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The Best Anime Like 'Clannad: After Story'

Updated May 31, 2019 1.2k votes 239 voters 9.0k views15 items

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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  • 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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  • Sometimes, the everyday circumstances of life make love impossible. In CLANNAD: After Story, it's Nagisa's precarious health and Tomoya's dark history that drives a wedge between them. If you want to watch another anime about the ways in which reality interferes with romance, you might enjoy 5 Centimeters Per SecondTakaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are close friends who are separated when Akari's father's job forces her to relocate. When Takaki's family is ready to move too, the two friends decide to meet up before they're separated by an even further distance. Unfortunately, their plans are derailed by a massive snowstorm, and they're only able to spend a small amount of time together before they part for good. It's a heartwrenching tale that will leave you with many of the same sad feelings that CLANNAD: After Story does, though the events aren't quite as dramatic.

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    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.

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