Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Golden Time. 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 Golden Time

10. Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Clover)
9. Nana
8. Amnesia
7. A Town Where You Live (Kimi no Iru Machi)
6. A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara)
5. Haganai: I don’t have many friends
4. Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
3. Rumbling Hearts (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien)
2. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
1. Toradora!

10. Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Clover)

Hachimitsu to CloverSynopsis – Yuuta, Takumi, and Shinobu share a six-tatami room apartment with no bath. The rent is low and it’s perfect for poor college students such as themselves. Shinobu is a mysterious, quirky person, who does things on a whim. Takumi is passionate both in work and love, and Yuuta is a simple person with simple dreams and desires. That is, until he meets Hagumi, a petite girl with an enormous amount of talent. Hagumi is fondly called Hagu by Shuuji, who serves as Hagu’s guardian. Hagu meets Ayumi, nicknamed Ayu, and they become close friends almost instantly. Meanwhile, Ayu falls for one of the boys…

Similarity – These are both adult romance. Or seinen/josei romance if you prefer. Unlike most other romance anime, which deal with the awkward idealized realization of love, and usually end with the confession, both of these anime skip that part and examine the actually interesting part, the relationship itself. As any grown-up knows, problems, insecurities, and whatever else kind of baggage you have don’t get checked at the door when you start a relationship with someone.

9. Nana

nanaSynopsis – Nana Osaki is a guarded and ambitious young woman with a strong will and a rough past. She is the vocalist for a punk band called Black Stones and she desires fame and recognition more than anything else. Nana Komatsu is an outgoing and flighty young woman with a weak will and a stable past. Her life revolves around her desire to find love and marriage. The two meet for the first time while traveling to Tokyo – in pursuit of their respective dreams – and they later decide to be roommates. Although drastically different people, the two become very close and together they find out if their biggest dreams have room for their best friend.

Similarity – Nana and Golden Time are both anime series with themes of relationships and complexity in terms of characters’ dynamics. The main characters both have a past that are explored throughout both series. Both series involves romance with a sense of maturity (more so in NANA). They have a more sense in adolescence as opposed to being in a high school setting. Additionally, the characters have dreams they hope to make come true. Nana has an additional theme of music while Golden Time deals with more of an identity crisis. There’s comedic dialogue but also emotions that are touched upon in both series.

8. Amnesia

amnesiaSynopsis – The heroine wakes up on the morning of August 1 and discovers she has absolutely no memories of the past. A boy appears before her, and he introduces himself as a “spirit” named Orion. The heroine struggles to regain her memories under the guidance of Orion. She then gets a phone call, but she does not recognize the name on her mobile phone screen. She meets her apparent “boyfriend,” despite not knowing his face.

Similarity – Golden Time and Amnesia share the concept of the main protagonist forgetting everything about their past and have lovers that they don’t know about anymore. If you want to find out more check them out. Note that, Amnesia is more a harem and Golden time has more love polygons.

7. A Town Where You Live (Kimi no Iru Machi)

Kimi no Iru MachiSynopsis – Haruto Kirishima lived a calm life out in the countryside, away from the fast-paced life of the city. Kimi no Iru Machi begins sometime later after Haruto moves to Tokyo to live with his sister, in order to pursue a career as a cook. In reality, though he wishes to be with Yuzuki. Things don’t start well though. When he arrives he is mistaken for a burglar and attacked by his sister’s neighbor Mishima Asuka. After the misunderstanding is cleared his feelings begin to waver though. Is Eba, who keeps avoiding him for seemingly no reason, the one for him or is it Asuka?

Similarity – Both of the anime give off similar vibes. In both stories, the guy comes from country-side to urban area to attend school. Both stories switch settings between the guy’s hometown and the city. The guy and girl have an on/off relationship throughout the story

6. A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara)

Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea)Synopsis – Nagi no Asukara follows the story of Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido, along with their childhood friends Chisaki Hiradaira and Kaname Isaki, who are forced to leave the sea and attend a school on the surface. There, the group also meets Tsumugu Kihara, a fellow student and fisherman who loves the sea. Hikari and his friends’ lives are bound to change as they have to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination between the people of sea and of the surface, the storms in their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface.

Similarity – Romance, a classic theme presented in both series. Golden Time and Nagi no Asukara explore relationships from a multitude of angles. The main male protagonist is caught in a love triangle and comes across difficult decisions in his life. Golden Time takes place in a more mature environment (University) while Nagi no Asukara’s setting has more fantasy elements. However, their small yet colorful cast of characters creates an atmosphere of dramatic sequences. Comedy also exists in both series.

5. Haganai: I don’t have many friends (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)

Haganai: I don't have many friends (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)Synopsis – When Kodaka Hasegawa finds out that he will be transferring to a new school, he is determined to make a positive impression, and maybe even some friends. However, Kodaka discovers he is out of luck when he immediately gets labeled as a violent delinquent due to his blond hair and intimidating expression. Although a month has passed, Kodaka is still alone thanks to his notorious reputation. However, his life begins to change when he finds fellow loner Yozora Mikazuki talking to her imaginary friend in an empty classroom. Joined by Yozora Mikazuki, and other eccentric outcasts, Kodaka may finally have managed to find people he can call friends, in this club filled with hilarious oddballs.

Similarity – Comedy, Romance, Seinen, these three components of both of these series make the similarity bond between these animes. The main girls in both of these animes (Sena and Kara) are the almost exactly the same; rich, arrogant, blunt, smart, and a daughter of a rich family. Although the setting and plot might be different, you still get the same atmosphere and feel from both animes. They can both be really funny and serious by the next second. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is more ecchi and has a harem theme compared to Golden Time.

4. Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Synopsis – Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano. Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face the music again. Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

Similarity – Both are about school life, love and life struggles, both deals with lost of dear or loved ones, both balance on a fine line between drama and comedy – Shigatsu is more comedic and Golden time more dramatic. Although the story is quite different there is an element of person who helps overcame difficulties from the past for the main character. Shigatsu is more oriented towards music, but it is just setting so it shouldn´t matter too much. I would say both series has a similar vibe to them.

Be sure to check out 10 Anime Like Your Lie in April

3. Rumbling Hearts (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien)

Rumbling Hearts (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien)Synopsis – At first, Takayuki Narumi is befriended by Mitsuki Hayase only because Mitsuki’s best friend, Haruka Suzumiya has a crush on him; however since then, Takayuki, his pal Shinji Taira, and Mitsuki have grown to be the best of friends. Then one day, Haruka confesses to Takayuki her love for him. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, Takayuki agrees to go out with her. After a few incidents, their relationship gets intimate, even while Takayuki and Mitsuki begin to realize their feelings for each other. But when tragedy strikes, things are never the same for these four friends again.

Similarity – Both are similar because they have a two-girls-one-guy love triangle and similar feeling, though Kimi ga Nozomu tends to be more dramatic than Golden Time. The two are pretty much alike with their premises, and certain phenomena (can’t spoil haha) happens that makes them interesting and creates trouble for the characters.

2. One Week Friends (Isshuukan Friends)

Isshuukan Friends joSynopsis – High school sophomore Yūki Hase noticed that Kaori Fujimiya, his classmate, was always alone. He tried to start a conversation with her but was turned down: “My memories of friendship can last only a week,” she said. Despite of knowing this shocking truth, Yūki keeps trying to be Kaori’s “new” friend every week.

Similarity – Two series that reaffirm the friendship by means of several tests that will make them more united. Where our protagonist lives with the fear of forgetting all those pleasant moments with his friends and especially that person who helped him with his problem. This protagonist suffers from amnesia, and from the moment he meets that person, he wants to live the life that I wanted to live from the beginning, without fear of forgetting everything.

1. Toradora!

ToradoraSynopsis – Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.” One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!

Similarity – Toradora and Golden Time shares a similar fact that involves the same author. As such, expect a similar style in terms of storytelling. There is an atmosphere of romance going on between the main characters filled with drama and comedy. The main female protagonist from both series are aggressive but at the same time also feelings lonely in many instances. On the other hand, they do meet new friends and discover more about the world and themselves.

Be sure to check out 10 Anime Like Toradora!

Credits – MAL, ANN

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