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While visiting his hometown, junior high school student Michishio Nagasumi's life was changed forever when he nearly drowned. Though he was saved by a mermaid named San, there’s a catch -- her family is part of a merfolk mafia, and they abide by a strict rule: If a mermaid is discovered by a man, either he or the mermaid must die. That is, unless the man marries into the family! Faced with such a decision, Nagasumi can only oblige their customs and become a "happy" newlywed. Now, with a new school year around the corner, Nagasumi must find a way to deal with his new bride, keep her true nature a secret, and most importantly, escape inevitable death at the hands of San's over-protective father’s gang!
Both Seto no Hanayome and Fruits Basket deal with the troubles of magical people who suffer from involuntary transformation trying to lead normal lives while keeping their condition a secret. They also share a similarly wacky, slapstick sense of humor, and several overarching plot traits.
Fruits Basket and Seto no Hanayome both deal with families who transform under certain circumstances, while having to keep it secret and still interact with the world at large. In each series, an individual is chosen to share this secret. Slapstick comedy, of course, ensues.
Both of these animes involve a protagonist that is suddenly living with people that have family secrets involving transformation. Their job, of course, it to make sure no one else finds out. This leads to underlying romance, slapstick comedy, and generally awkward moments.
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
The personalities of Fruits Basket's Tohru and Skip Beat's Kyoko aren't outwardly similar, but they're both incredibly driven independant girls whose parents are out of the picture, and who place and enormous emphasis on friendship.
Both series are exquisitely-crafted, with a perfect balance between heartwarming and hilarious. If you're a fan of the shoujo genre, or just romantic comedies in general, and you liked one, you would definately like the other.
Both anime feature young women who strive to succeed in adversity. One girl overcomes lonliness while another overcomes hatred and betrayal. You can't help but cheer for both of them and feel good as they succees!!
It's a really good anime and if you like a bit of Romance with Comedy then you'll love this anime.
President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...
Both stories focus around hard working and determined female leads, with hints of romance and teen life.
I'm really surprised more people haven't made recommendations for these two. It has many similarities! Let’s first cover the obvious basic things they have in common: they are school-life romantic comedies that have darker undertones. Secondly, they are reverse harems with sexy guys!
As for the characters, both have strong female leads who literally work themselves to sickness. There is also a romance in both, but both the female leads don’t really focus on having a relationship.
Overall, I really do think if you enjoy one, you’d enjoy the other. Yes, Fruits Basket has a supernatural theme to it, but the general tone is the same as Maid-Sama!
If you love a good love story, some nail biteing cliff hangers and constant comedy, wou will love maid-sama. Both of these animes have comedies that will make you laugh until it hurts. Another major similarity between them is their underlying love stories. Even though Fruits Basket's love story is portrayed through small actions, Maid-Sama jumps right into the romance of laughs and kindness. If you like Fruits Basket you will love Maid-Sama!
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?
Romance and Comedy abound. Fruits Basket being a touch more magical and emotional compared to Love Hina, both are great watches.
Love Hina and Fruits Basket are both romantic comedies. Being harems, in both, the main character has two people to end up with. Although not as explictly revealed in one, unlike most harems, the main characters end up with one of the two. Also, both have about the same amount of comedy in it.
Fruits Basket has a bit more magic and drama involved with it, but if you liked either one, you'll still like the other.
As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?
Though completely different in plot, both share an endearing quality coupled with occasional romance (more so in Gravitation's case) and chibified humor. Try it on for size.
Both Gravitation and Fruits Basket are aimed at teenaged girls, so they both have similar atmospheres. There's plenty of light-hearted comedy, romance, and fluff mixed with plenty of tear-jerking sadness (that stems from the characters' sad and tragic pasts), which leaves you sympathizing with the characters (although Fruits Basket is darker in that sense).