English: anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Synonyms: AnoHana, We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.
Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011
22 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisAfter a tragic accident during their childhood, Jinta and his group of friends split apart and live separate lives. Now in high school, the group is drawn together once more by an unknown force. Ano Hana, short for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day), is a drama and slice of life anime series following the lives of these students and the friendship they once had, as they re-discover guilt, anger, friendship, happiness, and so much more.
Will Jinta Yadomi, Tetsudou Hisakawa, Naruko Anjou, Matsuyuki Atsumu and Chiriko Tsurumi find the strength to repair broken bonds?
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Opening Theme#1: "Aoi Shiori (青い栞)" by Galileo Galilei
#R1: "Circle Game (サークルゲーム)" by Galileo Galilei
Ending Theme"secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 years after ver.) (secret base ~君がくれたもの~ (10 years after Ver.))" by Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, and Saori Hayami
Dealing with the death of a friend or loved one isn't easy, no matter how old you are, and everyone comes to terms with their loss in different ways. Adults can drink themselves into a stupor in an effort to dull the pain, take off on a journey of self discovery, bury themselves in their work, or find some other coping mechanism. Unfortunately the same isn't true for children, and all too often they are unable to truly deal with the emotional turmoil that occurs.
Now it may seem a bit odd to talk about death, grief, and learning to deal with the loss of someone close, but essentially that's what Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day), is all about.
The story opens with Yadomi Jinta, a seemingly grumpy teenager who is playing a game in his room on a hot summer's day whilst his childhood friend Honma Meiko (Menma), pesters him repeatedly. Having had enough of the game, Jinta decides to make lunch, but only for himself and his father which annoys Menma no end as she also wants to eat the ramen he has made.
It all seems like a fairly normal, everyday scene that one might see in anime, but not everything is as it seems ...
On the surface AnoHana looks like a fairly straightforward tale of teenagers learning to deal with a past trauma and maturing in the process, and for the most part that's a fairly accurate perception. The plot is well constructed and takes a measured, almost methodical approach to events which is reflected in the often placid tone of the narrative. Unfortunately this leads to a degree of predictability as certain events in the storyline are clearly foreshadowed, and while the series promotes a degree of empathy for the characters and their situation, there may be occasions where viewers want the story to get to the point.
One surprising aspect is the manner in which flashbacks are used to punctuate specific occurrences or emotions, whilst adding historical context to the relationship between Jinta, Menma, and the rest of the "Super Peace Busters". These sojourns into memory act as a nice counterpoint to the current state of relations between the characters, and highlight just how much has changed for each of them over the last ten years.
This contrast is also reflected in the visuals, and while there is a marked difference in the appearance of almost all of the Super Peace Busters, it's actually the subtle contextual setting that makes the change much more pronounced. The key thing to remember is that people often romanticise personal history and memories, especially if one has undergone some kind of trauma, and AnoHana plays on this by sharpening the focus and darkening the tones on the present day, which contrasts with the soft focus flashbacks that are often filled with "light".
The design itself is well handled, but while efforts have been made to really highlight the changes ten years can make to a child's physical growth, it's the character animation that stands out. A-1 Pictures have tried to visualize the movement differences between a child and an adolescent, and while there are a few niggles here and there, the overall effect promotes the sense that the characters are no longer the children they once were.
Because AnoHana is a character driven piece there is a heavy emphasis placed on the dialogue, and while the majority of the script is actually pretty intuitive, the manner of speech during the flashback scenes can sometimes seem a bit odd. Thankfully the series has some very talented seiyuu on hand, and it's interesting to note that some of the roles feature two different voice actors - one for the present day and one for the past. Each role is given due care and attention, so it's unfortunate that even with so much talent on hand, there are a few issues from time to time as the seiyuu handling the child roles are all adults. Now while this may be standard practice in the industry, studios like Ghibli have proven time and again that children are much more capable of playing the younger roles than the majority of adults, and while the relatively minor flaws in the dialogue do stand out, one has to wonder how different the series could have been if child actors had been used.
AnoHana features a number of slow pieces of background music performed on piano or guitar that reflect the measured plot and add a slightly bittersweet air to the storyline. The opening theme, Aoi Shiori by Galileo Galilei, features a sequence that shows the characters in their past and present forms and hints at the the reason for their emotional difficulties. The ending sequence features a montage of the three girls of the Super Peace Busters, Menma, Anjou Naruko (Anaru), and Tsurumi Chiriko (Tsuruko), and is set to Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 years after Version), which is a cover of the 2001 single by Zone and is performed by Kayano Ai, Tomatsu Haruka and Hayami Saori, the seiyuu who play the roles of Menma, Anaru and Tsuruko.
Now given the nature of the series and the near constant focus on the characters, certain viewers may assume that AnoHana should feature almost continuous development, so it may come as a surprise to some people that the show takes more of a "stop-start" approach. Because of the attempt to apply a degree of realism to the characters and the emphasis on depicting them as plausible, any attempts at continuous development would seem overly contrived.
Balancing that though, is some rather strong characterisation. One of the key things to remember about each person in the story is that they have experienced a specific defining moment in their lives, and that allows the characters to be depicted as individuals from the start. The strength of the characterisation is even more palpable if one compares the present versions of the Super Peace Busters with their past selves from the flashbacks. That said, there are occasions where the story has difficulty finding a resolution to a given situation so it can sometimes seem as though events are being dragged on in a effort to develop the characters.
AnoHana is a surprisingly simple, yet slightly over sentimental, look at the coping mechanisms of children and adolescents when coming to terms with a past trauma, and in that respect it's one of the more surprising titles of the last few years. The series errs more on the side of soap opera than outright drama from time to time, but like many of the other relatively minor flaws, this can be forgiven in light of the fact that the subject matter is well managed and delivered. In truth, the closest neighbour to AnoHana would probably be Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 as that also highlights the difficulty children have in dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one.
It's difficult to say whether I actually enjoyed the series or not. On the one hand it has some genuinely entertaining moments, but on the other the series deals with an issue that has little enjoyment value (unless watching kids coming to terms with emotional scars is your thing), and even though AnoHana isn't a story without flaws, that doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, the reverse is true as while the series does take a slightly romanticised look at the characters and events, the constant element of realism that runs through the narrative sets this anime apart from many others.
If nothing else, AnoHana is a great example of how good a completely original anime can be. read more
There’s nothing quite like the loss of a loved one for changing a person. We always feel that death is such an alien concept, it exists but is somehow detached and unrelated to our own little world until it comes knocking on our doorstep. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day), tries to show us just how powerful an effect death can have on us.
The keyword is ‘tries’, and for the most part, AnoHana succeeds. It is one of those anime that illustrates perfectly the idea that the relative distance to perfection is inversely proportional to the obviousness of huge, glaring flaws. For everything that AnoHana does just beautifully right, there is usually something little it gets horribly wrong.
Before we go on, I would like to state for the record that I absolutely endorse this anime to anyone who asks, reasons which are perfectly illustrated in Archaeon’s neatly succinct review, of which I direct you to. There really is no reason to write another straightforward review reiterating everything he's said when you can just go and see his. Instead, for those who have already finished the anime and are looking for a more critical approach to viewing AnoHana, it may interest you to read further here.
There’s no denying AnoHana is fine piece of work. Everything from animation to sound, characterization to story are all quality material and together form both a visually and emotionally satisfying experience. The anime is far past the point of debate about whether watching it would be enjoyable and worth one’s while, because it most certainly is. The proceeding point of scrutiny would be to examine the anime at it’s core fundamental level. This is the point where the ‘really good’ pieces of work are separated from the true masterpieces. This is also the point where AnoHana unfortunately falls flat. Specifically speaking, AnoHana’s screenplay just isn’t very good.
In fact, considering how well rounded the anime feels as a whole, the screenplay is actually deceptively and surprisingly bad.
Okada Mari, one whom I respect greatly for her work on Tordora and Kuroshitsuji is back again; this time she is chief script writer for AnoHana. Unfortunately Mari’s apparent inexperience in writing shines through clearly in the screenplay. There is no doubt she has talent and a knack for good ideas, which makes it disappointing to see she still stumbles on some basic areas of writing. The narrative for example, is sorely lacking in woven exposition, with the many aspects of the story left feeling one dimensional and underdeveloped (more on that in a moment).
The dialogue is also inconsistent; the majority of the time it is written and delivered beautifully, but there are frequent punctuations of awkward, out of place lines that leaves something to be desired. Most of these instances are offset by the talent of the seiyuu who try their best to bring emotion to these parts, but the moments are still unavoidably noticeable. For instance, count how many times this scene happens: Jin-tan glances to his side at Meiko and mutters ‘Menma...’ another character looks at him, confused, and questions ‘Yadomi?’
There are very clear distinctions between the lines that have significance to the plot or the character, and lines which are simply conversational pieces, with almost no blending of the two types. At times it feels like the latter lines have no contextual meaning at all and are simply there to fill in time because the script writer couldn’t think of anything else to write. For an anime like AnoHana where the entirety of the narrative is delivered via dialogue and character interaction, this is a very dangerous habit to fall into.
There are many good things that Okada Mari brought from her experience working on the series compositions of titles like Toradora, Fractale and Gosick. Unfortunately one of them also happened to be the abysmal pacing that they all suffered from at one point or another. Naturally, the structure Exposition-Rising Action-Climax-Falling Action-Resolution can’t possibly be adhered to as strictly for anime as it does for say, novels or films, simply due to the episodic nature of anime; there is an underlying need for each episode to be standalone in it’s own right, even if it is meant to contribute to the overall story. However that isn’t to say we shouldn’t at least make an effort.
The problem with AnoHana is that it simply tried too hard to be episodic. Each episode’s substory warranted so much attention that there was very little room left to develop the main plot. Although each individual 24-minute segment was neatly tied into a little package with it’s own structure, which seemed fine at the time of watching, suddenly we reach the end of episode 9 and we realize with 2 episodes to go we’re still on the exposition part of the main story. This is again, partly due to the fault of the narrative not having any woven exposition in itself, relying instead on almost purely dialogue and flashbacks to establish the backstory, an alternative which is both more time consuming and less efficient. (To throw an example out there, think how easy it would have been to tell stories of Popo’s adventures around the world by simply including a few souvenirs from his travels in his little hut. A few frames to easily explore an episode’s worth of exposition, which can then be used to add elements to Popo’s character without the need for spoken exposition.)
I am strongly hesitant in calling AnoHana a melodrama. The constant hint of realism in both the visuals and characters suggest otherwise, as does the very real themes that it tries to convey. The anime obviously works very hard to provoke an emotional response and I wonder at times if it is trying a little too hard. Not a scene goes by without Yadomi frowning at something, and the prevalence (or rather excess), of falling tears in every episode almost screams at me: “Here is an emotional scene, indicated by the tears. Feel sadness you sheep!” The need for AnoHana to constantly use the act of crying to convey sorrow seems almost shortsighted, and while they are a good tool for reinforcing the emotional instability of the characters, they seem to serve little other purpose.
All this cumulatively leads to the biggest flaw of AnoHana: as an anime observing death and how people cope with it, there is shockingly little character development observed. What AnoHana tries to offer instead are single characters at two points in time. On one hand we have the happy-go-lucky childhood of the super-peace-busters, on the other we have the sullen, withdrawn adolescent individuals of those friends, drifting apart and trying to move on with their lives. At first sight it is amazingly easy to mistake this contrast of past and present for ‘character development,’ however true character development demands something a little more in-depth than, ‘friend dies, people become sad.’ Yukiatsu is arguably the only character who experiences true change, *spoiler alert* in his brief contact with Menma *spoiler alert* he experiences denial, confusion, jealousy and anger, and in doing so, realizing his self-loathing attitude and changing himself. Yadomi’s development is also arguable, though I remain skeptic as to whether what seems to me as merely an overdue self realization can be categorized as development if it were there subconsciously all along. In comparison, the other characters, experienced only minimal changes, exchanging confessions and realization which, while heart-moving, can hardly be justified as ‘development,’ begging the question of whether there was any point to the whole thing other than being an emotional roller-coaster of adolescent diversions.
If you’ve managed to read this far and haven’t yet ‘unhelpful’d’ this review or thrown your mouse across the room in anger, then props to you, and perhaps you’d like stay a bit longer and allow me to explain where all this nonsense is coming from.
The mindset of a critic is slightly different from that of an average viewer. We’ve seen, considered and analyzed far more than what would be considered healthy for a normal human being and as a result, we view things a bit differently. Cliches and archetypes you’ve seen maybe half a dozen times, we’ve seen hundreds of times. We get bored quickly, we’re more easily dismissive, we hone in on small mistakes like vultures, we’re very excited by originality and we’re far more disappointed when a promising series falls short just inches from the finish line.
Nine out of ten times, the things we watch are mediocre at best. Stuff that’s so average that it takes all of our willpower just to struggle through a normal review; talk about some story, mutter about some character, drag on about some animation and call it a day. But then something like AnoHana comes along, something new, something exciting, something to sink our teeth into. We may end up enjoying it, we may not, but the fact that it had piqued our interest meant it had already established itself as something special, something good enough to be able to be improved upon in the future, something we WANT to spend time thinking about, something actually WORTH criticizing.
Think of this review not as a “everything that was wrong with AnoHana” review, but as a “AnoHana was this close to being a true masterpiece, I found myself taking time out of my busy schedule to watch it twice and write up this critique, if only it had improved on these points, I might have given out my first ever 10/10" review. In fact, consider this review a praise by exception, in that everything I DON'T mention is absolutely friggin' brilliant. That's a LOT of stuff. read more
Moderator Edit: This review contains spoilers.
''Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai'' (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) is a series that sets lofty goals for itself. It is, in essence, a ghost story that aspires to be a poignant drama about (unrequited) love, loss, adolescence and self (re-)discovery. Heavy themes that require a delicate touch.
That last part is where things go wrong, but more on that later.
As the show begins, we see a boy sitting at home while his female friend is pestering him. The boy's father is remarkably unfazed by what is going on. Soon enough, we learn why. The girl, Meiko, died 10 years ago and is a ghost visible only to our protagonist, Jinta. She's come to him with a request: he has to help fulfill her last wish so she can part for the afterlife. Problem is that Jinta has grown up to be a recluse. Nonetheless, he gathers all his courage and ventures outside.
Earlier episodes show Jinta in his attempts to reconnect with his group of old friends to find out what Meiko's final wish could be. The Super Peace Busters (the name of the group) are a colorful bunch, and the series is at its best when it shows them getting back in touch. AnoHana nails that mix of awkwardness and nostalgia felt between people who haven't seen each other for a long time. In particular when they're connected by tragedy. In this regard, the character interactions feel incredibly authentic.
And then Meiko comes into play.
Meiko, as portrayed by the series, is the most wonderful girl ever. She's incredibly sweet, loving, selfless, wonderful and innocent. Jinta is in love with her, even after all these years; as are the other boys from the Super Peace Busters. And the girls? Their emotional crises are all about how they could never match up to Meiko, even now that she's dead.
Keep this in mind: we're referring to a girl who died over 10 years ago, when all of them were around 5. I repeat: this happened 10 years ago. A lot can happen in so much time, especially for children growing up. The death of a friend, tragic as it is, will usually stop hurting quite as much. Life goes on, and day-to-day concerns have a way of catching up. AnoHana doesn't seem to grasp this. Every single person who knew Meiko even the slightest bit is still devastated over her death because she was simply the most wonderful girl ever.
Or so we're told.
The Meiko we can see, however, is an annoying caricature. Her personality is that of ditzy, clingy, ''moe'' characters such as Yui Hirasawa (K-ON!). Her reactions mostly consist of either crying or being incredibly cheerful, and things she does on her own usually boil down to misguided attempts at cheering up Jinta with antics that we're supposed to consider cute. The makers even shoehorn in some fanservice of her. Raising the question of how seriously they really want us to take her.
Very seriously, it turns out.
The whole plot ends up revolving around Meiko and her wish. By the end it's difficult to remember any aspect about the other characters that doesn't trace back to Meiko in some way. Worse yet, the series spends a lot of its running time having characters doubt Jinta's claims that he can communicate with Meiko's ghost. This in spite of the fact that Meiko is a ghost who can interact with physical objects. That's right. Proving her existence would be incredibly easy and yet the series keeps contriving ways to wring melodrama out of other characters' disbelief. One could defend this by claiming that people in real life don't always go for the best solution and make stupid mistakes. Which is true. But the characters in question are portrayed as decently smart in spite of their issues so it feels strange that such an easy to solve problem is dragged out for so long. Worse yet, the actual narrative ends up pointing this out. Indeed, the series itself pokes fun at how long it took to solve its nonexistent problem. It would be cute if it wasn't so infuriating.
Sadly, the frustration only gets worse from there. As the series culminates in an ending that's composed and executed with such bombastic melodramatic sincerity I almost felt bad about laughing at it. The climax basically abandons any pretense of subtlety in favor of having characters shout their feelings at each other, only to neatly wrap up their issues with an instant-cure group therapy session. If only it were that easy in real life.
Real grief, of course, is a totally different beast. It's not something you get over after a miraculous event. Rather, it's a constant uphill battle as you struggle to pick up the pieces and try to fill the void that's appeared in your life. The way AnoHana presents a one-size-fits-all solution is hopelessly naïve, however well-meaning.
That last bit is a great way to sum up the series in a nutshell. Its superb presentation and handful of interesting parts are ultimately wasted on a series that decides to focus on all the wrong things. Pandering, sentimental and ultimately frustrating. ''Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai'' is a crushing disappointment.
The ideas I have formed about the themes explored in this series are based on my own imagination and second-hand accounts of people less fortunate than I. Should you disagree things I have written in this review then please do not hesitate to write me a message. I apologize for any offense I may have caused and wish to explicitly state that it is in no way intentional.
"Oh no, here come the tears!"
Anohana was a fantastic, emotional story of loss that struck all the right heart chords. Anyone who has abruptly lost someone premature in their lives can relate to this series. What it does, it does very good in fact... And I really started empathizing with the characters like I knew exactly what tragedy they had gone through. All of the characters and their motives were believable, and it made for one enjoyable experience.
Although Anohana only had 11 episodes to get it's point across, I had no problem understanding any part of the plot. Six kids, inseparable it seemed were devastated when one of them was tragically killed in an accident. Now they all gather back several years later to attempt to send off the memory of one of their best friends by granting an eternal wish. The exact details of Menma's death were never explained, but it was unneeded. The writers did an incredible job of making that information irrelevant. The subject was so sad to even talk about, the characters all got fragile when they started talking about it.
I can't help but think the writer had some personal tie to a similar situation like had transpired in the series. It seemed so gripping and personal to me. Especially near the end, none of the characters wanted to let go of the memory they had of Menma, and often had trouble coming to terms with their own personal guilt. I'll just say it takes a lot to make me cry, but at the end as the closing theme played, I lost it. Incredible, original and emotional storyline.
Like I previously stated, all of the characters in Anohana were believable... and it made the show that much better. The main, Jintan struggled constantly between wanting to move on and wanting Menmas memory and love to stay with him forever. He is obviously stricken by what had happened that day, and leads a very closed off life because of it. However, Jintan opens up more and more as the show continues. I love the growth he had even through such a short amount of time.
Poppo reminds me a lot of myself. He handles grief by putting on a "everything is ok" façade, which the others mistake for him just being a goofy individual. Deep down is more than likely a sad grieving man desperate to make amends with his regret from that day. Yukiatsu kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but his character was still strong and understandably jealous of Jintan. The only strange thing I thought about the characters were how they all filled in a strange love triangle of sorts. I felt it was unnecessary to write in love interests of 10 year olds... And after years later their feelings were all still so strong. A bit odd.
The animation was very good in this series, but nothing buzzworthy. I thought it was a little strange how they made Menma age, but still not quite as much as everyone else. I'm not sure what the artists were going for here. The opening was also alright, but didn't feel as as fitting as the ending song (which I felt was very good). Especially how it was incorporated into some of the episode's conclusions.
I think it's safe to say that after all of the action animes I've seen recently, it was really nice to see Anohana. Even with as blubbery as I was at the end, I felt it showcased the feeling of loss and grief to the best extent possible. I would recommend this anime to just about anyone, especially those who enjoy heart-felt stories. Loved it!
Watch In- Japanese (Menmas voice acting is so cute!)
Favorite Character- Poppo
Favorite episode- 11: "The flower blooming in that summer" read more
Both have as main a silver haired girl that has a goal to fulfill. Both animes talk about death, life and reincarnation. Both are about a group of friends that go through many situations but in the end show us that true friendship is a wonderful thing. Both will make you teary.
The anime themselves aren't that similar, but if you really liked the theme of one of them, you might want to check out the other. In AnoHana, a group of friends try and figure out a way to bring their dead friend Menma to heaven, while in Angel Beats, a group of friends that are already dead try and figure out how to get into heaven. Other than these similarities, they're pretty different. AnoHana is a lot more mature and serious, while Angel Beats is more light-hearted and comedic, with some serious moments.
Both story are beauty
main characters are dead
they not want reincarnate.
Both are tragic stories about the passing of student(s) and moving on with supernatural elements.
If you enjoyed Ano Hana, Angel Beats is definitely a must-watch, and vice versa.
Both are very similar is a lot of aspects, to start with they both include the presence of ghosts or a life continuing after death, and the struggle of passing onto the next state of living, whatever that may be.
While Angel Beats appears to have a comedic start, unlike Ano Hana, which seems to have a mellow yet serious start, they're both equally gripping and progress into a beautiful storyline. Both Anime deal with friendships and romances in the same somewhat tragic way, as well as the difficultly of accepting one's or anthers' death.
Both Anime feature simply beautiful, melodic OPs and EDs which play into the show just perfectly, and feature very up to date animation though their art styles differ.
Both are short Anime, being 11 and 13 episodes.
All in all, Ano Hana and Angel beats are both beautiful, gripping Anime that are bound to have you shedding tears by the end.
Both are sad stories about moving on.
Anohana and Angel beats are both really dramatic series that revolve around learning to accept death as a part of life and the process of moving on. They feature deeply developed characters, breathtaking animation and a unique and meaningful touching story that will make the viewer experience all kinds of emotions. In both anime, the deceased characters are being held back by some sort of wish or unfulfillment that has yet to be addressed. If you enjoyed watching one of them then you should definitely check out the other.
Both are Drama and deal with the afterlife.
They can have forced drama moments, but they can make you cry anyway.
If you like sad character drama, Anohana gives some of the best.
-have great and deep characters;
-main story has to do with afterlife;
-have a great drama;
-have a emotional and a perfect ending;
Both of these series are just amazing and sweet. While Angel Beats has more of it both series have their comic relief moments and they're sad moments. They both also have a main theme about staying together as friends no matter what you go through. Both endings are also similar in that while you've been seeing all of the comedy and drama then endings to both series are bittersweet. You know what happens in the endings NEEDS to happen but part of you just doesn't want it to. Angel Beats and Ano Hana are both just completely beautiful.
Both series contain plots which deal with coming to terms with death. Both are heart warming and can be comedic at times.
Both deal with the concept of life after death and the pain of losing someone important. If you liked the melodrama in Angel Beats, you will love the mood in Anohana.
Both shows have their romantic and sad moments, and both involve having wishes granted as a means to pass on into the afterlife. Ano Hi Mita has a smaller cast of characters and is less "cute" than Angel Beats!, but it is most definitely worth a watch if you like touching endings.
Similar themes, similar direction and overall has the same emotional impact.
Both involving around death and the reason why their spirit is still around. Trying to solve what they regretted during their lifetime and fixing that problem.
Emotional tear-jerker drama of high quality. These shows offer unique perspectives on the concept of reincarnation. Both of their share of touching moments, accompanied by great music.
Purgatory is a poor word for describing the place between heaven and hell since we strictly limit the definition of good or bad to our limited vocabulary perception. Ano Hi Mita Hana is the epitome of a continuation for Angel Beats. For those who are familiar with Angel Beats, Ano Hi Mita Hana embraces the same concept of leaving a place instead for a better place; it embraces the same emptiness; it embraces the same welling of tears moment at the extraordinary climatic end; it embraces the same aloofness between the two protagonist that are the most important in our eyes. Finally, don't discriminate against Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai for its long name. A certain person committed the mistake. It was his biggest mistake this year. If you cried watching Angel Beats, this is definitely the anime for you.
They both have a person, (in our Angel Beats case, it has many people) who can't go to heaven until they fullfile their "mission", "wish", or "promise" they had as human beings before they die.
Both are similar in one specific way and both succeeded to make me cry at the end, and im a 16 year old guy >___>
both stories have to do with life and death.. both have a sad characters history.. both have a love triangle.. and both have some funny scenes and some depressing scenes.. :'(
both focus on death and how the characters handle it, same overall atmosphere with some romance thrown in! both great watches
Emotions, death, and a unique dramatic story, the characters have a difficult time accepting it, but had a hard time letting it go. When a person dies, it will be quite difficult for the characters to just move on. There are several powerful scenes that is too tear-jerking, you might want to prepare your tissues.
The difference is that Angel Beats is a much more comedic but some drama scenes, action scenes, music, and takes place in a "Dead World." Anohana takes place in a normal world, mature and serious tones of the characters, and childhood friendship.
Many people say that Angel Beats is an anime that makes you cry and that is kind of true. If you liked it then Anohana will have a bigger effect on you because it's lighter and even easier to relate to. But don't go into it with a brick as a heart or you'll be dissappointed
Both shows are about friendship. Both have a sad story. Romance is available but not frequently showed. Both anime are overrated, and they're worth watching, so I'm sure you guys won't be disappointed.
The melodramatic short tale of a girl who unwillingly died, and her friends who helped her move on to her next life. Slightly overdone, but sad nonetheless.
One is moe, and the other is comedy-drama.
Similar to Angel Beats! It was a bittersweet anime. The emotional depth to this anime is really deep. You'd have all sorts of feelings, feelings that no words can describe. The story line to this anime was perfect! I was emotionally attached to all the characters (I felt as if they really existed in my life and my heart) and knowing that I was almost finished with the anime made me feel a little sad and achy inside. I definitely enjoyed this anime and it was definitely a heartfelt one! If you enjoyed Angel Beats!, you'd definitely enjoy AnoHana!
They both follow the stories of people in the afterlife,
even though anno hanna does it in a real life setting,
both are guarenteed to make you cry (if you have a heart)
They are both a sad/dramatic anime and they both have to do with like the afterlife and reincarnation.
Though the series have some differences on the surface, mainly being that AnoHana is a serious story whilst Angel Beats is a little more on the comedy side but aside that they are quite alike at core.
Both series focus on grief and afterlife, Angel Beats as said has some comedy on side with it but is still serious when it comes down to it and focus on the loss of others (or their own life in AB case). The series focus on the loss of them around us and have a strong connection of death and how effects people around you as well as both express the sad parting of life.
they both kinda disappear and they both made me cry and both animes were just master pieces of art of reality. makes me wanna kill myself to see if I join the anime world next jk. loved these 2
Girl who loves friendship and sad story, also how things develop into a heart wrenching end.
Tragedy happens unexpectedly. You can't change the past, but what if you could have a second chance to make peace with yourself and your friends? Both series are about finding closure to tragic accidents with the help of your friends. If you enjoy these themes from one of them, you will definitely enjoy the other.
The varying atmosphere is shared in both. Funny at times, bitter at others and ends with closure.
Both have character(s) who must move on to their next life. In Anohana, a girl who doesn't know what must be done to move on and in Angel Beats, a team fighting so that they don't have to move on.
Has the same genre drama that will definitely make your tears fall, mixed with gags that will at the same time make you laugh and also romance. Its difference is that in angel beats all of the characters are dead having difficulty in passing on but while in AnoHana only one of them are dead and what makes it dramatic is that she's one of the most important friend of the group who died in a tragic accident. Both of the anime are beautiful and you're totally gonna love it!
Another sad, touching, and life changing anime. The story plays at well, jsut a Angel Beats. The characters kinda remided me of each other. <3
Both of these anime have the afterlife mentioned, although AnoHana is not set there and only one character is dead. Both have sad yet happy endings and they both have the're funny moments
-They are both very sad and will make you cry
-Both have a lighter, fluffier side to them
-Both are quite memorable
-Both deal with death.
Although Angel Beats! includes action while AnoHana does not, both romance plots involve the characters falling in love despite the rough circumstances they're in.
Dead people. Mourning. Regaining of memories. Overall either one is depressing, but if you've watched AnoHana, Angel Beats! should be fine for you.
- Both are group of friends which somehow need to find answers and peace with himself.
- Each character has a story that will be discovered little by little and has a strong relationship with the main plot.
- As both animes progress we feel more involved with everything that happens.
- Both are animes that in simple words could, according to your taste, leave a mark on you.
Both shows have the same concept of allowing the dead to cross over to the next life. Sad moments, and excellent story telling for a heart-warming story overall.
both animes have a very amount of drama and really sad moments spliced with comedy also both of them have similar character development .
Both animes are emphasize the importance of friendship, especially for "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o ..." and from episode one
you can see those groups of kids and their life in terms of strong friendship that "will never be broken"-
both animes are taking place in "afterlife" settings
both are 9/10 animes, very Recommended
Both are very emotional stories with endearing characters. The style are very similar in some aspects... very homelike (or something like that). The background story of the protagonists have some shocking moments.
If you like to cry, these series are for you.
AnoHana and Angel Beats both share tales of the after-life. Each story deals with love and friendships, as well as loss and tragedy.
Both have heavy amounts of feels and emotion. Both share themes of death and depression whilst also teaching moral lessons, like letting go of something you love and cherishing the time you have on earth.
Both stories are somewhat related to the characters' past and the plot revolves around them clearing their mind up regarding what they've done etc.
Also both apparently make people cry, don't really know why
Angel Beats and Anohana are both very well done drama animes that are based around life after death and reincarnation. Both are very heart-warming and heart-wrenching animes that will make you cry. (Hopefully). Though these are both drama animes, there is some comedy sprinkled around both which makes you feel more involved with the characters and the story.
If you liked Angel Beats, you will love Anohana.
It's a "light" feeling anime about a group of friends, just like AnoHana. I would definitely recommend it. They both have fantasy elements and are about how a group of friends' lives are changed forever by different circumstances, including love, among other things.
The overall atmosphere of the series is very alike. Most of all because the characters of Manaka and Menma seem very similar, and both of them have a friend who always cares about them (Hikari and Jinta respectively). Both series are about a group of friends who spend time together.
In the sense of atmospheric mood--sweet adolescence romance between childhood friends! The sentimental feels that you'll get from watching the two are very alike where sometimes you just want to burst out in sheer joy for the characters or weep for them. Both have a drab of supernatural or out of the world charm that makes the love polygons more than any ordinary childhood crush.
Both main leads (Jintan in 'Ano Hana' and Hikari in 'Nagi no Asakura') are in love with a childhood friend and do not openly admit it. Both main lead girls, Menma (Ano Hana) and Manaka (Nagi no Asakura) have similar personalities: cheery, selfless, and often empathetic for others.
And with every love polygon...there exists a Girl B who likes the main lead male in both series and of course, a Boy B who notices it.
Both Anime are Drama that have a kind of 'fantasy' theme to them and a huge focus on the romance aspect. The main girl is very similar in both shows (in a way of being naive and overly moe) and the cast itself has a similar setup as well (2 girls, 3 guys and similar relationships imo).
Also at some point both focus on a somewhat important event, those episodes felt especially similar but overall you get a very similar feeling watch those two.
Dealing with friendship, loss, and coming of age. Really heartfelt series with similar OST and characters of similar age.
SIMILARITIES: group of friends, growing up together, unrequieted love, love triangle (and more complex polygons...), how relationships change over years, guy as main character and POV, childish girl as female protagonist.
DIFFERENCES, referred to AnoHana: way more tragic and sad, realistic setting.
As everyone said, both basically give off the same vibe. Both refreshing and don't claim to be more than they are, they don't claim to be the most exploring animes into the themes of childhood, they give what they want to give, a middle-school story.
Childhood friends relationships and growing up
Themes of change and fear of change
A perhaps too much focus on childhood love that conquers all
Manaka and Menma are alike but Manaka is more developed and becomes somewhat mature as the anime progresses (though we can't really blame Menma who's practically frozen in her childhood self)
Both have brilliant soundtracks and you can't ever feel the urge to skip the openings and endings in very episode
The characters of Nagi are more complex imo but then again its 13 Vs 26 eps. That being said, I think despite Nagi being longer, its pace and direction are actually better executed imo
brilliant art and animation for both and a beautiful colourful, summer-like feel to them both (especially at the beginning of Nagi)
I actually went back and watched some of Anohana after this
This two are more alike than me and my identical twin brother (haha ok, ok.. maybe not THAT alike, but still). Nonetheless, if you enjoyed the first one, it shows that you like love triangles, in which ofc someone is left outside of the geometrical shape of painful love, aaand you enjoy seeing them suffer throughout the series, therefore making you a sadist. OR you kinda hate this love-triangles but the story is so good that you can't stop watching and you choose to endure all those heart-crushing moments, which kinda makes you a masochist.. hahahaha k bye.
Nagi no Asukara and Anohana are both anime series with a similar atmosphere, small cast of characters, and involves romance between friends.
A shy young girl is in caught in the middle of a love triangle with more complex circumstances also involving themes of supernatural. Both series also has some emotional factors as characters tries to go deal with certain situations with their own hands.
•both anime focus on a group of friends, and there present lives while emotions begin to stir for each other, as the story continues, emotions explode and the story sets in motion, concluding for better or for worse
•both focus on the human interactions of certain incidents that happen during an event, and the result of the time lapse there emotions froze or changed for the better or for worse
•both are the light heartwrenching emotional roller coaster, that will make the audience cry out in happiness or sadness, it will stir up past feelings or present
•both are an anime that are enjoyable and will make you feel something for every episode, wheres its agony for the guy who wants the best for the girl he likes, or sadness because they love to be around the person they love even though there heart aches, they will always be happy for them
•they are both a great series to watch and the scenarios are very similar, with love triangles here and there, connecting one to the other for different reasons,
Very similar feeling. Lot's of drama and hidden feelings among a group of friends, resulting in/because of an unfortunate event. Also, both series revolve around their "mascot": an airheaded young girl who would do anything for her friends.
Similar romantic drama between a group of friends in school. Manaka and Menma are very similar and even have similar sounding VA's. Hikari and Jinta are also similar male protagonists, though Hikari is a bit more tsundere and jealous. They both have very similar feelings despite having very different settings.
Nagi no Asukara is basically a fusion or a mix of both AnoHana and Shinsekai Yori - they're both anime about a group of friends/teenagers growing up (mentally and physically) in an "unique" world related to magic in a way. Also the romance and feelings factor and characters are really similar to AnoHana. Menma could be compared to Manaka while Hikari could be compared to Jinta, etc. (Spoilers Alert) There also was a huge love "shape" (because it was basically a triangle that kept getting more angles as the episodes went on) a bit similar to AnoHana.
High school problems amidst a lot of rampant emotions and a slow journey into the characters' lives, make these anime similar.
Both have that lovely theme of friendship and will definitely make you cry at least once.
-Focuses on a group of friends and their relationships
-Both have love triangles
-Can make you cry
-Both are bittersweet dramas
-Has a colorful cast
-Both the main female characters are innocent and cheerful, yet complex.
This is an easy one. Both have a dramatic focused story line. They both have comedy and romance, but AnoHana is definitely more comedic while NagiAsu is much more romantic. They both have problem related to the past in different way. The main character are teenagers having difficulties to accept those changes around them. They leave you during all the show with a lot of bittersweet feelings.
They both are light hearted series about a group of friends. Just like in AnoHana, there is love involved. Manaka and Meike (main characters from both series) are very alike also.
If you a sucker for anime that makes you soft as hell; then I thoroughly recommend these anime. They both exert this "cry or else I'll fck you in the ass" feeling... Haha, sorry I know this isn't much information but if you like one then you will probably like the other. To sum they're both about a group of friends filled with drama, slice of life, and some sort of crying magic.
P.S: Even big boys can force tears :P.
Both stories are about childhood friends and how they cope with their feelings toward each other.
If you like watching the drama unfold in AnoHana, you may also like Nagi no Asukara. In my opinion, they're similar because of the drama, romance, artwork, character design, and supernatural essence. It's kind of difficult to explain without spoiling any plots, but both animes share same aspect of not being able to assume what's going to happen next. Also, another point that needs to be put out there is how there's always a lump of hopelessness that gets bigger and bigger with each passing episode until the very end. I think if you're into that sort of tear-jerking, tragic storyline, you might also enjoy Nagi no Asukara.
The characters are really similar, as is the plot line, since it focuses on similar themes/genres. It has light-hearted as well as sad/touching moments. Art also has a similar feel to it, but it's nicer in Nagi no Asukara. And they're both full to the brim of sometimes annoying, tearful love triangles!
Both have a group of friends that grew up together ever since their childhood. They build feelings for each other, and it's a really heartfelt adventure and experience.
Both of these shows have similar feelings (even though AnoHana is like 10x more dramatic). They portrait the daily lives of a group of childhood friends, with similar characters (Menma similar to Manaka and Jinta similar to Hikari) with an extremely beautiful environment. Also, both of these shows talk about changes in life.
Both deals with love pentagons and so on, both has similar main characters and will occasionally make you cry. Both has a mixed setting of supernatural and reaity. Both have student settings and they're a group of childhood friends as well. Very similar except for the setting and story.
The story line from each show is different from one another, but the slice of life aspect and the interactions between the main, girl character in both shows are very similar. There are several relationships involved, but both shows go beyond the surface level of exploring relationships.
Nagi no Asukara and AnoHana are both written by Mari Okada so there are some similar emotions that are brought out.
Story about friends,coming of age.... with the drama and hardships to tackle mixed in. Also the romance kinda feels similar,especially on the heroines' part.
+ The cast of friends have all grown up together but eventually, something happens along the way that splits them apart
+ They're bother rather depressing yet they leave a happy or innocent feeling in you once you finish it
+ Love triangles are involved
+ In the end, you can see the change between the group of friends compared to what they were like in the beginning and the end after dealing with their issues which is pretty depressing in my opinion. It basically shows how dramatically something can change a person
- Anohana focuses on only paranormal activities while Nagi no Asukara leans a lot more towards the fantasy world
The pains and joys of youthful friendship are what make them so strong, and what help them last. Even the calamities of romance cannot break this truly wondrous connection that we make between ourselves.
Like Anohana, Nagi no Asukara focuses on a group of friends who struggle through obstacles and change as they figure out who they want to be for themselves, and for the others. As the characters struggle through the calamity of romance threatening precious childhood friendships, we see them develop and mature into different people as time goes on. Similarly to Anohana, the characters in Nagi no Asukara work together to maintain what's most important to them—their friendships.
Similar Heart-warming Anime *-*
Ano and Nagi revolve around friendship and love depicted by a group of close friends who grow up together. In fact, the female leads in both anime have very similar emotions and characteristics. Both give very warm feeling to the audience. These two shows have touching endings.
The difference: Ano focusses mainly on the gang of friend but nagi is a bit more than that, it talks about the society in the sea and the land which involves a bigger group of people.
Friend group revolves around a certain person.
The whole time jump thing, ya know what i mean. you get to compare their childhood with 5-10 years later
Both will make you cry with their tales of love and loss. With the help of a supernatural force, the characters learn to cope with their grief and accept the fate of their situations.
I have a feeling that Ano Hana is like Clannad in the making. Maybe the atmosphere they give off? Anyway, both are awesome (so far Ano Hana is doing good). Quite the drama too. And yeah, both have deaths in it.
Both stories involve strong romance and friendship. They'll rip out your heart, throw it against the wall, and step on it without giving you the chance to grab the box of tissues. And it will probably do it several times. If you like one, you'll like the other. Just be sure to have the box of tissues ready beforehand.
When watching Ano Hana, it gave off the same atmosphere as After Story. They both involve a group of friends and love between two that ends tragically. There is a lot of drama in both and they will also make you cry. Ano Hana was the only anime too make me cry since I watched After Story, and that was a couple years ago. They are both amazing shows that will captivate you to want more because you finished them in a day.
Both of these anime unlocked the gate to my eternal manly feels. If you love a good old masculine cry, then these two anime are similar in that aspect. I suggest you do not watch Clannad: After Story before watching Clannad, so if you want a small one-night feels anime, watch Ano Hana. Both of these anime intentionally make the audience cry. If you bottle up your feels, you may find trouble enjoying either of these.
Dramatic plot development that feature friendship, family, using a small bit of supernatural plot device. You will undoubtedly encounter some intense catharsis along the way of watch both.
Lemme get one thing straight. Clannad After Story and AnoHana (abbreviation) will make you cry your little anime-loving eyes out just by how good story is.
Now here are some examples why they are similar:
Lots and lots of DRAMA. Yup.
2. The Atomosphere
You have a kinda heavy atomosphere that gets light hearted at some points.
Friends are not as close as they are after an event.
They're both deal with some type of loss and the struggles that come with it. Anohana will definitely have an impact on you mentally and physically, that is if you do start bawling. Also, the concept of strengthening their bonds with one another is definitely there. Oh, but I personally believe that anohana gives a bigger impact than clannad.
Well first of all, they both made me really sad and teary ;~;.
They both involve death, and love. They also have a triangle relationship between the main character, his lover, and his childhood friend. (Sorry, not really accurate! Trying to not give spoilers).
They both have fantastic artwork.
They are both rated 10/10 in my personal anime list!
If you enjoyed Clannad I'm sure you'd love AnoHana.
For me, at least, the only downside to Clannad: After Story was that is did indeed have to come to an end, leaving a void that simply could not be filled by lighter-hearted fair. Anohana was the show that broke the Post-Clannad void for me. I can sincerely recommend both shows for anyone with the desire to cry literal buckets of tears (unless your heart is a brick).
Though this story is rather different from Clannad. It has the same level of emotion. I'd say it's like as if someone where to condense Clannd into 11 episodes, it would give you Anohana. It's basically a story about Friendship, rather than Romance, which, I feel touches a wider audience, and the backlash of losing something (or someone -spoliers-) who you hold dear. After watching Clannad, and you feel like finding an anime to fill in that void, look no further, because Anohana, WE FOUND YOU!
both stories about friendship and relationships that will have you tearing up.
Both anime have a very strong sense of drama, and both stories feature an exceptional power to hit the viewer in the feelings. They can make you laugh, smile, and cry - as you find yourself to be in an emotional rollercoaster.
You will probably cry watching both shows.
good anime about life, friendship, and love.
focused on one male lead charter who helps his female lead character.
both anime has a great set of supporting cast of friends to help the lead charters develop, while they themselves develop in the process.
Both these animes made me cry rivers. They both have deaths in them that really make your heart ache. But, to watch Clannad: After Story, you have to watch Clannad, first. Both, are romance, but Clannad is a bit more romance than AnoHana. But, they are similar. I truly loved AnoHana, one of the couples were my first OTP, oh, the memories. And Clannad (before the after story) was the anime that made me addicted to anime. Hope you watch you it!
Anime based on a romance, with a very original story and with a touch of drama
If you feel a empty place in your heart after Clannad After Story and you're looking to fill that place with an anime that will gave you the same feeling then I can only think of one anime that's on the same level: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Even if at first they give a different impression, both series explore similar themes like family, friendship, loss and forgiveness and they're more related that you'd think.
Same feels and void to both anime. Impeccable character development to a very 'human' cast. In both series the protagonist is a generally unhappy person, whether its because he has lost someone, or he is generally unhappy with his life. Finally, they both have supernatural elements, which influences the story.
Both follow the story of a main character losing someone important in his life, and teach lessons on how to cope with the tragedy.
Both are tearjerkers.
Both are tragic love stories full loss. Supernatural forces are involved as the main character struggles to deal with the pain.
Both shows are absolute masterpieces, Clannad is longer and has more development whereas Anohana is short but doesn't fail to make you cry. If you like one, you will love the other.
Both have emotional stories and while at first, they both have unrelatable characters turn out to be really good and highly memorable. Both will have tear-jerking moments. This may be a controversial comment, but I cried more for Anohana, and unlike the Clannad series where you have to go through 44 episodes, Anohana only takes 11, so it is at least worth the watch.
-Both are really emotional
-Will hit you in the feels
if you are looking for a anime that will make you cry both of these are perfect for you.
How did your Tears Taste? Good? Want to try some more? You do? Watch this one :3.
Clannad: After Story and Anohana are both very emotional anime's. They are both in the genre of slice of life. The characters in each deal with happiness, confusion and loss. They can be very exciting and happy at times and at other times it is extremely sad. There is death in each anime where the other characters have to learn how to deal with their deaths. They go through Denial, Anger, Depression, and Acceptance. I believe that these anime's are very similar and if you liked one of these you should try watching the other. They are both very good anime's.
-Both give the same feeling/atmosphere
-Both have something to do with the theme "Summer"
-Both are interesting
Love and drama
Maincharacters are alike
similar chara design
have the same feel
both have summer theme
• Similar art style
• Both are original anime productions
• Both give the same feeling
• Both have "romance"
Group of friends developing emotions to each other/same director
Anohana and Ano Natsu de Matteru are both emotional anime that have a nearly identical mode of story telling and main male protagonists trying to fulfill the wish of a girl that may eventually disappear from their lives. They also have really similar characters - a socially awkward male, a paranormal girl and their friends in between who are in a pinch regarding their love lives. Both series offer superb animation and feature a lot of touching moments that will most likely make you let out tears and leave you with a happy smile in the end. If you liked watching one of them you shouldn't hesitate to try out the other.
Both involve a group of friends that suffer from unrequited love. The atmosphere also feels similar.
- the character design
- the vibe of love pentagon
- the feelings
- the storytelling style
- same director
the atmosphere is really similar and both heads towards a friendship setting
Both series has a lighthearted sort of feeling involving romance and drama. The protagonist seems to be the center of it all as he tries to fulfill the wishes of the heroine.
The main characters are rather similar s well. The protagonist is somewhat cynical and the heroine is strange.
Additionally, the director worked on both of these series hence the dramatic story. And as for the stories, both series are build from friendship, trials, misunderstandings, and bonds.
* Same director
* Nice drama plot
* Both stories have summer theme (most of the time)
* Love conflicts
* Good ending
Friendship and Love. Both have a tragic emotional feel
Both deal with a lot of drama and also have similar style.... That's because both anime were made by the same people!!
•both are from the same anime company/producer which = same character designs, atmosphere, art style
•both anime focus on fullfilling a wish of an important person to the boy protagonist, which they know they will eventually dissappear
•both contain romances/love triangles/hardships of loss
•both have a familiar story throughout the anime which both of the anime ends in sadness
•both are really pleasant to watch, so if you watch one, you must watch the other.
Both involve a group of friends and have a supernatural girl (ghost/alien). They both have love triangles, squares, or whatever... They are both "summer" themed and also have similar art.
-both romance slice of life genre
-both have tear jerking moments
-both have love triangles...more than that rather
-both heroine is going away..something like that..
a few similarities:
- same director
- same artist
- the lead female protagonists in both series have the same voice actor
- summer theme
- both revolve around relationships
Both series take place during the summer and the life changing experiences that the characters go through.
Both series have interesting characters with interesting relationships.
Both series slightly involve supernatural events with ghosts in Ano Hana and aliens in Ano Natsu.
Both series have similar art styles and character designs.
Both series involve romance.
Very similar feel of summertime and a group of friends with plenty of tear jerking action. In both shows there is a unique main female lead and very relatable main characters. Both include relationship drama and love triangle/squares. The art style is also similar. Overall they two shows just feel very similar in many different ways.
Both of the Main Characters are in love with a girl that is a fictional creature (ghost/alien). They also both have the same character designer.
Ano Natsu and Anohana have a similar feel to their content and atmosphere such as the summer setting, dramedy, and character development. The central theme in this is based around love, a love triangle, and personal conflicts. You might laugh, and cry at the same time as you progress through the story with a likable story and characters.
Anohana follows six childhood friends, who are in their separate ways after one childhood friend was involved in an accident who turned into a ghost. Ano Natsu follows an alien girl who crash land on Earth and the boy was involve with that accident.
Both anime have a ''what it seems'' lovely happy team of kids...but with secrets, fears, thoughts they can't share!
They contain love, painfull love, and sadness and tears!
Both anime have a characters that is kinda ''strange''...who comes and changes everything in the loves of the protagonists!
- They both have same art style.
- The situation of the two female protagonist might look different but technically they are same.
- I love both of their Op and ED
- the story lines take place in a certain "Summer"
Well.. basically its the same story about someone outside your logic mind..
If you look closely at the Characters in Anohana they resemble the characters in Ano Natsu. and ends in a tear jerking scene.
Both Clannad and Ano Hana are good dramas featuring the development of friendship and a bit of supernatural events.
The main difference between thoso two is that Clannad has a lot more of funny scenes and jokes, while Ano Hana is on the cute side and deeply focused on its long drama.
If you want a soft drama, Clannad is your call. But if you really want the tears to flow, Ano Hana is the choice. They are two sides of the same coin.
Both the series are awesome slice of life which can make your cry. In both the series, the main protagonist is a delinquent who has to help a moe girl. The interactions they have with other characters form the rest of story. Although both play out a bit differently, if you like one, you should check the other out
Clannad's Fuko (first) arc reminds me of AnoHana. Meiko and Fuko's personalities are very similar and they start being forgotten, one by one. However, the male lead tries his best to remember the female lead with the help of his friends. Both are extreme tearjerkers.
Both Protagonist had given up on the world both had a girl that made the change.Both have funny scenes and sad scenes.
They focus on love, friendship and growing up while being at the same time extremly cute and very sad.
The male leads share a similar attitude with Jinta (AnoHana) being a Hikikomori and Tomoya just seeing life as dull and boring and not believing in himself or a future.
The most obvious similarity in my opinion appears between the first Arc in Clannad and AnoHana as a whole. They share a kind of "ghost" theme, a girl that is very similar and the theme of forgetting somebody and granting a person's wish. Honestly, the similarity in plot is striking.
However while Clannad tries to break the tearjerking moments with well placed comedy, AnoHana tries to be more serious of the two. Yet obviously neither show aims to be entirly realistic.
Both animes deal with a ghost girl who has a wish they want to be fulfilled. They're also both very dramatic and sad at times. Nonetheless, both shows are excellent series in their own right. Highly recommended for people who love dramas!
The feeling of tragedy and the sorrowful past is never easy. Both these series has the potential to bring a viewer to tears with its beautiful story and colorful characters. For anime fans interested in drama and sorrow stories, these two are a must-see.
Clannad and Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai don't have similar names, but they are similar. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai made me cry so much that I thought my eyes started bleeding, while Clannad was so sad that my heart stopped at a couple moments during the story because of how targic the scenes were. It didn't matter that Clannad started as a game because even though games are worse than anime, it tugged on my heart strings so hard that I thought I had a heart attack. These anime are packed with enough impact to cause you to die twice due to emotional heart attack. Seriously though, these anime are overly dramatic and irritating to me at least.
Dramatic plot development that feature friendship, family, using a small bit of supernatural plot device. You will undoubtedly encounter some intense catharsis along the way of watch both.
These two beautifully animated anime both give out a similar feeling. They're super-sad anime about high schoolers and they have themes of moving on past a dark past.
Both are EXTREMELY sad and are major tear jerkers. Both have a sad but happy story to tell. Both main male characters are people you could call "delinquents" that go on a metaphorical journey with the ones they care for.
-Both series focus on friendship and romance and have tear-jerking stories. Both contain jealously and envy which make good drama. Both have a girl who's a spirit. Also, both need another season in my opinion (but they probably won't have one... ;~;).
for the start of clannad when the story was centered around fuko it is very similar to anohana as it is about the ghost of a young girl who can only be seen by a select amount of people. Both have excellent story lines and can easilly make you shed a few tears.
If you loved Clannad your gonna love Onahana! It's a little short, but the climax at the end just bombs you with feelings and makes you cry!
both are sad, and touching. They are both beautiful shows that by the end will have you crying like a bitch.
Almost all the emotions of sadness, romance and drama gathered here in Clannad and Anohana. Both of them gathering an excellent characters that care about each other.Both of them also characterized with sense of humor.
So if you want your heart to get broke or crying until your eyes get dry then watch one of the two series that you did not see.
High School slice of life featuring individual problems of the characters and how friendship can help to solve it. In the process you will enjoy the drama and the jokes together with a little of supernatural activity.
How did your Tears Taste? Good? Want to try some more? You do? Watch this one :3.
Both have wonderful story plots and have amazing top notch dramas that will leave you in tears but at the same time have a smile on your face and clapping once you realise how well those scenes are executed.
Two shows with a focus on drama and the personal relationships between a group of friends.
Feelings, emotions, love affairs + supernatural touch.
Both anime have a similar story about relationships between friends
AnoHana has more in common with the heavier aspects of Kokoro Connect, primarily personal issues and how these strain friendships. While Kokoro Connect might be how a group of friends can fall apart, AnoHana starts with estranged friends after the damage is already done. A visitor tries to change that, though reconciliation can be a difficult journey.
There's a very similar atmosphere in both series. Each of the characters are extensively explored and gain a better understanding of each other through very unnatural experiences.
The premise of the series may be different, but excluding that, if you like the character development in either of the series, you'll sure to like the other show.
They both focus on à group of friends and due to some supernatural events their feelings and relation are put on the edge. Both anime have the same warm feelin. There's comedy but Both series also touches some heavy subjects, wich makes them both great.
Ano Hana and Kokoro Connect are similar because they both involves friendship and romance. Problems come up between the friends but they eventually solve it and have a better understanding of each other.
Both are drama anime that deal with character relationships and life problems. AnoHana is almost always serious with a melancholic tone, whereas Kokoro Connect tends to be lighter with more comedy. I encourage any drama fans to check these out.
Both are great anime dramas
Kokoro's group of friends face issues that may tear them apart, and Ano's group faces issues which also cause life-changing effects
Both animes have a bit of supernatural aspect to them
They both are very well crafted stories that delve into the human condition and the relationships between the characters through a supernatural event. Both stress the importance of friendship and the supernatural catalyst causes them to come together (In Anohana this is more evident and Kokoro Connect delves far deeper into what strains can develop between friends).
Both have a group of friends that more or less deal with the supernatural. Controversy spreads through both series, but the group eventually works together. The pace of both series flow very well and will surely touch your heart. Oh, and they both have love polygons.
Both are based on a group of friends that go through various conflicts due to supernatural causes
Both plots arise and fall because of the strong emotions that run through the groups
Both have love/hate relaitionships within the group
First of all Kokoro Connect probably won't make you break down AS hard as Anohana. Besides that all the character relationships are there among these friends. So sally forth on another emotional rollercoaster!
Both stories center around childhood friends who went through a series of trials and struggles together upon encountering a supernatural phenomenon. The theme for both series revolves around the importance of friendship and accountability. They were also able present impeccable artistry (especially the musical scores) and spiritual value.
Both anime are capable in mixing the viewers' emotion as they offer emotional conflicts. They also provides the viewers with a lesson about life, as the conflicts that appear in the anime are somewhat similar to our daily life and may happen in regular occurance
Both are about group of friends and their encounter with supernatural.
Both of these animes focuses on the bonds between the group of characters that you'll probably love, and both are about a sudden "surprise" in their lives, although Kokoro Connect was cut into many different arcs. They have just too many similarities, such as the animation. Not to mention that they both deal with the "supernatural," although again, Kokoro Connect gives much more of that feeling than Ano Hana
If you liked either Kokoro Connect or Ano Hana, give the other one a try, you won't regret it! :)
- Both anime deal with the theme of friendship during adolescence and have characters that are realistic and relatable.
- Both anime have great art style.
- Both anime also share supernatural elements which catalyse emotions in both groups of friends.
- Both anime are emotional.
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