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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.