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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?
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!
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.
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...
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.
Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living with these “radiant creatures” who give her constant nosebleeds isn’t hard enough, she soon discovers that the boys have made a bet with her aunt: in exchange for free rent, they will try to mold Sunako into a magnificent lady. As someone who has cast aside all her femininity and sworn to live in darkness, Sunako is ready to do whatever it takes to nullify these efforts; but is there a way for the creatures of darkness and light to coexist?
I'm suprised these haven't been recomended before as their really both very similar. Both stories are of a girl who doesn't necessarily fit in with the world and is viewed by others to have many faults- but then she meets a group of boys and her life changes for the better. Their also both slightly similar in the sense that both of their animation styles are quite stand-alone and not that common. Their stories have the same patterns of love triangles and romance with formerly mean male characters as well.
Both have a femaie lead who is both introverted but spunky, who are both helped and hindered by a group of rich pretty boys.
HYD has more soft romatic elements where as YNSH has more comedic ones.
I found both very enjoyable, the largest discrepency is the ratio between romance and comedy in each as I mentioned above, which depending on personal preference can influence the viewer one way or the other.
The some what goth elements/jokes in YNSH is something that I have so far found to be unique both in most anime's I have seen and in the reverse harem style but the way it is worked throughout the story has made YNSH one of my favorite animes :)
Young love remains in the hearts of so many; and it is this love that is explored within nine stories. A man meets his first love again -- a wild girl from his youth that was into the Beatles; a high school Rugby manager meets the team's star again after so many years; a salaryman falls for a mobster's girlfriend; and another leaves his small-town love to live life in a big city, and meets a girl that resembles her ten years later. Relationships aren't always as simple as just loving someone; sometimes it takes time to learn how to love.
I think anyone who liked the drama and romance from either anime would be captivated all over again. At the same time I see similar artstyle that reflects the early 90's animation. The music was fun, and familiar.
No sooner has Nanako Misonoo started attending Seiran, the most prestigious girls’ school in Japan, when she is unexpectedly chosen to join its most exclusive club, the Sorority. Believing that she was given preferential treatment by the Sorority’s leader, the beautiful and intimidating Miya-sama, Nanako’s jealous classmates begin to bully her. Slowly, life at Seiran begins to unravel and Nanako wonders why the Sorority chose her over more eligible candidates. Not only that, what could lie behind Miya-sama’s mysterious smile? With only the letters to her ‘dear brother’ to help her make sense of it all, Nanako must try to find answers to these and many more questions.
Two melodramatic shoujo shows set in elitist schools with similarly conniving characters. Both lead characters are average types surrounded by extravagance and get whisked up in endless amounts of drama and confrontation caused by other people.