Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Clannad. 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
10. Myself; Yourself
7. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
6. ef: A Tale of Memories.
5. Little Busters!
1. Angel Beats!
10. Myself; Yourself
Synopsis – In the peaceful little town of Sakuranomori, a group of young friends is about to bid farewell to one of their own. Due to his parents’ business plans, Sana Hidaka has to move away from his quiet childhood home to the boisterous city of Tokyo. Though it pains him, he must say goodbye to his precious friends—the kind-hearted Aoi Oribe, the spunky Wakatsuki twins, Shuri and Shuusuke, and the cheerful and upbeat Nanaka Yatsushiro. But even though he is reluctant to leave them behind, he believes that no matter how far apart they are, they will always cherish the memories of their friendship.
Five years later, Sana, now a 16-year-old high school student, returns to his hometown with the hope of restoring his old life. However, he quickly realizes that although his town may not have changed drastically, the friends he left behind are not who they used to be. Unsettling shadows loom over Sakuranomori as his friends hold new secrets and bear burdens that threaten the bonds they once shared.
Similarity – At first, it looks like a school slice of life with a bit of romance and harem, but in the end, it ends up being SO much more than that. Both reach a certain depth in predestined relationships, even if the show doesn’t focus on it. Myself Yourself and Clannad is a great one if you want a story that pulls you in!
Synopsis – In present times, Gods and Demons coexist together with Humans after the door between each of these worlds had opened. Tsuchimi Rin is a normal young high school student attending Verbena Academy, spending his days living peacefully with his childhood friend Kaede. Unexpectedly, one day the King of Gods, the King of Demons and their families move into being Rin’s next door neighbors. Apparently, the daughter of the Gods, Sia, and the daughter of the demons, Nerine, are both deeply in love with Rin after having met him in the past. Along with his playful friendship with upperclassmen Asa and his encounter with the silent but cute Primula, Rin has much on his hands dealing with the affections of each of these girls. Based on the eroge by Navel.
Similarity – The way both anime start off driven mainly by humor and go onto become emotionally charged is very similar. Both main characters help the female cast grow and develop. Clannad is better and deeper, especially when you include the after story. So if you liked Shuffle, I reckon you’ll love Clannad. If you found Clannad too emotional and didn’t like the family elements of the show, want something which focuses more on romance, and like cartoon boobs, then Shuffle’s definitely for you.
Synopsis – Lucky Star began as a manga by Kagami Yoshimizu. The series centers on four main characters that are in their first year of high school: Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi, and Miyuki Takara.
Konata is an intelligent, athletic girl but she’s a lazy student, mostly because of her obsession with manga and anime and her otaku lifestyle. This is an unconventional, slice-of-life show based on a 4-panel comic strip manga that depicts the daily life of easygoing Japanese high school girls in a very amusing way.
Similarity – The Anime’s genre is different, however, I find many of main characters quite similar in both of animes. (Kagami would be Clannad’s Kyou, Tsukasa=Ryou, Konata=Fuko). I can quite assure that if viewers enjoyed Lucky Star’s Characters, they surely would enjoy/appreciate Clannad and Its Characters.
7. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
Synopsis – Sawako Kuronuma’s one wish in life is to make friends. That’s a difficult proposition when everyone who meets her cowers in terror, due to her resemblance to Sadako (after whom they nickname her) from the Japanese horror movie series The Ring. Shunned by her classmates, her life starts to change after she befriends her classmate, Shōta Kazehaya, a popular, easygoing and 100% refreshing guy who is nice with everyone, even with her.
Similarity – The main female character of both Clannad and Kimi ni Todoke have the same “Do my best” personality. In that sense, the main male characters are also alike. Okazaki (from Clannad) and Kazehaya (from Kimi ni Todoke) both aid the main female characters into more interactions with people and help the story develop into a deep plot. I enjoyed both anime and hope to see more like it.
6. ef: A Tale of Memories.
Synopsis – 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 – I have to say, if you like the idea of a nice girl being helped by a guy, then ef is another great one to watch. There are quite a few similar themes between both of them such as gaining the confidence to pursue a “dream” thanks to a great guy you randomly met. Though Clannad is more comedy oriented (Air is pretty funny too at times!), ef is more drama oriented.
5. Little Busters!
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, 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 slices of life shows that shouldn’t be hastily judged before getting to the end of the second season of each.
Synopsis – 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!
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 – They are both by the same company so they are to have many similarities they both have romance that sways off from time to time and girls who all seem to have some sort of relationship with the main character who ends up falling in love with one of them there other similarities now go find out for yourself 🙂
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 are a brilliant slice of life high school romcom dramas. It’s mainly consisting of comedy (well-done comedy) but every so often turns serious and dramatic – pulling heart strings. These can be from issues concerning love or family etc. Both are great watches if you are into romcom high school dramas.
1. Angel Beats!
Synopsis – Angel Beats! takes place at a high school acting as a limbo for teenagers who have died, but experienced hardships or traumas when alive that they must come to terms with and accept before being given a second chance at life. Those in the afterlife school can still feel pain as they did when they were alive, as well as dying again, only to awaken later with no injuries. The story follows Yuzuru Otonashi, a boy who has lost his memories of his life after death. He meets Yuri Nakamura, a girl who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront, an organization she founded and leads which fights against God for the negative experiences the SSS members went through in life.
Similarity – Both stories have alternative worlds, clubs, some fighting in between but most importantly it focuses on emotions same way as Angel Beats. Almost every character has some kind of problems or regrets and is trying to overcome them. And we have the main character Tomoya who also tries to help his friends.