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Brother, Dear Brother

Alt titles: Oniisama e...

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No sooner has Nanako Misonoo started attending Seiran, the most prestigious girls’ school in Japan, when she is unexpectedly chosen to join its most exclusive club, the Sorority. Believing that she was given preferential treatment by the Sorority’s leader, the beautiful and intimidating Miya-sama, Nanako’s jealous classmates begin to bully her. Slowly, life at Seiran begins to unravel and Nanako wonders why the Sorority chose her over more eligible candidates. Not only that, what could lie behind Miya-sama’s mysterious smile? With only the letters to her ‘dear brother’ to help her make sense of it all, Nanako must try to find answers to these and many more questions.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
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Name Role
Akio SUGINO Character Design
Osamu DEZAKI Director
Kentaroh HANEDA Music
Riyoko IKEDA Original Manga Creator
Masakazu SHIOURA Producer

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Brother, Dear Brother VivisQueen 7.5/10 Jul 29, 2009
Oniisama e... VivisQueen 7.5/10 Jul 29, 2009

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Ajna

Both anime feature likeable yet naive heroines, exclusive societies, and forbidden homosexual and/or incestuous relationships. Both heroines have perky, pony-tailed best friends whose ordinariness gradually precludes them from the encroaching melodrama. Both series also feature handsome, melancholic blondes who cling to pieces of gold jewelry that serve as painful reminders of their unrequited loves for other women. In both series, female characters are referred to as "princes," and roses play symbolic roles.

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Both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Brother Dear Brother deal with the complexities of gender, sexuality and identity. While Utena is more fantasy-based, Brother Dear Brother is quite realistic, but the emotions that both shows draw upon are very similar. While the leads in both shows are quite different in their strengths, their core personalities are quite similar. The classical music component is shared between the two, creating similar musical themes too.

andrael

In a lot of ways, Brother, Dear Brother feels like a spiritual predecessor to Utena.  Both have a classy private school setting, a large cast of primary, secondary, and tertiary characters, dark secrets, complex motivations, twisted relationships, and a unique atmosphere created by combining lush shoujo imagery and visual symbolism with music.  Oh yeah, and lesbians.

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Their stories aren't exactlly similar but they are both about changes.You will know what I'm talking about when you watch the whole anime.

The Rose of Versailles

The Rose of Versailles

Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?

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yukichii

Both series are adapted from the mangas created by Riyoko Ikeda, so I'm sure you'll like the story. Both have deep, strong, bohemian characters and really touching stories. If you liked Rose of Versailles, I'm sure you'll like this series too.

Bonnie

Both Rose of Versailles and Oniisama E are very different series, although, they share powerful bonds: the author of the manga, the extremely influential female mangaka, and dearest Ryoko Ikeda.

As stated above, both series are extremely different both in story and in style, but much of the dramatic plot, complicated love affairs and absorbing characters can trace a parallel line between the two of them. Some characters of Oniisama E even share striking physical resemblances with some characters from the Rose of Versailles: the Magnificent Three, Miya-sama, Kaoru-no-Kimi and Hana no Saint-Juste look just like Marie Antoinette, Andre and Oscar from Versailles no Bara. Special enphasis on Saint-Juste: no true fan of Oscar should miss Oniisama E because of Saint-Juste - they're like living portraits of each other.

I recommend these series because they come from the same author, the same source and, thus, even thought they are quite difference, they have some similarities that may appeal fans from both sides.

Ajna

If you enjoyed Ikeda Ryoko's work with this anime, I'm pretty confident you'll end up liking even this one; despite the different setting, many characters are very similar not only in design, but also in personality and development.

Idiotchan

Their stories aren't similar but they're made by the same person and they are both about changes.You will know what am I talking about when you watch the whole anime.

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Himitsu

Glass Mask and Onii-sama E have a similar style of execution; I also feel that the atmosphere is the same. Although Glass Mask was made in 2005, it still maintains a "classic" shoujo feel like in Onii-sama E. Both titles talk about friendship and romance; it is presented in a similar manner.  

maylai

Glass Mask and Oniisame e (Brother, Dear Brother) are both about a young girl that struggles to find her way in life and has many dramatic/tragic events on her way.

Also, since they are both based on older manga the atmospheric feeling is very similar. For example the old-school character design and animation, and at the end of each episode a narrator foreshadows the coming events. The story pacing may seem slow but the suspense is very high.

The romance also has some similarities in that it takes some time for the main heroine to realize her love while being fascinated or attracted to her counterpart long before (sometimes against her own will).

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Hana Yori Dango

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Zadillo
Similar elements of melodrama and school romance that you should probably enjoy quite a bit.
coffeebreath

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Maria-sama ga Miteru

Maria-sama ga Miteru

For the young women at the Lillian private school for girls, nothing is more prestigious than Rosa Sinensis, Rosa Gigantea, and Rosa Foetida, the beautiful and talented women who head the student council. When a young girl named Yumi's path is intertwined with Sachiko, a successor to the council, things will never be the same for the both of them. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a quiet tale of forbidden romance, friendship, and the everyday life of a school girl.

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yukichii

The storyline of Maria-sama looks familiar to Brother, Dear Brother. They have very similar characters, and both stories are centered around girls' relations with each other in an all-girls high school. Both also have student councils and hard personalities with a dramatic background. If you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.

Bonnie

Before Maria-sama ga Miteru, there was Oniisama E, a slightly obscure series, adapted from the manga of the beloved Ryoko Ikeda, a much influential female manga artist who brought us legendary manga such as Rose of Versailles. It is quite obvious that Maria-sama ga Miteru got MUCH of its inspiration from Oniisama E.

Before Fukuzawa Yumi unexpectedly entered the rose soeur system in Lillian, Misonoo Nanako unexpectedly entered the sorority, elite group of Seiran. Both schools are for girls only and both schools have three girls who are ultimately admired by everyone: the three roses in Marimite, the magnificent three in Oniisama E. Both series feature a huge and complex almost-all-female array of nicely done characters, with strong lesbian tendencies.

Maria-sama ga Miteru is a much lighter series then Oniisama E, which has lots of psychological violence. But Marimite was heavily influenced on Oniisama E, so I believe that fans of one are most likely going to enjoy the other.