[Hollywood to Anime] Like The Fault in Our Stars? Watch These Anime!

Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars follows the love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and August Waters who become acquainted at a group meet-up for teens living with cancer. While August is in remission, Hazel is living with a form of cancer that will one day taker her life. They eventually grow closer through their mutual love of books and dark humour, leading the viewer on a journey of laughter and tears. Keeping this in mind we wished to highlight two anime which share some key similarities with this blockbuster film.

Like The Fault in Our Stars? Watch Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)!

  • Episodes: 1 (Movie)
  • Aired: September 1, 2018

Shiga may often be described as a silent and brooding type who does not show any need for friendship nor makes any effort to seek it out. Yet one fateful day while at the hospital he came across a journal titled “Living with Dying” and friendship found him in the form of the journal’s owner, Sakura Yamauchi. Surprised by her bubbly presence in the face of a terminal prognosis, he is swept into a friendship that will push both of them out of their comfort zone.

Major Similarities Between The Fault in Our Stars and Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)

1. Processing Grief

Perhaps the most striking of the similarities between these two films is the theme of dealing with the loss of a friend or loved one. As we soon discover at the beginning of this film, we see Shiga having to deal with the sudden passing of Sakura. This is akin to how Hazel had to deal with the death of Augustus at the end of The Fault in Our Stars. The way in which they each process grief is very different and personable to the characters involved but it ties these two films together for it.

2. Connecting Through a Book

In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel and Augustus bond over Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houton. In a similar regard, both Shiga and Sakura connect with one another through Sakura’s personal journal “Living with Dying” which Shiga discovered at the hospital. While one is a fictitious book and the other is a personal journal, the underlying message of loss in both books, connects these two individuals.

Liked The Fault in Our Stars? Watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie In April)!

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: October 2014 – March 2015

When he was younger, Kousei Arima played piano competitively. While he was regarded as a prodigy by many, others compared his style to that of a robot who perfectly reproduces a work. When his mother died suddenly, he found himself unable to play the piano as he could no longer hear the notes he was performing. Even years later, nothing seemed to have changed. His playing has not improved and his hopes for change has withered until he meets Kaori Miyazono; a bright violinist who may shine a light on Kousei’s music and bring colour to his perspective on living.

Major Similarities Between The Fault in Our Stars and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

1. Living with an Illness

Illness plays an incredibly large role in driving the story for The Fault in Our Stars as it also does for Your Lie in April. Throughout the core storytelling of Kousei and Kaori’s growing friendship, there is an underlying presence of an illness that Kaori is tackling that helps to propel the story forward and develop the character of Kaori more by fleshing her out as well as the world around her more.

2. Relationship Growth

While pacing, in regards to relationship growth, is going to be different for a romance anime that is 22 episodes-long compared to a single movie, both The Fault in Our Stars and Your Lie in April share a bright and honest look at the blooming of a connection and relationship between two protagonists bonding in the face of mutual struggles. For Kousei, it is his inability to hear the piano and for Kaori, it is her illness. United through mutual friends, Kousei and Kaori develop a unique friendship that helps to propel them both forward towards facing their demons in a somewhat similar light to Hazel and Augustus.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed this short list of anime akin to The Fault in Our Stars. If you have already seen the anime, what other comparisons can you draw from the works? Did a particular anime tackle one theme better than The Fault in Our Stars? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Joshua M

I’m an avid anime fan and writer born and living in Toronto, Canada. When I’m not watching or writing about anime, I write poetry and short stories. I’m currently working towards my Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing and work in the child and youth mental health sector. I thoroughly enjoy Fantasy RPGs and other story driven games, comics, and I’m a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons.

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