although in the exterior they look very different,Aria and Clannad are quite simmilar
Both of them give the viewer that heartwarming feeling after watching an episode.
Also both of them teach the viewer morals through the storyline.
Aria is anyway much more less dramatic,because while Clannad can be very tense at times,Aria is always laid back and relaxing...
anyway,these 2 animes are both a must watch,especially for the comedy/slice of life fans out there
Slice of life with a tremendous emotional plots and a lot moral lessons. Clannad After Story is more focused in romance, Aria is focused in the daily lifes of the main characters, both anime series tell the happy and sad experiences of the main characters.
The core of both series centers around their characters growing and becoming better people, experiencing a new understanding of themselves that become obvious in retrospect.
The stakes of both are simple and down-to-earth (humanity is never at stake). The drama in both series is often understated (especially in Aria). They both aim to convey something beautiful about life, and if they succeed for you, you might change certain ways how you act or think.
They convey in deceptively straightforward but profound terms the beauty and meaning in family or of teaching.
Both shows evoke emotions, have subtle character development and take place in astounding settings. Haibane is darker though, while Aria is way longer, features a bigger cast and is episodic for most part (requires the two previous seasons).
Both Aria the Origination and Haibane Renmei are slice of life, with themes of growing up and a strong melancholy undertone. Both also have beautiful art and settings inspired by Europe, though Aria's is Italian and Haibane Renmei's is Central European. Haibane Renmei is not as sweet and happy as Aria, and it uses fantasy elements where Aria uses sci-fi elements, but both shows are beautiful, moving, and combine slice of life stories with great art and likable characters.
Despite how different they may look on the surface, Aria and K-On (as complete stories with all seasons) have essentially the exact same themes, and the exact same strengths.
- Both are ultimately coming-of-age stories about a group of close friends who realize that they will not be able to stay inseparable as they move towards the next stages of their lives (graduation and college in K-On and becoming Prima's in Aria). Both leave with the message that "though things may never be the same, you will always treasure the old days, and the here-and-now is fun as well." They both speak of cherishing every moment of life while it lasts, both happy and sad.
- Both have slow pacing and take their time introducing us to, and getting us familiar with and attached to the world and characters, but will eventually culminate in an impactful, rewarding payoff later on. Both show's characters are multi-faceted and incredibly lovable, and are characterized via strong visual storytelling rather than exposition. Both have characters whose past experience parallels what the main characters are going through and who use that experience to mentor and guide the main characters while reminiscing about how much that time meant to them (Sawako-sensei in K-On and Alicia, Akira, and Athena in Aria).
- Both employ subtle character development and detailed world-building to make their settings and characters feel alive, impactful, and special. Both rely on familiar places and events to instill a sense of nostalgia and show how characters are now compared to in the past, and they use it to employ an emotional undercurrent in many places. Both put the passage of time and the changing of seasons at a forefront (they employ Mono no Aware to be deeply resonant).
- Both series have writing by Yoshida Reiko, who employs dialogue that sounds natural and which is still entertaining, funny, and/or impactful. Both have moments of pure bliss, and both have made me cry on more than one occasion as the characters grow, realize what growing-up means, and move on.
- Both have practically no fanservice at all, and treat their characters with respect even the opportunity to be sexual arises.
- Both have some of the best insert songs ever, many of which are used during the best and most moving scenes of each series.
- Both are essentially tied for my favorite anime of all time, and both are masterpieces in my eyes which I'd recommend to everyone who can appreciate Slice of Life and doesn't mind slow pacing if it leads to a powerful long-term payoff.
- The differences are that Aria has an inherently more interesting setting with uniquely specific details and which gets more focus, is more soothing and relaxing as opposed to funny (though it is funny when it wants to be), has fantasy and sci-fi elements. K-On's school feels more detailed thanks to a consistent layout with connected locations which change appropriately as time passes, despite the fact that the school isn't focused on as much as Neo-Venezia in Aria. K-On is more funny, bombastic, and light-hearted as opposed to relaxing and contemplative (though it is those things when it wants to be), and is more grounded and realistic.  read more
As for now those are two series which are most similar (yes I'm counting also OVA)
both fluffy and warm slice of life, with slow tempo and nice scenery
also I've choosen Orgination as both of them show main character developing and changing.
If you enjoyed Aria, you'll probably also enjoy Amanchu.
- Both of them were directed by the same person, Junichi Satou.
- Both anime have the same mood, being a slice of life without much happening most of the time, but whose characters easy to like and get involved with.
- They are both also set in a quiet and happy town, and people go there explicitly to travel in the sea (in Aria's case, it's above water, in Amanchu's case, it's below water).
- Amanchu has Aria references popping out from time to time, including "pseudo-cameos" of characters that are really similar to Aria's main characters and have the same voice actresses.
Overall, if you liked one it's hard that you disliked the other. If you've not watched either, I'd recommend to watch Aria (in order) first, since Amanchu has a some [s]fanservice[/s] references that would be lost without having watched at least one Aria season beforehand. read more
Both are the third and final season of their series. While the two previous seasons for both had little plot progression, these third seasons finally further the plot and reach a satisfactory ending (although Working!!!'s real ending is actually a 49 minute special). Content-wise, both are cute, slice-of-life shows about people working at their jobs. There is some romance in both, but it is much more central to the plot of Working!!! Working!!! also has more comedy. On the other hand, Aria is more relaxed and peaceful. Both are heartwarming.
although they follow different plots, but both are very beautiful animes with deep emotions and wonderful charterers.
both have a relaxing atmosphere, especially Aria The Origination,it's really wonderful.
the main characters have similar personalities, and they are amazing, strange and candylove.
Both K-On and Aria are strong in conveying a relaxing atmosphere through pleasing visuals and a very beautiful soundtrack.
While the shows might seem rather different on first sight, the concepts are largely the same. You get to watch a small group of friends grow subtly, but steadily, going on little escapades or just acting in their respective environment.
Characters are strong in very similar ways (including all stereotypes and relationships), the melancholic and slightly nostalgic development and conclusion invoke very similar feelings.
Moreover I would recommend watching Aria first, since it is (imo) more successful in overcoming stereotypes and offering a broader experience, while still accenting all the strengths that K-On has to some extent. read more
*are about 3 girls that are friends
*teach morals through the story line
*are very relaxing and simple(no drama,no action...just slice of life and a bit of comedy)
*in both series the girls travel to various places and have nice encounters with different people
*have great/appealing characters,really good BGM and nice design
on overall...if you enjoyed Aria then you will enjoy Kokoro Library,trust me :-)
Both AMG and Aria are upbeat slice of life anime that have a very positive outlook and while AMG is a bit more action oriented than the extremely laid back Aria, they are both very sentimental series that never fail to bring a smile to my face.
When I see Kimi ni Todoke and appreciate its peaceful and charming atmosphere I only could compare to Aria series atmosphere.
If you really want to enjoy both series you must let go by these unique and so slow, charming animes and their proposals.
Both series are very bittersweet, with plentiful moments of light-hearted comedy and emotional drama. They share the theme that nothing lasts forever, and that is what makes life so precious. Both have an incredibly memorable cast of characters, as well as a dreamy watercolor art style.
It's the Fictional, yet somewhat believable environment they're both set in. The slow going pace of each episode and the small dosage of humor here and there. If you enjoyed the slow, "refreshing", movements and random story line, then Mushishi could be a nice choice also.