Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Orange narrates the heart-tugging story of a group of friends who are desperate to change the future and save the life of a beloved friend. It all began when a high school girl—Naho Takamiya—received a letter from her future self. The letter told her what will happen in the future. Surprisingly enough, the letter wasn’t just about her and her friends—it was primarily about the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse.
With Naho’s knowledge of the future, and with some help from her friends, she will try to get close to Kakeru and get to the bottom of this mystery. Whether the letter is true or not, there will surely be regrets if she doesn’t act. The future is now in her hands.
Orange is a shoujo/romance/drama anime that has the power to leave a strong impact on viewers. As such, it’s an emotional rollercoaster. It has wonderful art, a compelling story, elements of time travel, romantic bits, and whole load of drama. That is why a lot of viewers have come to love it.
I have worked on creating this list of anime recommendations. If you’re done watching Orange, you should look into these similar titles.
1. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
The first anime that comes to mind when discussing shows that are similar to Orange is Ao Haru Ride (also known as Blue Spring Ride). Why is that? Besides having a similar narrative and art style, both shoujo shows are known to be very emotional and dramatic. The focus is on character relationship and growth. As for the main couples, they’re almost identical. If you loved Orange, then Ao Haru Ride should go next on your watchlist.
Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Tanaka used to be sweet little lovebirds way back in middle school. But as much as they liked each other, fate dealt them some circumstances that caused them to separate. As such, both have changed drastically since then. Futaba has shed her cutesy personality while Kou changed his last name. Now in high school, their paths will soon intersect yet again. With all the changes in their lives, will new light shine upon their relationship?
2. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
If you are looking for a mixture of friendships, regrets, and tragedies, then Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is the right anime to watch next. It talks about friendship, the loss of a dear friend, and erasing past regrets. It covers the challenges of moving on and mending broken souls. You must be emotionally prepared to watch this anime. Anohana is definitely more dramatic and will certainly make you bawl your eyes out.
This is the heart-wrenching story of a group of childhood friends—the Super Peace Busters. After suffering the tragedy of losing a cherished friend, the group disbanded with regrets in their broken hearts. Years later, the ghost of their dead friend suddenly begins haunting one of them. At first, the ghost was put off as a mere hallucination caused by the sweltering summer heat. But the ghost is real, and it has come to fulfill a promise from the past. If you become a fan of this show, here are some anime that are worth looking into.
3. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
When it comes to time travel and interactions with the past, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (also known as ERASED) is one that comes to mind. This show is filled with mystery and drama. While Orange leans more on romance and slice-of-life, ERASED is more about suspense and mystery. As for the drama, ERASED will certainly pack a punch.
Satoru Fujinuma has an eerie special ability that he calls Revival. It’s a power that allows him to travel back a few moments in time to avoid tragedies and mishaps. It sure is a helpful power, but it has never worked for his own benefit. Then one day, the most unexpected thing happened. He is framed for murder, and this causes his power to send him 18 years into the past. He’s back in his childhood days in his old school. He’s back in the year when fate began to move its mysterious hands to change his life. If you like this popular series, you should check out these similar anime.
ReLIFE explores the concept of reliving life and taking second chances in order to fix regrets. It’s almost the same as Orange, but ReLIFE takes a more comical approach. That doesn’t make it any less serious though. ReLIFE takes things into perspective. It’s about growing up, impacting the lives of others, and doing your best to get the most out of life. So if you want to take a break from the heavy drama and watch something lighter, then ReLIFE is the anime for you.
Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old man who was given another chance to redo his life. Thanks to the ReLife Research Institute, Arata will be 17 again as he attends high school once again. Of course, he’s going to be under observation, but he has to do what has been instructed to him. It’s his rare second chance in life. It’s an opportunity that will soon change his life as well as the life of a few others.
5. Kokoro Connect
If you love developed characters and examining intricate details, then Kokoro Connect is the anime for you. You can expect this series to deliver tons of drama, a few giggles, and whole lot of relatable moments. By the end of the show, you’ll see how this masterpiece captivated audiences with its story and characters.
The Student Cultural Society is a club in a certain school where five individuals come together. All of them are weird and awkward to the point that no other club is a fit for them. They will experience some strange phenomena that will change their lives forever.
6. Kimi no na wa. (Your Name.)
Kimi no na wa. (also known as Your Name.) is one of the most successful animated movies of all time. It has a romantic and dramatic narrative that is truly inspiring. It also features beautiful art and animation. It has the theme of love transcending time and space, a familiar concept in the works of Makoto Shinkai.
A countryside girl and a city boy start to unravel their red string of fate when they begin to switch bodies. It’s a pretty strange phenomenon, but they both have to discover the reason behind what’s really happening. They both begin to search for each other. Unbeknownst to them, fate already has a plan for them. The red string of fate has already started to connect them, and it’s now up to both of them to reach out. If you want more info about this film, you can read this detailed review.
7. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
I don’t want to talk too much about Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (also known as Your Lie in April) because that would be spoiling the fun. But believe me, this show resembles Orange in many ways. Both series have romance and drama. Both series also look at how emotional scars can be healed by friends.
Kousei Arima is a child prodigy when it comes to playing the piano. But that was all in the past. When his mother died, everything changed. Now he can't even hear the music he is playing. As a result, he quit playing piano for good. Then one day, a mysterious girl suddenly makes an appearance in his life. The girl’s name is Kaori Miyazono, and she’s the girl that will soon change the tune in Kousei’s life. If you like this series, you can check out this list of similar anime.
8. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (In Search of the Lost Future)
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (also known as In Search of the Lost Future) is an obscure series that has made its way to this list because of its features. This series has time travel, it’s set in high school, and it talks about saving a dear friend and erasing past regrets. I could go on with the similarities, but these three things are the main elements.
In a certain high school, there exists an astronomy club that is tasked with solving the mystery behind some odd occurrences. With the sudden appearance of ghosts and unnatural quakes, the astronomy club, as well as the whole school, will soon be dealing with many challenges.
9. Kimi ni Todoke
If you want to up the romance gauge a bit and lessen the complex drama a little, then Kimi ni Todoke is for you. It’s romantic, sweet, and will satisfy those looking for lighter fare. It does have its dramatic moments, but they're toned down a bit. Character growth and development still dominate the show. So, if you want an anime to relax with after the emotional rollercoaster you experienced in Orange, then this show is for you.
In a certain high school, there’s a girl who resembles Sadako (from the movie The Ring). Her name is Kuronuma Sawako, and she’s awkward and friendless due to her uncanny resemblance with the fictional horror character. Then one day, a popular boy—Kazehaya Shouta—talks to her. It’s a moment Sawako has been waiting for. It’s her chance to shed her past and start anew. Shouta seems to be the light that will finally extinguish the darkness and gloominess in Sawako's life.
If you’ve guessed that the reason Steins;Gate is here is because of its time travel plot, then you guessed right. That is the sole reason that this title is here. As you may know already, Steins;Gate is a sci-fi/thriller anime that has a dark theme at its core. But nonetheless, it’s about time traveling and figuring out the nuances of the parallel universe theory. Don’t worry, it’s a very good show. You will not regret checking this one out.
Three quirky friends have invented the greatest invention of all time—the Phone Microwave! Usually, the phone microwave could only turn bananas into green ooze. However, it suddenly gained a new feature—the function of sending messages to the past. It can now meddle with time. The past, present, and future have now intersected. This great power will also bring great danger to our heroes.
Cheeky Kid (author) from Milky Way on June 17, 2017:
@nipster Hmmm...I'd say Kimi no na wa. It's a masterpiece. But, both are pretty enjoyable. Kimi no na wa is compact and very ephemeral because it's a movie. Kimi ni Todoke, on the other hand, can be enjoyed far longer because it is a series after all.
nipster on June 17, 2017:
Just finished anohana the series. It was pretty nice. I saw kimi ni todoke (the 1st episode)... pretty good too(couldn't finish it because I had just got my first job long ago). but I've heard great things about kimi no na wa.
In your opinion which is better? Kimi no todoke or kimi no na wa?