Total Recommendations: 44
Garakowa and Shelter explore the idea of enclosed virtual worlds which provide sanctuary for mankind in a post-apocalyptic environment. Both works are high quality productions with a central focus on their musical scores.
Neither Stellvia nor Classroom☆Crisis begins its story with a clear view of the main conflict of the plot, yet both series use strong character development to slowly build a compelling drama. The futuristic classroom setting of both series also allows for a fair amount of slice-of-life episodes, allowing for a controlled pacing of the story rather than plunging straight into overly dramatic scenarios.
Zvezda Plot and Rolling Girls have equally fantastical settings that drive their nonsensical plot. However, the benefit of this is that both series come with great color palettes that turn art, rather than animation, into an asset.
Although Aoi Hana is a more story-driven work, it is similar to Sakura Trick in depicting the evolving relationship between two childhood friends as they enter high school.
A peaceful high school finds itself in the middle of an interstellar war. The main characters find themselves in possession of powerful robots with mysterious powers which can turn the tide of war.
Both protagonists are drawn back into an activity she had come to dislike while growing up, finding new friends and a renewed interest. Both look up to their older sisters but do not have a good relationship with them.
Both works are set in the Showa period during which Japan experienced rapid modernization. Specifically, both occur around the time Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. While the two works have different approaches to introducing viewers to the Showa period, they portray the conflicts that occurred between the traditional Japanese society and those who would learn from Western cultures. These stories show the viewers how modernization affected the middle class who live in the suburbs of Tokyo.
Aliens and Men in Black
As main characters, Kyon and Houtarou have similar demeanors in which they approach school activities. Their interactions with fellow club members are also similar.
Main characters of both series aim to reunite with their friends in national tournaments of karuta and mahjong, respectively.
A literature club and a classics club work to solve mysteries. The hero and heroine of both stories have similar personalities.
A number of similarities exist. Fam hunts Skyfish, and Sam hunts sand whales, both of which use the term "kujira" for "whale" in the original Japanese. Both characters are somewhat carefree and rescue a princess, drawing them into a greater conflict. In both worlds, ships use the skies and the ground as their "ocean".
Orphaned girls adjust to their new lifestyles at new homes and learn how to live independently.
Futatsu no Spica, which opens in 2024, and Uchuu Kyoudai, which opens in 2025, provide two different futures of Japan's space program. One portrays the journey toward space as something that has had setbacks because of tragic events, while the other portrays it as the culmination of continuous advances. However, both also portray space travel as a dream that can come true in spite of the challenges that the characters face. Both works are also heartwarming in their characterization and in their message: that one can become stronger to overcome the past and move toward the future.
Futatsu no Spica, which opens in 2024, and Uchuu Kyoudai, which opens in 2025, provide two different futures of Japan's space program. One portrays the journey toward space as something that has had setbacks because of tragic events, while the other portrays it as the culmination of continuous advances.
Both female lead characters must learn how to become better voice actresses.
Mixed-blood youkai living in human society inside a protected complex.
In the middle of summer, a high school boy without any particular traits meets a girl who arrived from outer space.
Both feature a very similar artistic design and narrative style, not coincidentally under the same director. Toradora and Ano Natsu de Matteru bring together a high school boy and girl into an unexpected romantic situation.
An ordinary student gets the chance of a lifetime as she embarks on a space adventure. Both series are helmed by the same director and employ similar graphics for its spaceship models.
Human drama about space exploration, which faces tragedy as often as it faces success.
Teenagers learn how to become successful in the respective publishing and entertainment industries of Japan.
Equally full of fan service despite salvageable content in the parent series.
Both films are set in postwar Japan and explore the relationship between its traditional and modern society.
Both adventure series use a similar setting featuring traditional propeller airplane technology. Human relationships are charming and romantic, helped by a great soundtrack.
Owners of special cell phones participate in a survival game.
Both series are based on different novels that use a similar post-apocalyptic setting where a community of people forgotten by society lives outside a fortified utopia.
Despite the difference in atmosphere, both stories feature a girl who attends to her master who is a merchant. Along the way, she also learns about his trade and develops a mutual understanding of one another.
Both series are by Kou Yaginuma. In Twin Spica, Asumi's mother dies when Asumi was young; in Gunryoku no Jiu, young Rintarou's father recently died.
Hotaru and Asumi wander near a shrine as young girls and meet masked ghosts (Gin and Mr. Lion) that guide them as they grows up.
Fans of Saki will enjoy A-Channel because it is made by the same staff that worked on the Gonzo project. The splinter Studio Gokumi uses similar artistic designs as well as pacing in storytelling to produce a cute and amusing show.
A stubborn girl partners with her unlikely "prince" in fighting crime.
Protagonist meets the reincarnation of a supernatural being and soon learns more about his own surroundings.
Both started out as an adventure with the lead character fighting weekly monsters but eventually became a hero's emotional journey culminating in a final battle with the hidden enemy at a major metropolitan capital city.
Makers from the same studio. Both have a similar premise of finding friendship through art and photography in a laidback setting. Cats make recurring appearances in both stories.
Both contain espers, time travelers, and all things occult. Lead characters have a history of "not [being] interested in ordinary people".
Both are coming-of-age stories of a boy with his partner robot.
Both contain numerous sexual innuendos.
All episodes technically fall within the same time frame with newer scenes often approaching older ones from a different perspective.
The lead character/narrator enters a time recursion for an extended period (multiple episodes) with some repeating scenes.
Both anime are produced by the same studio with stories that explore the challenges humanity faces when it realizes how dangerous space can be despite the ambitions.
Both main characters tend to think out loud. In both films, the past and the present have a supernatural connection.
Both stories are driven by the prophecy of a boy/girl who holds the key to save mankind while fighting against very powerful enemies. The 3D visuals and soundtrack for both series are great, with lots of fights between space/aerial battleships.