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Sakurada Reset focuses in on a small town in Japan that has an extremely unique population. About half of the citizens in this town, aka Sakurada, have special powers. There’s a variety of powers, but Sakurada Reset puts the limelight on the abilities held by Asai Kei and Haruki Misora. You see, Asai has the power of perfect remembrance, which complements Haruki’s time-reset ability and leads to the two becoming a problem-solving team.
Sakurada Reset is one of those school anime that starts off pretty light, almost carefree, and then really builds up the drama as the plot progresses. Though it does have a slight bit of the supernatural to spice up some moments, this anime is clearly an emotional drama. That fact is pretty easy to see from the get go with the soft, fleshy animation and heavy use of dialogue. The characters are also relatively quickly characterized as distant and somewhat aloof. This works well for the plot as well as the level of emotional engagement, because it allows the viewer to catch onto the moments when a character starts to grow or change.
If you have been enjoying the show, it is probably for one of the reasons listed above. Either the soft tone, focus on dialogue, or split moments of the supernatural catch your attention and so those are the aspects that you will see shared among the six shows listed below.
Similar Anime to Sakurada Reset
1. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2016 – Mar. 2016
Boku dake ga Inai Machi has us following the tragic adventure of one Satoru Fujinuma. Satoru has the ability to travel back in time, generally one several minutes prior, when a major accident happens. This gives him a chance to not only save himself, but others as well. However when his mother is killed and he is under suspect for the murder, he travels back to when he was 11 years old, just around the time a classmate was kindapped.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi is an anime like Sakurada Reset for a quite a few reason. The most immediate and obvious is that both shows share that little spark of supernatural time travel. For both anime, this ability is what really sets up the plot and allows our characters to progress in some shape or form. The next similarity is pretty obvious as well. Both are emotional dramas, and this is felt both through the story and slightly rounded character designs. Albeit, there is a pretty big difference in progression and intensity. Boku dake ga Inai Machi hits you from episode one with a quite a lot of feels, as we watch Satoru’s mother get stabbed in the back. This type of trauma is induced episode by episode in Boku dake ga Inai Machi, while Sakurada Reset is slowly building up. It does have little bursts each episode, but the main drama is just around the corner.
ERASED English Trailer
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Sep. 2011
Steins;Gate follows right behind the creative and mad life of the self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe. He, along with his two closest friends, has been tinkering around with the creation of futuristic gadgets. So far, the team’s best invention has been a microwave that turns bananas into a green gel. It’s an interesting invention, but not necessarily a useful one. That is until they discover that they can send emails to the past through it and alter time.
Just like Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Steins;Gate is like Sakurada Reset for a couple obvious reasons. The most obvious reason is again the inclusion of time travel. This facet of the story really drives forward the narrative and keeps the development of the characters on track. Each anime also touches upon some philosophical notes, generally around the use of time travel and the definition of righteousness. To really tackle these areas, both shows depend pretty heavily on dialogue. Nonetheless, Steins;Gate definitely goes more into the scientific and philosophical concepts behind time travel and is in general much more wacky. The events and characters that occur stand in stark contrast to the aloof and quiet nature of the characters in Sakurada Reset.
3. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2017 – Mar. 2017
ACCA covers the national affairs of the kingdom of Dowa, which is comprised of 13 states. Each state is extremely different, but they are connected together through the government services of ACCA. One of the branches of ACCA is the inspection agency, which regulates the production and efficiency of each state. The second-in-command of this agency is Jean Otus, and he becomes the main focus as fears of a rebellion rise.
Some might have trouble seeing how ACCA is an anime like Sakurada Reset. It is a series about political intrigue and does not even touch upon anything that is supernatural. The art styles do not have much in common either. However, there are two aspects in ACCA that Sakurada Reset has as well, and these two things are rather integral to each anime.
The first is the pacing. Both shows start off at a really calm, if not slow, pace. That’s not to say nothing is going on, but a lot of the initial focus is on the characters and making sure that we have a decent grasp on their personalities. However, after the initial few episodes, both shows have a snowball effect and start building up the conflict and drama. The second similarity is the personality of the main male character of each anime. Asai and Jean are both smart alecs who keep their cards close to their chests. They do not reveal much emotion and are hard for many people to read.
ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka Trailer
Any Anime Like Sakurada Reset ?
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Arata Kaizaki is basically a lost soul at 27. He’s jumping around from job to job and doesn’t have much direction in life. That’s part of the reason why he gets chosen to be part of an experiment that turns him into a 17 year old for one year as well as to why he agreed to take a pill without knowing its actual side effects. Anyways, as a 17-year-old boy he is expected to go back to high school and reinvent his pathetic life.
ReLIFE is one those anime that presents life, in all of its forms, in such a nonchalant way that you can’t help but get addicted to the show. It’s in this portrayal of both the hardships we face and the relationships that we make that one can see just how much ReLIFE is like Sakurada Reset. In both of these anime, we are introduced to people who have somewhat distanced themselves from people and in some sense have stopped growing. It is through making unexpected relationships that the characters are able to break their standstill and really grasp the most at life. Of course, there is quite an outstanding difference between the shows. ReLIFE is, by far, more of a comedy, while Sakurada Reset sticks to the drama genre.
5. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
Life takes an unexpected turn for Shoutarou Tatewaki after he meets the eccentric Sakurako Kujou, who loves to analyze bones. First off, he realizes pretty quickly that his assumptions about her causing recent disappearances were off base. However, after coming to terms with her innocence, he understands that there is a much darker mystery surrounding the neighborhood, and that only Sakurako can help him.
As an anime like Sakurada Reset, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru depends on a sense of mystery to drive each episode. Consistently both shows have cases/mysteries brought up to the main characters that they are expected to solve, or at least the characters have a desire to discover the truth behind these cases. Each anime also has a much bigger question mark at the center of its story that forces the characters to grow as they try to explore the unknown. Oh, and let’s not forget the unlikely relationship that springs up between the main duo of each show. The relationships between the main characters in each of these shows are in themselves a slight bit of a mystery, despite the fact that they complement each other so well.
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru PV
6. Shinsekai yori (From the New World)
Psychics suddenly make their way into the world, throwing the global power structure into disarray. To allow for peace, the psychic population has set up their own small nation. Well, Saki Watanabe one day awakens to her supernatural powers, which is actually to her great delight, as several of her closest friends also awakened to their powers. Thus, all of them are sent to Sage Academy to hone their abilities as well as be among a safe and understand community. However, this idea of a safe community gets flipped on its head once Saki and her friends start to settle into their new lives.
Shinsekai yori is like Sakurada Reset for numerous reasons. One is that both start out very light and innocent. At a first glance, the people are living in an ideal region that is full of promise. However, both anime begin to suggest that all is not as it seems and that there is a dark core to the community being viewed. This sense of mystery drives the characters forward. Another similarity between the two is the inclusion of superpowers and how these powers can and do create unexpected situations. With the supernatural at hand, we are given characters who have power over the lives of others. Both shows demonstrate how these powers bring on moral dilemmas for the characters as they try to figure out when and how to best use them.
From the New World Trailer
There you have it. If you have found Sakurada Reset to be an enjoyable anime this season, then you will most likely enjoy each and every one of the shows listed above. However, if that’s not enough for you, then perhaps you should check out Isshuukan Friends. (One Week Friends) as well. It has a very quiet tone that builds up each episode as the characters become closer.