Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Orange narrates the heart-tugging story of a group of friends who are desperate to change the future and save the life of a beloved friend. It all began when a high school girl—Naho Takamiya—received a letter from her future self. The letter imparted to her what will happen in the future. Surprisingly enough, the letter wasn’t just about her and her friends—it was also primarily about the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse.
With Naho’s knowledge of the future and the help of her friends, she will try to get close to Kakeru and get to the bottom of it all. Whether the letter is true or not, regrets will surely materialize if she doesn’t act. The future is now in her hands.
Orange is a shoujo/romance/drama anime that has the power to leave a buzz in everyone’s hearts. As such, it’s an emotional rollercoaster ride per se. It has a wonderful art, a compelling story, elements of time, romantic bits, and whole load of drama. That is why a lot of viewers have come to love it.
So, it’s time for a list of anime recommendations. This time, it’s the anime like Orange! If you’re done watching Orange, then these titles will give you the similar satisfaction and vibes you got from it.
1. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
First thing that comes to mind for a great lot of people when talking about Orange-like anime recommendations is Ao Haru Ride (translate: Blue Spring Ride). Why is that? Besides having similar art and story, both shoujo shows are known to be very emotional and dramatic. The focus is on character relationship and growth. As for the main couples, they’re but mirror copies—well, almost. So, as I was saying, if you loved Orange so much, then Ao Haru Ride should go next on your watchlist.
Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Tanaka used to be sweet little lovebirds way back in middle school. But as much as they liked each other, circumstances have dealt mysterious hands to separate them. As such, both have changed drastically since then. Futaba has shed her cutesy personality while Kou changed his last name. Now in high school, their paths will soon intersect yet again. And with all the changes in their lives, will new light shine upon their relationship?
2. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
If it’s a mixture of friendship, regrets, and tragedies we’re talking about, then “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” is the right anime to watch next. It talks about friendship. It talks about the loss of a dear friend. It talks about erasing past regrets, moving on, and mending broken souls. These are the things you came here for, right? A word of warning for you though: Anohana is definitely more dramatic and will certainly make you bawl your eyes out.
This is the heart-wrenching story of a group of childhood friends—the Super Peace Busters! After the tragedy of losing a cherished friend, the group disbanded with regrets in their broken hearts. Years later, the ghost of their dead friend suddenly begins haunting one of them. At first, the ghost was rubbed off as a mere hallucination caused by the sweltering summer heat. But as it turns out, the ghost is real, and it has come to fulfill a promise from the past.
3. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
When it comes to time-based events and past-present-future interactions, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED) is one that comes to mind. And mind you, It’s a show that’s purely mystery and drama. While Orange leans more on romance and slice-of-life, ERASED gains momentum by taking suspense and mystery into account. As for the drama bombs, ERASED will certainly cowl you with the feels.
Satoru Fujinuma has an eerie special ability—Revival! It’s a power that allows him to travel back a few moments in time to avoid tragedies and mishaps. It sure is a helpful power, but it never worked for his own gains. Then one day, the most unexpected thing happened. The moment he got blamed for something fatal, which he never did, his power sent him back 18 years into the past. He’s back in his childhood days. He’s back in his old school. He’s back in the year when fate began to move its mysterious hands on his life.
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ReLIFE explores the concepts of reliving life and taking second chances in order to fix regrets. It’s almost the same as Orange, but instead, ReLIFE takes the more comical side of things. That doesn’t make it any less serious though. ReLIFE takes things into perspective. It’s about growing up, impacting the lives of others, and doing to best to get the most out of life. So if you want to take a break from the heavy drama and move to an area with a lighter aura, then ReLIFE is the show to watch.
Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old man who was given another chance to redo his life by the ReLife Research Institute. The gist: Arata is going back to his 17-year-old self in order to attend high school once again. Of course, he’s going to be under observation, but he has to do what he has been told to do. It’s his rare second chance in life. It’s an opportunity that will soon change his life, as well as the life of a few others, forever!
5. Kokoro Connect
If you love fleshing out characters and discovering everything about them with all the delicate details, then Kokoro Connect is the anime to spectate. As to why, you ought to watch and experience it firsthand. Expect tons of drama, a few giggles, and whole lot of relatable moments. By the end of the show, you’ll learn what makes this a masterpiece that can easily connect your heart to its story and characters.
The Student Cultural Society—it’s one such club in a certain school where 5 individuals came together only to experience the most out-of-the-world scenario in their lives. All of them are weird and awkward to a point that no other club is a fit for them. That is why they all ended up in the Student Cultural Society. But little did they know that the club they ended up will be the club that will fully draw out their hearts and change their lives forever.
6. Kimi no na wa. (Your Name.)
Kimi no na wa. (Your Name.) is an anime movie that is so compacted wit romantic and dramatic goodness is has been named as one of the most successful animated movie of all time. And that is why it is here on this list. But that’s not just the sole reason it’s here! As I’ve said, it’s romantic and dramatic. It also has good art and a truly inspiring story. Also, the thing about love transcending time and space, you can also find it in this movie. There’s a lot more of reasons to go but the best way to go through them is by watching this title in its full splendor.
A countryside girl and a city boy starts to unravel the red string of fate the moment they switched bodies. It’s a pretty strange phenomenon, but they both have to discover the reason behind what’s really happening. And so, both begin to seek each other and get involve more and more with one another. Unbeknownst to them, fate already has a plan for them. The red string of fate has already connected them, and it’s now up to both of them to do the rest.
7. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Oh, look at this—it’s Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (translate: Your Lie in April). I don’t want to blabber much about this title because that would be spoiling the fun. But believe me, this really resembles Orange in many ways. Aside from the fact that they’re both exceedingly dramatic, they both are also romantic in a such a way that is very unique from others. Also, for some reason, both shows talk about mental scars and seeking consolation from friends and the things they love to do. Thus, I’ll keep quiet now and let you discover the rest.
Kousei Arima is a child prodigy when it comes to playing the piano. But, that was all in the past. When his mother died, everything changed. Now, he couldn’t even hear the music he is playing. And so, he quit playing piano for good. Then one day, a mysterious girl suddenly makes an appearance in his life. The girl’s name is Kaori Miyazono—she’s the girl that will soon cause another great change of tune in Kousei’s life.
8. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (In Search of the Lost Future)
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (translate: In Search of the Lost Future) is a little-known series that has made its way to this list because of its quirks. First, one of its elements include time travel. Second, it’s set in high school. Third, it talks about saving a dear friend and erasing past regrets. I could go on with the similarities but the three things I’ve said so far are the cores. As for the rest, go discover them yourself. You’ll unquestionably derive some satisfaction out of this so just go and watch it.
In a certain high school, there exists an astronomy club that not only study the stars, but also the Sou. In time, this club will encounter the greatest mystery of all—a mystery that involves the whole school as well as that of an oddity. From the sudden appearances of ghosts, unnatural mayhems, and some whacked-out events, the astronomy club, as well as the whole school, will soon be dealing with stuff that’s too much to be handled at ease.
9. Kimi ni Todoke
If you want to up the romance gauge a bit and lessen the overcomplicated drama a little, then Kimi ni Todoke is for you. It’s romantic, sweet, and full of fluff and rainbows. Well, it does have its dramatic moments as well but toned down a bit. But in essence, character growth and maturity still dominates the show. So, if you want an anime to calm you down and help you relax after the emotional rollercoaster you experienced in Orange, then this show is for you to watch.
In a certain high school, there’s a girl who resembles Sadako (from the movie “The Ring”) a lot. Her name is Kuronuma Sawako, and she’s awkward and friendless due to her uncanny resemblance with the aforementioned fictional horror character. Then one day, a popular boy with a refreshing personality—Kazehaya Shouta—talks to her. It’s Sawako’s most awaited moment. It’s her chance to shed her past and start anew. Shouta seems to be the light that will finally extinguish the darkness and gloominess that has befallen her.
If you’ve guessed that the reason Steins;Gate is here is because of its time-travel theme, then you guessed right! That is the sole reason for this title to be here. As you may know already, Steins;Gate is a sci-fi/thriller anime that has a dark theme to its core. But nonetheless, it’s about time-travelling and figuring the nuances of the parallel universe theory, so just had to be mentioned. Don’t worry, it’s quite a good show to watch that there will definitely be no regret surfacing from you.
Three quirky friends have invented the greatest invention of all time—the Phone Microwave! Primarily, the phone microwave could only turn bananas into green ooze. But then, it suddenly gained a new feature—the function of sending messages to the past. It can now meddle with time. The past, present, and future have come to intersect. But as they say, with great power like this comes overwhelming risk and danger!
Cheeky Kid (author) from Milky Way on June 17, 2017:
@nipster Hmmm...I'd say Kimi no na wa. It's a masterpiece. But, both are pretty enjoyable. Kimi no na wa is compact and very ephemeral because it's a movie. Kimi ni Todoke, on the other hand, can be enjoyed far longer because it is a series after all.
nipster on June 17, 2017:
Just finished anohana the series. It was pretty nice. I saw kimi ni todoke (the 1st episode)... pretty good too(couldn't finish it because I had just got my first job long ago). but I've heard great things about kimi no na wa.
In your opinion which is better? Kimi no todoke or kimi no na wa?