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.
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
Both are about a strong female protagonist who has been wronged and are dealing with the aftermath of that. They are also both involved with a love triangle where one of the boys is mean and immature and arrogant and loved by tons of women. The other boy is mean at first but gets better as time goes on and is also loved by tons of women.