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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.
When Yuugo Hachiken enrolled at Ezonoo, an agricultural high school, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While his classmates revel in the barnyard chores and hard labor, eager to gain skills for their careers, Yuugo is challenged and sometimes downright horrified by the things he’s having to learn, whether he’s corralling stray cows, learning the shocking truth of where chicken eggs come from, or even getting comfortable with riding a horse! Alongside peers such as the lovely Aki, Yuugo will learn all he can about agriculture, making close friends in the process.
Two very different animes, but both have a unusual theme. In Silver Spoon this theme is Agriculture, in Chihayafuru it's all about Karuta. Both slice of life anime have a very similar tone to them, that make you just want to smile along while watching it. They also have the same level of comedy. So if you liked the unique theme in one, you might like the other.
Kajika is the fourteen-year-old heiress of the Burnsworth Corporation who just wants to live a normal life, but her father has other plans. He informs Kajika that her fate is a heavy one to carry and he will only tell her the full details when the man she intends to marry is by her side. As such he has set up a ‘marriage game' for her; Kajika will meet three men that he has specifically picked out and she is to select one of the three to become her husband. There's just one catch; Kajika must also make her chosen man fall for her, since the ‘suitors' are unaware of the game in which they are participating. For a girl who has never loved anyone except for her pet leopard, this game will prove to be a trial. With her over-protective childhood friend and personal shadow, Li Ren, keeping a close watch, will Kajika be able to choose who will become her lifelong partner and finally learn of her true fate?
Although Chihayafuru isn't a reverse harem anime, the feel of it is quite similar. Ayase and Kajika are both VERY similar. Strong-minded, intelligent, caring and outgoing. Hanasakeru Seishounen is more political and drama, while Chihayafuru is more of a school atmosphere and "sport" drama. Chihayafuru has more comedy but both are just as good, and keep you wanting for more.