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

10. A Lull in the Sea
9. Kimi ni Todoke
8. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
7. Kokoro Connect
6. Your Lie in April
5. Steins;Gate
3. anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
1. Blue Spring Ride

10. A Lull in the Sea

Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea)
Synopsis – Long ago, humanity lived in the sea. But the humans who longed for the land left the sea behind. They cast aside the special raiment they’d been given by the sea god that let them live in the ocean. The thinking of the sea humans and the land humans became as separate as the places they lived, and as countless time passed, they forgot they were once one people. This will change as the land-dwelling human Tsumugu Kihara befriends four students who live in a village at the bottom of the sea.

Similarity –Both of these anime deal with the everyday school life with a twist. In both of these animes time is important. In Orange it’s because Naho receives a letter from the future. In Nagi no Asukara it’s because relationships change through time, you’ll have to watch the anime for more details about that. Orange and Nagi no Asukara are both about a group of friends that experiences something out of the ordinary. Both are romantic slice-of-life anime that can make you cry. If you enjoyed one, chances are you’ll enjoy the other one as well.

Also read,10 Anime Like A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara)

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 – The main characters are very similar. Both are very shy girls who have troubles expressing their feeling. However, while Sawako is just incredibly adorable in her innocence, Naho is a bit less dense and can actually act when she has to. The male protagonists both care a lot about the female protagonist’s feelings and don’t want to hurt them n any way, but while Kazehaya is a popular guy who cares about everybody, Kakeru is a troubled kid with suicidal thoughts. There is also a group of friends in both anime that supports the relationship of the main characters in various ways. Heck, even the character designs are very similar, what more do you need? If you liked either of those, you’ll definitely enjoy the other

Also read,10 Anime Like Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

8. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaSynopsis- One cold Christmas day, Kyon heads over to school and the SOS Brigade’s holiday celebration, only to realize that Haruhi Suzumiya seems to have disappeared. Moreover, no one even remembers her or the SOS Brigade; Mikuru Asahina knows nothing and is now afraid of him, and Itsuki Koizumi has also gone missing. The Literature Club, formed only by an uncharacteristically shy Yuki Nagato, now occupies the old SOS club room.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu is based on the fourth light novel of the acclaimed Haruhi series and is set after the events of the anime series. Not uncultured in the supernatural, Kyon will have to deal with his whole life turned upside down like a bad joke, and maybe it’s better that way.

Similarity – They both time travel in a high school setting. Both the future version of one of the characters comes back to help the main character with their decisions and how his or her choices will influence the future. In my Opinion Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu is less focussed on drama/romance, but very similar in the subject of time travel.

Also read,10 Anime Like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

7. Kokoro Connect

Synopsis – When five students at Yamaboshi Academy realize that there are no clubs where they fit in, they band together to form the Student Cultural Society, or “StuCS” for short. The club consists of: Taichi Yaegashi, a hardcore wrestling fan; Iori Nagase, an indecisive optimist; Himeko Inaba, a calm computer genius; Yui Kiriyama, a petite karate practitioner; and Yoshifumi Aoki, the class clown.

One day, Aoki and Yui experience a strange incident when, without warning, they switch bodies for a short period of time. As this supernatural phenomenon continues to occur randomly amongst the five friends, they begin to realize that it is not just fun and games. Now forced to become closer than ever, they soon discover each other’s hidden secrets and emotional scars, which could end up tearing the StuCS and their friendship apart.

Similarity – Kokoro Connect has, like Orange, a colorful group of characters all in a school friend group. While Orange’s focus is mainly about saving Kakeru, Kokoro Connect is mainly about this group of 5 friends coming closer with each challenge that an otherworldly being has put them up to.
They both have their fair share of adorable, cutesy moments, leaving you to ship at your desire. Not to mention it’s excellent drama and comedic bits too.
Every character is well fleshed-out,

Watch if you adored the School-Romance, Social-Drama and ‘love and friendship grows stronger’ elements that Orange had.

Also read,10 Anime Like Kokoro Connect

6. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April (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 – These works try to overcome the weaknesses, even if by the actions of another person. Both have a girl who wants to help a boy with his repressed feelings, which are due to his mother, so he can feel good about himself and get happiness. In addition, you show real feelings, the inner struggle to achieve dreams, how friendship can overcome any barrier, that what we thought impossible to do, becomes only excuses not wanting to try.

Also read,10 Anime Like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

5. Steins;Gate

steins gate
Synopsis –Rintaro Okabe is a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who believes that an international organization is conspiring to reshape the world according to its own interests. He and his friend Itaru Hashida inadvertently create a gadget able to send messages to the past. The discovery and experimentation of this instrument become the catalyst of fundamental alterations to the present. Oblivious of the consequences of their actions, Rintaro and his friends end up creating modifications of grievous proportions. He must then try to find a way to return as close as possible to the original timeline in order to save his precious lab members.

Similarity – Two series that explore theories of travel in time – especially if they are from the past – (Orange in a simple way and Steins; Gate in a more complex way). The two touch the subject, that the messages to the past exist, will create some change, and how they were sent. Just as these messages have meanings to avoid events of the past that mark the lives of people. At the beginning is the protagonist against these events that will mark inside her and the people around her/he, then her acquaintances will be involved trying to change the future without anyone being hurt.

Also read,10 Anime Like Steins;Gate


Anime Like ReLIFE
Synopsis – Dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His unremarkable existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the opportunity to change his life for the better with the help of a mysterious pill. Taking it without a second thought, Arata awakens the next day to find that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.

Arata soon learns that he is now the subject of a unique experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student for one year. Though he initially believes it will be a cinch due to his superior life experience, Arata is proven horribly wrong on his first day: he flunks all his tests, is completely out of shape, and can’t keep up with the new school policies that have cropped up in the last 10 years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, bringing Arata endless annoyance. ReLIFE follows Arata’s struggle to adjust to his hectic new lifestyle and avoid repeating his past mistakes, all while slowly discovering more about his fellow classmates.

Similarity – Both involve an adult in his/her 20s that wants to make things right and change his/her life in high school. The difference between them is how they approach their high school selves. In Orange, the main character contacts herself 10 years in the past with a time-traveling letter. In ReLIFE, the main character becomes a highschooler again instead of contacting himself through time travel. ReLIFE doesn’t really have actual time travel.

Also, they both have plenty of romance and drama, but Orange has way more of those while ReLIFE tends to focus more on comedy and not so much on the drama.

Also read,10 Anime Like ReLIFE

3. anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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 – Both share very similar themes of friendship, regret, atonement, nostalgia, and love. They both feature a grieving group of friends that wish they had done things differently in the past, wanting to redo decisions that led to the death of one of their dearest friends. When they are given the opportunity to atone for their regrets and grief, they seize the moment; in Orange, they send letters to their past selves telling them what to do differently, and in AnoHana, the ghost of their friend who passed away appears and won’t disappear until her last wish is fulfilled. Letters addressed to each of them also play a large role in both.

Also read,10 Anime Like anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day


Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)Synopsis – When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” to save many lives.

However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.

Similarity – Both stories involve someone (or in Orange, a group of people) “going back in time” to save a friend from dying. Orange focuses more on the dramatic, emotional side of things while Boku dake ga Inai Machi has more action and suspense. Both are very good shows, especially if you appreciate the sci-fi elements.

Also read,10 Anime Like ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

1. Blue Spring Ride

Ao Haru RideSynopsis – Futaba is a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Similarity – Both shows deal with the issues of friendship, depression, self-isolation and grief. To be more specific, both stories feature a main male character who has a very sorrowful past. Their friends are trying to be helpful and supportive. The female MC is in both cases the love interest. The difference is that Ao Haru Ride is more focused on the romantic aspect while Orange gives more weight to the healing process, and as such it’s more dramatic. Both are totally awesome.

Also read,10 Anime Like Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Credits – MAL


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