“Drama” is not one of my favorite genres, but “Nana” is one of the best I’ve ever seen in an anime. The premise, the characters, and the method by which the story unfurls its many facets all impressed me. Anime’s uniqueness is further enhanced by its great artwork and soundtrack. We’ve put up a list of the top anime that we think are similar to ‘Nana’. On Netflix, Crunchyroll, or Hulu, you may find several of these anime, including ‘Nana.’
7. Sakamichi no Apollon (2012)
“Sakamichi no Apollon” is a dramatic, musical, and love story-focused Josei anime. It appeals to fans of both drama and music alike. Sakamichi no Apollon inspires comparable emotions to “Nana,” although the main characters are all male. The two main characters in each production are close friends, and both shows place a high value on exploring the plot’s musical potential. “Sakamichi no Apollon” takes a different road when it comes to the complexities of love and relationships, which necessitates drama.
One of the anime’s key characters, Kaoru Nishimi, decides to attend high school in Kyushu. He excels in the classroom and plays the piano like a pro. As a result of his upbringing, Kaoru has grown up to be an introverted blacks heep in every place he goes. Afraid of being an outsider in the new town, he is too. After meeting Sentarou Kawabuchi, a fellow delinquent who adores jazz, his life takes an unexpected turn for the better. Kaoru’s interest in Jazz is piqued after Sentarou introduces him to the genre. While jamming with them in a friend’s basement, he picks up the piano and starts playing. He soon discovers that music has the power to bring people out of their shells while amusing them.
6. Paradise Kiss (2005)
“Paradise Kiss” is a stand-alone piece of work that features great animation and production aspects including a heartfelt soundtrack. Similar emotions are evoked by the anime, although on a different frequency than ‘Nana.’ Drama and romance are intense, but the film’s approach to each character is what keeps it interesting. We’re kept guessing about the characters’ destiny in this anime, as we are in ‘Nana,’ which is full of unknowns at every turn. This adds to the intrigue of the story.
One of the main characters in the anime, Yukari Hayasaka, is known as a diligent student. She aspires to be the top student in her high school graduating class, and she works hard to achieve that goal. She doesn’t care whatever institution she attends as long as she can leave her sleepy hamlet in the dust. Her parents, on the other hand, had their own plans for her. She runs into an odd man with a lot of piercings one day. Despite her best efforts, she finds herself accompanying him to meet his buddies. Fashion designers want her to be their final project’s face and body. The opportunity is tempting, but she can’t decide whether to accept it or pursue her goal of attending a faraway institution. To further complicate matters, she develops feelings for the group’s leader.
5. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (2003)
‘Nana’ and ‘Kimi ga Nozomu Eien’ share a convoluted romantic relationship between their protagonists. It’s a slice-of-life show, which means it has a decent amount of drama. So, if you enjoy a good love story, give it a shot. The primary protagonists of the anime are Takayuki Narumi, Mitsuki Hayase, and Haruka Suzumiya.
The story revolves around Mitsuki and Haruka, her closest friend who is secretly in love with Takayuki. Mitsuki befriends Tkayuki in order to let her buddy express her affection. Eventually, Mitsuki, Takayuki and Shinji, a friend of Takayuki’s, develop a strong bond of friendship as time passes. In the end, Haruka tells Takayuki her secret so that he doesn’t break her heart. In the end, though, things change as Takayuki and Mitsuki fall in love. Nobody can ignore the fact that things in their personal lives and relationships have changed for the worst.
4. Peach Girl (2005)
If you enjoy anime dramas, you’ve probably heard of the series ‘Peach Girl.’ There are 25 episodes in total, each lasting 24 minutes, and the show is filled with action, suspense, and romance. There are some similarities to ‘Nana,’ especially in terms of the high levels of dramatic and romantic tension throughout the show. Additionally, ‘Peach Girl’ has a love triangle, and the protagonist is a powerful female figure. Even while ‘Nana’ has more production standards than ‘Peach Girl,’ the latter is still worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre.
Momo Adachi, the anime’s central character, is a typical high school student. She’s a great swimmer and is on the school’s swim team. While taking swimming classes, she developed a bronzed complexion. But she is bullied by others because of her tanned complexion. Toji, a tanned girl’s favorite, is known to have feelings for her in the middle of the daily squabbles. A lot of Momo’s efforts are directed at becoming that lady she envisions him having a romantic relationship with. But things don’t always go as to plan. Antics such as Sae having an affair with Toji are all part of Momo’s pal Sae’s plan to hurt her friend. Someone was secretly crushing on Momo during the course of these dramatic events.
3. Beck (2004)
‘Beck,’ while not as well-known as some of the other titles on this list, is a solid anime that features a compelling story, a love story, and some good music. It’s a fun show with a wonderful soundtrack and a riveting storyline. ‘Nana’-like elements can be found in the series. Each episode has a strong music segment that examines musicians and their creative processes. ‘Nana,’ on the other hand, focuses more on drama, romance, and relationships. It’s worth checking out if you like musicals or if you’re a fan of “Nana.”
Koyuki, a 14-year-old boy, is renowned for his carefree demeanor. He meets Ray Minami, a well-known guitarist and member of a well-known rock band, after saving a puppy named Beck. Ray shows Koyuki how to play guitar by taking him to his old band. The guitar and melodies impress Koyuki. He wants to play the guitar and western rock songs. In addition, the young man begins to assist Ray in his ascent to the helm of a successful band. With the help of Ray’s sister Maho and her pals, they eventually start their own band. The rest of the story covers the band’s rise and fall as they make their way to the top.
2. Skip Beat! (2008)
“Skip Beat!” is another amusing animation about romance, music, and drama. Everything about it is joking around, so that’s what makes it a little funnier. Because of its resemblance to ‘Nana,’ it has been included on this list. In both series, the protagonist is a woman from a similar socioeconomic background. They aspire to be well-known and successful in the entertainment business. To reiterate, this show has a lighter tone than “Nana,” which takes the tale in a far more serious direction.
Kyouko Mogami, a 16-year-old high school student, is the protagonist of the story. Also, the girl still has feelings for her boyfriend and rising pop music singer Shoutarou Fuwa despite their relationship being over. If it means working long hours as a part-time assistant at burger places, she will do whatever to help him. However, she quickly discovers that Shoutarou is only using her for financial gain. She breaks up with him and tries to take revenge on him by becoming a star in the entertainment industry. However, it’s never simple for a newcomer to the music industry. How far will Mogami be able to travel in order to exact retribution on those who wronged her?
1. Hachimitsu to Clover (2011)
‘Hachimitsu to Clover’ is a Josei anime that focuses on drama, romance, and everyday life. This is another lesser-known, but no less enjoyable, anime. Like ‘Nana,’ it bears many striking resemblances. The art and animation in both anime are excellent. They go into great detail about the drama and the connection. When it comes to the people and their interpersonal ties, it can be amusing at times. They are all college students from low-income families: Shinobu, Takumi, and Yuuta. There is no bathroom in the cheap flat they share. Even so, it’s adequate for their petty demands.
The three pals are very different from one another in terms of personality and interests. Takumi, on the other hand, is so enthusiastic about everything that he can’t stop thinking about it. The most straightforward character is Yuuta, who has basic aspirations and ambitions. There, they meet Hagumi, a gifted student who is always followed by Shuuji, her guardian. In the beginning, she is a bit reclusive, but she gradually warms up to the guys. While both Yuuta and Shinobu have feelings for her, only Yuuta is open about it. Hagumi is turned off by Shinobu’s strange style of showing his love. As they face a series of challenges, their friendship and love are put to the ultimate test.