CLANNAD: After Story is often cited as one of the greatest romance anime of all time. It's worthy of the distinction. While the first season tells a fairly straightforward story of school life and romantic problems, CLANNAD: After Story plunges viewers into a world of deep tragedy and impressive character development. It set a standard that only a handful of anime can measure up to - but are there any other anime like CLANNAD: After Story out there?
Believe it or not, there are quite a few great shows out there. If you're looking for another anime based on a Key visual novel, you need to be watching Kanon or Air. Just want another show that will make you cry like a baby? Try Anohana: The Flower I Saw That Day. Want to watch another show that actually takes its central couple from high school to adult life? Watch Itazura na Kiss.
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One of the saddest things about CLANNAD is Nagisa's death - even if it is reversed through supernatural means. If you're looking for another romance anime that will make you bawl like a baby, you should try Your Lie in April. This anime focuses on Kousei Arima, a pianist who loses the ability to play music after his mother's untimely passing. He's dragged back into the world of music by a violinist named Kaori Miyazono. While she adds color and light to a once deadened existence, her own life is tragically cut short by a terminal illness.
If you're a fan of CLANNAD: After Story who appreciated the series' strong focus on family and loss, you might also be interested in other anime with similar themes. If so, Wolf Children might be right up your alley. In CLANNAD: After Story, Tomoya loses his wife and is left to take care of their daughter - though he doesn't take on the responsibility until she's five years old. In Wolf Children, the unnamed wolfman who fathered Hana's children passes away, and she must figure out how to raise two wolf-human hybrids on her own.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day follows a group of friends as they struggle to come to terms with the untimely passing of their childhood friend Menma. While the exact plot beats aren't the same, Anohana and CLANNAD: After Story share a willingness to depict the emotional impact of grief and do a great job of making the viewer ugly cry into their keyboard. Despite that, both series do end with a sense of hope. If you loved the experience of CLANNAD shaking you by the heartstrings, you'll likely feel the same way about Anohana.
CLANNAD: After Story is a standout in shojo romance, but its prequel series, CLANNAD, is kind of generic. It's not bad, it's just a fairly standard harem series with a sarcastic, pessimistic dude at the center, which is focused largely on school life and comedy. In After Story, the series starts to get serious, going into character analysis and putting its characters through trauma.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU follows the same trajectory. Its first season can be loosely described in the same way that CLANNAD can. While its second season doesn't hit viewers with quite so much hardship, it does do an in-depth exploration of Hikigaya's psyche, making him feel every bit as real as Tomoya does. If you like watching a series move from okay to spectacular, you'll enjoy watching My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - but you'll especially its sequel series, Zoku.