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Although Ikoku Meiro no Croisee has a heavier focus on cultural differences than Hanasaku Iroha's somewhat more dramatic coming-of-age themes, both series have a very gentle and sweet feel to them. As a bonus, both shows also feature an adorable female protagonists in traditional Japanese dress.
Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.
These two anime have very different plots, settings, and characters. Reading the descriptions of each anime, it might not look like they have much in common at all.
However, both anime are essentially about people who are growing up and working towards a dream. They are similarly paced, and relationships between the characters feel similar. If you enjoyed the feeling and themes of one anime, you'd probably enjoy watching the other one as well, and hopefully enjoy the ways in which they are different!
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
I cannot clearly explain why I feel that Hanasaku Iroha and Kamichu! are so similar, it must have something to do with the fact that both oozes of a feel-good atmosphere. Oh, and the animation, artwork and landscapes are totally gorgeous... and that's true for both series. If you liked one you should definitely check out 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.
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.