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Ren Mihashi is a timid pitcher with problems; he has no self esteem or confidence, due to the relentless bullying of his once teammates, and is reluctant to play baseball again. However, at Ren's new school, Nishiura Prefectural High, he finds himself picking up the mitt once more. Along with the help of alumni-turned-coach Maria Momoe, tough but supportive Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!
Common elements are except the style of animation, the team work and the building of friendship. People can be so different and still be friends. In both series there is also the pressure of performing well, and it becomes possible with help and coaching from others. Both series are soulful and uplifting in spirit.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
While I agree that art school have nothing to do with gondolas, the main "theme" is the same in those animes. It's a story about a group of friends, slowly learning about their profession, and maturing in order to enter the adult life.
Both stories are focused on chaming the viewer with some beatiful moments. Both are very calming and heartwarming.
The main difference (apart from world setting) is that Honey and Clover is also filled with romance, and Aria have almost no romance at all.
After abandoning a promising future career as an artist to follow the path of a teacher, Kamikura Hiroki is faced with the responsibility of supporting his cousin Hosen Elise, who has just recently lost both of her parents. To complicate matters the high school she is attending is the very same one at which Hiroki is finishing his teaching experience requirements! Elise soon develops feelings for Hiroki, but a new rival arrives in the form of the teacher Kikyo Kiri – a familiar face from Hiroki’s past. With two women vying for Hiroki’s affections, who should he choose?
Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.
Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?
These series each center around a very complicated set of romantic circumstances while being largely a comedy. H&C is a slightly more dramatic and romance driven version of SR, so if you want something lighter, go with SR, or heavier, H&C. Anyways, they are a strong pairing because of these reasons.