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Ichihara Momoko comes to Tokyo with plans to get accepted to Lambda Eight’s training school, become a famous voice actress, and meet and marry Ichinose Minato, her favorite voice actor. A solid plan, but will things really go so smoothly? There’s no question she’s got the lungs for it – unleashing her full volume can cause minor earthquakes - but does Momoko have the talent (and luck) to debut in the world of voice acting? Along with her new friends Yurika, Rinka, Tsubasa, and Amane, Momoko will put everything she’s got into passing kanji pronunciation tests, speeding through complicated tongue twisters, and making her way to her debut.
While Hana-Saku Iroha is about Inns and Love Get Chu is about seiyuu and showbiz they are quite simiar. Both main characters, Ohana and Momoko are very straightforward, stron-willed girls who enter a new environment and try to manage work, relations and love.
Though the beginning episodes of both of these series make them seem like dramas, both eventually settle into a more episodic slice-of-life routine. As such, they feel much less fluffy and meaningless than most slice-of-life series. If you liked the feel-good atmosphere or hard-earned friendships in either of these series, you'd probably like the other.
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.
Nodame Cantabile and Hanasaku Iroha are two series aimed at different demographics, but they're both very unique in the sense that they're (most likely!) unlike anything you'll have ever watched before. The reason is very simple, both stories are written extremely well and neither bothers with the usual anime tropes and cliches. Watching one or the other will be a very unique experience for most viewers, so I definitely recommend both if you're looking for the next special thing in anime.
Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.
When it's at its best, Hanasaku Iroha manages to echo ''Only Yesterday's'' nuanced, wonderfully poignant and surprisingly subtle story about youth, growing up and making the best of your lot in life. Both works are proof that slice-of-life stories can be so much more than archetypes doing cute things 24/7.
Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!
Both animes are slife of life dramas about a high schooler who is suddenly in an environment they aren't familiar with and surrounded by relatives who don't seem to like them very much. Both main characters are dealing with having absent parents and both deal with it by throwing themselves into a new hobby or career. Iroha is slightly more comedic, but they both have melodramatic tones and focus on love and romance getting complicated.