry, I still cry. BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. If youŕe sensative like me, do not watch lol

Yasminqwertyy Yasminqwertyy says...

They are very similar as they both of the main characters have problems and their lovers fix them.

cantsktop cantsktop says...

Both girls bring out the best in the guys and theres amazing character development in addition to real life problems that many can relate to. both broughht me to tears all every time.

ChefBoyardeeee ChefBoyardeeee says...

They're both somewhat similar in concept, a heartbreaking story in which characters deal with mental illness. While one may be about bullying, and the other about overcoming things that previously held you back, (At least, that's what I got from it, there are multiple interpretations and messages you can take from Your Lie in April.) the premise of mental health is apparent in both. 

BeingMe BeingMe says...

Prepare that you're going to cry your eyes out. These are both romantic anime with really elaborate story and characters.

Nekomusume Nekomusume says...

Both are emotional and romantic anime stories of which follow and are driven by the emotions of all of the characters involved.

7Kaito7 7Kaito7 says...

Both anime are very deep, almost the same theme, they are similar, so the liking for it would be something "logical" (or at least it is my opinion) since they are equally sentimental and surrounded with that shock that produces.

weeb0weeb weeb0weeb says...

These are both  emotional animes-that have drama, hard times, and romance. If liked one of these anime so think you:d really like the other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MalevolentSon1 MalevolentSon1 says...

Both will put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Amizing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Drpx1 Drpx1 says...

These two are fitting to watch if you enjoy or are in the mood for something that will pull at your heartsrings then these are perfect. It should go without saying that they are both good nexts if you've watched one, then you'll surely like the other.

They are both types that explore different sides to growing up and in some ways are the flipped side of the coin with regards to the main characters. 

clearlyjustlys clearlyjustlys says...

both tearjerkers, both never confess love, more mature content and lovw stories, idk. both rlly good :)

Kaiten456 Kaiten456 says...

Both are masterpieces at what they do, visually, story-wise and vibrance. Both express colors and emotions in ways most animes can't and can evoke sympathy even in apathetic viewers. Both can really be heavy animes despite what they're portrayed as on the surface and really show the narrow aperture of vision in human beings and how shallow and narrow minded we can be. Both focus on character development and are very coming-of-age stories. Main characters in both casts do have an ample level of trauma, both pre-meditated and conclusive, and again, both of these heavily focus on growth and development. If you want a nice, bittersweet, romantic story with complex relations and a complex world, both of these are really good at their job

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

An unnamed protagonist happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.

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Reasons you might like I Want to Eat Your Pancreas...

odee2004 odee2004 says...

If you like "Your lie in April" then you should watch "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas". Though the latter doesn't have the music. It has the almost same love story and the ending is tragic. :(

Simon Simon says...

The basis of both anime's is very similar from a story point of view. If you watched "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas" and found yourself wanting more, then "Your lie in April" is the step up to that. Vice versa, if the show tugged your heart strings, then this film will do it in similar ways. 

Both shows have excellent character development, featuring very strong female protagonists that push the boys to new places in their lives. Both are "love" stories in a sense, but both grow into love and do not feel forced. 

KarmaKhameleon KarmaKhameleon says...

They both star a lively, outgoing female lead who is optimistic and lives life to the fullest every day. The girl encourages/teaches the introverted male lead to come out of his shell thus creating not only a romantic connection between the two characters, but a true friendship and soul connection. Both are tragic anime that will have you sobbing by the end.

flitser44 flitser44 says...

somewhat similar buildup but 2 completely different worlds. 1 is focussed on music and 1 is regular life

MakiRollisbae MakiRollisbae says...

Both tear jerking anime with a girl also hiding her illness whilst also helping people out of dark places or to be more social in their life. 

Your lie  in April however has a more comical undertone too whilst mixed with drama and romance.

Zuto Zuto says...

If you watched I want to eat your Pancreas and thinking to watch something related, this is the perfect anime I can recommend. The story is somewhat related and Your lie in April holds better quality. 

folkic folkic says...

I dont how to describe it, but i found both stories very similar, gripping and moving. Both endings were so full of emotions and I couldn't keep myself from crying.

LelouchViBrittania12 LelouchViBrittania12 says...

Both stories deal with the concept of life and death and how love fits into the equation of learning to live with yourself.

allegro allegro says...

Both explore similar themes in a way that exhibits the various facets of human nature and the human condition.

valfontaine valfontaine says...

Similar plots and characters, both are beautiful and emotional at times. Kousei and the main character from IWTEYP are similar in certain ways, and same with the main girls from each. I was thinking of YLIA the whole time I was watching IWTEYP! Love them both.

Rajatafadar27 Rajatafadar27 says...

These are the best anime I have ever seen... 👍👍👍

I get emotional everytime I remember these stories... 

I hate them so much for there ending... But i... Love them 

I LOVE THEM!!! 

Thanks to the creators of these anime... 

You guy's have my respect... 

Love ❤ you guy's keep doing the good work 

yellowhikari yellowhikari says...

they just are similar, and both have amazing soundtrack. I usually have a pretty picky taste but i loved these two.

Littlesilverwolf Littlesilverwolf says...

Both anime has a heroine whom their life is threatened by sickness. They are sad anime yet shows how precious is our daily life and every meet with new people changes who we are.

xyst xyst says...

Both have a positive bright female lead with a more introverted or anti social male lead. They also share one key element in the love story which makes it more tragic.

AfroKillah AfroKillah says...

Similar plot structures and also very similar charcters. While Your Lie In April focuses more on the musical side than the mental side. I want to Eat your Pancreas mainly focuses on the mental side of the dying girl.

Kaiten456 Kaiten456 says...

Both are tragedies and do really well at painting different characters. Both indue in world building and do have a fair bit of drama. Both follow a love that doesn't end up being fruitful and in both, the unanimous feeling that the female protagonists were going to die were established quite early and didn't just use a robust death such as truck-kun. Both have really complex plots and again... I have to appreciate their beautiful world building and as they're relient on the viewer's sentiment toward the characters, they also maintain a cheetful mood and don't over-rely on this trope. If you want animes that might make you a crying bitch, these 2 are it.

LocheNessie LocheNessie says...

Both the the stories are pretty similar.                                                                                                

your name.

your name.

Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

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AkiBeater AkiBeater says...

Kimi no na wa is one of the best anime I watched so far. It has amazing animation and story itself. And as for me, you can basically connect it with Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (your lie in april), which is also a romance anime, the only thing that's different is how the story end because Shigatsu wa kimi no uso end with such a tragic ending. Both anime has a good animation and songs (with different artist, of course). It also focuses on the both hero and heroine's background story. It was beautiful, both of them.

PeachPetit PeachPetit says...

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nokchatae nokchatae says...

Both feature beautiful animation, well rounded characters, a lovely soundtrack, and overwhelmingly sad endings. I love both of these so so much and they're perfect together.

Roseia Roseia says...

Both will make you cry and make you need to find something to fill that void since you finished the other one. If you watch one of these, the other one will fill your void.

arvano arvano says...

They are both essesntially complicated coming of age romances done really well. Personally I love them both but Your Lie in April is a little bit of a rougher ride emotionally.

KarmaKhameleon KarmaKhameleon says...

Both of these anime deal with coming of age, and the heart breaking, yet beautiful aspects of soul mates and unrequited love. These two are easily in my top 5 great romance anime of all time. If these two anime dont make you shed at least 1 tear, then you have a heart of stone. 

IIUnknownAbyssII IIUnknownAbyssII says...

They are both amazing. Animation is top notch. story is top notch. Music is top notch. Feels are there. Just watch first 30 min of both and you'll see why

Maulana200055 Maulana200055 says...

Best anime in 2016 and almost win oscar but this is not perfect movie and still like we saw and enjoy it

flitser44 flitser44 says...

Both hit u right in the feels altho your lie in april realy gets clear once u finished it and think a bit about what u saw while your name is a open story where u get the full feeling of the story while u watch it and afterwards u get another smack in the feels when u think about what u jsut saw and the lessons u an learn from it. Either way both are amazing

JxstDino JxstDino says...

They are both really great and romantic. I personally like them both really much. You should definetly watch it

csjy csjy says...

both are beautifully designed with heart aching love stories. There's a certain vibe to both that ONLY both have.. im not sure how to explain or elaborate but i would 100% recommend one if you liked the other.

FalconX578 FalconX578 says...

Your Lie in April and Your Name. Two of the biggest names in anime, and both are joined together by the beautiful and touching story they offer. Both have joyous moments mixed in with sad ones, all sprinkled throughout a fantastic romance starts to blossom. Both shows have a sort of mystery to them that unfolds down the road, and watching this transition leaves you with several of your own thoughts on your mind. Both are worth watching.

Musfik1999 Musfik1999 says...

Two teenagers share a profound, magical connection upon discovering they are swapping bodies. But things become even more complicated when the boy and girl decide to meet in person.

A piano prodigy is unable to play music after his mother dies, until he meets a violin player.

tylermccoy tylermccoy says...

both are beautiful love stories and watching either of them makes me feel nostalgic for a memory i don't have. the animation is amazing and the conections between the characters feels so real in both animes. plus i cried when each of them ended!

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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Qplayer Qplayer says...

Both anime feature pianists who delve into the mysteries of love and romance, friendship, and motivation for their craft. Kaoru and Kousei shoud have a heart to heart about relationships as they have similar personalties. Sakamichi is jazz while Your Lie in April is classical, but both embrace a unique love of showcasing high quality music.

chii chii says...

Music, romance, and the trials of growing up are the main focus of these 2 titles. Both main characters of each show are very similar too.

snivets snivets says...

Your Lie in April and Sakamichi no Apollon have a lot in common. From their focus on an introverted pianist and his group of friends, to the depth of character development, they both vary their tone between lighthearted and darker emotional moments. If you liked either one of these, it's a good bet you'll like the other.

Bronia Bronia says...

Both are noitaminA anime about pianists who begrudgingly take on changes to their style. This sudden immersion in a new piano "scene" opens the doors to new friendships and romance and general growing up. If you liked the sense of coming of age wrapped up with the music of either anime, you should definitely try the other! Both also have gorgeous animation and very pretty soundtracks. The characters and their relationships are delightful to watch, but not without drama. They are very similar shows that complement each other well.

asterris asterris says...

I'd have to say between Nodame and Apollon this one is the most alike to Your Life in April. Both about male main characters who have 'sad' pasts that have their lives changed by meeting someone else and subsequently change their music style because of that. Romance is also subtle but present in both of these.

From what I've seen so far, Your Lie in April is going to end up being slightly MORE serious than Apollon, which though it too has its deep moments, ends fairly well and keeps a light hearted vibe. While Apollon seems a little more whimsical as it takes place in a small town near the sea (going to school still involved) without as much emphasis on school life, Your Lie in April seems more modern and sticks it out in the old school setting for the most part.

Rastamepas Rastamepas says...

Sakamichi No Apollon and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso are quite alike. They both share common themes including music, and romance. They both can be serious and some points and extremely lighthearted at others. Both shows feature a MC that is a Pianist who grows through music and friends. If you liked one I'm sure you'd like the other.

22kittycats 22kittycats says...

Both shows are about music and both have a deeper plot behind music.. Though one's about jazz in 70's and the other's about classical music now, they both have a similar feeling..

minhbi99 minhbi99 says...

To the sole purpose of music, comedy and ethusiasm. However you wont cry watching this, trust me

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime involve teenagers coming of age, romance/love triangles, and music (albiet different genres of music).  Both series contain both comedic/light-hearted moments as well as sad/dramatic moments (though Your Lie in April is ultimately the more tragic of the two).  If you like one, then you will probably like the other.

Guinsoo Guinsoo says...

music, relationships, and complete emotional investment. Your lie in April is better in my opinion, but both are well worth watching. 

JacksonSehm JacksonSehm says...

While Your Lie in April showcases much more melancholy themes, I feel that the character developments result in similar relationships between the characters. While Kids on the Slope is shorter and more light-hearted, they offered up the same emotions for me at least.

Both make me think of music in a completely different light, as I've never seriously taken up an instrument, but for both series, their craft is their main means of expression. Whether it's to exhibit what they're going through to others or just to help them clear their heads, the amount of passion in their playing is something to appreciate.

19O8 19O8 says...

Kids on the Slope and Your lie in April similar but also not lol. While Kids on the Slope is about jazz music and Your lie in April is about classical music, they both are about music and force you to perceive the idea of music in a different way. With that said, Your lie in April is a lot more emotional and suspenseful while Kids on the Slope is easygoing but both are enjoyable. 

OkamiHime95 OkamiHime95 says...

The 2 main characters are quite similar, and the anime's themselves both deal with music, romance, and various other topics. Their OP's are amazing too, so why not check them out? ^^ 

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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GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

It's hard to find a show like Clannad that doesn't involve a bit of magic, but Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso actually manages to do just that.  These are not your everyday school life animes.  In each of these shows, a young man leans on his friends and companions for support as he struggles through a variety of extremely difficult situations.  Sometimes they resolve well, and sometimes they don't, but through all of his experiences he grows and learns.  Love and loss are central themes in each show, and they both have heartwarming and heartbreaking moments aplenty.  If you enjoyed the rollercoaster of emotions that is not typically present in a normal school life show, you will enjoy both of these.

renadesu3 renadesu3 says...

Both shows develop an extremely strong connection between the viewer and the relationships shared between characters. As well as this the two shows have extremely moving soundtracks, which highlights the impacts that events of the two respective shows have on the viewer. Also both are fantastic.

thomchris48 thomchris48 says...

both are gona F--k up up emotionally. of course that's an incredible feat to accomplish in todays desensitized society. both are a must see.

blueangel06661 blueangel06661 says...

Both are amazing tear jerkers. They make you happy, they make you sad, they make you angry.

Both series has a rich and deep storyline with amazing characters that you just learn to fall in love with and everything is going so wonderful. Up until everything you ever knew is falling apart. 

They both require tissues but are well worth the watch.

Heervristi Heervristi says...

i just finished "Your lie in April" and i have to say WHY DO THE GOOD PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE TO DIE ??????? ****cry a lot when watching this anime***** its just the same as in clannad, why the heck does the good person have to die???  they were both such great anime's. the only reason i like clannad better is because of the ending. if the ending would've been more like clannad this would be my N°1 anime EEEEVVVEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!!

Raku Raku says...

Without spoiling, I will say both shows are like a roller coaster. The only difference being Clannad has a bit more weirdness in it that's supernatural (such as a character disappearing and people forgetting about them) and some other odd things that I can't mention (cause of spoilers). While Your Lie in April's weirdness is all psychologically based where the character is drowning in tragedy, and haunted by a ghost from their past when in actually they're either sitting down freaking out on the inside.

maysillee maysillee says...

Clannad and Your Lie in April are like the anime versions of The Fault in Our Stars-they're achingly sweet and absolutely heartbreaking.  Despite the sadness, both shows have a bit of humor to them that really adds to the story and the atmosphere.  Watch these if you feel like crying. A lot.

Candies Candies says...

The stories are both going at a slow pace. The characters are pretty similar to me, the relationships are taken a bit more seriously than most anime's.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

Both focus on a budding pairing and the struggles in building a romance, they both focus heavily on the emotional side. And of course, both include love triangles and drama. They both also feature the main girl with some sort of illness making them slightly weaker than others, and in both this becomes a main point of the development for all the characters. So I believe if you enjoyed one of these anime, check out the other.

GoldFishKing1 GoldFishKing1 says...

They both have a similar setting, a group of friends living the school life. They both have many great things in common. For instance, in both of these animes' there is a group of friends, and they all go to the same high school. Of course that mean there's gonna be a love triangle and drama. But in both of these shows, the main character/s truly know, or come to find out, there is only one person they truely love. They're similar in many aspects and perspectives.

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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Krizz Krizz says...

Both animes have an emotionally damaged protagonist struggling to deal with a past that holds them back from enjoying their present and future. Each is surrounded by cute characters that not only help them to find themselves but shed some light on what could otherwise be a very emotionally overwhelming show. Though the visuals in March are more manga inspired in comparison to April's very polished and sophisticated anime style, both are stunning and work perfectly to capture those emotional scenes that are so critical to driving the story and allow the viewer to not only see but feel the psychological struggle of the main character.

noxhorse noxhorse says...

Both protagonists are prodigies in their fields and have dealt with childhood trauma. They later end up struggling in their fields but are helped by the people around them.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

So Your Lie in April features a character driven story involving a skill the main protagonist has been brought up with, something I found that March Comes in Like a Lion did so much better (in my opinion). They both feature a psychological look into the main character and progresses the story in a similar way, however, March Comes in Like a Lion expands of the psychological drama slightly more. Hence why this is only a one way rec, if you liked the psychological side of Your Lie in April and like things quite slow then check out March Comes in Like a Lion.

crazime crazime says...

I like Your Lie in April because I like how it is about music and the first epsiode was amazing

Desiderium Desiderium says...

Both are two cour shows about a young man who suffers from mental illness, and his gradual recovery thanks to those around him. 

jeidoishungry jeidoishungry says...

In my opinion, both of the art styles are super beautiful, and so are the stories. Kousei reminds me a lot of Rei, with their looks, personalities, etc. I really do love both of these animes.

TeddytheBear TeddytheBear says...

THEY'RE BOTH GOT GET CHARACTERS, AN INTRIGUING STORYLINE AND YOUNG  CHARACTERS STRONGLY ATTATCHED TO AN ACTIVITY THAT DEFINES THEM. ALSO THE MCS BOTH HAVE BIG SAD

imaweebforlife imaweebforlife says...

The drawing styles are very similar and so are the main characters back storys and personalities. Though your lie in april is much better march comes in like a lion is still a favorite of mine watch it!

Pianolover1234 Pianolover1234 says...

Same tasteful slice of life feeling, but a little more happiness and resolution. March Comes in like a Lion gives you those sad moments, but at least allows you to enjoy your attachment to the characters. 

rammyramramram rammyramramram says...

Both anime feature main characters who've lost their passion for their talent. The main protagonists each meet a girl who's a break away from the regular monotony and greyness of their lives, and find their world just a little more tolerable. Your Lie In April has a romance swing to it, however, which Sangatsu no Lion lacks. Instead Sangatsu no Lion lives in the melancholy of the main character. Both can have oppressive amounts of melancholy to them at times, but it's more often with Sangatsu no Lion.

Both fit the major theme of "doing your talent because you're good at it, not because you like it anymore".

Given

Given

Somehow, the guitar that he used to love to play and the basketball games that he found so fun just lost their appeal... That was until Ritsuka Uenoyama randomly met Mafuyu Sato. Ritsuka had started losing his passion for music in his everyday life, but then he hears Mafuyu sing for the first time. The song resonates with his heart and the distance between them starts to change.

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oldmansteve oldmansteve says...

*cries in good music*                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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

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 

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.

Golden Time

Golden Time

Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories.  During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once.  Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget…

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pockysocks pockysocks says...

If you liked the romance part of Your Lie in the Summer, it's similar to Golden Time where there's a violent bishoujo that comes into the main character's life but doesn't date the girl right away. They'll eventually fall for each other. It's not about music, but I can see the similarities between the two when I look at the characters and their chemistry. My friend really liked Golden Time as well so I reccommend!

Aleaux Aleaux says...

Both of them are romatic anime.

Golden time is a romantic comedy your lie in april is music passion an roamance.  In both of them the scary feeling of loosing someone is present.An other common point would be that there is like a love triangle. Your lie in april is in my opinion much more sentimental than Golden time.

BenjiGruthoffie BenjiGruthoffie says...

altho they have way diferent plot lines the style of romance is the same and with both of them whenever the two are together you just cant help but smile. (minus the few times that are insanely sad in both of them) but other than those they are both great animes with great plots that are enjoyable to watch.

Fit4Life Fit4Life says...

Your Lie in April and Golden Time are very similiar. Both are about a boy who struggles with some sort of emotional/psychological issue and both are able to overcome it through the help of friends (and in particular a girl). They are light-hearted, comical, and fast paced. Both will make you cry at times and both will make you smile.

rajaymoore rajaymoore says...

Both these anime have a very compelling story and whenever I try to compare The two your lie in April would blow golden times away but they both have a certain dark theme to it when both of the Main characters not being able to let go of the past but this is an amazing watch I highly recommend 

ilyqan ilyqan says...

It has a similair feeling to both of them during the series and both benchwatchers and well they are awesome!

themilanovic themilanovic says...

These anime's are probably one of the most dramatic romance, dramas i've seen when it comes to emotion. These animes both have characters who have to progress and develop through tough times and make it very entertaining to watch.

Golden time will bring you more of a sense of love and Your lie in April will bring more of a sense of emoition. I basically watched these animes one right after the other which probaly wasn't very good on my heart.

I enjoyed both these animes very much and these will go down as some of these most memorable. Both very entertaining.

mesanator mesanator says...

Both animes deal with mental issues and romance. This is only on the surface from the general theme of both animes. However, why you really might one and the other is because both actually have a lot of breath in the two romantic characters and the struggle for being togther does not revolve around being noticed by their love interest but with a more dramatic internal struggle.