Both shows deal with the issues of friendship, depression, self-isolation and grief. To be more specific, both stories feature a main male character who has a very sorrowful past. Their friends are trying to be helpful and supportive. The female MC is in both cases the love interest. The difference is that Ao Haru Ride is more focused on the romantic aspect while Orange gives more weight to the healing process, and as such it's more dramatic. Both are totally awesome.
There are many similarities between the two shows, but both revolve around a guy who blames himself for his mother's death and they feel guilty that they distance themselves from everyone. Then our main heroine who seemed to be filled with anxiety tries to make him open up to her and falls in love with him along the way.
- Showing a close friendship between a peer group of classmate
- Having a main male protagonist with sorrow backstory that revealed as the story progress
- Trying to show how the group standing together to support the male protagonist
- Having a romance plot between members of said group
- Showing a bit portion of humor within their mundane everyday school life
The difference is, Ao Haru Ride choose the more standard slice of life/rom-com perspective while Orange choose to be a bit more melodramatic with the addition of time-travel related plot.
Ao Haru Ride and Orange are very similar in certain ways. First, the art does not differ too much in Orange when compared to Ao Haru Ride as it is supposed to create a warm and friendly like atmosphere as both of these animes contain elements of the shoujo genre. Both animes also involve a group of friends which surround the main characters of both series and they participate somewhat on the action. However, as far as I can tell in Orange, the group which Kakeru, the main character of Orange is with is bigger than the group of friends in Ao Haru Ride, therefore their roles in Orange are rather small. In both of these animes, the main characters face tough situations which transform how others look at the main character and judge their personality. Also, the main characters of both series have girlfriends which are the other protagonists of the animes. read more
The art style and the character designs between the main characters are very similar. The stories are set in high school, and features a cast of the main characters's friends. They are both also of the romance/shoujo genre. The feel of them are, again, very similar. While one is about a girl trying to make friends and refriend her crush (Ao Haru Ride), the other is about a girl trying to save her crush (Orange). If you liked one, then you should like the other!
Both have scatterbrained female protagonists who apart from liking the male protag have otherwise zero personalities. Both also have whiny shits as male protagonists who think being edgy is cool as fuck. The little shits even look alike.
Both shows also have incompetent and painfully drab friends who pretend like they are having the time of their lives when its clear that its dull as fuck.
Each of these shoujo-genre based adaption of the light novel/manga has a somewhat simular story if compared by the situation in which the main characters are in. Not to mention, the art styles are simular as well. (Though, that goes for most shoujos.) However, both are great; and if you've seen one or the other watch them ASAP~~.
Both include themes of grief over death and different ways of coping with it. In both, female leads try to make the male lead come out of their shell. The MCs all have a close group of friends they hang out with.
Honestly, I've only seen one episode, and I can already tell that this anime is a lot like Ao Haru Ride. I loved Ao Haru Ride, and when I saw Orange I was fangirling so much! The romance and cute clichés are there, plus the art style is almost exactly the same, I'm 90% sure that its the same animation company. I'm so excited for the next episode of Orange, while I pray for Ao Haru Ride season two to hopefully come out...?
Both female and male protagonist have similar hair style and personality and relationship.
The male protagonist both have black hair and are in 'sad' condition because of their mother.
The female protagonist have similar hairstyle and personality and both tries to get closer to the male protagonist and both have two female best friend
In Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) the main character goes back in time to prevent his childhood friend from dying. A similar occurrence happens in Orange when the main character recieves a letter from her future self warning her of her friend's death and guiding her toward changing it. Both anime involve a character who feel worthless and have a rather... dysfunctional life, as well as a character who is looking to save said character.
Different execution, but the same purpose . Our protagonist will have the opportunity to reverse what happened or what will happen , all thanks to information that link both in a painful past , an unknown future and the present uncertainty of what might happen .
This one takes a much more romantic route but both deal with regrets from childhood and time travel. both have the heartwarming relationships between a group of friends working together to help the victim.
Definitely resembles Boku Dake! Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is a great seinen anime. Despite Orange is a shojo type, the plot really is similar. In Orange, the main character sends her younger self a letter to save a loved one. In Boku Dake, the main character himself goes back in time for the same reason. These two really gives you the same type of feels. Definitely a must read!
Both stories involve someone (or in Orange, a group of people) "going back in time" to save a friend from dying. Orange focuses more on the dramatic, emotional side of things while Boku dake ga Inai Machi has more action and suspense. Both are very good shows, especially if you appreciate the sci-fi elements.
Boku take ga Inai Machi is very similar to Orange through the aspects of time travelling. Although, it is not as blatant as it is in Boku take ga Inai Machi. Orange is also a romance anime.
Both protagonists in the anime try so save someone who is no longer alive in the future.
However, they need to do some investigating on the victim's background and life at home etc.
Don't really want to reveal too much, but the animes have very similar plots but different targeted audiences. I recommend Orange if you like romance animes.
Boku take ga Inai Machi is less romantic but the protagonist is given a chance to change the future by bringing back a girl who died while he was just a child read more
A group of friends struggle to move on from the death of a loved one. Both are sobering, emotional stories that will light your tear ducts on fire and never let you forget the importance of quality friendships in life.
Both share very similar themes of friendship, regret, atonement, nostalgia, and love. They both feature a grieving group of friends that wish they had done things differently in the past, wanting to redo decisions that led to the death of one of their dearest friends. When they are given the opportunity to atone for their regrets and grief, they seize the moment; in Orange, they send letters to their past selves telling them what to do differently, and in AnoHana, the ghost of their friend who passed away appears and won't disappear until her last wish is fulfilled. Letters addressed to each of them also play a large role in both. read more
Baring a lost young sure is hard. Family, friends, you name it. But, you aren't the only one who is holding the pain, the people around you too.
Both series are made around a certain person in pain, and hope.
What do I mean by hope? It's simple, the hope of coming back together, happy, or bringing hope to the person you love most.
Both series can be real in some aspects, and some not. Seeing a ghost? Good luck finding one. Receiving a letter from your future self? Good luck praying for one. But still, having a friend with suicidal thoughts? Very possible. A friend dying in a car accident after a fight? Also very possible.
Lastly, both of these shows have the same morale: "Take care of your friends, and pay attention to them, they might not return to you someday." read more
It's like the premise has been flipflopped....... Almost. Instead of the group of friends now in the future for a girl form the past, it's the group of friends now in the past with regrets of the future based on a friend in the past.
But the same level of feels ring true in Orange, you just get hit with them a hell of a lot sooner than compared to Ano Hi Mita. Like from Ep3, not the last few episodes.
It's so beatiful so far.. T.T
Both shows revolve around coming to terms with the death of a friend.
Both explore the concept of regret and its effects on the psyche.
Both involve some sort of supernatural occurrence to deliver a message through time.
Both will make you cry buckets.
Both anime have a theme encompassing friendship and saving their friend from despair and tragedy. Past events play a very important role in both the anime i.e characters have regretful actions they have committed in the past that they wish they could've changed.
Top Wingmen/Bro-est of Bros by the male protagonists. In ReLife, it's Arata helping his fellow classmates out in their own romances and not their own; in Orange it's Suwa & Hagita helping out their own brofriend where it might sacrifice one of their futures.
A true bro, one that places his bro above himself and with self-sacrifice that it's admirable and actually heart-touching (since they're not doing their actions out of the interests that'll benefit themselves but those that they're looking after).
-Both main protagonists are given a chance to redo their teenage life (though different methods)
-Both revolve around a group of teenage characters
-Both are about making decisions and their impacts on life
Both involve an adult in his/her 20s that wants to make things right and change his/her life in highschool. The difference between them is how they approach their highschool selves. In Orange, the main charcater contacts herself 10 years in the past with a time traveling letter. In ReLIFE, the main character becomes a highschooler again instead of contacting himself through time travel. ReLIFE doesn't really have actual time travel.
Also they both have plenty of romance and drama, but Orange has way more of those while ReLIFE tends to focus more on comedy and not so much on the drama.
Both Series possessed the same story that the main characters have a sense of regret when they were teenagers and they got a second chance to improve their lives for the better as a teenager to have no regrets in the future
People in both animes are given a chance to fix something (personality change or avoiding tradegy).
Most of the time everything goes around group of friends.
Both MCs have difficult and sad backstories.
Everyday school life with romance in groups.
Both Orange and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso are shoujo mangas that deal with the the juxtaposed concepts of mortality and carpe diem.
The mangas contain a similar background in which the mother of the male protagonist passes away, leaving a mental scar for the character. With the help of friends and especially the female protagonist, he overcomes this loss. The secondary focus of the stories would be enjoying the time you have with your friends while you are alive.
The dramas also focus on performing an specific activity to help get over the loss. In the case of Orange, the male protagonist finds solace in a relay race with his friends. In the case of the My Lie in April, the male protagonist find solace in performing music with his friend.
However, neither stories would be truly called romance as their progressions and themes focus not on eventually falling in love with the other main character but also spending and enjoying the time they have together.
Both will make you cry, albeit for different reasons, but in the end they are heartwarming stories about youth. read more
These works try to overcome the weaknesses, even if by the actions of another person. Both have a girl who wants to help a boy with his repressed feelings, which are due to his mother, so he can feel good about himself and get happiness. In addition, you show real feelings, the inner struggle to achieve dreams, how friendship can overcome any barrier, that what we thought impossible to do, becomes only excuses not wanting to try.
Both of these animes convey beautiful messages about love, fear, and mental health issues. The animation in both Your Lie in April and in Orange is beautiful and helps to convey the overall messages using symbolism and beautiful scenery.
Want something similar but maybe not as sad? Orange's animation style as well as the established mood is quite similar to, but maybe a bit lighter than Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. Both are bittersweet, highschool-romance stories. On top of Orange not evoking as strong emotional response as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it's also shorter (13ep rather than 22) so the feelings you'll experience are more manageable. A great diminuendo when having finished Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.
High school students and their future selves change the future through changing the past events by the aid of some time travel/parallel world concept in order to save their friend from a destined death.
Both Waremete and Orange have some kind of time traveling concept, have some kind of school setting and death that is avoidable, main characters have some kind of deeper itentions, why they are doing what they are doing, have whole traveling concept is based on science.
-Both series set in high school
-Both series they try to change the past after a tragic event
-Both series explore the concept of regret
-Both series involve some sort of supernatural occurrence to deliver a message through time
- Time-travel theme, although through different ways (but both address the parallel universes theory);
- Both animes have their MC trying to change the past in order to save their loved ones;
- Strong bonds and comradeship in a group of friends.
Same basis, different execution.
Two series that explore theories of travel in time - especially if they are from the past - (Orange in a simple way and Steins; Gate in a more complex way). The two touch the subject, that the messages to the past exist, will create some change, and how they were sent. Just as these messages have meanings to avoid events of the past that mark the lives of people. At the beginning is the protagonist against these events that will mark inside her and the people around her/he, then her acquaintances will be involved trying to change the future without anyone being hurt. read more
Same director, and there's the same theory of time travel.
They both have romance, but;
> Steins;gate is heavily focused on Okabe's journey to save himself, Makise Kurisu, his friends, and (the rest of the world).
> On the other hand, Orange is focused on Naho's (Main character) redemption of her past self, and also preventing Kakeru (their friend) from taking his own life in being a part of an accident.
Both have decent plots and provides a rollercoaster of emotions for the viewers.
[A small spoiler
================= Even Okarin (Okabe Rintarou) makes a
================= special appearance in in a different body,
================= explaining the time-travel theory.]
A group of teenager struggle to save their friend(s) from the complex problem they had. Iori's and Kakeru's problem are a bit similar (their parents problem which indirectly affected their life). Both school anime with a lot of drama. If you enjoyed one, try the other one!
Kokoro Connect has, like Orange, a colorful group of characters all in a school friend group. While Orange's focus is mainly about saving Kakeru, Kokoro Connect is mainly about this group of 5 friends coming closer with each challenge that an otherworldly being has put them up to.
They both have their fair share of adorable, cutesy moments, leaving you to ship at your desire. Not to mention it's excellent drama and comedic bits too.
Every character is well fleshed-out,
Watch if you adored the School-Romance, Social-Drama and 'love and friendship grow stronger' elements that Orange had.
Both are highschool love stories. The atmosphere is pretty much the same, even though Orange incorporates some sci-fi elements and Tsuki ga Kirei is more based on reality. They are both grounded, down to earth and realistic love stories.
Orange and Tsuki ha Kirei are both really great School/SliceOfLife/Romance anime, that really stand out in the genre. In both series' the cast of characters is just perfect, since you can't hate on anyone on, because they all have their own, believeable goals in mind. If you liked Orange (or Tsuki ga Kirei) you will fall in love with the other one for sure!
The main character is very introverted, however she is strong and has a good heart. The story plays out in a very cool, flirtatious high school manner with a pace that is neither too fast, and not too slow. Very emotional and humourous anime.
The main characters are very similar. Both are very shy girls who have troubles expressing their feeling. However, while Sawako is just incredibly adorable in her innocence, Naho is a bit less dense and can actually act when she has to. The male protagonists both care a lot about the female protagonist's feelings and don't want to hurt them n any way, but while Kazehaya is a popular guy who cares about everybody, Kakeru is a troubled kid with suicidal thoughts. There is also a group of friends in both anime that supports the relationship of the main characters in various ways. Heck, even the character designs are very similar, what more do you need? If you liked either of those, you'll definitely enjoy the other. read more
Both have a main point of the main girl and guy liking each other and its obvious to everyone but them, but more then that, at some point they notice the feelings towards each other (thank god ammirite?) and have the potential to start going out, however something comes up where the guy (or girl) is having doubts within themselves or the feelings of the other. This gives the whole "will they, won't they" vibe and while some may find it annoying, i think it works in these. (without them there wouldn't be much drama or plot after all.)
The piece about "going back in time" and trying to save someone really reminds me of Orange. There is a similarity in the feeling of hoping that things will turn out the way you wished and the tuck in the heart while you wait for the ending.
They both time travel in a high school setting. Both the future version of one of the characters comes back to help the main character with their decisions and how his of her choices will influence the future. In my Opinion Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu is less focussed on drama/romance, but very similar in the subject of time travel.
Both revolve around the idea of diaries and the future; in Orange the MC keeps a diary which she uses to know the mistakes she made to tell her past self. In Mirai Nikki, the MC(s) use diaries that tell them of the future. Both revolve around this but present the idea in different ways; I'd recommend watching both!
Both Suwa in Orange, Sentaro in Sakamichi no apollon not only have similar character designs i feel but they also have similar character. Both play critical and influencial roles for the main charcters in the plots. Both are giants,kind, good in something that have main characters trying them too(Suwa- soccer, Sentaro- jazz) and can cry!
The best thing about Nana is that there are a group of interesting characters and you can relate to each of their lives. It gets you in the feels and you have grown to understand why people think and do the things they do. And people learn in their own way how to grow up and make changes. Also catchy and loveable music, drama, love triangle, regrets, pain and happiness.
Orange is very similar. if not, the same. Minus the music. If you want to go through the same feels, gain a smile time through time, shed tears of sadness and joy, and enjoy the school life of a group of friends trying to save and continue their love for one another....this is the one. Please, watch the anime and also read the manga. Most beautiful story next to Nana. read more
High School Life. Honest-to-goodness high school life with friends, transfer students and a healthy dose of not-so-straightforward romance mixed in. If this is your cup of tea, then by all means go for either show. Orange does have a little bit of a sci-fi setting (and a good deal more drama because of it), while Just Because has a perfectly normal setting.
Both animes have a similar ambiance. While watching Ore Monogatari I kept remembering Orange and it made me want to watch it again. Although one is more serious and one is more comedic, both are about high school friends trying to help one another, with romance and drama involved as well. I think if you enjoyed one of these you are likely to enjoy the other! Both have strong themes of friendship and empathy
The main character is a cute girl (with orange hair and brown eyes as the MC of Orange) who is going to try to help her friend (a dark hair calm ikemen as Kakeru) overcome his culpability regarding the death of his grandfather. (He was supposed to look after his sick grandfather but went out and his grandfather had a stoke when he was out).
There is also a love triangle: She is helped by her other friend (a hot headed friendly orange-haired guy as Suwa) who is secretly in love with her while the feelings of the MC goes towards the friend they are trying to help.  read more
Except from both being Shoujo / Romance Dramas, Bokura ga Ita and Orange have quite a lot of other similarities.
The main characters are very similar: Motoharu Yano from BgI reminded me a lot of Kakeru from Orange (both experienced a tragic loss of a person, whom they loved, both are suffering from it, both are in a relationship with the main heroine, but are not able to make her happy because of the sorrow in their heart. However, Yano seems to be a stronger personality, than Kakeru), while Nanami and Takeuchi are somehow similar to Naho and Suwa.
Besides that, both anime deal with death, regrets and relationships that do not always work well, and in both anime main characters are involved in love triangles. read more