6 Anime Like Angel Beats! [Updated Recommendations]

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Time seems to fly these days and with each new anime season, we get more and more shows for our entertainment. But some anime are timeless and still touch us as much as the first time we saw them. Angel Beats! is such a show.

The hit drama produced by Aniplex is almost as popular today as it was at its release in 2010. Angel Beats! combines comedy with action and lots of heartfelt moments like no other show and is close to the hearts of many fans. We have already introduced you to 6 anime similar to Angel Beats! some time ago on this site, but we thought it was about time to update these recommendations.

Maybe you’ve already watched all anime on our first list, or maybe you are more interested in currently airing shows. No matter what you are looking for, we hope you find it on today’s list. Enjoy our updated recommendations of 6 anime like Angel Beats!.

Similar Anime to Angel Beats!

1. Charlotte

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2015 - September 2015

First up on our list is one of the most recent shows which - similar to Angel Beats! - was able to gain a big fanbase in a very short time: Charlotte.

There are people on this earth who are more than they seem to be. Yuu Otosaka looks like a common high-school student, but he has the ability to take over the minds of anyone near him for a couple of seconds. Too bad that he uses these amazing abilities only for his own good. His selfish days might be over after he meets the mysterious Nao who wants to recruit him for an organization that supports special kids just like him.

Is the fact that both Angel Beats! and Charlotte are written by Jun Maeda reason enough to include Charlotte on this list? No? Okay, then let us list a couple more similarities. Both shows have school settings but revolve around supernatural themes that force the main cast of teenagers to become more mature than they are. All of them are part of organizations where they combine their strengths to make sense of what’s happening to them. Lastly, both shows are definite must-watch anime that every anime lover needs to give a try, regardless of preferences. So what are you still waiting for?

Charlotte Official Trailer


2. Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi (Sunday Without God)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2013 - September 2013

Finding yourself trapped in the afterlife is already bad enough, but imagine waking up in a world abandoned by God where people are unable to die. This scenario becomes a reality in Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi.

In a world without God, people are neither able to die nor produce new life. Only so-called Gravekeepers have the power to grant the dead eternal peace through a burial ceremony. Usually, these Gravekeepers are austere individuals which demand your utmost respect, but 12-year-old Ai seems to be an exception to the rule with her innocent face and cheerful smile. This is the story of Ai who travels the world to put people to rest and question how and why God has abandoned them.

Just like Angel Beats!, this show seems pretty cheerful at first glance. Ai is a cute heroine who travels in a beautifully designed universe. However, both shows have more to offer than that. Their storylines become progressively deeper and make you question the meaning of life, what happens after you die and the existence of God himself. If you like deep and thoughtful shows while also having a little bit of humor to keep you from becoming too depressed, then Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi should be on your must-watch list.

Sunday Without God Official Trailer


3. Clannad

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2007 - March 2008

We already mentioned Clannad in the previous list, but we need to say it again: Clannad is a great show and definitely a must-watch for fans of Angel Beats!.

High school is tough for most students, but it is especially tiresome for Tomoya Okazaki who’d much rather just skip school and stay at home. It’s only by chance that he meets Nagisa, an adorable yet absent-minded girl. Tomoya decides to help Nagisa out and soon enough he not only grows close to her but also some other girls at his school. Who would have guessed that these encounters might change his life forever?

We simply couldn’t resist including Clannad on this updated list as well. After all, if you are truly looking for a show similar to Angel Beats!, then Clannad should be one of the first shows to look into. Not only was it also directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, but it is equally dramatic and emotionally touching as Angel Beats!. Both shows rely on their main cast and put the relationship between each character above other parts of the story. As a result, you will grow attached and share the characters’ pain as if it was your own. Fans of thoughtful and touching stories need to watch Clannad, no matter what.


Any Anime Like Angel Beats!?

4. Rewrite

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2016 - ?

Next up is Rewrite, the most recent anime on our list which is based on a visual novel of the same name.

Kotarou Tennouji cannot stay out of trouble since the arrogant high-school boy likes to get himself involved in other people’s business. As a result, he gets closer to a group of girls at his school and learns more about the fates of each one of them. Mysterious things start happening in his otherwise peaceful city and in his private life and soon enough Kotarou has some big decisions to make.

Rewrite was produced by Key which also took part in the creation of both Angel Beats! and Charlotte, so you could expect this show to be at least somewhat similar to Angel Beats!. Sure enough, we have another high school story that becomes increasingly more mysterious and thought-provoking as the story moves on. Rewrite sets itself apart from Angel Beats! by having a stronger harem aspect, but you still have similar action, school and romance elements. Fans of Clannad’s art style will also certainly enjoy this little gem.

Rewrite Official Trailer


5. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day)

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: April 2011 - June 2011

You’ve already cried your eyes out with Angel Beats! and Clannad left you feeling empty inside? Then brace yourself, because Anohana has made more than just a few people bawl like babies.

Jinta and his friends are enjoying the best part of youth together: fun, freedom and friendship. But when one of them dies, the group of friends falls apart and each one of them continues living alone. They would prefer forgetting about the past, but when the ghost of their lost friend suddenly appears they have to find back to each other once again.

Just like Clannad, Anohana was part of our first list but had to be included again since it is so relevant. This show will take you on an emotional rollercoaster similar to Angel Beats!. You’ll first grow to love the main cast and enjoy watching their carefree adventures, only to be smacked in the face with a big baseball bat named “feelings”. Both shows combine the innocence of youth with something as dark and depressing as death and in the process teach you about the power to move on from your past. Grab a pack of tissues and watch Anohana if you haven’t already!

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Official Trailer


6. Death Parade

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2015 - March 2015

In Angel Beats!, life after death takes place at a high school. In Death Parade, the afterlife is depicted as a bar where you gamble for a chance to be reincarnated. Welcome to Quindecim, your establishment of the supernatural kind!

After your death, you will find yourself inside a mysterious bar where a white-haired man awaits you. His name is Decim and he is a game master who decides your ultimate fate. He challenges every lost soul to a game where winning means reincarnation while losing will lead to your ultimate end. Life after death has never been this entertaining.

We’ll be the first ones to admit that Death Parade is way darker than Angel Beats! and lacks its uplifting school or comedy aspects. However, it shares the core concept of Angel Beats!, namely the question of life after death. Both stories are set in the afterlife and mainly revolve around the backstories and previous lives of the main cast. If you enjoyed Angel Beats! for its thoughtful aspects and interesting premise, then you should definitely check out Death Parade next.


Final Thoughts

This concludes our updated recommendations for this time. While we added a couple new shows that have appeared in recent seasons, we also had to include two of our previous recommendations since they are still so relevant. All in all, we can say that the strength of Angel Beats! lies in its charming main cast and profound storyline - two things that are timeless and can explain why Angel Beats! is still as enjoyable today as it was on the day of its release.

What do you think of our updated recommendations and are there any other shows you would include? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Original Article Below

We all loved the afterlife battles between the SSS, Angel, and even God in the amazing action-drama Angel Beats!, the story of several children who are trapped in limbo.
It has reached the top of many must-watch anime lists, and it is a perfect intro anime for people who have not watched too many anime before.

However, many of us were left wondering what to watch next. Angel Beats had guns, a rock band, a group of rebellious high school students, and a beautiful story with constant plot-twists. These six anime do not have all of those things, however they are all similar in their own way.
So if you liked Angel Beats!, you should definitely try out these anime next.


Similar Anime to Angel Beats!

1. Little Busters!

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct. 2012 - Apr. 2013

Little Busters! stars Riki Naoe, who suffered the tragic death of his parents when he was little.
However, four kids recruited him into their group, the "Little Busters", and they've been great friends ever since. In their high school years, the leader of the Little Busters decides to play a baseball game. However, a member named Rin is the only girl on their team, so Riki goes out to recruit more female members.
But when cats begin to tell them about a sort of "secret world", and giving them assignments to complete, Riki realizes that there may be more to the Little Busters than he thought. With tragedy, love, and an otherworldly mystery, Little Busters! is bound to please fans of Angel Beats!.

Little Busters! Official Trailer


2. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
[English: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!]

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 2012 - Dec 2012

Chuunibyou shares the theme of selflessly helping others and romance with Angel Beats! - with a mix of weirdness.
Yuuta Togashi has just started high school. After enduring the embarrassment brought upon him by middle school chuunibyou, where he thought he possessed supernatural powers, he decides to start high school with a normal life. This becomes impossible when he meets the delusional Rikka.
As the two get to know each other, Ruuta finds himself following Rikka on her insane yet moving quest to reach the "Ethereal Horizon", and the two begin to fall in love.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Official Trailer


3. Persona 4 The Animation

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct. 2011 - Mar. 2012

A chain of mysterious murders have occurred in the town of Inaba.
Yuu Narukami has just moved to Inaba. Upon arriving, he hears rumors about a so-called "Midnight Channel" on TV and decides to try it out. That leads him and his friends to discover another world inside of the television. Believing that it is related to the murders, Yuu decides to investigate the strange world, which is infested with beings known as Shadows. They are overwhelmed by the Shadows until they discover a power knows as "Persona", which allows them to defeat the monsters.
As the Midnight Channel warns them of its next victims, Yuu and his friends try to save those who enter the television world before they are killed.
Similar to Otonashi's role in Angel Beats!, Yuu finds himself with the responsibility of saving others from the supernatural and making friends along the way.

Persona 4 The Animation Official Trailer


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4. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
[Japanese: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu]

  • Episodes: 14
  • Aired: Apr, 2006 to Jul, 2006

Kyon is another normal high school student who finds himself enlisted by an eccentric girl named Haruhi to form a club called the SOS Brigade.
Unlike the SSS from Angel Beats!, the goal of the SOS Brigade is to investigate paranormal events and look for any time-travelers, aliens, and espers they can find. They are joined by two girls named Yuki and Mikuru, and a boy named Itsuki. Haruhi leads her follows on wild adventures in order to find some excitement in her life. However, Kyon soon learn that the other members of the SOS Brigade are not as normal as they appear, and that Haruhi herself unknowingly has the ability to manipulate reality.
The four of them work together to entertain Haruhi and prevent her from accidentally destroying the world with her unknown powers.


5. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr. 2011 - Jun. 2011

Anohana shares one of the most powerful themes of Angel Beats!: the ability to move on from tragedy.In Anohana, a group of five children are torn apart after the death of one of their childhood friends, Meiko "Menma" Honma.
One day, one of the childern named Jinta is approached by Meiko's ghost, and she asks him to help her pass on into the afterlife. Jinta assembles the rest of his friends, the Super Peace Busters, to help grant her wish. The only problem is that Jinta is the only one who can see her.
If Jinta can convince the others and himself to help her, she can finally pass on, and the rest of the Super Peace Busters can move on from her death as well.


6. Clannad

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: Oct. 2007 - Mar. 2008

Clannad has a lot of similarities with Angel Beats!. Both were directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, and each of them featured soundtracks composed by Jun Maeda from Key, who also took part in writing both anime.
However, Clannad tells the story of a normal high school student named Tomoya, who finds himself befriending and helping an odd and sickly girl named Nagisa. Nagisa hopes to restart the now-disbanded drama club, but she is very shy and insecure. Tomoya, a delinquent with little dreams for his own future, decides to dedicate himself to helping her achieve her dream.
Together, they rebuild the drama club and meet several other girls along the way who Toyoma will eventually try to help as well, changing their lives and changing himself as well.



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