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?
Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
Hataraki Man and Tsukikage Ran are very different anime; one is set before the Meiji era and features a woman samurai and her female karate sidekick, while the other is about a woman working as an editor at a major weekly magazine in present-day Tokyo.
What they have in common is women working at a normally male occupation in a society with very clear sex roles. Many of the subplots in both shows explore this 'cross-dressed' role.
Tsukikage Ran uses more slapstick humor, while Hataraki Man's is more situational. Both feature strong leading characters who are quite clear about their duties and rights, and who are quite willing to inform others of their duties and rights as well.
If you like seeing women in anime who aren't just supporting the guys, you'll probably like both of these shows.
If life teaches us anything, it is that love sometimes happens in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of people. Koshiro is a run-of-the-mill salaryman who has recently been dumped by his partner. With his heart broken and hope lost, he soon comes to realize that he can love again, once he sets eyes on a beautiful young schoolgirl riding the train. However, there is one catch -- this girl named Nanoka is his sister, who he has not seen in years. Knowing that their forbidden love will always be scrutinized by society; will Koushirou and Nanoka be able to resist the temptation?
What does a story exploring genetic sexual attraction (Koi Kaze) have in common with a story about a Journalism Dynamo's personal sacrifice for professional growth (Hataraki Man)? Not much really, except for the incredibly frank way in which the two subjects are approached. While Koi Kaze's subject is decidedly more taboo than Hataraki Man's they both explore aspects of sexuality that aren't commonly popularized in a way that isn't meant to express judgment, rather to merely show things the way things truly are.
Both shows show what it is like for hardworking individuals in the workplace. Love, laughs, drama, going out with buddies after a long workday! Hataraki Man focuses on one woman and drama more where Line Offline Salaryman focuses on a man and comedy but both share the drama that unfolds when you want to work your hardest (or not so hard) for a company to make ends meat.
Momo is loud, shallow, a player, a betrayer, and one to best stay away from -- or at least, that's the misconception people have when they see her makeup, bleached hair and suntanned skin. In reality, Momo just wants the same friends, hobbies and crushes any girl her age would like. However, when her only friend starts spreading rumours about her, her boyfriend starts to doubt her, and the most popular boy in school starts to take a more then friendly interest in her, she'll have much more to worry about than just her appearance!
Both Peach Girl and Hataraki Man feature a strong-willed yet sensible main character who is seeking happiness, whether she is in love, or trying to work hard; both characters go through daily hardships and moments of happiness. The graphical styles are also very much alike, and both anime could be compared as being a shojo vs josei treatment of similar topics and morals.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
It always amazes me when two shows which are so very different instantly appeal to me as having an intrinsic kinship. This is especially true of Planetes and Hataraki Man. Both stories give us a peek into the lives of women who have chosen to work towards career goals at the expense of personal comfort. Both Heroines are dynamic characters capable of showing weakness and strength in the same moment. While they may take place in two very different environments, at a deeper level they are both about taking a look at the choices you have made, and choosing to find reasons to smile and laugh rather than cry.