6 Anime Like Celestial Method (Sora no Method) [Recommendations]

Not everyone can get along all the time. Sora no Method is a good example of this. At the start, Nonoka doesn't really remember Noel very well. It's a nice slice of life anime, with cute characters. It's about girls that make promises to each other as they try to uphold them. Upholding promises and wishes is not as easy as you may think. It doesn't help that Nonoka suffers from temporary memory loss from time to time. Of course, we all know Noel is a very special sort of girl. Eventually, Nonoka remembers that herself, and her friends summoned the strange saucer above the city. Noel is the saucer's personification. It was sad to see the saucer disappear, and Noel with it.

We all love a good heartfelt story, and sometimes friendships are put to the test. Yuzuki is one angry girl in Celestial Method, at least until she works things out in her head. Shione is also a bit aloof, and says she doesn't want to watch the fireworks (even though she really does) and Noel brings everyone together at the end. Some of us have many friends, and some of us don't. Sometimes those friends can get on your nerves, and others wish they had any. From strange things in the sky to cute friendships, below you will find 6 anime like Celestial Method!

Similar Anime to Celestial Method (Sora no Method)

1. Wish Upon the Pleiades (Houkago no Pleiades TV)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr, 2015 – Jun, 2015

Subaru really loves to watch the stars. One day she walks through a magical door at school and meets a mysterious young man. After that, she walks through another magical doorway. A “pleiadian” alien makes her a magical girl! Subaru is now the newest member of a team trying to hunt down spaceship fuel fragments. Now she can enjoy the night sky in a whole new way! Minato, an enigmatic boy, seeks to steal the energy the girls seek. Also, their magical broomsticks sound like motorcycles for some reason! Anyway it's a cute show, and has very little to do with actual astronomy.

Subaru and her friends are all connected with the “pleiadian” alien. Nonoka and her friends are connected with a celestial being from a “saucer”. It would seem these two different groups of girls would understand each other well! Maybe one day Nonoka can become a magical girl. “Celestial Method” is no magical girl anime, however. Both shows have a group of girls who create strong friendships with each other, go through some pretty crazy circumstances, and it's all thanks to things from above the clouds. If you liked Celestial Method, you should like Wish Upon the Pleiades as well.

Wish Upon the Pleiades (Houkago no Pleiades TV) - Trailer


2. The Rolling Girls (Rolling Girls)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan, 2015 – Mar, 2015

Japan is broken into factions after a war tears the country apart. Major areas of Japan are protected by their own warriors. Unfortunately, the 10 independent nations of Japan all seek to conquer each other. After a huge fight in an amusement park, “Maccha Green” is unmasked as Masami Utoku. After, Masami becomes injured. Nozomi (Masami's friend) makes some new friends and ventures off into the world. Their journey leads them to different districts, and leaders of those districts, as they search for moonlight stones. These stones are said to give the bearers mysteriously strong powers, and the warriors of each district seem to have one.

In Rolling Girls the moonlight stones fall from the sky, in Celestial Method the “saucer” is also in the sky above the city. Both anime seem to reference celestial things. Nozomi has a group of misfit friends whose bonds become stronger as the episodes go on. In The Rolling Girls, the girls’ bonds grow stronger in later episodes. Aside from the action, The Rolling Girls is cute. The characters have relatable personalities, much like in Celestial Method. The girls go on a journey of building character in both anime as well. If you liked Celestial Method, you should give The Rolling Girls a shot.

The Rolling Girls – Trailer


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

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr, 2011 – Jun, 2011

Jinta Yadomi and his friends are all bound together by the tragic death of a friend. Meiko “Menma” Honma, a young girl, has passed away. Jinta, however, is the only one who can see Meiko after her passing. Meiko tells Jinta that she will grant a wish when everyone is in the same place. Jinta does his best to ignore Meiko, because he thinks she is a manifestation of his stress. Could it really be the spirit of Meiko? Her memory is embedded deep in this group of friends. Sometimes they have arguments about the concept of her still being around. Friendships will be tested in this heartwarming tale.

We don't like it when people die, and even less so when they come back from beyond the grave. But in this case, it's a really beautiful story. Meiko is probably the friendliest ghost you'll ever come across. Jinta and his friends are all connected to one event, and much like in “Celestial Method”, they all have fond memories of one girl. Both are slice of life shows with an emphasis on friendship. You shouldn't give this show a pass at all in our opinion. If you liked Celestial Method, then you should definitely give this a shot!


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4. Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan, 2012 – Mar, 2012

Some of us dream about making movies. Kaito Kirishima is a boy who loves to film things! One day a girl from space, in her spaceship, drops near him. Now Injured badly, Kaito Kirishima is saved by the mysterious alien girl, and her name is Ichika Takatsuki. Kaito wakes up and doesn't remember the previous day, and tells Ichika she can stay with him at his house. Kaito once again falls prey to injuries at his house, and Ichika heals him again with her briefcase, which contains alien technology. Kaito has to now teach Ichika about the way things work on Earth, lucky him. Kaito is also determined to make a movie with his friends.

Like “Celestial Method”, “Waiting in the Summer” has a mysterious girl from the stars/sky as one of the main plot devices. Kaito has many friends who he hangs around with, much like Nonoka does. Both anime also have friendships that are tested, though “Waiting in the Summer” is many times more light-hearted. Both anime have a group of friends who can be slightly mischievous too. Kaito loses his memory of the previous day in the first episode, and Nonoka has memory issues too. If you liked Celestial Method, you should like Waiting in the Summer just fine.

Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru) – Trailer


5. Natsu-iro Kiseki

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr, 2012 – Jun, 2012

Saki Mizukoshi is transferring to another school and tells her friend she is quitting the tennis team. Natsumi Aizawa (her friend), proceeds to tell her she's not her friend anymore, as Saki storms off. “Natsu-iro Kiseki” is about a group of girls who are friends, but bonds are put to the test when Saki's moving date draws near. They make a wish one day to be able to fly, and it comes true. Magical events start to happen, as they make wishes near an area where they gather. Many people have that one secret place they go to in order to clear their mind. Not many people have one where wishes come true, though!

Natsu-Iro Kiseki is another anime which features friendships through good and bad times. Celestial Method is also an anime that features those things! In Celestial Method, Noel does her best to fulfill wishes. In Natsu-Iro Kiseki, the girls are also wishing for things on a magical rock. In both shows there is a girl who is about to leave their friends. We think that if the rock can grant so many wishes, they should just be able to wish that Saki was able to stay. Anyway, it's a good show, and there are many happy moments. If you liked Celestial Method, you'll like Natsu-Iro Kiseki!


6. Tsuritama

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr, 2012 – Jun, 2012

Tsuritama is another show about someone moving to a new location. Yuki Sanada is a kid who moves around a lot and with a lot of anxiety. He moves into his new place with his grandmother, and instantly makes friends with an energetic alien boy named Haru. Haru has a water gun which he uses to make people comply with his requests. Haru talks with Yuki's grandmother, and now they all live in the same house. The alien has an unquenchable desire to go fishing, and makes his friends go with him. What kind of crazy adventures lay ahead?

Tsuritama is about a group of friends who have a sort of complicated relationship. Celestial Method is no stranger to that concept. However, instead of a group of girls, Tsuritama deals with a plot revolving around boys. Yuki has a bunch of social anxiety, and Shione in Celestial Method has her own lack of social skills. Both anime have a central plot involving someone not really from Earth. Both anime have friends who struggle with their friendships. Tsuritama is a leisurely anime, with a good amount of fishing. If you enjoyed Celestial Method, give this a shot!

Tsuritama – Trailer


Final Thoughts

Magic and wishes sure make otherwise ordinary lives a bit more exciting! Most of us have friends, and have been through arguments with them at some point. Getting along is sometimes easier said than done. But when the rainy days come, friendships usually grow stronger after them as a result. Everyone grows up and people change. Sometimes that means moving away to a new city, or flying away in a spaceship. Friendships can be torn apart by distance, but just remember they'll most likely never forget you. Life has a way of introducing us to new people. We would like it if we could get some magical wishes, though! Did you like our list, or do you have any friends like the characters on it? We would love to read your comments below!

Samuel Mackey

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Author: Samuel Mackey

I was born in Colorado Springs. I found myself around friends who liked to play video games and watch anime. The first anime I saw was 'The Slayers' original TV series on VHS. I will be going for a bachelor's degree in 'Health Information Management' starting August 1, 2017. Recently, I moved to Washington State and I am in a town that has less than 2000 people.

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