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?
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.
The personality of the main characters and the plot is similar. Shuichi is kind of stupid, gets excited over nothing and losts enthusiasm when his lover doesn't seems to return his feelings, but his love is true and persistent. Nodame is the same. Both of them love a man who is extremely popular, good looking and cold, and people don't get what they are doing together. And of course they want to be successful musicians.
Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living with these “radiant creatures” who give her constant nosebleeds isn’t hard enough, she soon discovers that the boys have made a bet with her aunt: in exchange for free rent, they will try to mold Sunako into a magnificent lady. As someone who has cast aside all her femininity and sworn to live in darkness, Sunako is ready to do whatever it takes to nullify these efforts; but is there a way for the creatures of darkness and light to coexist?
These two anime might not be the most intuitive to link with Gravitation being a shounen-ai landmark, and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge a (a)typical shojo. But I am 110% convinced that if you liked one of them you will like the other.
They share humor and way of presenting and using characters. They use the same kind of animation and effects (small frustrated chibis anyone?). And both have a light way of presenting darker subjects.
All this together gives two anime that make you feel the same way when you watch them, but do not share plot elements, setting, or character ideas. Thus making both fun to watch even if you see them back to back.
Despite their problems, Takuto Izumi has not left Koji Nanjo’s side; and what’s more, it seems Izumi might finally be developing feelings for Koji. Circumstances continue to plague the budding relationship, however: new opportunities have presented themselves for Izumi to go abroad and embark upon his professional soccer career. At the same time, Koji is thrown off his motorcycle in a traffic accident and ends up in a coma. Trapped between the opportunity of a lifetime and the needs of an emotionally unstable lover, what choice will Izumi make?