Dejiko is now twenty years old and works part time in a bakery. On her way home on Christmas eve, she slips and drops her cake; but when a young man approaches and switches her spoiled cake for his, Dejiko is unsure how to respond. The young man is Senba Takuo, and their love develops over the next year. But when Dejiko receives a letter from her mother requesting her to come back to her far away home, and after she sees Takuo with another girl, what will become of their relationship?
The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...
Both these shows take place in a certain season; summer for Air and winter for Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden. Just like the different seasons, there is a different type of romance in both of them.
The stories are pretty different, while Di Gi Charat focuses more on the slice-of-life elements and Air focuses on the mysterious elements.
But even though they are pretty different, they both have the same feel to it. They each have beautiful art, animation, and colors. If you've loved one of these 2, then the other one is definately a must-watch.
Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?
Winter Garden and Rec are a lot like each other! They have a very similar pace of story and even though Rec might be a bit more serious about handling relationships at the start of the series, the romance definitely feels very alike when comparing the two series. It's nearly impossible to like one and dislike the other because of their similarities, yet the stories are nothing like each other!
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...
Both School Days and Winter Garden are (or at least start off as) light hearted romance animes, but touch on darker themes (although one much more prominently than the other). If you liked one, you might just like the other.
Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
Both Whisper of the Heart and Di Gi Charat are quiet slice-of-life romances that start from a single chance encounter. If you enjoy a quiet slow paced romance anime that shows the development of a relationship then you may enjoy both of these.