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?
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
At first glance it seems that Fruits Basket and Hitohira are nothing alike, however, they both deal with the issue of the main characters learning very important lessons. In Hitohira the main character learns about herself and how she can help others, while in Fruits Basket, the whole series is dedicated to one moral issue and good deeds for a person to learn.
Maya is a dreamy young girl whose clumsiness is matched only by her absent-mindedness. While others have given up on her, the legendary actress Tsukikage sees her hidden potential and offers to take Maya under her tutelage. Maya loves the theatre more than anything, and as there's not much she can do about it at home, she chooses to run away with Tsukikage. The world of theatre is harsh, however, especially for a naive young girl far away from home. While she finds new friends who support her, her mentor has powerful enemies and Maya is often on the receiving end of their ruthless plans. In face of the adversity, Maya must constantly fight to develop her skills to catch up with her unbelievably talented rival, Ayumi, if she hopes to inherit Tsukikage's legendary role: The Crimson Goddess.
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.
Hitohira and Honey and Clover are similar in the way they depict student's daily life without adding any extraordinary feature to it, but just showing the struggle of the construction of the character's personality during their teenage times and the efforts they put in their passions to challenge themselves.
The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...
The thing that connects Madlax and Hitohira are the main characters. Margaret and Mugi have a lot in common (up to the level of looking quite alike). Both have their minds far from reality, but eventually they have to face it no matter how harsh it is. Although Hitohira is a school drama and Madlax is an action series, there is a big chance that you might like it.
Saio Private High School has a long tradition of quality education. However, like many other schools its enrollment and traditions are failing. School is no longer a necessity in the path to quality employment and for that reason, many teenagers are choosing to skip it entirely; this isn’t the case with the newly-transferred Manabi. She may be a whirlwind of humor and vision with her motto of “go straight forward”, but Manabi has the drive to bring the students of this small school both a new understanding of its purpose, and possibly a new joy in life.
To put it simply (without invoking several massive, spoilerific opuses I've written comparing these shows on my blog), both shows are about leaving school behind and coming into the real world, and more importantly, leaving with a bang. In both series, there is a group of students who is trying to preserve something precious to them. Both feature a main character who is thoroughly unsure of herself and through the help of her close friends, grows in confidence and learns how to become more.
In both series, we see the constant struggle of the group against seemingly impossible odds until they reach the end of the line and put all or nothing on it. In addition, both shows go beyond that event (Hitohira more prominently, but Manabi more importantly) and deal with the pressures of having to leave your comfort zone, and the hardships of growing up into the world.
Despite the massive number of similarities, both shows manage a unique take on the situation, so watching both of them is ideal to gain the full message.