4. School Days
Synopsis: Mokoto Itou is a freshman in college, going into his second semester when he notices Kotonoha Katsura. He is struck by her beauty and finds himself enthralled by her, but cannot bring himself to talk to her despite them sharing the same train each day. Instead, he chooses to snap a sneaky picture to himself and saves her as his phone screen saver (we’ve all done it, right?). His hope is that if he keeps it under wraps it will act as a charm of sorts and she’ll realize her love for him, but alas, he is found out by his classmate Sekai Saionju. Sekai could rat him out sure, but instead decides to be a bro and befriends Kotonoha on Mokoto’s behalf, and the trio forms a rather impromptu friendship. School days follows the trio’s adventures through teenage life and high school, showing us the trials and tribulations they encounter along the way, and has a story rich in melancholy and romance that more than a few of us can relate to.
Similarities: Both anime depict people overwhelmed by a growing complicated web of relationships.
3. Yosuga No Sora: In Solitude where we are least alone
Synopsis: Following Haruka and Sora Kasugano as they return home to restart their lives after an unfortunate car accident claimed the lives of their parents, Yosuga No Sora brings us along for the ride as they attempt to rebuild their lives in the wake of such tragedy. They return to their grandfather’s house, a constant reminder of their pasts. Welcomed warmly by their childhood friends Nao Yorihime and Akira Amatsume, along with newcomer Kazuha Migiwa, their peace is short-lived as suppressed emotions, born of vows forgotten and newly made, begin to influence the twins’ new lives. There is a dark secret, known only to them, and it is beginning to unshackle, wanting to make itself known. Yosuga No Sora is a very deep anime, exploring the power of lost memories, true loves when many bonds come together, and also breaching topics such as social acceptance and morality, raising many questions in the hearts of its viewers on these things.
Similarities: You should be warned, this anime is more in the erotic category, however, if you enjoy a mature anime then you’ll probably like this too. Both feature a forbidden love and quite a few ‘mature’ scenes. Other similarities include a melancholic score and beautiful artwork.