Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...
Yuuki Oojima and his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi belong to the Food Research Club, a sociable place in school dedicated to chatting and taste testing the latest snacks. Other members include their close friend Mifuyu, Yuuki’s self-proclaimed homosexual lover Yume, gadget developer Nozomi, the inseparable duo Ai and Kii, reserved Michiru, and an advisor who drinks all day. But with the next student council presidential election looming, popular candidate Satsuki plans to preserve school funding by terminating obstructive clubs - including theirs! Realizing the Food Research Club is in jeopardy if she is elected, the members declare a presidential campaign of their own. Can Yuuki and his invaluable friends win the election to protect their precious snack-eating society, or will they be disbanded for good?
Both shows feature a main male character with multiple girls who become infatuated with him, and in the end, a relationship develops with one of the girls. The romance is not the primary focus of either show, although it becomes an important element in the development of the characters. One focuses on creating a drama club, and the other on saving the food club.
At Yamaboshi High, joining a school club is required, so when Himeko, Iori, Taichi, Yoshifumi and Yui couldn't find a suitable choice, they decided to create their own: the School Culture Club! Together, they pass the days meeting and coming up with topics for the group's newspaper – that is, until one day, Yoshifumi and Yui proclaim that they switched bodies last night! Soon after, all five members of the gang find themselves inadvertently swapping at random, with no end in sight. What, or who, caused this supernatural phenomenon?
Both of these shows show a group of friends as they learn more about each other, learn more about themselves, and learn how much they need each other's support as they go through various emotionally trying challenges. There is an element of the supernatural that is vital to each story, which helps give these shows a different feel from most school life animes. They have serious moments, humorous moments, and heart-wrenching moments, and if you liked one, you will definitely like the other.
Several months after their New Years' live performance, the light music club has returned to Sakura High for a new school year. Now seniors in Sawa-chan's homeroom class, Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Mugi commence their final year as high school students. While many others would fret about their entrance examinations, the Keion Bu have more important things on their minds, be it shopping for shelves, cleaning out the storage room or that age old problem of trying to recruit new members. But while there's music, snacks and school trips aplenty, one question still remains... will the girls be able to leave their mark on the school before they graduate?
Fantine and her daughter Cosette left Paris looking for a new start, but finding a job as a single mother proves impossible in 19th century France. Taking up the offer of an innkeeper couple, Fantine leaves Cosette in the care of the Thenardiers while she moves on to find work. Once Fantine is gone, however, the Thenardiers show their true colors, working Cosette mercilessly while pocketing the money Fantine sends for her support. Years pass and Cosette and Fantine dream of the time when they will be together again, but it seems the years only bring more hardships to both. What will become of little Cosette?
Shoujo Cosette feels a lot like a longer version of the last arc in Clannad: After Story. And both shows involve leaving behind you child when you can't take care of her and suddenly having to take care of a little girl when you have never been a parent before. If you like one you should watch 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?