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Hana Yori Dango

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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

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

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

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.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.

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tolone
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is very similar to this in that it's not the usual people too shy to even kiss each other for 20+ eps romantic anime. The characters feel real in both, plus they both have great stories.
XMrNiceguyX
Both are intruiging and deep romantic stories, though the main difference is the ammount of humor and the naimation. I felt there was alot more humor in Hana Yori Dango, while the animation of Kimi Ga Nozomu EIen is way better.
kamirura
Felt that you wanted more of love triangles? then this is a good choice^^ This time it's not the girl who can't decide who she is in loved with, it's actually the guy. Which is why this is an really interesting series. It got everything you would be looking for if you liked Hana Yori Dango. And this series is also pretty new and well drawn ;) A big plus if you ask me, so be sure to check it out.
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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

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

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

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.

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Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.

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Kio

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. Here is also the school theme. In Hana Yori Dango we can see more violence, but at heart all the charecters are very kind.

heykay15

Both are sweet stories in romance involving girls who are inexperienced in love.  Although Hana yori dango is more dramatic than Kimi ni Todoke, I found myself rooting for all the characters.  Another strong theme in both series is that of friendship.  Main characters make and maintain strong ties with other characters which are an integral part of both series.  Well developed characters.  There is not as much closure as I would have liked as in Kimi ni Todoke because the series does not progress in the relationship any where as far compared to Hana yori Dango,  but the likability of the main characters remains strong.

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Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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kamirura

Both series got the main theme of romance where the girl got a hard time picking the right boyfriend. Paradise kiss is ofc lot shorter and doesnt go into as much details but they both remind me of each other. The bad boy trying to catch a good girl. Im sure you'll like the other if you havent watched it.

snivets

Although they are intended for different demographics (shoujo for Boys over Flowers and josei for ParaKiss), these are a pair of good, dramatic romances. I think fans of one would enjoy the other.