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Aki Miyagawa moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be a taiko drummer, but had a hard time balancing her strict training regimen with her part-time job. Now, after 15 years, she's returning to coach others for a taiko festival.
In both Chihayafuru and Aki no Kanade, energetic young girls develop an obsession for traditional Japanese things: Chihaya loves the game of karuta and Aki finds the taiko drums irresitible. Both of them aim their enthusiasm at others around them, getting their friends & classmates to participate. If you liked the way one of these shows portrayed young people & tradition, you might like the other too!
Both have enthusiastic leads who try their best to bring back some of the japanese traditions that they experianced when they were younger. They both get you to find out new things about a certain japanese art and there were similar developments between the characters as their bonds grow. Even though the lenghts are very different if you liked one you should like the other.
Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.
Kousei ARIMA = Arata WATAYA
Tsubaki SAWABE = Taichi MASHIMA
Kaori MIYAZONO = Chihayafuru AYASE
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The characters of these two anime are really similar. From their looks to personalities, the main characters of these anime could be twins. Add a nice helping of love triangle and a dash of determination doing what you love and you get both of these anime and a solid recommendation. Your Lie in April is sadder and more dramatic than Chihayafuru, but, with similar characters, themes, and atmosphere, you could very well like one if you liked the other.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
Another josei series about another eccentric girl completely devoted to her hobby/sport/instrument. There's a bit of romance, a diverse cast, and a very in-depth, yet accessable look into the subject matter. The main difference is that I (and probably most other people) find music much more interesting than karuta, so Nodame Cantabile ends up being a more rewarding viewing experience, whereas Chihayafuru gets bogged down by epidode after episode of matches of a card game that I'm only sort-of interested in.
One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?
These two anime have a similar feel in terms of art design, as well as being gentle, optimistic tales about a girl finding her passion and coming of age as a teenager. The two genres are very different, with Chihayafuru being a romantic sports drama and The Cat Returns being more of a fairy tale, but I think someone looking for anime with a similar theme and feel will enjoy both of these.