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Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!
What would an anime look like if the characters weren't the usual run-of-the-mill teenagers you usually get to see in anime? The answer lies in these shows which also share the josei tag that makes them more watchable for the mature audience, still the humor is very good and can be easily accepted for all viewer groups in my opinion. Did I mention both have apartment buildings with unique tenants?
i agree with the person above. and moreover, both kuragehime and honey & clover are great shows, which really do deserve your attention if you're into fine humour, full-blooded and developing characters and interesting real-life stories.
Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
The Maison Ikkoku anime, adapted from Rumiko Takahashi's seinen manga of the same name, premiered on March 26, 1986 on Fuji Television. Almost twenty years later, the very same network launched the noitaminA lineup, a programming block aimed at older female audiences, with Honey and Clover. In spite of the generational gap, Maison Ikkoku and Hachikuro are equal in the fact that both succeed where other "romantic comedies" fail: they are funny, but not childish, and portray their characters' feelings and emotions without being overly sappy or melodramatic.
If you liked one, there's no reason you shouldn't watch the other.
Honey and Clover and Maison Ikkoku are very similar in feeling, though Maison Ikkoku is more comedic. They both deal with college life, growing up, and love, even falling in love with an older widow in both series. If you're looking for a good laugh with sweet and poignant moments, then either one is for you.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...
I admit this may be a weird recommendation, but I do think these shows may share a similar audience. They are both josei with a sort of thoughtful and relaxing atmosphere. They also have heart-warming stories with great characters and a little humor thrown in. If you enjoyed the pace and style of one of these shows, give the other a try.
While Honey and Clover features a heavier focus on romance and everyday life than Natsume Yuujinchou's supernatural aspects, both series possess a gentle, melancholic feeling and emotional plots.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
Both animes talk about life as students, and both have elements of humor. Certainly, Honey and Clover is much more mature, but sometimes in Ouran you can see glimpses of that...and a lot of humor!
Both of these have random comedy mixed in with sweet poignant moments. The characters are all well developed and by the end you will care about them all.
Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?
Each series have a lot of love triangles going on, while having a lot of comedy and drama thrown in the mix. Each series is character driven and fairly touching overall.
Both are slice-of-life animes. Neither really has any exact plot. It's simply following the lives of the main characters as they continue through school whether it be high school for Toradora or college for Honey and Clover. Honey and Clover is a little more drama based and leans more towards the decisions college students have to make such as career decisions while Toradora focuses on high school students and their turmoils. Both have romance, love triangles, comedy, and are refreshingly unique despite their cliche sounding summary.