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The Best Anime Like 'Clannad: After Story'

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.

Which anime similar to CLANNAD: After Story do you think is worth your fellow fans' time? Vote it up to help guide others, and make your own voice heard. 

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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.

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  • 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.

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      Angel Beats! depicts the afterlife - specifically a version of purgatory where teenagers who lost their lives too young get a chance to experience a few happy moments of adolesence, and come to terms with the events of their lives, before ultimately passing on to the next plane. However, not all of them understand why their peers are disappearing, and the Afterlife Battlefront is dedicated to stopping these disappearances at all costs. While this might not sound a whole lot like CLANNAD: After Story, the way it presents each characters' tragic past intersperced with silly slice-of-life scenes will feel deeply familiar to fans of CLANNAD. Both shows will leave you with tears in your eyes. 

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    • 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. 

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