Shy, crybaby Fumi has just transferred into Matsuoka Girl’s High School, in the city of Kamakura. It’s been ten years since she moved away, leaving her dear friend Akira behind; and soon, the two are reunited once more. Akira is now attending Fujigaya Girls’ Academy, though she and Fumi still manage to see each other regardless. Between classes and social engagements, the two will experience love, the struggle to admit one’s true feelings, and the joy of companionship.
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
These series are very similar in a sense that they provide that peaceful, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. A heartwarming watch. Whichever you decide to view, I am certain you would love the other.
Both these shows are romances that are a little slower paced than most of this ilk, and while the art style aren't the exact same style, they both take a soft approach with their visuals, Aoi Hana in particular.
While Aoi Hana is a shoujo-ai series rather than a straight up shoujo like Kimi ni Todoke, the female lead in both is a quiet individual who is inexperienced in love. The latter focuses a bit more on comedy than the former, but both are pretty heart warming school romance stories.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
If you enjoyed one show, you would definitely enjoy the other. They are both very very pleasantly peaceful and relaxing shows to watch, and the animation is very easy on the eyes. Great for relief from those wild color and guns ablaze shows.
If life teaches us anything, it is that love sometimes happens in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of people. Koshiro is a run-of-the-mill salaryman who has recently been dumped by his partner. With his heart broken and hope lost, he soon comes to realize that he can love again, once he sets eyes on a beautiful young schoolgirl riding the train. However, there is one catch -- this girl named Nanoka is his sister, who he has not seen in years. Knowing that their forbidden love will always be scrutinized by society; will Koushirou and Nanoka be able to resist the temptation?
At the all-girls Lillian Academy, life continues at a slow page. Yumi and Sachiko attempt to elope during the holiday, but have an unfortunate encounter with some of Sachiko's old "friends" instead. Back at school, Yumi and rest of the Lillian student council concoct their next fiendish scheme: trick Sachiko into fulfilling her role as a judge at Hanadera Academy's school festival. And so, with potential petite soeurs, creepy stalkers and even creepier kidnappers to keep her life interesting (not to mention her limited “alone time” with Sachiko), the saga of Yumi continues. Luckily for the duo, their time together proves all the more precious for the trials they have to face.
Do you like shoujo-ai animes and are you looking for good ones? look no more, both Marimite and Aoi Hana are heavy on shoujo-ai aspects and both are school based animes and very slow-paced ones with a dramatic romance aspect. If you like one of this two animes then you will enjoy the other one as well.
Lillian Girls’ Academy is about to have its school festival, and members of the student council are preparing for the event. As per tradition the yamayurikai are putting on a play with the help of the nearby Hanadera boys’ school, and this year Yumi and her brother Yuki are playing the lead roles. While it is hoped that all will go without a hitch, problems arise when Kanako’s hatred of men leads her to become unhappy with her participation, and Touko quits the drama club following a disagreement with a senpai. With Yumi attempting to resolve her juniors’ situations, she finds she has no time to plan for the anniversary of becoming Sachiko’s petite soeur; though all she can think about is her impending need to find a soeur of her own once the festival ends. Once Yoshino decides to hold an audition to find her younger sister, will Yumi be able to use this situation to finally decide upon a petite soeur of her own?
Both Aoi Hana and Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th feature complex relationships between females as the core of the story. The overlap between the two, where both are set amongst female students and feature a lot of drama combined with a slow pace should ensure that you will like one if you liked the other.