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10 Anime Like Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

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Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

About Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Kyon is a pretty normal high school student. He believes in pragmatism and doesn’t adore the concept of supernaturalism. He faces resistance from Haruhi Suzumiya, whose whole life revolves around supernatural elements. Whether it’s time-traveling, aliens, or espers (humans with psychic powers), Haruhi is interested in all.

Haruhi feels detested to know that not a single club is dedicated to having intriguing activities. On Kyon’s advice, she decides to make her own club, SOS Brigade, which is all about exploring the supernatural.

Despite his unwillingness, Kyon joins the club along with Yuki Nagato, the silent bookworm; Mikuru Asahina, the timid and introvert, and Itsuki Koizumi, the cheerful sort of. The anime follows the crazy adventures that they embark on under the leadership of Haruhi Suzumiya.

10 Anime Like Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

1. Angel Beats!

2. Lucky Star

3. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!)

4. Hyouka

5. Kokoro Connect

6. Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

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

8. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

9. Clannad

10. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

1. Angel Beats!

Similarity

When you watch Angel Beats!, you’ll be amazed at the similarities. Most of the characters are carbon-copy of each other. Both have a similar club that indulges heavily in supernatural phenomena. The male characters are not assertive and go along the way. The female characters are the know-it-all type, who control each plan and its execution.

Synopsis

Otonashi is a dead man. He discovers it only when transferred to the afterlife. He is welcomed by a rifle-toting girl, Yuri, who explains to him about the new realm. Though Otonashi has forgotten everything of his past life, he does remember his name.

Yuri tells him about her squad named Afterlife Battlefront (Shinda Sekai Sensen) that is involved in constant war with a devilish girl named Tenshi. However, Otonashi finds her claims unbelievable, so he decides to confront Tenshi all by himself. But as expected their meet doesn’t go well and he readily accepts to join Yuri’s squad.

Now supporting Yuri in her endeavor, Otoanshi has developed strong feelings for Tenshi. While he is trying to get his memories back and understand Tenshi, he gradually adapts to the mystic world of the afterlife.

Lucky Star

Lucky Star

2. Lucky Star

Similarity

Lucky Star has multiple references to Haruhi. You can only grasp this one if you have already watched Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. Both are slice-of-life anime and are the creation of the same company.

The anime opening dance is also remarkably similar to the characters who are using pom-pom and are wearing cheerleading outfits. Most importantly, don’t let the first episode deceive you, it gets better with each episode.

Synopsis

Lucky Star chronicles the lives of four gorgeous high school girls. Konata Izumi is a clumsy otaku, Tsukasa and Kagami are the Hiiragi twins and are respectively called sugar and spice, finally, Miyuki Takara is the well-mannered and bright one.

With each day they spend in the school and outside, they initiate stronger and more lively bonds with each other. Their eccentrics are entertaining. Their main interest is to observe the world and make humorous assumptions about them.

Whether it’s about Japanese tradition, details of otaku culture, studies, or the right way to prepare various dishes, the girls have got everything covered. Nothing remains safe from their musings.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!)

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!)

3. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!)

Similarity

In both the anime, the male protagonist is continuously pestered by the adamant female protagonist. The female believes in the occult and wants her beliefs to embed into others. Both the female characters start a new club for similar intricate activities, while the male tries to figure out the real story behind the strange girl.

The anime shows school life and is a perfect balance of comedy, romance, and intense drama. Interestingly, in both the series, the boy wants to lead a normal life, while the girl would do anything to wreak havoc.

Synopsis

It is an undeniable fact that each one of us goes through the phase when we believe we are special and stand apart from the masses. Some of us may go beyond and claim to have mystical powers that have been inherited from another world. This mental calamity is called “Chuunibyou”, which is often the reason for a person’s most embarrassing moments in his life.

Done with his “Chuunibyou” disease, the scars are still fresh in Yuuta Togashi’s mind. In the past, he used to pose as the “Dark Flame Master” while in his middle school. When he reminisces the past, he blows away with an extreme embarrassment such that he decides to enroll in a distant high school where no one knows him. Throwing off his farcical history aside, he yearns to start a new school life as a normal being.

However, he is yet to get over his past when he meets his new classmate, Rikka Takanashi. Rikka also suffers from the “Chuunibyou” disease and considers herself to be a vessel of the “Wicked Eye”. As their lives collide, Yuuta’s dream for a normal life may not be fulfilled after all.

Hyouka

Hyouka

4. Hyouka

Similarity

The characters’ personalities are pretty much the same, which ultimately makes the entire setting and tone quite similar. The leading male students are born out of the same soil. They don’t desire to stand out and have no interest in being a part of something creative. However, both are drove into crazy endeavors because of a girl, who wouldn’t stop being persistent.

Both the anime includes a club and revolves around a mystery. There’s a certain kind of sadness that lingers throughout the series proffering the dark and intense vibes.

Synopsis

Houtarou Oreki is on energy-conservation mode and that’s how he wants to stay forever. However, his sister won’t let him succeed. At her behest, he reluctantly signs for the Classics Club. His interest peaks when he learns the deep-rooted history of the club. Not too late, he is dragged into a serious investigation that deals with the 45-year-old mystery connected with the club room.

Together with his fellow members: Satoshi Fukube, the intelligent one, Mayaka Ibara, the serious yet gentle one, and finally Eru Chitanda, the 24/7 curious one, Houtarou must complete his task before the deadline. Unfortunately, he lacks the proper resources and required skills. As the deadline approaches, he not only has to solve the mystery but also deal with the small cases alongside.

Hyouka is based on the award-winning light novel series, Koten-bu. It shows that even the mysteries of daily lives can be highly intriguing and fascinating.

Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect

5. Kokoro Connect

Similarity

Both the anime are based on comedy, slice-of-life, supernatural elements, and school life. The settings are remarkably the same. The story revolves around a club consists of two boys and three girls. The characters possess similar personalities with slight deviations. Both of them have hysterical beginnings but later assume dark mode.

Synopsis

The story revolves around five students studying at Yamaboshi Academy. They are Iori Nagase, the paradoxical optimist; Taichi Yaegashi, the wrestling lover; Himeko Inaba, the computer expert; Yui Kiriyama, the karate trainee, and Yoshifumi Aoki, the class clown.

Disappointed by finding no club that suits their interests, they decide to form a new one called the Student Cultural Society or simply, “StuCS”.

One day Aoki and Yui go through a strange experience where they unexpectedly switch bodies for a few moments. As this weird phenomenon contuse to take place amongst the five students, they begin to realize something is off. Their fun and playful time take a grim mode. To solve the mystery they spent more time together and in the process, learn about each other’s secrets and emotional setbacks. This may end up breaking their bonds and ultimately the club itself.

Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

6. Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

Similarity

The female characters are self-obsessed and consider themselves equal to the Gods. On the other hand, the male characters are introverted and ready to bend at any command given by their female counterparts. Both are romantic comedies, full of eccentrics, and larger-than-life personalities. If you watched these series, you can’t hold back to watch their second seasons.

Synopsis

Jin is one of the unluckiest protagonists I have seen so far. He carves a statue for a school project on a trunk of a sacred tree and what comes out of it is beyond anyone’s imagination. As he takes the statute outside, it begins to absorb the earth and transforms into a young girl.

Certainly, the girl, or should say, the tree deity, named Nagi, is pissed over his gesture of cutting down her tree. With her home destroyed, she begins to live with Jin and vent her anger out by squashing bugs or better say cleaning the impurities.

Nagi has a childish personality and is quite mischievous. She later reveals she has a split personality. Her other side is Kannagi who is more polite and serious.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai: I don't have many friends)

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai: I don't have many friends)

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

Similarity

From the very first episode, the anime gives the vibes of Haruhi Suzumiya. The main girl is quick-witted and a bit unpleasant who works as the mastermind behind all the plans, while the boy is as plain as he could be. Together they along with other students form a bizarre club and involve in eccentric activities that ultimately turn into something unearthly.

Synopsis

Kodaka Hasegawa is excited to go to a new school as a transfer student. He has all planned up to make a strong first impression, making friends alongside. However, things turn out to be entirely opposite for him as he is instantly labeled as a delinquent. He seems to have a violent personality, and his blonde hair and unwelcoming expression make him stand out.

A month has passed and his bad impression remains intact. Soon enough after his encounter with fellow loner Yozora Mikazuki, his fate begins to change. Yozora has a habit of talking to her imaginary friends when she’s all alone.

After delving into each other stories, they decide to make their own club named the “Neighbour’s Club”. The club is exclusively for those who have no friends and want to learn social skills to fit in. As the club gains popularity, more and more eccentric outcasts come in to finally find someone they can call friends.

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

8. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

Similarity

The anime share the philosophical sides of each character along with supernatural elements. The male fellow is dull and always goes unnoticed while the female one is widely popular in the school. Based on high school mystery and drama, the female character will remind you of Haruhi all the time. Both the anime are light-hearted and fun to watch with a touch of seriousness now and then.

Synopsis

Widely regarded as a myth, Puberty Syndrome is a rare and inexplicable sort of disease. It exclusively targets teenagers and its symptoms are so unnatural that only very few can recognize its occurrence. Having said that, Sakuta Azusagawa is among the few who have personally experienced this disease and is living proof that it is pretty much real. Moreover, the disease is actually quite prevalent within the school.

Mai Sakurajima, a third-year student, used to be a famous child actress, but later ditched her career for unknown reasons. She is a popular face in the school, but none has the guts to personally interact with her.

One day Sakuta witnesses her walking in the library in a bunny girl costume. Strangely no one notices her in the weird costume except Sakuta. He instantly grasps that she is going through Puberty Syndrome. As he tries to move her out of the predicament, his actions lure in some more girls affected by the mythical disease.

Clannad

Clannad

9. Clannad

Similarity

The anime’s comical approach is quite similar. The male protagonists share the same personalities, sometimes they are romantic and sometimes totally absurd. Their unanticipated encounter with the female protagonists leads to the formation of a club. She often drags him into peculiar situations despite his unwillingness.

Synopsis

Tomoya Okazaki expects nothing out of his life. He is a pure delinquent and considers life to be dull and utterly fruitless. He often skips school with his chum Youhei Sunohara and wastes his high school days like a piece of garbage.

One day while accidentally walking to school, he meets a young girl named Nagisa Furukawa, who is muttering something to herself. She suddenly shouts out loud “Anpan!”, a Japanese food, grabbing Tomoya’s attention. She discloses that she has a habit of exclaiming her favorite things to keep herself motivated. She instantly befriends Tomoya, but he doesn’t pay heed to her words and walk straight to school.

After the incident, Tomoya finds Nagisa wandering around the school. As a result, he finally gives up and accepts her friendship. Then, Nagisa reveals that she is a student in the same school, and held back a year due to a severe illness. Nagisa reveals that she dreams to revive the school’s drama club. With nothing useful to do, he decides to help her and in the process, he realizes what living a life truly means.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

10. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

Similarity

The male protagonists are realistic-cum-pessimistic type of characters. They are forced to join clubs and interact with other characters who have totally different personalities than theirs. The club members have a bit of a tense relationship with each other, yet they manage to stick together somehow. Filled with fun dialogues, both the anime are surprisingly relatable with male protagonists doing full-on justice to the comparison.

Synopsis

Bestowed with narcissism and semi-nihilism, Hachiman Hikigaya is an indifferent high school student. He is persistent about the fact that joyful youth is merely a farce, and all those who say otherwise are just fabricating the reality. However, his apathetic attitude is soon going to go under test.

When he writes a distressing essay detailing the concept of modern social relationships, his teacher teaches him a lesson in a way he couldn’t imagine. Hachiman is forced to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club known for helping students who are struggling to achieve their goals.

Together with the beautiful Ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman now has to confront people’s problems on the front line. Trapped in a place he didn’t imagine even in his worst nightmare, he has to get out of his comfort zone and deal with it. Who knows in the process, it may end up changing his sociopathic demeanor forever?

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