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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.
Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?
A photograph is a mysterious force that creates magical moments the instant the shutter closes and allows people’s hearts to connect. For the new girl in town, Fuu Sawatari, this is more than a saying but a way of life as she spends her days quietly attempting to capture those special instances on film and use them to bring others joy. Along with her friends – and her beloved camera – Fuu reminisces about her father, begins to contemplate where her future lies and wonders whether she can capture more of the mysterious Tamayura light bubbles in her photos filled with warmth and friendship.
Tamayura very much reminded me of the gentle moments in Honey and Clover, with that same sense of hope and contemplation. They both also deal with the passion for arts, in various instances in Honey and Clover, and with photography in Tamayura. Fuu and Hagu are also very similar female leads - cute, shy, and talented. Both have comical moments, but Honey and Clover has more. If you liked any of the elements from each that I have mentioned, then I think you will enjoy watching the other!
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Both these anime have love triangles and people trying to understand their own feelings and what to do with them, especially when the person you like doesn't like you back. The characters in both series are determined to make their dreams come true and are very passionate about what they want to do with their lives. The art style in both anime is bright and colorful.
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.
Both FB and H&C have young, sensitive characters that grow together in maturity and understanding. There are romantic undertones in both, but there is plenty of time spent in just growing up with friends you love.
There are a couple fundamental differences; Honey & Clover is college, whereas Fruits Basket is primarily high school. The difference between shojo and josei can be strong.