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Yoichi Karasuma is a strong young samurai who was born and raised in the mountains. One day his father decides to send him to the city to stay with the four Ikuraga sisters so that he can gain valuable life experience, but his first trip into civilization doesn’t go quite as planned. Not only is he late to meet his new hostesses, but he is labelled a pervert and manages to get himself arrested – twice! Now, as he lives at the Ikuraga Dojo with Ibuki, Ayame, Kagome and Chihaya, Yoichi must adapt to his new life at school while accepting the rather violent ‘training’ he receives from Ibuki. After making an enemy of the school delinquent and with a mysterious man after his life, it seems that Yoichi’s quest to gain life experience won’t be so smooth after all!
First, both series deal with competitive swordfighting (though Bamboo Blade is much more realistic). Second, both star clearly overpowered main characters who are quite simple-minded due to their particular lifestyle and often end up in awkward situations. Both sometimes explore the past and/or habit of the cast. And lastly,they are quite funny.
Only difference is that AnY has some panty shots now and then and is much less serious, but I think fan of one of these anime will still like the other.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.
This is kind of a gut recommendation since these anime are really nothing alike plot wise, but they have a very similar feel. They're both overall just light and fun to watch, but they both have their points where you find yourself desperately rooting for a given character in their life hurdles. The characters in these anime also have in common that quality of feeling like you know them, if you're somebody where character development means a lot to you these are your anime. They are characters you can laugh with, cry with, get angry with and easily develop favorites and those you can't stand.
When their close friend and fellow mahjong player Nodoka transfers away to Nagano, Shizuno and Ako worry they will never see her again. But, when the two see her on television a year later winning the Middle School National Championship, they revive the defunct mahjong club at Achiga High with the hopes of meeting her at the tables of the high school tournament. It won't be easy, as the competition is full of monsters like Saki Miyanagi who seem to warp the very laws of probability. How can the plucky girls of the Achiga High Mahjong Club hope to compete, and will they manage to see their long lost friend again?
Ryo has always enjoyed baseball, and has an incredibly fast pitch to prove it. She is better than any man she knows, yet has never really put her skills to the test; after all, baseball is a “man’s game”... until now! Keiko Himura, the chairman of Kisuragi High, has a goal: to create a team that proves women can play just as well as men -- if not better -- and she has chosen Ryo to be the new team's captain! With 8 more teammates to find, can the girls lead the team to the ultimate victory, to win at the famous stadium Koshien?