Boys Be

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Chobits

Chobits

Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...

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Aporias Aporias says...

In comparison Boys Be and Chobits are extremely similar. The two series revolve around a central theme of uncertain love. The two shows undergo a way of complicating relationships and bringing about a great deal of confusion within the characters. While the relationship is clearly defined in Boys Be, there are still many times when things turn awkward. If you've watched one or the other you'll find that the stories told show identical properties as each character tries to find his/her own happiness in others.

5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

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 mimiguille says...

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.

Kimagure Orange Road TV

Kimagure Orange Road  TV

A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.

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palaeologus palaeologus says...

When I first watched the TV series Kimagure Orange Road, back before DVD was anything more than an ASCII owl's face, I found myself wondering whether Kyosuke really deserved a girl like Madoka the Pick. 48 episodes later, I am not sure whether I got an answer. But I liked how the story focused on making moments and letting time pass slowly rather than rushing through seishun.

Fast forward (right chapter select?) to the dawn of the 21st century (itself a plot point in a Boys Be episode). For your consideration are Kyoichi, who is essentially a non-ESPer Kyosuke, and Chiharu, who is essentially a non-sukeban Madoka (think "school track team" and not "saxophone"). I still wonder: what draws butch Japanese girls in anime and manga to all these sensitive guys? Sure, it might be wish-fulfillment on the part of the creators, but I think both sides must get something out of the relationship. Sensitive guys aren't insulting: they don't call girls like Madoka "delinquent," or Chiharu "barbarian," and they don't insist on pushing, er, physical things forward too quickly. For their part, tough girls aren't singularly focused on mere physical handsomeness, and they don't worry so much about what their friends think about their romantic choices.

I really thought Boys Be was going to be a lot like KOR, and I wasn't disappointed. I was impressed at how the stories in Boys Be seemed to get more into the minds of the main characters, especially the male characters, even more than KOR did (and that series plays out most of the time in Kyosuke's own head). The seasonal timeline used in Boys Be will be familiar to those who watch KOR from beginning to end, with seasonal references liberally sprinkled. Finally, fanservice is kept reasonably low in both series. Thus, after watching all of KOR and Boys Be, I now feel I can safely cross-recommend each to viewers of the other.

Hatsukoi Limited

Hatsukoi Limited

Ayumi, Kei, Koyoi, Rika and Nao are five middle school friends whose hot topic of conversation is, as always, love. Ayumi dreams of having a boy confess to her and can't understand the idea that receiving unwanted confessions can be troublesome. She even believes that she will happily accept any guy who approaches her - that is, until she receives a love letter from Misao, a large, delinquent high school boy whose very presence makes small children cry! Not wanting to date him but too scared to reject him, Ayumi has no idea what to do, especially when Misao, now nicknamed Beast-kun by the girls, begins following her to and from school. To make matters worse, Ayumi then falls for Mamoru, a boy in her class who is Beast-kun's brother! With plenty of experiences in life and love left ahead, will the girls retain their naive beliefs, or is it time to shake off that brother complex and realize that appearances aren't everything?

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both shows are collection of short love stories focusing on a group of high school friends, and how they mature through their love life. While Hatsukoi Limited pays more attention to the girls, and Boys Be is mainly about guys, both are very good Shounen romances.

Amagami SS

Amagami SS

After being stood up during a date on Christmas Eve, Junichi’s confidence took a critical nosedive. Two years later, he’s now a second year high school student and ready to give love another chance. Will he fall for the beautiful and popular Morishima, mischievous childhood friend Kaoru, shy and timid underclassman Sae, dependable class president Tsukasa, hardworking underclassman Ai or his gluttonous childhood friend Rihoko? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: Junichi is determined to make his next Christmas Eve date a successful one!

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Wandervox Wandervox says...

While Boys Be is more a set of stories about multiple, seperate characters which manage to vaguely intersect, Amagami SS has fewer characters, and opts for more of a 'what-if' setup. Boys Be punctuates things with some heart-wrenching moments, while Amagami introduces humor to keep things from getting too heavy. These are really the only two major differences between the two, and the way the each story is told is quite similar -- a series of romantic tales of boy-meets-girl. If one appeals to you, I think it likely the other will as well, as long as you keep in mind the serious/humorous lean each takes.