Hana-Saku Iroha

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Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon

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!

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sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

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.

Tamako Market

Tamako Market

Between unspoken and unrequited love, mysterious happenstance, and the day-to-day affairs of a busy market, life is rarely dull in the Bunny Mountain Shopping Village - especially after Tamako, the happy-go-lucky mochi-maker's daughter, finds a talking exotic bird on a mission! Having traveled a great distance, the creature now seeks a worthy bride for his land's prince - but where in this corner of rural Japan can such a thing be found? Already busy trying to keep the shopping district alive and hanging out with her friends in Baton Club, Tamako can't afford to be distracted by the plucky bird - yet the scoundrel seems to have taken a liking to her and keeps following her around! How will Tamako cope with this visitor intruding on her life?

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snivets snivets says...

Tamako Market and Hana-saku Iroha are both slice-of-life stories about girls who are heirs to traditional Japanese businesses. Both heroines are unfailingly cheerful, slightly naive, and aim to enjoy life to the fullest. While Tamako Market is admittedly more cutesy, I think that fans of either show would enjoy the other.

Non Non Biyori

Non Non Biyori

When Hotaru transfers from a school in bustling Tokyo to a tiny school in a quiet country village, she’s in for a big adjustment. Although her new school only has five students, there's something about the laidback lifestyle that makes her feel right at home. It's a big change from the big city, but there are still plenty of new adventures to look forward to with her quirky new friends as Hotaru learns that “home” really is where the heart is.

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krukky krukky says...

Both animes picture the lifestyles of schoolgirls in the countryside, instead of in the big city. Although Hana-Saku Iroha is more dynamic and Non Non Biyori more slow-paced, I think if you have a liking to the one, you'll be interested in the other as well.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Inari Fushimi is a middle school girl who's never had a requited love, since she's a shy, clumsy and not very bright. One day, she witnesses her crush Kouji giving a letter to her classmate Akemi. Shocked and saddened, Inari rushes to a shrine, where the goddess Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami appears to her. As thanks for saving a fox pup, as well as out of pity for her plight, the goddess grants Inari the power to shape-shift.

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FireWalker FireWalker says...

Both these series focus on a girl in her early teens going through some growing pains. Romance is an element in both, but there is also a strong emphasis on relations with other characters (friends and mentors), who are in turn presented with considerable depth. Both series are visually appealing with frequent depiction of traditional Japanese architecture and costume as elements in a modern setting. Inari relies on supernatural elements, while Hana-Saka Iroha is much more realistic, but both tell a good story well. If you liked one, I recommend trying the other. 

Blue Spring Ride

Blue Spring Ride

At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart.

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yamamotochigusa yamamotochigusa says...

Despite the different stories on what the shows are about, both are a bit similar. When it became spring for both heroines (Futaba from BSR and Ohana from HSI), there is a change made in their lives. Futaba deciding to be herself and Ohana moving to an Inn her grandmother runs. Both girls had a friend named Ko prior to starting high school. Interestingly, both Kos are voiced by Yuki Kaji. The heroines have been separated from the boy, but end up reunited later on. Romance buds between the heroine and the boy. Both animes are a coming-of-age slice of life.