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The 13 Best Anime Like Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Updated November 5, 2019 1.2k votes 310 voters 8.6k views13 items

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No one is really over the crying fest that is Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Unbelievably sad, but also very hopeful, this series left viewers with the sense of a need to make the most out of their life, before it’s too late. This wonderful series is a beautiful tale filled with friendship and a love that could never die.

We’ve found 13 series that also seem to be bent on bringing you the same kind of feels trip. If you still have some tears to shed, these series are certainly the ones to spend them on. Tell us which ones made you feel the most by voting them up!

  • To tie in the elements of both death and mystery, Angel Beats! is a perfect anime to watch if you're looking for something that has to deal with the afterlife, like Anohana. Otonashi has died and awakens to meet a girl named Yuri, who's packing some serious heat with a rifle in her hands. Yuri leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen, Afterlife Battlefront, and is at war with a girl named Tenshi. Despite her efforts to make him think that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi has his doubts and decides he should at least give her a chance first. As Otonashi begins to regain his lost memories, he also begins to understand why he's drawn to Tenshi despite being against her. The mysteries of the afterlife are revealed, and it's a series you won't want to miss. 

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    • A band of misfit students with nowhere else to go have created the  Student Cultural Society. While each student seems to be drastically different from the next, they each bond over the fact they fit in nowhere else. One day, two of the club members, Aoki and Yui, find that they've switched bodies with the other! Unsure of how to solve this strange mystery, the club members try to figure out how this phenomenon happened. As time goes on, this continues to happen between the five different friends, leading to a bond like no other. Learning how to act like each other, they all have to deal with the different hardships that plague them. A heartfelt series that shows just how deep friendship can go, consider this for your next binge watch after Anohana

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      • Tsukasa Mizugaki may have failed his college entrance exams, but at least he landed a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. At SAI Corp. "Giftias" are created. These androids are almost perfectly life-like to the point you probably wouldn't be able to tell they're not human. However, they do not have a human lifespan and usually expire at around nine years and four months. Tsukasa has been assigned to work at Terminal Service One, the station that deals with Giftias who are about to meet their expiration date. His job is to collect their memories before they grow hostile and lose everything they once were. Teamed up with the beautiful Isla, Tsukasa realizes that this may be more difficult than he originally imagined. Can he come to terms with his feelings before she's gone forever? Much like the main character of Anohana, there's an urgent need to reconcile a love that can never be, no matter how much we wish it. 

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        • If you need something that pairs the supernatural with the power of friendship, not to mention the threat of always crying, Clannad is a classic anime series that will certainly help you fill the void Anohana left behind. Tomoya Okazaki has tried to leave behind his delinquent past, but he falls back into it when no one seems willing to give him a second chance. After a strange encounter with a girl named Nagisa Furukawa, he decides he has nothing better to do than help her with her dream of reviving the school's drama club. As the story continues, follow Tomoya as he meets several other girls and learns each of their own personal troubles and histories. 

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