Hana Yori Dango

Alt titles: Boys Over Flowers

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~

Three years ago, a terrible tragedy occurred which caused old relationships to end, new ones to begin, and the lives of four friends to be torn apart. Takayuki was forced to make a choice between the two women he loved – the one who was taken from him, and the one who helped him live again; but what would have happened if he had chosen the other? Mitsuki and Haruka's stories are revisited once more, while Takayuki does everything in his power to keep the woman he loves happy.

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

There are so many twists and turns in both Hana Yori Dango and Kimi ga nozuma eien, the emotional rollercoaster brings the audience up and down in both series.  All of the characters are extremely believable and have real life situations that they have to deal with.  Prepare yourself for one (or two!) wild adventures that will leave you wanting more long after they end.

Special A

Special A

Ever since their first meeting at six years old, Hikari Hanazono has struggled to defeat her rival Kei Takashima at anything, whether it be athletics or academics. To date she has proven unsuccessful, resulting in Kei constantly referring to her as "second place." In reality, Kei has been in love with Hikari for quite some time, but Hikari remains completely oblivious to the fact. Now, as the top two students in a prestigious academy, the duo continues their long-running competition as part of the school's elite class of seven, the Special A. Will Hikari ever surpass Kei... or realize that he loves her?

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k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

Special A is an abridged, more comedic representation of many overlapping themes present in Hana Yori Dango (reciprocating emotion, the rearing of Japan's super-elite, the social groups of private schools, etc).  If you're a fan of one series, you'd probably enjoy checking out the other.  Each does, however, have a little something different from the other that makes watching both worthwhile.

One key difference between these anime is the dynamic between the leads (the source of much of the humor in Special A is derived from this--this pretext also changes some of the other elements ; for example, in SA the lead female is a high-achieving student while in HYD she is average in her school, which is reflected in the character's reactions to their school environments as they change).

Hana Yori Dango goes much further with characterization (a luxury of it's greater length).  HYD also fills out the backstories of orbiting characters a little more than SA--viewers are assumed to be able to fill in the blanks when presented with standard frameworks, such as the relationships between Ryuu, Jun and the girl who uses cards in SA while the underpinnings of the relationship between one of the F4 and an alumnus of the school are explored in detail in HYD.

Stylistically, Hana Yori Dango is much more realistic ; both reflect the current styles of their times very well.  SA has theme elements, cutsie repeating themes, and sparkles ; the characters are long-legged and pointy-chinned.  HYD's characters have more human-like bodies and their environments are overall more solid.

HYD deals with class issues much more directly (we see the effect of the corporate group wars on the lead female's family in HYD, while these are only implied through walk-on characters that matter to side-characters in SA), while SA almost completely avoids them (still managing to throw in a line here and there about "Miss #2's" being "poor").

Gender issues are also portrayed in both series, reflecting current attitudes at the times of their making, though to a lesser degree in SA (again, length and also the show's comedic character prevent much depth here, but it's still present).

HYD has a greater sense of consequence, while SA will leave you with the feeling that life after the series continues in much the same way that we saw it during the show.  While there are many common themes and devices in each series, they are still quite different--the personalities of the lead characters are strikingly different in important ways and the nature of their relationships and interactions are also very different (partly as a result of the characters' personality differences and partly as a result of the show itself being either more dramatic or more comedic).  They're similar enough to cross-recommend, but different enough to justify viewing both rather than just chosing one.

Enjoy!

Kodomo no Omocha

Kodomo no Omocha

Kurata Sana has a very eventful life. Though she’s only in the 5th grade, she’s the star of a popular TV Show called “Child’s Toy”. She lives with her eccentric mother and her boyfriend aka manager aka pimp, and faces hell at school. Her archenemy, Hayama Akito, turns the classroom into chaos each day, but Sana is finally ready to put her foot down! Can she defeat Akito and take control of her class? And more importantly, how will she deal with the secrets she finds about him?

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YuriPiex3 YuriPiex3 says...

I believe this is alot like hana yori dango because the fact that tsukushi and sana both try to neglect their feelings: tsukushi for tsukasa and sana for akito, and their are some love triangles and lots drama actually considering that the main characters are still in middle school and they are barely even teenagers, it has a major drama underlining. However the first season is kinda slow but the second season is definitely DEFINITELY worth watching and honestly ive seen the majority of all the shows that were in the recommendation & to me, kodomo no omocha is my favorite. This is avery good anime if you take the time to actually watch it and theres also some very funny skits/scenes that will have you dying! This is a underratted show and seems to be always over looked which is soo sad bc its a very good anime.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...

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crimsonlotus42454 crimsonlotus42454 says...

Same kind of tsundere characters in the same situation. Love vs money/social status. Technically the manga of Kaichou wa Maid-sama is more similar to Hana Yori Dango, because the anime hardly tells you anything about the main male character and his private life. Regardless, if you enjoyed one then I'm sure you'll like the other. 

Brother, Dear Brother

Brother, Dear Brother

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.

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coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

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.