Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Clannad After Story. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Clannad After Story

10. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
9. Kimi ni Todoke
8. Hyouka
7. ef: A Tale of Memories.
6. Little Busters!
5. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
4. Toradora!
3. Air
2. Angel Beats!
1. Kanon

10. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Synopsis – Kōsei Arima was a piano prodigy until his mother died when he was eleven years old. The shock of losing her made him lose any interest in piano, and his life has felt monotonous ever since. Then, when he’s fourteen, his childhood friend Tsubaki introduces him to her classmate Kaori, a free-spirited violinist. Her enthusiasm reignites his interest in music and in life.

Similarity –Both series hold a lot of meaning in them and depending on what kind of person you are, these series can really touch your heart. There are really good life lessons that can actually be learned from both of these series. Both anime contain beautiful soundtracks and really good development for its characters, especially its main male characters. While Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso contains more humor than Clannad, it still does the job well of hitting you with feels. I must warn you that if you are one that hates slow pacing, then I highly suggest that you avoid both of these anime as both of them are rather slow paced. However, in my opinion, that’s the beauty of these two series and if you like the pacing of Clannad, then most likely you’ll enjoy the pacing of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

9. Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni TodokeSynopsis – Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe… there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.

Similarity – Both shows have a wide and varied supporting cast accompanying the main couple (which, in both shows, consists of a shy girl and a more confident boy) and these supporting characters get their own spotlight arcs in both series. In both Clannad and Kimi ni Todoke, there is a big focus not only on romance but themes like friendship and family, too.
They both also have a mixture of comedic and dramatic elements, although Clannad places a lot more focus on the latter than Kimi ni Todoke usually does.
It’s also notable that both series offer a continuation regarding the couple’s lives after they get together (if you should choose to watch Clannad’s After Story or read Kimi ni Todoke’s manga), something rarely seen in romantic anime/manga.

8. Hyouka

Synopsis- Energy-conservative high school student Houtarou Oreki ends up with more than he bargained for when he signs up for the Classics Club at his sister’s behest—especially when he realizes how deep-rooted the club’s history really is. Begrudgingly, Oreki is dragged into an investigation concerning the 45-year-old mystery that surrounds the club room.

Accompanied by his fellow club members, the knowledgeable Satoshi Fukube, the stern but benign Mayaka Ibara, and the ever-curious Eru Chitanda, Oreki must combat deadlines and lack of information with resourcefulness and hidden talent, in order to not only find the truth buried beneath the dust of works created years before them, but of other small side cases as well.

Based on the award-winning Koten-bu light novel series, and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto of Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, Hyouka shows that normal life can be full of small mysteries, be it family history, a student film, or even the withered flowers that make up a ghost story.

Similarity – Both of the main characters are lazy and have a little consideration on their surroundings, however, a certain person appears in both series and moved them to act. The female main heroine from these series which had supported the MC is both cute, innocent, and elusive. As the story began, both series may appear as an ordinary slice of life, but the storyline becomes more solid in the later episodes which are attractive.

7. ef: A Tale of Memories.

ef A Tale of MemoriesSynopsis – On Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono runs into Miyako Miyamura, a frivolous girl who “borrows” his bicycle in order to chase down a purse thief. After Hiro finds his bicycle wrecked and Miyako unconscious, the two unexpectedly spend their Christmas Eve together, and when they discover they go to the same high school, their accidental relationship develops even further. This sparks the jealousy of Hiro’s childhood friend Kei Shindou, whose pure approach to life catches the eye of Kyosuke Tsutsumi, a womanizing photographer searching for the perfect shot.

Elsewhere, Renji Asou, a boy who dreams of being a girl’s knight in shining armor, has a chance encounter with Kei’s twin sister—the overly shy Chihiro Shindou, who spends her time reading alone—at an abandoned train station. The two quickly become friends and eventually decide to write a novel together. However, when Renji discovers Chihiro’s secret, a disability that causes her to have an eternally ephemeral memory, his childish ideals will be put to the test.

Guided by two mysterious adults, these youths’ relationships intertwine in a heart-rending tale of love, rejection, acceptance, and memories.

Similarity – Both these dramas involve high-school romances, and feature a male protagonist who, though initially a delinquent, is spurred onto the right path through the influence and guidance of family and friends. Both are very character-driven, and while the characters in Clannad are more fleshed out than those in Ef, Ef is significantly more condensed and loaded. If you’re up for an emotional rollercoaster with great artwork, music, and characters, watch these.

6. Little Busters!

Little Busters Refrain
Synopsis – As a child, Riki Naoe shut himself from the world, thanks to a diagnosis of narcolepsy following the tragic deaths of his parents. However, Riki is saved when, on one fateful day, a boy named Kyousuke recruits him into a team who call themselves the Little Busters. Accompanied by Masato, Kengo, and Rin, these misfits spend their childhood fighting evil and enjoying their youth.

Years pass, and even in high school, the well-knit teammates remain together. Kyousuke decides to re-ignite the Little Busters by forming a baseball team as it will be his last school year with them. They have a problem though: there aren’t enough members! The tables have turned, for it is now Riki’s turn to reach out and recruit new friends into the Little Busters, just like Kyousuke had once done for him.
Then, an omen surfaces—Rin finds a strange letter attached to her cat, assigning them the duty of uncovering the “secret of this world” by completing specific tasks. Just what is this secret, and why is it being hidden? It’s up to the Little Busters to find out!

Similarity – Little Busters and Clannad were both written by Key, namely Jun Maeda for the second seasons of each show. They both originate as similar style VNs, that share common development characters through primary slice of life comedy before more dramatic events later on. They both originate from visual novels and have some overlapping storytelling traits due to the original format.
Also, Little Busters invokes a theme of friendship, while Clannad is more oriented towards a theme of family. They’re both nice slice of life shows that shouldn’t be hastily judged before getting to the end of the second season of each.

5. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Synopsis –Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

Similarity – They focus on love, friendship and growing up while being at the same time extremely cute and very sad.
The male leads share a similar attitude with Jinta (AnoHana) being a Hikikomori and Tomoya just seeing life as dull and boring and not believing in himself or a future.
The most obvious similarity, in my opinion, appears between the first Arc in Clannad and AnoHana as a whole. They share a kind of “ghost” theme, a girl that is very similar and the theme of forgetting somebody and granting a person’s wish. Honestly, the similarity in the plot is striking.
However while Clannad tries to break the tearjerking moments with well-placed comedy, AnoHana tries to be more serious of the two. Yet obviously neither show aims to be entirely realistic

4. Toradora!

Synopsis – Despite Ryuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent. Class rearrangements on his second high school year put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. Along with these two comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka. Her delicate appearance contrasts with her brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuji with his love interest as long as he helps her get closer to hers.

Similarity – Both of these shows feature the main guy character who is unhappy with his lot in life and misjudged by the world around him who decides to take care of a girl who seems to be his polar opposite. Although Taiga and Nagisa are very different characters, they both welcome the assistance of their male counterparts and become stronger because of their friendship with him. They are both slice of lifestyle animes that show friends dealing with the problems of everyday life, and just enjoying high school.

3. Air

Synopsis – Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who has bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself in a small town in which he did not expect to stay very long. However, when he meets an unusual girl named Misuzu, things take a drastic turn as he is invited to stay with her.

By staying in the quaint town, Yukito soon becomes friends with the locals. As he gets to know them better, he learns of their problems and decides to help, putting his search for the Winged Maiden on hold. With his search on hold, and his growing attachment to Misuzu and the small town, will Yukito ever find the Winged Maiden, or is she closer than he thought?

Similarity – Air TV and Clannad undoubtedly have similar styles. These Kyoto Animation productions have extraordinary artwork. Both series begin quite nicely but there’s more to them than meets the eye. In addition, there seems to be an overrepresentation of “Moe” factors; the casts of characters have comparable personalities (I’m not saying they’re the same). The main characters are quite indifferent to life, while the main girl is clumsy and naive.

2. Angel Beats!

Synopsis – In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the other hand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.

Similarity – Angel Beats! and Clannad is anime that do a great job of being dramatic and emotional while still being very funny. Both of them also feature amazing, and kinda similar animation and character designs. While watching each series the viewer is drawn into the lives of the characters themselves that are trying to fight the imperfections that exist in each of their worlds and strive to overcome the obstacles standing in their paths. They find love as well as friendship and experience loads of dramatic moments that will leave you wanting for more in the end. If you liked watching one of them I highly recommend trying out the other.

1. Kanon

KanonSynopsis – As a young child, Aizawa Yuuichi had often visited his cousin in the city; however, something drastic happened to keep him away for seven long years. Now, Yuuichi returns, his memories of those days are simply gone.

Settling into the wintry town, Yuuichi comes across several young girls, all of whom are connected to his past. As he befriends them and continues to interact with them, the long-forgotten memories from his childhood begin to resurface…

Similarity – I really enjoyed Clannad and I enjoyed Kanon (2006) even more! Kyoto Animation works its magic in both of these romance/drama anime. Clannad and Kanon were both written by Key and were video games before anime. They both have really intriguing plots and the animation is amazing and close to flawless! I was brought to tears by both of these shows. There are really moving scenes, and also scenes where you find yourself smiling from ear to ear or even laughing! I strongly recommend Kanon (2006) if you liked Clannad!

Credits – MAL


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