If you liked the Hana Yori Dango anime, the Anime-Planet community thinks you'd like:
A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...
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.
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?
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.