Santa, the drummer of CLIMB, has just left the band after finding his girlfriend in the arms of a friend. Along with Yuki, the lead guitarist, they start their own band called "Lucifer, The Fallen Angel," and set out to find new band-mates. Recruitment is not easy, however, and on a search to find a vocalist the duo runs across a promising bass guitarist and a local hotel's piano player and singer who has been wowing patrons daily. With little time to spare, can the two round up the talent they desire, or will Sakuya let his anti-social personality hold him, and his newfound band, back?
Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
Nana and Kaikan Phrase both deal with band relationships and the toll that being in a band and trying to become famous takes on the members. Each go through the members personal lives in great detail and focus on the relationships they strive to have.
Both are jrock boy bands with lyrics for the soul. Music bring people together and change the way they live forever. Root for both bands to go pro as we follow their early days of member scouting, band formation, song production, underground gigs, image marketing to going pro. Both dwell on the music industry and their endurance to make it mainstream. Good watch for all jrockers!
If you enjoy your musical anime with a healthy dose of romantic drama, then Nana is definitely the first choice. However, Kaikan Phrase shares many similarities that will give appeal to fans, even if it doesn't have quite the same dramatic punch. If you're looking for a good emotional rollercoaster ride, then both of these titles are a great place to start.
This is my first recommendation because personally i don't like to compare anime to one anouther. I loved both of these animes. From the Rock aspect, to making it. The Drama that unfolds, how they got to where they are in life, Rivalries. Both Nana and Kaikan Phrase do an excellent job unfolding a story, and have amazing music to match it.
The overall feel of these two series is quite similar - young people who go through various things as they try to make it big in the music world and deal with relationships. If you like rock music and series that focus on friendship and relationships, you'll like both (although Nana s a decidedly more girly series).
If you like a good story about a small band trying to make it big and the human drama that results, both of these shows will give you a similar experience.
Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...
Both of these animes are about bands that have to work through hardships and problems with each other in order to reach where they want to be. These animes are very different but if you like Kaikan Phrase you should also like Beck.
Although Kaikan is most definitely a show aimed at the female persuasion, I would say that girly fans of one will enjoy the other.
Filled with J-rock and bishies who are handy with their instruments, there is plenty of musical drama as the band dynamic is tested. Beck keeps the focus firmly on the music and band members, whilst Kaikan is a little floaty about its subject matter. Enjoy one, and I certainly think you should at least try the other.
There is a legend of an angel who fell to Earth many years ago, and was forced to marry a man because he held the key to her only way home. Hundreds of years later, sixteen year old Mikage Aya is the reincarnation of Ceres, the vengeful angel, who must now fight for her life against her family and her own twin brother Aki, the reincarnation of her past evil husband...
This might seem like an odd recommendation, since the stories are quite different. However, both feature a main male character who's handsome, quiet, and has a mysterious past (Tooya in Ceres vs. Sakuya in Kaikan Phrase). In both cases, the token character has a romance with another main character that's central to the plot. If you watched one of these series and found that your enjoyment of it was increased by said character, you'll probably get a similar feeling watching the other.
As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?
Misaki Takahashi has little hope of getting into a university, so his older brother Takahiro's friend, Usami Akihiko, offers to tutor Misaki as a favor to Takahiro - for Usami is secretly in love with him. However, as time passes Misaki realizes that he has uncomfortable and budding feelings for Usami. Meanwhile, Hiroki is a man who can't get over an unrequited love with Usami in the past - and with the help of Nowaki, he may finally learn to love again. These couples and more experience the joys and sadness of love between men under the most unlikely conditions.
If, like me, you watched Kaikan Phrase and thought "hell, I wish these bishies would just get it on with each other", then look no further than Junjou Romantica. Although different characters and not in a rock world, you will soon be saying "Sakuya who?" as two tasty boys get hot and heavy on screen.