Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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Japanese: 田中くんはいつもけだるげ
English: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
German: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
French: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2016 to Jun 25, 2016
Premiered: Spring 2016
Broadcast: Saturdays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Web manga
Genre: Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: IyashikeiIyashikei, SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.841 (scored by 196449196,449 users)
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Ranked: #8402
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Popularity: #451
Members: 425,832
Favorites: 4,079

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Both titles are character driven comedy. Both titles have little girl befriend deliquent girl with cute side. Both titles posters looks alike. Nozaki romance is main plot while Tanaka is in the background.  
report Recommended by Fiora
Tanaka-kun and Oreki both like to do things that require the least amount of energy. Although Tanaka-kun takes it to a whole new level and is more of a school-life comedy while Hyouka is a mystery anime. Both the Anime have a rather cute art style.  
report Recommended by EmmyBomb
Settings are different but the atmosphere same Very calm relaxing both are Slice of Life and Comedic Most of the time nothing really happens but the side characters are very unique and interesting  
report Recommended by zirbat
Two slice of life comedies about the characters at school (most of the time) and focus just on their everyday. Despite differing in plot and setting, their slow paced natures and style in how their episodes present themselves are very similar to each other, both directed by Shinya Kawatsura and from the same studio too which could've had an influence to this. Even their next episode previews are similar in feel too as well as both OSTs composed by the same composer. Both shows are fun, relaxing, and a good time to be had. There might not be as much moe in Tanaka-kun but if you like one  read more 
report Recommended by BonBonToro
a true slice of life with not so heavy romance. visual is also very similar 
report Recommended by sora2eugene
School life setting plus comedy. Both series main characters avoid being the center of attention but often misunderstood for their action. 
report Recommended by aisoka
They give the same relaxing, pleasant vibe. Both are slice of life about getting to know new people and making new friends. Isshuukan Friends has more drama, although it has a lot of funny moments as well; while Tanaka-kun is more about comedy (even the "dramatic parts" are fun). The characters are interesting and cute in both shows. If you watched Isshuukan Friends, I recommend you this, and vice-versa. Enjoy! 
report Recommended by MaahHeim
The main characters are obviously similar in their quest for sleep/listlessness. They both care mainly just about being cozy and most of the humor comes from their drive to achieve this, and the way that the supporting cast responds to them is what drives the jokes home. Similar humor throughout. If you enjoy one, you will certainly enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both are relaxing and calming shows  
report Recommended by jasonpanda_
the story about people who have unique personalities that different with the other and the setting in school. tanaka is about his listless and sakamoto with his motto " do it with style" for doing anything . both series is funny with their jokes.  
report Recommended by hendrisaputro65
Even if Nichijou is kind of more exaggerated, Tanaka-kun has a similiar atmosphere thanks to its color palette, simple character designs and the fact that it consists on comedic sketches, which tend to revolve around a particular theme or thing happening.  
report Recommended by MohitVermillion
Like the other user said, they are relaxing. But it is not only that. Although they don't share a similar plot, they focus on aspects of everyday life and interpersonal relationships. They also share a certain vibe that is both relaxing and showcases they beauty in everyday's life. 
report Recommended by KaipZ
We can see a main characters who is unique in their own way but relatable to lazy people in real life. they are both funny in their own way and then come other characters who make then more funny in daily life 
report Recommended by boyoungsi
Character driven comedy 
report Recommended by tatsuyo
Despite having contrast personality, the MCs of both anime are quite similar: -They got the same hairstyle :p -Similar facial expression (at some moments, I saw Tanaka's face in Aoyama xD) -Most of the characters understand what person the MC is (In Keppeki Danshi, the other characters understand that Aoyama is a clean freak who loves to make everything clean. While in Tanaka-kun, they know that Tanaka is a lazy boy who needs help from Oota (lol)). 
report Recommended by renzospark
Both anime are similar in a way where the characters just live their everyday life and fun to watch. 
report Recommended by Hishiron
They're both quite calming slice of life comedies. A nice cast of fun characters with a charming art style. You could put either of these happily in the background while multi-tasking. 
report Recommended by AmooWatches
Both shows feature "strange students" who act socially-inept compared to the rest of their classmates. Both shows are slice of life with comedy elements that occur from the respective "strange students" awkwardly interacting with their various classmates. 
report Recommended by jayh12
Both are slice of life comedies that are character driven with a small cast and put a smile on your face. 
report Recommended by Pankeikki
Both are aid-back school, comedy anime and each episode branch off into multiple parts. 
report Recommended by Bakumako18
+These two shows share comedy in the form of Introspection. The main protagonists always have a unique view or way of interpreting mundane things. 
report Recommended by dragonhold24
Not all too similar shows, but similar main characters. Also: school setting + some focus on relationships between characters. 
report Recommended by abotreika
The character development pacing is almost the same. Each characters have their own section to be introduced and has a pretty good dynamic development over time and doesn't ever feel rushed. The only difference is Joshikousei no Mudazukai is dominated by female casts, yet still serve a vast of interactions between characters. 
report Recommended by maufirf
They are structurally similar in terms of character interactions and revolves around one character with a particular personality. They are the same type of comedy in general. They're well-crafted in terms of timing. 
report Recommended by qwyxivi
Both somewhat peaceful slice-of-life animes featuring a lazy 'protagonist'. Tanaka-kun is set in school and Shirokuma cafe is set in a world where animals speak and co-exist normally but also likes to make fun of that fact. Also great deadpan humour in both while also being very wholesome and heartwarming. 
report Recommended by Picklechu22
Similarities - Male MC being antisocial - Extroverted female MC interact with introverted male MC - Both Series Female MCs have misunderstandings with male MCs Differences - Tanaka MC is naturally lazy/low energy = less social VS uzaki MC is more anti-social/introverted - There's not much romance style comedy in Tanaka VS uzaki chan has romance style comedy - Tanaka series is in high school VS Uzaki series is in University - The main setting in Tanaka is at school VS main setting in Uzaki is at home/work/at leisure businesses 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Both series have a calming happy atmosphere, similar pacing in story telling, and similar color palette. They also both are centered on a mismatched pairing that shows that being different can be fulfilling friendship/relationship. Both made me smile and laugh and afterwards I felt lighter and happier than before. If you like Jingai-san no Yome and are looking for something with a similar vibe that is longer, and maybe a little deeper, then try Tanaka-fun!  
report Recommended by hanfansome
These both shows has super relatable characters and their traits are explored in a very humorous way. They both give you the same feeling while watching it. If you're fan of one thing then I'd highly recommend the other one to you. 
report Recommended by CJustawaye
Despite the two main characters are polar opposites, the two childhood friends, Zenkichi Hitoyoshi, and Oota, are nearly identical, both following and taking care of the main characters and their ideals. Although Zenkichi is somewhat more excitable and cynical than Oota, they both share being tall, blonde, and their undying loyalty, and protectiveness of the main characters. And, the icing on the cake, both Zenkichi and Oota share the same English voice actor. Plus both anime are in a school setting with lots of colourful side characters.  
report Recommended by SunMoonandStars
Chill comedy and really good characters 
report Recommended by motakez
Both shows have a very chill pace, as well as a very relaxing overall atmosphere Both shows have really good visuals that exudes calmness Both have interesting character designs Both shows are largely episodic, where most events are one-off with the plot starting and ending in the same episodes. Both shows are rather romantic in terms of its story-telling. (Note: not romance, they both do not have romance)  
report Recommended by mushi_Jyou
This recommendation may seem odd, but there certainly are similarities in both of these shows. The most notable one would be their slice of life story plot. Even though Marginal#4 isn't tag with slice of life, and it looks absolutely like an Idol show, but I would describe Marginal#4 as a slice of life show with the Idol world as its background. They are both lighthearted coupled with humourous events here and there. They are both very easy to watch, nothing complex or deep.  
report Recommended by mushi_Jyou
Light, airy vibe high-school anime with a lot of funny moments. Similar colorful art style too. Both are great if you're a BL fan.  
report Recommended by liliyoa
Both main characters have the same feel of both being lethargic. Tanaka is more severe, but from the first episode, I think Kiyotaka is going to continue with the behaviour. Both school based with a comedic theme. 
report Recommended by Caldawg12
Similarities - Both MCs don't like attention - Both MCs are in their teens - Both MCs are always listless/lazy Differences - Deji is a short animation 12ep (2min) VS Tanaka is a standard 12ep (24min) series - Deji explores escaping reality VS Tanaka is coming to terms with reality - Deji duo is female and male MC VS Tanaka is both brotherhood male MC - Deji is set on a family run inn by the sea VS Tanaka is set at school mostly 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Both are equally relaxing and even look the same. If you're going to chill out, this will do the same trick that Tanaka kun did. 
report Recommended by Brinxen
Both have whimsical main-characters whom have unique and comedic interactions with the rest of the cast. Feel good, laid back shows with little to no tragedy. Comfy and sweet, easy to binge watch under blankets with a hot meal and drink. 
report Recommended by tsukimiwandering
Similarities -Both involve with lazy characters -Both have pretty decent comedy  
report Recommended by Kalluhi
These both are school comedies with sweet characters who are good people and you cheer for. The comedies both revolves around a single character flaw of the main characters, Akko is enthusiastic but lacks any talent, and as the title says Tanaka is alway listless. Though Little Witch Academia has a bit more of an over arching plot, they're both pretty episodic. Both shows are easy enjoyable watches, if you just want to relax or need cheering up.  
report Recommended by MariSan28
They just want to live peaceful lives but they are unlucky because around them happens a lot of stuff. Kobayashi is similar to a certain extent in questing what she did to deserve this. You will find yourself entertained every second of the anime. 
report Recommended by Felix
Even though Barakamon has a bit more plot, rather than being a pure comedy, I kind of got the same nice relaxing feel from Tanaka-kun as I did Barakamon. They're both about slowing down, the kind of feel that can be much needed in this day and age, where everything has to happen now and here. They both set a relaxing pace and makes you appreciate the small things. 
report Recommended by Symphonima
Cute and refreshing animes about eating and sleeping. Good to relax after a busy day. They talk about everyday life and are very relatable. If you like Tanaka-kun's laziness and sincerity, you'll like Wakako's easygoing approach to life too. 
report Recommended by Z_Tetriminos
Both Honey and Clover and Tanaka-kun are lighthearted, on the edge of melancholic, relaxed and showcase some of the small and rare beautiful things in life that are normally overlooked. They both are about the everyday problems and thoughts of students. More than specifically this or that, it has a certain vibe, and I think one who enjoys Honey and Clover might enjoy this, without trying to compare them. I think the other way around would also apply. 
report Recommended by KaipZ
Both have a male lead with a peculiar attribute. One is an eternal sleeper the other has reallllly bad luck. They are both fluffy school anime that are easy to watch. 
report Recommended by RachelPanda
If Tanaka-kun is the master of listless, Seki-kun is the master of killing time. Seki-kun is probably the complete opposite of Tanaka in terms of behavior. Nevertheless, both main characters have in similarities to be both unconventional in their daily school life, which makes it a joy to watch. The main characters are the type that will make you both satisfied and grin from ear to ear! They are the perfect match of unconventional comedy in a school setting! Plus great ED and OP.  
report Recommended by Hikkimi
same atmosphere same genre: slice of life, comedy ---> but the characters are idiosyncratic, too. in particular, the protagonist hoozuki is a bit similar to tanaka - he is not as tired and lazy but he likes to do everything with as less effort as possible. also, hoozuki has a dog who admires his work and view of "life" the same ohta does, just in a more playful dog-like way. ^_-  
report Recommended by Chinxize
To be honest, usagi drop and tanaka-kun aren't similar at all so why am I finding them similar? It's easy to guess, they're both the most relaxing anime I have ever watched. 
report Recommended by Kazuki_Hoshino
Very minor overarching plots and a strong focus on the characters simply living out their daily lives, primarily at or around school. No drama to speak of aside from any used to help emphasis a particular joke, and no really strong romantic elements either. While the main of Tanaka-kun takes it to an extremely level, he and multiple of the characters in GJ-bu enjoy being able to relax and not do much quite often. Beyond that the cast of characters are fairly diverse, but they're all easy to like and relate to in some fashion. 
report Recommended by Benienma
Nisekoi is an anime that has the same kind of romantic comedy feel to it, but the main characters are completely different. I'm recommending this for those who like the whole normal people, rom-com, school setting. If you like the whole part where the main character has the *special trait* in Tanaka-kun, this would be his listlessness, then Nisekoi is not for you. Nisekoi is a harem, romance, comedy, school, has 2 seasons, possibly 3, and OVA's. Main male character, but it's unlike most harems. It has lots of unique characters, the plot is great for each character's background, and not many are that annoying, imo.  read more 
report Recommended by CodeHiyari
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge and Just Because! both take place in a school setting, and they have several layers of inter-character relations built up throughout. While Just Because goes for a dramatic story, Tanaka-kun goes more for the comedic element. The male protagonist pairs are somewhat similar in terms of personality, though that's where their similarities end.  
report Recommended by DarkTyDe
This anime I feel does a better job at the "lazy" main character type 
report Recommended by nidoqueen106
Okay, those who have seen this will be confused because these anime are very different, one being a comedy about a listless, lazy guy and the other being a rather psychological anime. But they both have a lovely art style and are produced by the same mad by silver link studios. I think that if you enjoy this laid back anime you will also enjoy kokoro connect. 
report Recommended by EmmyBomb
Both shows are very relaxing to watch. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge is more comedy focused and has a little more meat to the plot, but it and Bincho-tan have the same atmosphere perfect for unwinding. There are also chibi characters involved in both. 
report Recommended by RishRaff
The way Mashiro relied on Sorata and Tanaka on Oota are kind of similar.. 
report Recommended by renzospark
Having recently just finished Konobi, I just had this feeling that these two shows resemble each other so much. I don't know how to describe it, but I guess you guys may or may not get the same feel from both of these shows. Also, Colette and Miyano are sooooooo similar, I don't know why. Maybe it's because of the "master" thing. 
report Recommended by y0shin0
Both have a similar overall feel, they're pretty chill slice-of-life type shows. The main characters have similar personalities, not easily surpised and almost stoic. The art is also very pleasing in both, with Tanaka using more pastel colors and Acca with vibrant tones. Story-wise, Tanaka isn't centered on one overarching plot like Acca. It's more episodic, focusing on its characters' unique personalities to tell the story.  
report Recommended by SeashellS