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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March Comes In Like A Lion follows Rei Kiriyama, a depressed shogi player who is slowly trying to regain his desire to engage with the world. One of the biggest things helping him out is his relationship with the Kawamoto sisters, a small family that begins by having him over for dinner regularly but escalates to a mutual relationship where they help each other with their various emotional struggles. Though CLANNAD: After Story has more of a romantic focus, both shows depict overcoming personal struggles through the power of found family.
NANA is a josei anime about two young women with the same name, but very different personalities. As they try to build futures for themselves in romance and in music, they encounter the complications and pains of adult life. Not only is this series every bit as emotionally driven as CLANNAD: After Story, it also doesn't shy away from tough subjects like domestic abuse and drug addiction. One of the things that makes CLANNAD: After Story really standout is its fearlessness in dealing with tough topics, so if you want more of the same, watch NANA.
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.
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.