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Boys Be

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There is nothing more sad and pleasant than love in its various forms, and a group of high school students will discover them in this melancholy series. The focus is on Kanzaki Kyoichi, an artist and a dreamer at heart, and Nitta Chiharu, a track star and a childhood friend of Kyoichi's. From spring to summer to fall to winter, love will grow and fade, and grow again

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Name Role
Itsuko TAKEDA Character Design
Masami SHIMODA Director
Masahiro ITABASHI Original Manga Creator
Katsunori HARUTA Producer
Kohei KAWASE Producer

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Boys Be sothis 8.5/10 Aug 6, 2005

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Kare Kano

Kare Kano

Yukino had it all. Brilliant, athletic, popular and pretty, she was the perfect school girl with many friends and admirers. But then one fateful day she met her match: a handsome young man named Arima. Now, not only is he beating her at her own game, she's becoming more and more dismayed to learn that she's developing her first real feelings of romance. Can Yukino maintain her model student appearance, or will love ruin all her plans?

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TheBurningCrow

The basic themes within Kare Kano are almost exactly the same as in Boys Be, as far as love and relationships. They both also have a bunch of high school kids as characters. Fans of Boys Be should enjoy Kare Kano.

kamirura
Kare Kano is also a school anime, but not abit less serious than Boys Be. In Kare Kano we follow a girl through her life as she stumbles over the love of her life. It got alot of many funny moments. If you're tierd of serious series and wanna watch abit more real love, watch this one.
samiel
Both anime deal with with feelings, and mostly love (or should I say Love ^^). Kare Kano more deals with the way you act / the way you think, and Boys Be brings more "psychology" of life (eg : there's a whole episode about loneliness). in both, feelings are discribed, but an interesting fact is that in kare kano, it deals with the girl's feelings, whereas in Boys Be, it deals with the boy's. The difference in style is really interesting. One thing I regret though is the ending. Both series are not really ending. In kare kano, it's a bit frustrating, and they almost call for a second season in boys be, but I've never heard of such a thing (though if it exists, I'd really love to watch it ^^). I hope what I've written will be read and will make some people want to see any of these series I've really liked ^^.
Stmated
both resolves around romance (==love). Kare Kano I must say is the one which weighs most heavily upon the scale of romance, even tho' it's light hearted from time to time. Boy and girl, both gradually starts to love eachother more and more. Both settings is mostly set in school, where Kare Kano is more centered upon the schoolwork then Boys Be, which more resolves around the characters. If you like animes which make you sit in your chair fluttering and giggling from excitement (^^) then both of these is a great choice. There is no real connection between the two except the school and romance, but those are great enough to somehow begin to resemble.
sothis

I personally liked Boys Be much more than Kare Kano, but I also think it's obvious why the two are good recommendations for each other. Simply put, they are two relationship series that deal with REAL relationship issues and insecurities, in a unique way. Boys Be is much more focused on positive changes with a group of friends, whereas Kare Kano is focused on one person.

Nanashi
Boys Be is a love story as seen from the boy's point of view. KKNJ takes the more traditional girl's point of view, and comes up with one of the best romantic comedies ever animated. KKNJ often uses almost Di Gi Charat like absurdity to convey its comedy whereas Boys Be is a much more realistic show. All in all, if you are a fan of the high school romantic (non-ecchi), KKNJ is an anime for you.
kaz
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou and Boys Be, both based on shounen romance (romance for boys, not romance between boys) manga, have remarkably different angles in which they portray that awkward emotion of love between teenagers. Boys Be achieves a lot more in hitting close to home with its serious, almost-nonfiction stories, but Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, as befits a GAINAX production, has an air of unreality to it that makes it just as engaging.

Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~

Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~

Diamond dust: when the moisture in the air freezes on a chilly day, the air seems to sparkle and shimmer. It is said that to see the diamond dust in its glory means that lovers will stay together forever, friendships will flourish, and dreams will be realized. Kita-he ~Diamond Dust Drops~ tells the stories of several groups of friends and lovers as they struggle to stay together, accomplish their dreams, and anything in between, all revolving around the tale of the diamond dust.

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kamirura
Looking for romantic stories and different peoples problems? Just like Boys be, Kite-he got short stories but it just deals with one person at a time. So this doesn't have a connection between the stories. I'm really sure you're gonna like this one if you liked Kite-he, so be sure to check it out.
sothis
Kita-he and Boys Be are so similar it's staggering. Granted, Kita-he isn't completely focused on the concept of love like Boys Be is, but they still have a remarkably similar feel as far as how the stories are told (seperate, but still interconnected stories), the feelings that are conveyed as people grow and change in a positive way, whether the outcome was actually good or bad.. just everything. I am almost 100% positive that you'd like one if you liked the other.. there's just no way you wouldn't!
RikkuxDisaster

Boys Be and Kita e are about stories with separate characters. They combine real life with situations that no one wants to be in, but they also provide the positive outlooks that you need to get through anything upsetting that is related to romance. Grab a box of tissues, as these anime will tear your heart.

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I''s Pure

I''s Pure

It's Christmas Eve and Ichitaka, with his friend Yasuo, await a double date. While waiting for Iori and Nami, Ichitaka reminisces about his experience with his life-long crush Iori. There were many opportunities to finally confess his love to Iori, especially the time when the two were selected to arrange the freshman entrance ceremony; but Ichitaka was either too shy or often misunderstood. The biggest misunderstanding of all was when Ichitaka's childhood friend, Itsuki came to live in Ichitaka's home all the way from the United States...

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Aporias

Almost similar in every aspect, these two romance series are terrific to view. Though not necessarily ground breaking in anyway I"S Pure and Boys Be managed to grab hold of my attention from the beginning to end. The episodes lengths might be shorter then most anime found in this genre but the content itself is worth the watch. These two anime are the perfect examples of how high school romances should play out. Almost as if cut from the same cloth, I"S Pure and Boys Be does wonders at presenting the difficult choices we all must face one day. Whether it is the dream we longed to reach or the feelings found within our hearts. You'll find the both answers are correct.

Aquarius16

They are romanced based, and in a way they both come out with happy endings. The only difference is Boys Be is more of a series of stories, where as I"s is just set around one main person.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.

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sothis
KgNE is a remarkably realistic take on a relationship and love triangle, and for that reason, I chose it as a recommendation for Boys Be. Boys Be is definitely a lot more positive, and varied, since it's stories are focused on a lot of different people, but it still has that element of realism that can be found in KgNE. Just keep in mind, KgNE is quite dramatic and sad at times, unlike the (mostly) light hearted Boys Be.
7thMethuselah
Both Boys Be and KgNE have a realistic approach to relationships, romance and the problems associated with them. KgNE is rather dramatic and focusses on a single (triangle) relation, while Boys Be covers several relations and first romantic experiences. However the beauty of both anime is that as the episodes pass, the characters really grow and become more mature in their relations and the choices that must be made. It's a process of try and learn for all characters involved and the road is often a bumpy one. For sheer realism alone these two are must-see anime for any romance fan. Note that KgNE is rather dramatic (and sometimes depressing) as it focusses more on the negative side, while Boys Be takes a lighter, more optimistic yet serious approach.
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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second
  • Movie (1 ep x 62 min)
  • 2007

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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mimiguille

I have a feeling that those who liked 5cm will also like Boys Be (and vice versa), since both left me with almost the same feeling after watching them.