28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
Twenty year-old Mikiko Oguro (known as Kuromi to her co-workers) has just entered the dream job of a lifetime -- animation! However, upon her arrival to the famed Studio Petit, Kuromi is in for a surprise: her predecessor just quit, leaving her with the project, and the seemingly unattainable deadline! Now, with only a week left until the key animation is due, Kuromi must wrangle up the group of slackers who must finish Time's Journey 2 before it's too late!
Both anime deal with a female protagonist in the rushed and wild world of entertainment. Both Kuromi and Hiroko are incredibly dedicated to their jobs and go above and beyond the call of duty to get the work done by deadline. If you like one, you'll likely enjoy the other.
The Japanese entertainment industry seems like a busy one, if these anime are to be believed. They both feature a woman in her twenties working in a very busy office environment. Stress – be it from deadlines or pesky co-workers – is the usual state of mind since they're very dedicated to their jobs.
Add in a varied supporting cast, a down-to-earth presentation a similar atmosphere and you have two anime that have a lot in common in terms of setting, characters and atmosphere.
While Animation Runner Kuromi is far more comedic in tone, both it and Hataraki Man follow an adult woman as she works tirelessly at her job. It's a theme that isn't too common in anime, and fans of one will likely appreciate the other.
When Lucy was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a single first name so they decided to give her over a dozen of them! So to get revenge on the civil servant who approved the naming decision, Lucy, now an adult, has become one herself, eager to give him an earful. But the woman soon learns that being a civil servant is tough work! The citizens scold you, there’s little margin for error, and there’s challenges at every turn! Alongside other workers such as the flirtatious slacker Hasebe and shy newcomer Saya, Lucy will navigate her new career and experience both the frustrations, and also the joys, of helping the public.
Servant x Service is comedic and Hataraki Man is more of a drama, but both shows have in common their focus on the life of an adult woman who works in an office setting. If that's what interests you about either show, the other is worth checking out.
Both shows are about adults at their place of work, though Hataraki Man has much more drama than comedy, while Servant x Service is purely comedic. If you can overcome these differences, or are just interested in the setting, be sure to check the other one out.
Realistic shenanigans in the workplace, revolving around a rare female protagonist? Hataraki Man and Servant x Service are a good match. That being said, Servant x Service focuses far more heavily on comedy.
Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?
Like a gemstone, a person's character is made of many facets, and cannot be truly perceived one facet at a time. Both Genshiken and Hataraki Man take a very straightforward look at the many facets that make up the full aspect of two very specialized groups of people. Both series take the lives of the main characters and explore both the individuals and the group dynamics that make them both unique, and at the same time, just like everyone else. You don't have to be an Otaku, or a Journalist to appreciate either of these series, but if you enjoyed one, chances are you will enjoy the other as well.
Both series are interesting "slice of life" pieces that offer a rare insight to the workings of Japanese society. Both shows also feature a lovably deranged cast that still manage to feel like living, breathing people.
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
Honey and Clover and Hataraki Man are very disparate in relation to their stories and artistic styles. However they both take a very straightforward way of looking at the internal struggles of some intrinsically realistic characters. Especially similar is the way in which the catharsis of supporting characters is expressed as an important part of the growth of the central character. To put it into a nutshell, if you liked the well developed character growth in one series, the other should please as well.
Both Hataraki Man and HnC question the meaning of life and work (whether it is studying or a job) and the priorities and purpose that the main character gives him/herself in life, sweetened with a background romance.
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…
Watching Hataraki Man stimulated the same feelings as when I watched Paradise Kiss. The atmosphere was the same, and their approach on relationships. I find ParaKiss more artistic, but I find that they give out similar themes.
Both from the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV, Hataraki Man and Paradise Kiss describe different professions but in the same way. If you want to know a little bit not only about fashion but also about journalism in Japan, and won't snore, these are a good choice. By all means the nice main characters bring these series together.