Asai Mugi's everyday life is very much impacted by a singular problem: she suffers from extreme shyness. Her sole friend Touyama Kayo would like to help her out as they've just entered high school, but Mugi's shyness is the sort that steals her voice entirely. It is too bad for Mugi that a freak shout on her part attracted the attention of Nono Ichinose. Nono is on a mission to save her Drama Research Society, and she isn't prepared to accept shyness as excuse from on-stage performances! With a small group of close friends to encourage and educate her, Mugi will be given a chance to be more than she is now. But, can someone so terribly shy really become a stage actress in just a few short months?
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
Kimi ni Todoke and Hitohira are about two painfully shy high school girls and their struggles to change themselves for the better. Along the way, they make new friends and learn about themselves.
In both of these anime there is a shy girl who eventually overcomes their disposition by the help of some special friends. They have significant differences but they are still quite similar in bringing out the same kind of emotions.
Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical violin; this violin has the ability to express the music in someone’s heart, even if they do not possess the talent for playing the instrument. With the violin in her care, Hino must now compete in a musical competition, but the guilt of not having true musical talent consumes her. Lili’s dream is to bring happiness to people with music, but Hino isn’t sure she has what it takes to be the one to do it. Can Hino perservere, or will she abandon Lili’s dream?
Hitohira and La Corda have a similar story, because the main characters accomplish something they would call impossible. Enjoy! :)
Both series revolve around high school students with special abilities. Mugi Asai (Hitohira) has an amazing voice but a fear of speaking in public, while Hino Kahoko (La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~) has not yet realized her hidden talent for playing the violin. Both series are serious in nature but have a sense of lightness about them too.
Years ago, Saku moved away from his hometown, leaving behind his friend and tormentor Mihoshi. As a child, Mihoshi constantly forced the bookish and shy Saku to play and look at the stars; and now, as Saku moves back home to attend high school, he prays for a quiet school life free from her grasp. Unfortunately, Saku’s desires are quickly shattered as Mihoshi catches sight of him and convinces him to join the school’s astronomy club. Alongside Mihoshi, the other club members and Hime - another girl from Saku’s past who’s determined to win him over - Saku continues his dreadfully unordinary high school life with a grimace and positive attitude!
Hitohira and Sora no Manimani are about a student just entering high school who gets pressured into joining a club that he/she is totally not cut out for. But after some high-school-caliber drama/comedy/romance, the main character realizes his/her love for astronomy/acting, and makes a bunch of close friends and some other stuff. Yay!
Both Sora no Manimani and Hitohira are school life anime with school clubs and a hint of romance. In both of those a student joins a club which he\she is not exactly suited for. If you liked one of those anime, you'll most likely like the other as well.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
It's normal to identify yourself with a main character when you watch an anime or read a book, but authors of both Hitohira and Welcome to The NHK! used that fact in a very specific way. Satou and Mugi have to accomplish something they state impossible. Eventually the key to do so is to change one's self. It isn't a very original thing for an anime series, yet the way it is shown in these makes them unique. I would call them motivating anime since, after watching, you do feel like you need to change something about yourself or your life.
I have a word of warning for you though: Hitohira and Welcome to The NHK! have a very different style and are aimed at different ages, an example being Satou's "dirty" thoughts and a few other adult themes.
In both Hitohira and Welcome to the NHK, the plain character is half forced to do something that is in contradiction with his/her normal personality, but will eventually become a passion after working on it sometimes. Both are also the stories of friendships that revolve around those passions and involve more than mere common projects, but also influence on each other's personalities and dreams. If you liked one, you'll also like the other.
Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.
Hitohira and The Bartender both take an inspirational outlook on life. Although Bartender has a little more stop and go approach. It does not seem to flow as nicely as Hitohira does although it does have a certain appeal. Both series seem to put the viewer in a nice mood that makes them feel happy.