Hana Yori Dango

Alt titles: Boys Over Flowers

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Bokura ga Ita

Bokura ga Ita

Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?

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priyanthia priyanthia says...

If you like Hana Yori Dango and want somthing similar than watch Bokura Ga Ita you wont be dissappointed. I reocmmend you to watch it as it teaches you a lot about love and friendship.

About Bokura ga it:

Takeuchi cherishes Yano's friendship, but at the same time, he may lose it for someone dear to him. Takahashi must search deep inside herself and find her true feelings for Yano while be able to trust and accept Yano's feelings for her as well, deciding if Yano is indeed the one for her or if someone else can provide better solace.

Kio Kio says...

The main theme of these anime is not quite a simple love-story. Both series have dramatic and humorous parts always make you feel the situation and leave in hopes that everything's gonna be alright. But i think Bokura Ga Ita is much more sad and may be realistic.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

You will find out just how hard relationships in a high school setting can be in both Hana Yori Dango and Bokura ga Ita.  The main characters in each are quite similar, the heroines are sweet and meek-ish types while the male leads are far more mature seeming than their years but with an distant personality and arrogant attitudes.  The couples have to strive to suvive!

Nana

Nana

Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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Estuko Estuko says...

If you like the pretty boys, emotional rollercoasters, fear and twists of one of these shows, the other one is certain to make your heart stop and your guts twist again while watching tis one too... These series are both filled with all the extremes of love, friendship and dreams. Enjoy!

alojvm alojvm says...

Both H.Y.D and Nana have an amazing romantic plot.  And in both animes you clearly see the struggle with emotions and inner self.  

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

Both are lengthy titles with similarly strong romance, comedy, and drama elements. They both have a more mature feeling about them that feels easier to relate to even though they have uncommon settings and themes - elite school/super wealth vs music industry/fame.

The characters are strong despite being very different - however, this is a good reason for me to rec these two together - since romance, shoujo or josei types are often criticised for having cliche characters. Nana and HYD feel to be an exception to this, HYD especially given its age probably set standards as opposed to ripping them off.

The difference in themes also make this a good rec for some variation as well as the conflicts that arise from them - both anime will cause you to question the decisions of the charactes or morality behind the events.

Both of them leave you wanting more after each episode, with perfectly constructed cliffhangers and a constant will-they-won't-they atmosphere that won't allow you to rest until you experience the concluding episodes.

Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss

Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?

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redfire389 redfire389 says...

These both series have in common the status of the characters, a rich boy and a average woman born in a poor family. the series tells about how they fell in love and the difficulties they have because of their differences, there's always someone that fells in love and then the other person doesn't have the same feelings, this and the appearance of more characters that get between their relationship makes it all more difficult. If you liked the growing up relationships and all the twists on hana yori dango, you'll sure like itazura na kiss, and viceversa.

inbee2in inbee2in says...

Both have a great love story that is developed with characters you will fall in love with.

There is a struggle and triumph that isn't so forthcoming...it lasts until you've gone through sadness, anger, tears, laughter, frustration and more.

Both will engulf you into their stories and characters from episode to episode like a warm embrace.

My all time favorites Hana Yori Dango, Itazura na Kiss & Marmalade Boy. All three have the same air of longingness and fulfillment that is hard to find in fiction or in life.

Enjoy one and you'll want to see the others.

The characters are rich, entricate and complex. There some you'll love, some you'll hate, some you'll love to hate and others you'll hate to love but will..and still you'll be left wanting more...

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

With priviledged males and slightly clumsy heroines Itazura na Kiss and Hana Yori Dango are made for each other!  The romantic stories of crossing the boundaries of class status and skill are far reach in both of these series.  The main characters struggle to create the perfect relationship but they is something that always intercedes between them making their struggle all the more magical in the end.

Tenshi na Konamaiki

Tenshi na Konamaiki

Megumi was a normal kid. He enjoyed getting into fights and mixing it up, and one day he did so in defense of a wizard who was being attacked by bullies. His reward was a magical book that was supposed to grant his wish. The mischievous demon inside the book decided to play a prank on Megumi, though, and instead of turning him into "a man among men," he became a girl. Fast forward to five years later, and Megumi is now entering high school, a tumultuous time for even normal teenagers, let alone a girl who is trying to figure out how become a guy again...

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Tenshi na Konamaiki is alot more humorous than Hana Yori Dango, though has a less deep romance aspect. n addition to that: Tenshi na Konamaii has a bit a fantasy aspect in it, which is nowhere to be found in Tenshi na Konamaiki. If you want more humor, check out Tenshi na Konamaiki. If you want more romance, though still a serious amount of humor, check out Hana Yori Dango.

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

Both of these shows have a very similar setting to them. An aggressive and outspoken female lead, and a very silly and madly-but-openly in love male lead. They are each with a school settings and a great cast of primary characters. Tenchi no Konamaiki is more about adventure and a common goal, whereas Hana Yori Dango is primarily a romance.

Pretear

Pretear

Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?

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soccerdory soccerdory says...

Both series follow a young lady who has been put into a situation that has many many obstacles. Each girl has an inner strength and will to overcome, they will never give up and remain fairly positive no matter what. I find that the main character in each of these series is very spunky and won't take any crap, they both are super energetic, and at times a little over the top. Both series are reverse harems in which a group of boys surround the female protagonists. Following the reverse harem tradition, there is a lovely touch of romance that makes your heart beat a little faster. If you loved one, you will love the other!

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The heroines in Pretear and Hana Yori Dango have the strength to overcome whatever may be in their way. While Pretear is a little more supernatural based and Hana Yori Dango is based in the reality of life the two share the common ground of inner strength and power felt between the main female leads.