The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was one of the biggest anime of its generation, and made a significant impact following its release. Based on the light novel series of the same name, Haruhi first broadcast in 2006 and inspired various manga adaptations as well as an anime movie.
Though it’s been years since the series aired, it still has a strong fan base. For those who fondly remember the series, and want to delve into something similar, there are tons of options out there. Here are 10 anime you need to watch if you enjoyed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
K-On! tells the story of a group of friends who play music together as a part of their school’s light music club. It’s a pretty laid back show, and is an easy and enjoyable watch.
Another Kyoto Animation studio project, K-On! was incredibly popular in its day as well. If you missed out on it the first time around, then be sure to give it a chance. It’s a great show, with a similar laid-back attitude.
9 Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! takes place in a high school version of limbo. It features characters who all have some kind of trauma to overcome before moving over. Though the show can be light-hearted and fun at times, it doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to its narrative.
Angel Beats! is a somewhat heavier narrative to take in, but would definitely appeal to fans of Haruhi. The series boasts a strong cast of characters, with an exceptional narrative that will leave an impression on you long after you’re finished with it.
8 The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is based on the manga series of the same name, and was released in 2014. The story follows Kazunari Usa who due to personal circumstances must live in a boarding house.
The series features your usual slice of life antics, with a strange but entertaining supporting cast carrying it.
7 Kokoro Connect
Kokoro Connect follows a group of five high school friends who all experience various kinds of supernatural phenomena throughout their everyday lives.
These sense-altering experiences make for some funny moments, but also give way to some great character development. It’s a mixture of romance, comedy and supernatural, which sounds perfect for Haruhi fans.
Durarara!! Is pretty different from most of the anime discussed this far, and while it might not have much in the way of genre of thematic similarity, still stands out as one of the best anime of its generation. That alone is worth a watch.
Durarara!! follows the lives of various characters in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, all connected in some way. The story is told through various perspectives, and you often see narratives crossing and various plot points coming together in a big way.
Another Kyoto Animation production, Hyouka is a show that doesn’t get nearly as much recognition as it deserves. The series follows Hotaro Oreki as he joins his school’s Classic Literature club.
The show mixes in heavy slice-of-life elements with interesting mysteries. It’s a great way to cross both genres, and always manages to keep the viewer entertained.
4 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches tells the story of Ryu Yamada who through a series of events discovers various “witches” around his school, all possessing some kind of supernatural ability that’s activated with a kiss.
The series is great for those who enjoyed the supernatural and romantic aspects of Haruhi. There are tons of laughs to be had, and the overall mystery surrounding the witches and their powers really keep you interested in the series.
Steins;Gate follows the Future Gadget Laboratory, particularly Rintaro Okabe, a self-proclaimed Mad Scientist. The story is set in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, and features a sizable cast of characters. Time travel plays a big role in the series, and unlike Haruhi, Steins;Gate does it well.
Steins; Gate usually gets straight to business, and while it’s plenty serous there’s also a good amount of levity sprinkled in as well. It’s an interesting story with some great characters that will have you invested throughout.
2 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Of all the Isekai shows that have come out over the years, KonoSuba stands out as one of the genre’s best. It’s not because it executes any of the genre’s tropes particularly well, but rather it mocks it so thoroughly.
KonoSuba follows the story of Kazuma Sato, who after an untimely and utterly embarrassing death is sent to another world by a smug and incompetent goddess named Aqua. Kazuma drags her in with him and the two are forced to fend for themselves, ultimately teaming up with some other eccentric companions as well.
1 Urusei Yatsura
Urusei Yatsura follows the story of Ataru Moroboshi, who after defeated alien princess Lum in a competition, becomes engaged to her, much to the displeasure of his actual girlfriend, Shinobu.
Urusei Yatsura is one of the earliest examples of a love triangle in anime, but the show’s main focus throughout is the comedic situations the scenario brings out. It’s a barrel of laughs, and a great classic anime to pick-up.
If you enjoyed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you'll love these great anime!