5 Anime Similar To Orange!

If you’re into the new and popular summer 2016 anime Orange, but 13 episodes aren’t enough for you, check out these 5 anime that are pretty similar to this one!

If you like this post and want to see more of this kind (maybe even create a new series!), be sure to let us know in the comments below!

 

Orange

About Orange:

  • Episodes: 13
  • Starts: Jul 4 – Ongoing
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
  • Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Synopsis:

One day something strange happened to Naho Takamiya: She finds a letter that was written by herself, but from 10 years in the future. At first it may have seemed unbelievable, but as she kept on reading, the letter started stating the exact events that happened that day, including the student transfer from Kakeru Naruse. The letter also said, that the Naho from 10 years later has many regrets, especially regarding Kakeru – and that she wants to change everything by telling her past self what to do different, so that Kakeru will also be there 10 years later.

#1 Kimi Ni Todoke

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 2009 – Mar 2010
  • Genres: Romance, School, Shoujo
  • Studio: Production I.G

Kuronuma Sawako, also known as Sadako due to her resemblance to the girl from the movie “The Ring”, appears to be the cute little school girl, but in reality she has a vicious behavior. All she wants is friends though, but she seems to have a hard time finding them. Until one day she gets in touch with the most popular guy in her class, Kazehaya Shouta. Since then it seems like she found the friend she was searching for, or maybe even more than that…

Similarities:

+ one of the main genres is school

+ main character is a female with shy characteristics

+ main character befriends a male character – anime has romantic aspects

#2 ReLIFE

reLIFE

  • Episodes: 13
  • Starts: Jun 24
  • Genres: Romance, School, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment

The anime follows the 27-year-old Kaizaki Arata, who can’t seem to find a new job after quitting his old one. But once he met Yoake Ryou his whole life starts to change. He offered him to become a subject in an experiment for a year: he’s supposed to take a drug, that’ll change hs appearance to a 17-year-old guy again. He accepts the job and lives the life of a high school student once more.

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Similarities:

+ main character wants to redo their high school life

+ romantic & dramatic scenes

+ main characters are a group of teenagers

#3 Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2014 – Sep 2014
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: Production I.G

Yoshioka Futaba has a crush on a boy named Tanaka when she first meets him in middle school. She was never able to confess her feelings, and then one day it was too late – one day she found out that he moved away – it’s like he just vanished.

Time goes by and Futaba is now in High School, where she surprisingly meets Tanaka again, who is now called Mabuchi Kou though. But things have changed, he has changed, and soon she will find out more about his past. Will the little crush from years ago turn into love? And will it even come from both sides?

Similarities:

+ Very similar story and main characters

+ Female main character meets male character with dark past

+ Dramatic & romantic + plays in a school

+ Similar art & character design

#4 Ano Hana

AnoHana 3

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr. 2011 – Jun 2011
  • Genres: Drama, Supernatural
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures

“What do I do?” – a question Jintan asked himself a lot when he suddenly was able to talk to his childhood friend, Honma Meiko – or better known as Menma. And this situation would be normal, if Menma hadn’t died years ago. So why is this happening, and what can he do about it? Maybe he’s gone insane – nobody else can see her. Or maybe Jintan has to do something specific to make this girl vanish – at least that’s what she says.

The Super Peace Busters is the group Jintan and Menma were in, along with four other kids. But the group eventually split up after Menma had left them. Now that it almost seems like she came back to life, it comes to many coincidences where every member is able to tell their story about what happened that day.

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Similarities:

+ Main character regrets something they’ve done in the past

+ They try to fix the past

+ Small supernatural aspect

+ dramatic/romantic/friendship

#5 Steins;Gate

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2011 – Sep 2011
  • Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Studio: White Fox

The anime follows Okabe Rintarou, who often refers to himself as Hououin Kyouma, but is actually nicknamed Okarin by his friend – a mad scientist who experiments and invents new gadgets in an old small room in Akihabara. His fellow lab members – Mayuri Shiina (his childhood friend) and Daru (a talented and perverted hacker) – help him with their perhaps greatest invention: the Phone Microwave.

At first, they thought the microwave could only turn bananas into a weird green gel, but soon they notice that it can actually send emails to the past! And that’s the moment when Okabe’s journey to change the flow of time, the past and the future, in order to save the people who are dear to him, starts.

Click here for the full review!

Similarities:

+ Time traveling plays a big role

+ Main character travels through time (or somehow gets in contact with the past) in order to change the past

+ dramatic & romantic

Which anime do you think is similar to Orange?

Let us know in the comments below!

Daze ya later guys! ;D

 

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  • Little anime blog

    In terms of Orange’s theme of regret over past mistakes, Re:Zero’s got a similar streak, and it’s just as heartbreaking. ReLIFE is a great shout too. They’re all so inspiring in their messages, we wrote about all three ourselves, and the idea of actually changing the past as a metaphor for moving on and learning from regrets. https://littleanimeblog.com/2016/07/05/replies-to-regret-accepting-our-remorse-through-anime/2/

    • I totally agree – all these shows that focus on changing the past have a great moral 🙂