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If you liked
Neon Genesis Evangelion
...then you might like
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Being a magical girl and using your powers to fight evil. Or piloting a giant mecha and protecting the Earth from an alien onslaught. Doesn't it sound like fun? Well, it's not really all that fun for the kids in these series.

Shouldering a very heavy responsibility - the fate of the world - and the emotional trauma that can come from that. Being different from the other children, and not necessarily in a good way; and how their newfound powers can affect the people around them. These are some of the themes explored in both works. Moreover, they also explore the fundementals of human nature and whether humanity and dreams are worth sacrifice.

Both series are dark, thought-provoking deconstructions of their respective genres. Completely redefining their genre, they have set the norm for what other shows aspire to become - revolutionary masterpieces.

If you liked
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
...then you might like
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follow young men in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. While Edward and Al are on a journey to find the Philosopher stone to gain back what they lost, Aladdin fights to protect the flow of fate and the balance of the world. Both are blessed with unimaginable talent and potential. Although they start out powerless, they grow through each battle and each new encounter; gaining new friends and enemies along the way.

Both anime have similar themes and feel to them. The coming of age is a major theme in both as well as the importance of friendship. Though they give the initial impression of being light and whimsical in tone, they can also be quite dark and gritty; exploring various mature issues including slavery, politics, and even death.

Although these are both considered shounen, they target a more mature audience. The childlike innocence of both protagonists coupled with the humour will at times contrast with the dark, corrupt reality they were thrust upon. Yet for the most part, both series still retain their lightheartedness and find a fine balance between them.

They both break the norm of a typical shounen and can be best summed up with one word - epic.

If you liked
Clannad
...then you might like
Little Busters!

Clannad and Little Busters are both astounding works written by Jun Maeda and adapted from visual novels created by Key. Thus, the similarities in style and presentation between the two are enormous.

They draws you in with it's beautiful animation, stunning soundtrack, and heart wrenching storylines. Both share this magical world created of similiar weaving stories that captivate the heart and leave you wanting more.

While they are both harem anime by definition, they are done in a way that can be taken seriously; neither series is loaded with perversion or fanservice. Instead, both of the series focus on developing the characters through their interaction in the present as well as flashbacks from the past. They make you walk each step with them as you feel their emotions and listen to their thoughts.

Clannad and Little Busters are two sides of a coin. Not only do they both have the same target audience, enjoying one series consequently results in the enjoyment of the other.

If you liked
SKET Dance
...then you might like
Gintama': Enchousen

Calling both of these hilarious would be an understatement. Despite a considerable difference in setting, Gintama' Enchousen and SKET Dance share a similar comedic style that could best be summed up with one word - randomness.

The very purpose of Yorozuya and Sket-Dan are fundamentally the same: they do anything for their clients. In most cases, both of them go through outrageous lengths in order to accomplish their tasks. Moreover, both groups are composed of three members who play very similar roles: a leader, a strong female, and an otaku. Their personalities are so strikingly similar that a crossover was made highlighting that very premise.

The main aspect that distinguishes both series from the rest is its unique sense of humor. Both series parody other anime series but do so in a brilliant and creative manner. If Gintama is considered the king of comedy, Sket Dance would be the prince.

If you liked
GTO
...then you might like
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu

Protagonists that break society's norm of a typical teacher. They both provide the students with life lessons through unorthodox means. A tentacled monster that plans on destroying the Earth in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu and a reformed biker gang leader in GTO.

Both teachers go through outrageous lengths; following their own unconventional methods to help the students in both school and real life. They are constantly pursuing the ambition to become the world's greatest teacher.

If you liked
Nisekoi
...then you might like
Koisome Momiji

Similar characters, art style, and themes. Both protagonists start off in a "fake" relationship with the female lead. In Nisekoi, they become lovers to stop the feud between their families, while they become a couple in Koisome Momiji as practice for the heroine's role in a movie. Will this "fake" relationship ever become reality?

Plenty of drama and misunderstandings are sure to ensue in this romantic school comedy between the protagonist, his crush, and the childhood friend.

If you liked
Kagami no Kuni no Harisugawa
...then you might like
Koisome Momiji

A light-hearted school romance centered around a love triangle between the protagonist, his crush, and the typical childhood friend.

Both series have similar characters, art style, and tone. Jealousy, drama, and plenty of misunderstandings are sure to ensue when the protagonist is unable to choose between the two. If you enjoyed reading one, you'll surely love the other.

If you liked
Hoshi no Samidare
...then you might like
Sensei no Bulge

An epic "save the world" theme. In Hoshi no Samidare, the "Biscuit Hammer" will eventually crack the Earth in two, while in Sensei no Bulge the planet is plunged into an endless war. Both protagonists are forced to fight in order to protect and save the planet. With the help of a mentor, they grow stronger through training and each battle. They are both motivated by the same goal: to protect their loved ones.

If you liked
Suzuka
...then you might like
Koisome Momiji

Typical boy meets girl story but with a twist. The main heroine in Koisome Momiji is a famous actor, while the one in Suzuka is a talented athlete. Both have love triangles that will inevitably lead to jealousy and plenty of drama. It is a light-hearted school romance manga that will leave you wanting more.

If you liked
Akumetsu
...then you might like
Ratman

Superheroes and justice are the two central themes of both mangas. Akumetsu appeals to an older audience with a dark and mature tone, while Ratman appeals to a younger audience with a more comedic and light hearted story. Both explore the philosophy of "what is good?" and "what is evil?" but only Akumetsu establishes a clear answer and distinction between the two, while Ratman does so vaguely through it's cheek humor and fanservice.

Both protagonists are seen as evil "superheroes" by society but there is a fundamental difference between the two. Ratman is feared solely because of his monster-like appearance, while Akumetsu is feared because of his violent approach in killing those he deems "evil". However, both wear the mask of a hero to ultimately help society as they firmly follow their own sense of justice.

If you liked
20th Century Boys
...then you might like
Believers

"What the hell is going on?" is usually the thought that comes to mind when first reading either. But each mystery and loose end is slowly unraveled as the story progresses. Both mangas heavily focus on psychological conflicts and character development but only Believers includes adult interactions and erotic behavior.

In both stories, a bizzare cult is at fault for the several occurring deaths and disappearances. Standing at the top in 20th Century Boys is "Friend", while in Believers a man called "Master". Both protagonists are deeply connected with the cult, but approach it differently. Kenji seeks to find "Friend" and put an end to his cult, while the protagonist known as "Operator" is manipulated by "Master" and fully believes the ideals of his cult. Although Believers cannot compare to the magnitude of 20th Century Boys, both are compelling psychological/mystery manga that will leave you at the edge of your seat.

If you liked
Jisatsutou
...then you might like
EX - Shounen Hyouryuu

Both share a common theme of being forcefully stranded on a deserted island. As they are separated from civilization, they struggle against the forces of nature as well as the faults of humanity. They both soon understand that the most dangerous animals are humans themselves. Both portray a dark tone and give off the same feeling of hopelessness. They explore the mentality of the human mind and how one copes in the face of a desperate situation. While some characters succumb to the pressure, others endure it and become stronger as a result.

If you liked
Mahou Sensei Negima!
...then you might like
Countrouble

Both are harem mangas that focus on comedy. The only difference is Negima starts out the same as Countrouble but slowly goes into more of an shounen, action, and adventure kind route. Also, both protagonists can use magic, which can sometimes aid them or further worsen their problems. They are mistaken as a pervert in the beginning but soon gain the trust and even the love of those around them.

If you liked
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
...then you might like
Last Ranker - Be The Last One

Both protagonists are pursuing the path of strength. Kenichi trains in Ryozanpaku to protect those dear to him, while Zig fights to become the acknowledged as the strongest. They both have a female friend and a possible love interest that help them achieve their goal.

If you liked
Hunter x Hunter
...then you might like
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Both protagonists are young boys in constant pursuit of a goal. Gon aspires to become a hunter to find his father, while Aladdin fights to protect the flow of fate. They are both blessed with unimaginable talent and potential. Although they start out powerless, they grow through each battle and each new encounter; gaining new friends and enemies along the way. Both mangas have similar themes and art styles. A fantasy with plenty of action, comedy, and adventure. If you enjoyed one, you'll surely love the other.

If you liked
Mahou Sensei Negima!
...then you might like
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Both mains are blessed with the power of magic. Although they are still quite young, they both show great maturity for their age and are willing to risk anything for the sake of their friends. They both are in constant pursuit of a similar goal. Negi trains to become a Magister Magi like his father, while Aladdin battles to keep the world on the proper path and fights to become the king of all Magi. Both are a fantasy world with plenty of comedy, action, and adventure. The only difference is Mahou Sensei Negima is a harem, while Magi is not.

If you liked
GTO
...then you might like
Dragon Zakura

Both have protagonists who were once ex-delinquents and part of a biker gang in high school. They become teachers with the hopes of boosting their own career and becoming the world's greatest. Because of their rebellious state in the past, they are able to conform with the students' own problems and solve them.

They both break society's norm of a typical teacher. They use their own methods of teaching. Onizuka does so in a more violent and comedic way, while Kenji follows a more logical and intellectual approach.

If you liked
Holyland
...then you might like
Buyuden

They both are about fighting. Buyuden is only about boxing, while Holyland compromises a mix of different kinds of martial arts. The coming of age is a major theme in both.

Action and romance are the main genres in the manga. Both protagonists have a love interest and seek to have their love blossom as they continue inside the world of fighting.

If you liked
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
...then you might like
RRR

Both revolve around fighting. However, RRR focuses solely on boxing while the latter on different types of martial arts.

Both protagonists also have similar personalities. When pushed to the brink of collapse, they find a way to surpass their limits and win. They each have mentors that help their disciples grow both physically and mentally.

If you liked
Eyeshield 21
...then you might like
Baby Steps

Central theme, plot, and the characters are all very similar.

Both protagonists are clumsy and a complete beginner in the sport. But they both have a special trait that let them shine and leave the crowd in awe. With each match, they grow gaining new friends and rivals along the way.

If you liked
Mirai Nikki
...then you might like
Area D: Inou Ryouiki

Similar art style and dark tone. The plot is centered around a life and death game of survival. Both stories revolve around protagonists with special powers. They are forced to use it to fight for their lives and survive. The characters in both are mysterious and it is difficult to differentiate them between a friend or foe.

If you liked
Suzuka
...then you might like
Baby Steps

Both mangas focus on sports and romance. However, keep in mind that Suzuka is a romance manga with track and field on the side, while Baby Steps is more sports oriented with romance on the side.

Both protagonists are a complete beginner in the sport but posses a special talent that separate them from the norm and allow them to shine. They both also deal with romance, drama, and slice of life. Although both heavily focus on one genre (romance or sports) over the other, they are a must read for any shounen lover.

If you liked
Smash!
...then you might like
Baby Steps

Both are very similar in style and theme. Smash is about badminton, while Baby Steps is about tennis. Both leads are new to the sport but display immeasurable talent and growth with each match.

They focus not only on the sport being played but also on the relationships between each character. New friends are made as the story progresses as well as rivals. Most importantly, the romance aspect is heavily focused on and enhance the story's enjoyment to any shounen lover.

If you liked
Love Letter
...then you might like
Negaigoto 300000 km/s

Both are one-shots. They involve couples deeply in love yet are forced to part due to circumstances. If you enjoyed one, you'll definitely love the other.

If you liked
Eyeshield 21
...then you might like
Haikyuu!!

Sena (American Football) and Hinata (Volleyball) are a complete beginner in the sport. However, they each have a special trait that let them shine within the game and leave the crowd speechless. Sena's running speed allow him to pass through any opponent, while Hinata's jumping ability allows him to spike the ball through any blocker. Both mangas contain very similar themes and styles. They both are a must read for any shounen lover. If you loved Eyeshield 21, you will surely enjoy High Kyuu!

If you liked
Slam Dunk
...then you might like
Haikyuu!!

Both protagonists are a complete beginner in the sport. Sakuragi in Basketball and Hinata in Volleyball. They start out as a laughing stock and a complete failure. But they both possess a special talent that make them shine and leave the crowd in disbelief and total awe. High Kyuu has the traits necessary to become a masterpiece much like Slam Dunk. If you loved Slam Dunk, you'll surely enjoy High Kyuu!

If you liked
Guilty Crown
...then you might like
Sword Art Online

The protagonists live a boring school life but are dragged into an unknown world with their lives at stake. Shu (Guilty Crown) is somewhat of an emo and a coward who obtains the power of the King unknowingly, while Kirito (Sword Art Online) chooses to become stronger through vigorous training to survive and clear the twisted virtual world he was thrust into. They both have a female partner and other companions that help them achieve their goals. Since both are produced by the same company, I also expect Sword Art Online to display stunning visuals and music much like its past predecessors.

If you liked
Summer Wars
...then you might like
Sword Art Online

They both contain two separate worlds: the cyber world and the real world. The protagonist in Summer Wars tries to save the world from a threat appearing on the net, while Sword Art Online has the main trying to clear a death game inside a twisted virtual world. Both have companions that aid them as they pursue their endeavors.

If you liked
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
...then you might like
Sword Art Online

Both protagonists are normal students thrust into another world with their lives on the line. The characters in Sword Art Online are trapped within the game, while those in C can freely transfer from the normal world to the Financial District. Moreover, the story focuses on fantasy, action, and romance as both protagonists have a female partner alongside them.

If you liked
Persona 4 The Animation
...then you might like
Sword Art Online

Both appeal to the shounen audience with sci-fi and action. The male protagonists jump into another world and risk their lives fighting for something. I believe the tone and style for both anime will be similar to each other

If you liked
Lock On!
...then you might like
Photokano: Sweet Snap

Both protagonists have a genuine interest in photography. Both focus on school romance with bits of comedy and harem on the side

If you liked
Ginen Shounen
...then you might like
Photokano: Sweet Snap

Both male protagonists take an interest in photography for the girl they like. Their endeavor to have their love blossom begins the main premise of the manga. Although both of their loves seem mutual, several obstacles block their path.

If you liked
Lock On!
...then you might like
Ginen Shounen

Both male protagonists have a special ability with the camera. In Lock On, he has photographic memory, while the other can predict the future. Both become photographers to make others happy and capture their smiles

If you liked
Ai Yori Aoshi
...then you might like
Sora no Manimani

Old childhood friends re-unite after a long period of time and are both focus on comedy, romance, and slice of life. One is set in high school and the other one as college students.

If you liked
Princess Lover!
...then you might like
Freezing

BIG BOOBS. This sums up the main theme of both animes. If you're into harem, ecchi, and lots of fanservie, you'll enjoy either anime.

If you liked
One Piece
...then you might like
Defense Devil

Both are mainly focused on comedy and action. Altough Defense Devil has a much more darker tone than One Piece, they explore similar themes and ideas (such as nakamas, jutsice, etc).

If you're a shounen lover, you'll definitely enjoy both of these series

If you liked
NHK ni Youkoso!
...then you might like
Mawaru Penguindrum

Both are very thought-provoking series that explore complex themes and abstract ideas.
They open up a new world for the audience to see through. In NHK, the life of a NEET and in Mawara Penguindrum the beauty of life. After watching either, you'll view the world in a new light

If you liked
Highschool of the Dead
...then you might like
EX - Shounen Hyouryuu

-The characters in both are engulfed in a major disaster that changes those around them. They are forced to find a way to cope with the change as humanity's last hope -The male protagonists gains lifelong companions along his journey -The disaster that occurs in both change the majority of people into mindless lunatics/zombies.

If you liked
Liar Game
...then you might like
Btooom!

Both are forced into a life and death game. Btoom focuses on action, while Liar Game on psychological mind fucks.

If you liked
Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
...then you might like
Major S1

Both male protagonists are a "genius" in their specified sport. However, they start off hopeless and grow with each game and each new encounter. Both of them are also very similar in character (hot-headed, dedicated, etc).
Character development is evident in both but Major emphasizes this element more with each season (6 in total) as you see the protagonist Goro grow from a baby to an adult.
Both contain similar themes and have a mutual love interest. If you enjoy the sport, you'll love the anime.

If you liked
Slam Dunk
...then you might like
Major S1

Both male protagonists are a "genius" in their specified sport. However, they start off hopeless and grow with each game and each new encounter.
Character development is evident in both but Major emphasizes this element more with each season (6 in total) as you see the protagonist Goro grow from a baby to an adult.
Both contain similar themes and have a love interest. If you enjoy the sport, you'll love the anime.

If you liked
Slam Dunk
...then you might like
Area no Kishi

Both male protagonists are a "genius" in their specified sport. However, they start off hopeless and grow with each game and each new encounter. Both contain similar themes and have a somewhat mutual love interest. If you enjoy the sport, you'll love the anime.

If you liked
Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
...then you might like
One Piece

Both heavily focus on shounen and comedy. The male protagonists both start off hopeless as they are plunged into a new world (Kyosuke with Soccer and Luffy in the Grand Line). However, they grow and gain new friends and rivals along their journey.

If you liked
One Piece
...then you might like
Slam Dunk

Both heavily focus on shounen and comedy. The male protagonists both start off hopeless as they are plunged into a new world (Sakurag with Basketball and Luffy within the Grand Line). However, they grow and gain new friends and rivals along their journey.

If you liked
20th Century Boys
...then you might like
Gantz

The people are forced to be a part of a 'game', the purpose of which they aren't told. Both protagonists seek to find the "bad guy" and aim to end the senseless game in which they were plunged into unknowingly.

If you liked
20th Century Boys
...then you might like
Liar Game

The characters in both are involved in a life or death game. The "game" in 20th century boys involves the entire world, while Liar Game is much smaller.
Both focus mainly on psychological conflits and character development. You need to actually think to understand the story of either

If you liked
GTO
...then you might like
Hareluya II Boy

Two strong male protagonists. Their actions influence the people around them and teach them life lessons. GTO is highly regarded as a masterpiece but Hareluya also shines in its own way.

If you liked
Speed Grapher
...then you might like
Gantz

Dark and gritty with a fair amount of violence, as well as genetic mutations/evolutions in humans/robots that may give them monstrous qualities. Speed Grapher is more about corruption and vice, while Gantz is about violence begetting violence, but a fan of one series is likely to enjoy the other.

If you liked
Death Note
...then you might like
Zetman

-Both focus on darker themes.
-Both tell stories of the immorality displayed by people
-They both question the true ideals of justice.

If you liked
Death Note
...then you might like
Hunter x Hunter (2011)

-Both animes have a type of "intellectual" battle going on. They both feature battles of wits. Even though Hunter x Hunter focuses more on action and Death Note with more psychological aspects, they still closely coincide with each other.
-Both protagonists are in pursuit of a goal. Light to become God and Gon to find his father

If you liked
Kaze no Stigma
...then you might like
Toaru Majutsu no Index

- Both are set in a world that is quite normal on the first look (one is a bit more futuristic though) but involve supernatural occurrences, like magicians or people with abnormal powers.
- Both male protagonists are badass. Touma with his Imagine Breaker and Kazuma with his affinity to fire

If you liked
One Piece
...then you might like
Toaru Majutsu no Index

- The protagonists Luffy and Touma are both all about protecting and saving others regardless of any consequences. They both have limited amount of power but somehow manage to survive many fights against most powerful villains. They continue to grow with each battle and gain new companions in their journey.
- Both are compromised mostly of comedy, action, and fantasy elements

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