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Ai Yori Aoshi

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Aoi Sakuraba, heir to the Sakura department store, has only one thing on her mind-- her beloved. Betrothed from a very young age, she has been in love with him, Kaoru Hanabishi, ever since. After Kaoru left his family, their bethrothal was nullified. Aoi sets out to find him. Will they be able to stand against the barriers that will try to keep them apart?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Ai Yori Aoshi: Yumegatari DVD Special 2002 Side Story Special short released on the DVDs.
Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi TV 2003 Sequel
Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi: Beautiful Snow DVD Special 2003 Same Franchise

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Ai Yori Aoshi 1998 Original Manga
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Kazunori IWAKURA Character Design
Masami SHIMODA Director
Toshio MASUDA Music
Kou FUMIZUKI Original Manga Creator

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Love Hina

Love Hina

Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?

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Both AYA and Love Hina are romantic comedies about a guy living together with a bunch of girls, and all of the situations that occur because of it. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

if you enjoyed watching Ai yori aoshi, You should watch Love Hina. Love Hina got abit more comedy than AYA though it got the same drama/comedy/ecchi theme. Maybe AYA is abit cuter than Love Hina and less ecchi. Though as I said those to series defenetly belongs to the same genre.
There is really a connection here. The basic idea is same and there is even some similarity in characters.
Yet another (good) 'harem' anime. Different kind of humour, still good.
In both series, the main romantic interest becomes very apparent early on. However, the main male character, ends up living in a house with several females, most of whom end up having an interest in him, causing many problems for the destined pair. If you like romance disrupted by comedy with an minor hint of ecchi, I highly recommend this series.
Long lost childhood love, somewhat cutesey eyed animation, and frequent blushing. you will find this and more in the somewhat serious AAY and in the more lighthearted love hina.
Both Love Hina and Ai Yori Aoshi have the same anime ground : A "Hinata", a boy and a bunch of girls. And the relationship story are similar, but Ai Yori Aoshi is less ecchi and the boy hero is less clumsy with girls. For people who have been bored of the famous "Naru Punch", Ai Yori is just perfect. A perfect end is missing though, but let's hope the second season (Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~) will settle that for us.
Love Hina is like a more comedic violent version of Ai Yori Aoshi; while young, two people fall in love, disappear from each other for many years, and then suddenly reappear.
Love Hina is very similar to Ai Yori Aoshi. Very funny, lots of girls, but only one guy. >.> This one's definitely hilarious, and a must-see for people who are into sit-coms. But who isn't?? :D
I really love these two series. They both get top scores in the romance genre, LH have a bigger share of echhi and comedy while AYA have more and better drama. The relation situation of the serires is quite the opposite, but they are still simmilar in so many ways. If u havent seen them, get them NOW!
I you like Love Hina you'll enjoy Ai yori aoshi to, and the other way around. These two animes has a lot in common, being romance/comedy/harem animes with some ecchi moments. While Ai yori aoshi focuses a bit more on drama, Love Hina is much more ecchi comedy. Still, these are pretty laid-back, feel good animes which will leave you thirsting for more.
Both series are strongly driven by a love between a boy and a girl. It is fun to watch and follow how the relation ships grow and evolve in both series. If you are a sucker for relationship animes, these both will probably rock your world.
I loved aio yori aioshi and i also enjoyed watching love hina.If you enjoyed aio yori aioshi then you will love love hina it has around the same kind of comedy and the romance in the story gets really deep and has many funny situations as aio yori aioshi did.I think that if you liked aio yori yoshi you should check out love hina there both funny.
Love Hina is a little more silly that Ai Yori Aoshi, but both do a good job at exploring their primary theme - true love. At their heart that's what they're both about. Story-wise Love Hina is similar in placing a hapless but kind hearted male lead in a large house surrounded by females. Unlike Ai Yori Aoshi however, at the start most of the girls despise Keitaro, only coming to appreciate him as the series progresses. Love Hina is also much more reliant of ecchi scenes to drive much of the humor, but not to such a degree that it detracts from the series.
Ai Yori and Love Hina share a common theme about exploring love. Both Kaoru and Keitaro are surrounded by girls with different abilities and backgrounds. All of them are drawn closer to Kei/Kouru, and now its a crazy love polygon, pumped with occasional comedy and drama. If you like seeing the characters get into these sticky situations of love, (and how they get out) this anime is for you. If you're rather straightforward on the drama, I suggest you get LH first.
If you like romantic/comedy Animes like Love Hina this is a great choice... this is somewhat more serious, but that only makes this series better.

Both AYA and Love Hina contain similar humor elements and character types.


Although both AYA and Love Hina are similar in that they both involve one man living with a much larger number of girls, Love Hina focuses a lot more on comedy than romance. So if you want an anime with a similar scenario but more laughs then this may be the anime for you.


Ai Yori Aoshi and Love Hina both deal with a main male character trying to develop a relationship with one of the female characters - with the remainder of the cast getting in the way. In both cases you get the feeling that the main male character is down on his luck in some way and has to strive hard to progress in his life as he wants to.

Ai Yori Aoshi has less slapstick violence than Love Hina, but if you like one of them you should like the other as well.


Both Ai Yori Aoshi and Love Hina depict the life of a (lucky) young male student who has to live in a large house full of females ranging from young teenagers to older women in their 30's. There is plenty of humour and romance in both, as well as solid character development for each individual character, so each one feels special. You'll be able to relate certain characters from Love Hina to Ai Yori Aoshi and vice versa. There is plenty of humour, romance, fan-service, and fun to go around in these two anime.


Both "Love Hina" and "Ai Yori Aoshi" are the same in the fact that they revolve around a man who has a single love interest, while all of the other girls have a love interest in him.

The difference lies mostly in the nature of the relation between the male lead and the main love interest.


Both AYA and Love Hina are about one guy who is surrounded by many girls. This is not to say, however, that both anime lack a good story. Both have some funny scenes, AYA is somehow more serious though. They are very nice love stories, if you ask me.


Both are "classic harem" anime series, that means one guy and lots of girls/females. Usualy prime character (usualy prime character is the guy) get in all sorts of weird sitsuations and the tric is how he survives after that.


Dormitory living, 1 guy, numerous girls. Both have the perfect recipe for a good romantic/comedy. With plenty of characters to flush out, there are plenty of possibilities! Sometimes, even though you live so close to the person, it can feel miles apart.


Much like Ai Yori Aoshi, this anime is based around a guy who loves a certain girl, but with the typical harem of other interested females. Definatly recommended.


Both anime have a similar feel to it. Ai yori Aoshi is made in a more serious manner,while Love Hina has more comedy in it.

They both have one male with many females to accompany,tough theres obviously one main female character.


Both series are about love and the difficulty to express it. You'll find in both a boy living together with girls in a big house and the funny misunderstanding and troubles that comes with it. But Love Hina has a more "Crazy" side to it as Ai Yori Aoshi.


Of course is Love Hina a death match for Ai Yori Aoshi. Not only are they both about 1 guy who is surrounded by 5 or so women, the comedy they both have is very much teh same as well as the story lines.

Ai yori aoshi does have a little more substance and there for a better story than love hina does.

There is no doubt about it; if you like one you will definetely love the other as well!


These two shows are very similar.  Both are about a young man and woman meeting again after a long period of separation and falling in love.  Both shows also have several other pretty girls who live in the same building as the couple, causing problems for the developing relationship, and both make use of alot of ecchi comedy.  Ai Yori Aoshi leans a bit more toward the love story aspect, while Love Hina concentrates more on the ecchi comedy.


Both Ai Yori Aoshi and Love Hina are comedic Harem-situation series. Though both series approach the harem situation in very different ways, both share a similar sort of feel, so if you liked the comedy situation in one then you may enjoy the other.


Although both male protagonists have different personalities, they do represent the same idea. Both are surrounded by multiple females that push the males to their limits. Definitely, definitely something you should watch if you enjoy this anime.


just started watching Ai Yori Aoshi, the way the story is playing out is similar to Love Hina. Both have lots of giggles, lots of sad moments and lots of on the edge of your seat moments which bring a smile to your face. One is a must see if you enjoyed the other.


both deal with forming relationships and bonds. Where Love Hina is more comedy and fanservice with slight emphasis on relationships. Aoshi makes the Relationship growth a top priority with less emphasis on the fan service/ecchiness though there is a fair amount in both. 


Love Hina is a little more light hearted and has some more slap stick comedy... but both are very good  with that romantic bonus ^^

Ah! My Goddess TV

Ah! My Goddess TV

Morisato Keiichi has always had bad luck. No matter what he does or how he acts, nothing seems to go his way. His bike frequently breaks down, his classmates take advantage of him, women ignore and scorn him, and on top of all that, he’s only 5'3". In Heaven, when someone’s bad luck and good luck are so heavily out of balance, Belldandy (Goddess First Class, Second Category, Unlimited) of the Goddess Assistance Agency comes to the rescue. Belldandy grants Keiichi one wish to make up for all of his bad luck, but when Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to stay by his side forever... the trouble begins. Can Keiichi keep Belldandy by his side, or will outside elements force her to return to heaven?

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Besides the fact that both "Ai Yori Aoshi" and "Ah! My Goddess TV" revolve around the same kind of story, they also have the same kind of sweetness between the two lovers involved. And, they have the same kind of atmosphere.


Both Ah! My Goddess and Ai Yori Aoshi have a central love story with side characters who provide interest and humor. In both the main guy is completely devoted to one girl, unlike some harem anime where he is incredibly indecisive about who he wants, or unaware of anyone's affections.

Ai Yori Aoshi focuses more on the romantic aspect, and moves the relationship along at a more satisfying pace than Ah! My Goddess. If you liked the romance of Keichi and Belldandy, you're sure to like Aoi and Kaoru.


Both AMG TV and AYA are very romantic and are based on the relationships between two different people who don't know each other. Through sad moments and troubles, there's always some light at the end of the tunnel.


Ah! My Goddess and Ai Yori Aoshi seem quite different at first glance; however, both titles offer genuinely pure female lead characters. In Ah! My Goddess Belldandy literally falls onto Earth, while in Ai Yori Aoshi, Aoi "falls" into Kaoru's life one day when he is on a train station. Another factor that relates these two titles besides the romance aspect or purity of the female leads is the lopsided ratio of women to men in each anime. Belldandy's sisters in Ah! My Goddess offer unique personalities and the fact that three magical sisters and one college male living together provide for numerous laughs. Ai Yori Aoshi could almost be considered a harem of sorts because of the number of women that love Kaoru, the male lead character in Ai Yori Aoshi. Even when his heart is set on Aoi, that doesn't mean the other women back down for one minute.


Both Ai Yori Aoshi and Ah! My Goddess are incredibly sweet romanctic series. If you're a sucker for that kind of thing, then you'll certainly like both series. Not to mention the nice comedic elements contained in both series.


Both are great love stories with sweet, capable female characters, and loser guys. However, they're not harem anime, because the male characters, Keiichi (also K1) from Ah! My Goddess and Kaoru from Ai Yori Aoshi only have eyes for their girls.

That doesn't mean the other female characters aren't important. In AMG, Urd and Skuld, Belldandy's sisters, play an important role in fighting Devils, the Goddess' nemeses.

In Ai Yori Aoshi, Kaoru's other female acquaintances are his friends, and form the backbone of his daily life. Even though I don't consider this harem anime, some female characters other than Belldandy and Aoi sometime have feelings for K1 or Kaoru, but they are never reciprocated.

In any case, I love both because the characters are utterly entrancing, and great love stories.


The meeting of a boy and a girl and the growing of their mutual feelings as well as the trouble to express them. Romance, love and the pain that goes with it. This is what you'll find in both series. So if you like one you'll probably like the other.

But while Ah! My goddess has a more mature feel to it and has a more fantastic setting, Ai Yori Aoshi is more funny.


good solid bit of humor in both tied in with an at times akward romance that leave you laughing. Both animes feature an at times dorky guy getting lucky with a beautiful girl.


Somehow these two anime seem very similar. I watched "Ah! My Goddess" first, and then "Ai Yori Aoshi" and found that it had a similar plotline: a seemingly average guy blessed with a seemingly perfect woman who is devoted to his every desire and need.


You will love this anime, if you enjoy light-hearted romantic anime with a bit of comedy and drama then this is a must watched as well as must have it in your favorite anime collection.


Both series are about a couple that must over come many obstacles for their love. Both femals leads are girls that are just too good to be true for the male leads. They will do anything for the ones that they love. If you liked one you'll like the other.


Both of these shows portray a relationship between a girl and a boy who deeply love each other.

The girl takes care of the boy by means of cooking, cleaning, and by just caring for him. They also must get though the hard times by relying on each other.

Besides the main relationship, there is also a harem of girls present in both animes with each girl consisting of a unique personality.

If you liked either Ah! My Goddess or Ai Yori Aoshi, then the other is a definite watch.


Both these shows involve around women who love the men they've suddenly started a relationship with. Over the episodes the bond grows stronger between the couples. Both are beautiful love stories. Both shows also have side characters who help/harm the relationship!


Both these anime are love stories - and both involve a seemingly normal guy and a girl that is more than you might except. AYA is not quite in the 'magical girl' genre (whereas AMG definitely is) but has similar elements in it. If you loved one you are bound to love the other...


Ah! My Goddess and Ai Yori Aoshi are twin series without doubt. The main males and females are almost interchangeable, the progression is handled much the same, and both rely hevily on sweetness.


Both of these animes are harem animes. However, they don't really go into the ecchi aspects of the genre too much.

They both have a single male main character who has faced hardship in his life. Then, one day, a girl appears out of the blue and changes all that. In Ah! My Goddess, Belldandy comes from heaven to help Keichi. In Ai Yori Aoshi, Aoi Sakuraba has only been thinking of Kaoru Hanabishi and just wants to be with him, unknown to him.

Both have their ups and their downs but they are similar in the overall feel of each other.


Both pull on the heartstrings in a way that keeps you rooting for the main couple despite all the pitfalls in their way.


If you like Ai Yori Aoshi, you will Like Ah! My Goddess TV and vice versa ; for that feel good Mood,  Both have lots of sweetness/love with out too much drama like other Romance anime

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Ah! My Goddess

Ah! My Goddess

Keiichi Morisato is just your average college student until one day, fate interjects as he makes a call for take-out food. Unknown to him, he reaches the Goddess Help Line, and contacts a goddess named Belldandy, who grants him a wish. Thinking it to be a joke, Keiichi wishes for her to be his girlfriend 'forever'.

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Another romantic comedy with a guy and a girl and the misshappens that they fall into just in a very different setting.
Both are cute series that are harems within a love story. I HIGHLY recommend getting episodes 4 and 5 of "Oh! My Goddess" for more character developement.
Both series feature girls that seem to be too good to be true: they are kind, sweet, thoughtful, skilled, and completely devoted to the man they love.
Oh! My Goddess is a free-good, heart-warming story, just like Ai Yori Aoshi. Not quite as long, but still very good.
Both Oh! My goddess and Ai yori aoshi are feel-good animes wich will calm you down and leave you in a nice mood. While neither series is very long, they still show very beutiful romance and both have their funny and sad moments. You will not regret watching these series, and if you like one, you'll like the other.
AMG and Ai Yori Aoshi have 3 main things in common: An almost other worldly love interest for the main male character, a male lead that is almost too nice to be believed, and a seasons worth of one or the other of them wondering if the other really likes them. Both of these series generate the same sort of "will these two ever REALLY get together?" feeling. Both also incorperate the fairly standard parade of rival female characters who both vie for the male leads attention and provide contrast to the female lead's personallity.
Both anime is a story about a guy and girl's sudden meeting. They start to live together and we will see how the bond between them turns out while there are people who stand between them. Altough Ah! My Goddess is fantasy based they're quite similar in concept.
Another great angsty/romance story with far fetched circumstances. Fighting against the odds to be with the one they love.

The story lines of both Ah! My Goddess and Ai Yori Aoshi distill down to a single central theme. That is loyalty! Kaoru Hanabishi and Keiichi Morisato have very little going in thier favor on the surface. Very few find the real Kaoru or Keiichi until someone really special comes into their lives. For Kaoru it is Aoi Sakuraba his formerly bethrothed. For Keiichi it is a goddess named Belldandy. Both Aoi and Belldandy see more in thier men than the outside world can see. Making the men see it is another matter.


Both anime are simple. They are just very romantic. The main hero is a boy attending school. Suddenly, a nice girl appears in his life and starts to live with him. Together, they come through various situation - romantic, funny, confusing and sometimes even sad. However, there are soon more girls in Ai Yori Aoshi and there are more sexual overtones I think while Ah my Goddes deals with magic..


Both series are about a couple that must over come many obstacles for their love. Both femals leads are girls that are just too good to be true for the male leads. They will do anything for the ones that they love. If you liked one you'll like the other.

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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sugar... sweeeet... you wanna die of sweetness? If you're looking for something to continue with after Ai Yori Aoshi, I truly recommend Fruit Basket. This is another really cute and funny love story. A typical romance anime that got abit of everything. Really wonderful to watch be sure to check it out!
Fruits Basket is slightly a more unconventional love story compared to AYA, but there's a lot of similar elements in both. If you like the other one there's no reason why you wouldn't like the other.
Slow burning romantic stories both. Although with Fruits Basket having the added comedy edge with the Zodiac animal changes. Both are light hearted and easy going watchables
Both anime are fun, light Romancy-Comedies, for those of us hopelessly in love with love.

Both Fruits Basket and AYA are centered around family relationships. The relationships drive the story, but not from the forefront. Look for the drama as a major factor behind all of the laughs, but remember to laugh because while both of these series will have their dramatic moments, they are still funny in their own right.


Aoi chan has the hard working efforts of Honda Tohru in Fruits basket. I think you'll love this one if you liked Ai Yori Aoshi.


I think the strength and depth of the main characters in both series will appeal to anyone who likes the other.  There is a bit of slap stick, a touch of dry comedy, a fair share of over the top characters thrown in, but they enhance more than detract from the development of what is an excellent story line.

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Please Teacher

Please Teacher

Kei Kusanagi is a shy teenage boy with no romantic experience whatsoever... until he finds out that his hot new teacher is actually an alien! In order to conceal her identity, the two are forced into a pretend marriage... but is it really a pretense, or are they actually falling in love?

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Onegai Teacher and Ai Yori Aoshi are both love stories. AYA also has a harem comedy component. Both have beautiful music, wonderful characters, and a lot of character developement. OT has more basic fanservice, and has boosted sales of Pocky throughout the world! (Not really ... )
Both being romantic/comedies, with the usual "guy in unusual circumstances plot", makes both these series easily watchable and definately likeable.
Both are very nice love stories that evolve around two people in love. It's really enjoyable to follow the relationships evolve throughout both of the series. I highly recommend both of these.
Once again you've got similarities galore. Even though Ai Yori Aoshi is a harem anime while Onegai Teacher is not so much of a harem anime, you can get the same feel. This is again a meet between almost lonely and shy guys plus supernatural females (Aoi is supernatural, just watch the series, if I could do half as many chores...).
Semi-shy young man, no romantic experience, suddenly living (kind of) with a girl...

Since both Ai Yori Aoshi and Please Teacher are romance based anime, they produce the same type of feelings in their viewers. Unlike other anime, these two share a more mature type of romance story.


Both stories have two characters that are made for each other and then a bunch of characters that pretty much try to pull each other away. The extra characters are also not aloud to know that the two are together making it full of awkward moments.