Yuuto Ayase is not interested in girls - if his two housemates are anything to go by, girls are loud, brazen slobs that are best left alone. However, when Yuuto accidentally discovers an important secret of his school’s most popular female, Haruka Nogizaka, the two become bound in a budding friendship. All too soon, Yuuto discovers that, despite her flawless appearance, Haruka is clumsy, naive, and a closet otaku... and he just might be falling for her.
Both animes eventually delve into the topic of societal freedom and not being able to live how you desire due to various societal pressures and to maintain appearences, both are also heartwarming in their own seperate ways. It also involves a young person seeing a new world for the first time. While Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is focused more around adolesent romance and comedy as well as a sheltered rich girl experiencing simple things she never has before, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee is a slow-paced slice of life where a child is experiencing a new life in a new country with a new "family". Both are very great and remind me of each other slightly.
Between unspoken and unrequited love, mysterious happenstance, and the day-to-day affairs of a busy market, life is rarely dull in the Bunny Mountain Shopping Village - especially after Tamako, the happy-go-lucky mochi-maker's daughter, finds a talking exotic bird on a mission! Having traveled a great distance, the creature now seeks a worthy bride for his land's prince - but where in this corner of rural Japan can such a thing be found? Already busy trying to keep the shopping district alive and hanging out with her friends in Baton Club, Tamako can't afford to be distracted by the plucky bird - yet the scoundrel seems to have taken a liking to her and keeps following her around! How will Tamako cope with this visitor intruding on her life?
Both series largely take place in a market district and while the time periods are different both show the lives of the people living there. Both series have adorable girls in them that you could feel for. Both series hint toward romantic plots and have a rather clumsy female lead who sometimes seems oblivious about how to handle situations.
In a moment of pure warmth and happiness, it is said that children of the light, known as Tamayura, will appear. Fuu Sawatari is a young girl who loves taking photographs the same way that her beloved father did while he was alive. Having recently moved to the town her family frequently visited when she was younger, Fuu enjoys her life to the fullest alongside her friends Kaoru, Norie and Maon. Whether the gang have a sleepover, chase a furry cat around town, or simply enjoy a delicious lunch, Fuu always has her camera in hand in the hopes of finally capturing the illusive Tamayura on film.