Yukino had it all. Brilliant, athletic, popular and pretty, she was the perfect school girl with many friends and admirers. But then one fateful day she met her match: a handsome young man named Arima. Now, not only is he beating her at her own game, she's becoming more and more dismayed to learn that she's developing her first real feelings of romance. Can Yukino maintain her model student appearance, or will love ruin all her plans?
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
I can think of very few anime that are as giftedly brilliant in their moments of comedy as they are also in handling their drama. Welcome to the NHK! is basically by far the best of these, but Kare Kano - despite the lack of an ending and unfortunate tendency to include massive recaps - is most definitely another. Each have elements of romance, though it is a much more major issue in Kare Kano, and both have elements of psychological introspection on behalf of the characters. Both of their soundtracks are really superb and sound very similar, too. While on the surface very different series I think they work for much of the same reasons.
Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living with these “radiant creatures” who give her constant nosebleeds isn’t hard enough, she soon discovers that the boys have made a bet with her aunt: in exchange for free rent, they will try to mold Sunako into a magnificent lady. As someone who has cast aside all her femininity and sworn to live in darkness, Sunako is ready to do whatever it takes to nullify these efforts; but is there a way for the creatures of darkness and light to coexist?
These anime share:
- Similar artwork, though budget cuts in His and Her led to a sad decline in this beutiful element.
- Comedy. His and Her is more serious than Yamato Nadeshiko, but the dramatic comedy in the female leads' thought processes is a bit similar - I loved it.
- Romance, more profound in His and Her, but sweet in both
I think my favorite shared aspect is the acceptance, love, and humor given to the female leads. Both girls are slightly crazed, albeit in different ways, and the respective male lead complements their characters perfectly, taking care of their girl's special needs. It makes my maiden's heart sigh and grin.
In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise (along with all first year students) was charged with summoning a familiar; and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of... Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can both Louise and Saito come to terms with their new and complicated "relationship" and (more importantly) help Saito find a way home?
Kare Kano and Zero no Tsukaima may not seem similar at all, but the parallels of a love story and the struggle to get through highschool are the same. Though Yukino is #1 (and then #2) at her school and Louise is a "Zero," their troubles are remarkably similar, and both complicated by their feelings for another character.