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?
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?
While Gravitation is a shounen-ai, it is alike to Skip Beat! for two reasons. One, the main characters in both are trying to become stars, and two, they each admire someone who thinks that they have absolutely no talent. The plots are very different though, and it should be kept in mind that this recommendation might not work for everyone.
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?