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In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.
For a series that focuses on magic, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto (Someday's Dreamers) is surprisingly not too far removed from Boys Be. Both are melancholy series that deal with serious issues, but Someday's Dreamers takes the lens away from boy/girl romance drama and focuses on more general issues.
In the year 1945, the most terrible creatures in existence visited the earth: bug-like entities soon to be known as Phantom Beasts. In that time of peril, mankind joined together to expel the threat, only to find that conventional weapons were useless and further damaged the earth. It is now 1999, and the student-wide draft has changed the lives of thousands of teenagers across Japan. While unwillingly fighting in an endless war that started before their births, one group of friends will experience the tragedy of death and the bittersweet joy of love as they struggle to survive.
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?
Ai Yori Aoshi is a good romantic anime, though nowhere near as good as Kare Kano or To Heart . The premise and beginning 5-7 episodes are extremely good, quality anime, but unfortunately the story lags a bit after the first 10 episodes or so. Also, the amount of fanservice decreases the impact of the quite innocent characters and storyline. All in all, definitely worth a look.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
To me, Boys Be is one of those feel-good series that puts someone's romance in danger. It even has a good plot. Azumanga doesn't have the same level of romance--these are all young girls and no boys to fill in the gap--but I enjoyed the series as one that just makes the viewer feel good. (Is it their cuteness?)
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
Both Boys Be and Honey & Clover are romance series, what makes 'em apart from most romances is a more masculine and mature perspective. The main male characters of both shows are artists who are kinda lost, don't knowing exactly who they are/what they want. Yet, the focus of both series aren't in only one relashionship, but in various - the concerns of characters other than "the main couple" are present in Boys Be, as they are in Honey & Clover, giving oportunity for lots of character development.