When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't seem to figure out what to do with her. Disgusted by this behavior, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself, but he's a bachelor, has no idea how to raise a child, and isn't even all that comfortable with kids! Now, Daikichi must do the normal things a parent does such as enroll her in school, buy her clothing and teach her about the life and world around her. But more importantly, he must also help her deal with her father's death and decide whether or not she should try to find her mother. Together, the two begin their unlikely relationship as father and daughter, navigating each of life's bumps along the way.
Both deal with single men having to suddenly take care of a young female child. The interaction works like a father-daughter relationship, and shows the development of having to care for children that may be young and somewhat naive yet mature for their age. Croisee deals with young Japanese girl living in France for the first time during historical times while Usagi Drop takes place in modern Japan. Both have the same slice-of-life feel that focuses more on the endearing and developing interaction between newly-father and child and less on romantic drama.
Both are extremely similar in that a child is left in the care of a childless male protagonist, Usagi Drop is certainly more focused on the relationship between parent and adult whereas Ikoku Meiro no Croisee emphasises differences in culture and a more typical child/adult relationship.
Both of these anime are about a cute innocent little girl coming into the lives of young men who end up taking on a role of looking out for and/or taking care of the little girl. In both, the little girl forces the men to change the way they look at life and grow as people. We also get to see the little girls grow and mature as they experience new things.
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.
Though these shows have very different premises, they share the same slice of life genre, equally slow pace and heartwarming atmosphere with rather idealistic outlook on life. Both series depict people getting to know new places, meeting various people and learning about their stories of life.
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
In both series, they involve a character from another country moving into Europe. There, they learn the experiences, problems, and cultures in Mid-Europe. These two series had hinted and showed signs of romance aswell.
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.
Although Ikoku Meiro no Croisee has a heavier focus on cultural differences than Hanasaku Iroha's somewhat more dramatic coming-of-age themes, both series have a very gentle and sweet feel to them. As a bonus, both shows also feature an adorable female protagonists in traditional Japanese dress.
Hazumu is a shy and quiet boy who loves flowers and is forced to rely on his tomboy childhood friend Tomari as a bodyguard. Yasuna is the prettiest girl in school but she avoids men like the plague… until she meets Hazumu. Encouraged, he confesses his love; heartbroken, he heads for the mountains to be with his flowers. As if Hazumu’s troubles aren’t enough, his day is further ruined when an alien ship accidentally kills him. Luckily, alien technology exists that can revive him, but not without a price: Hazumu returns from the dead, but in the form of… a cute girl?!
OK, I will admit, at first, these two anime may not have anything in common, but once you dig deeper, you may see these two have more in common than you could ever imagine.
Both anime have a female lead that is unfamiliar with their current setting (Yune with living in Paris and Hazumu with being a girl now) but still have a keen positive outlook on life and care for the people around them. Both characters do take time adjusting to their situation, but it's not painful to watch and it hardly takes up any screen-time that could be, and is used to advance the story. The characters in each are both very likable and relateable to the extent that they're almost human. You can actually feel them going though their rough times and their not so rough times and it's just beautiful to watch. The animation is just captivating to look at in both. The animators did a really good job at animating the scenery and characters in both so that it gives off a nice feel to them The music in both is perfect, because it sets the mood and fits the atmosphere in both, and it sounds harmonious to what's going on in both. To top all of that off, both just feel good to watch. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside you to watch either anime, like you did something good.