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?
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
Kimi ni Todoke is a touching, moving romance that is highly reminiscent of the beginning of Kare Kano - the part that's awesome, before it declines into filler mediocrity. If you liked the honest, realistic romance of one, try out the other.
Kare Kano was the first thing that came to mind when watching Kimi ni Todoke. The two are incredibly similar in the way they tell their high-school romance story. They both use inner voices often, are made mainly from the girls point of view, have a similar sense of humor and even the artstyle has similarities (although Kimi ni Todoke has quality 2009 animation, while Kare Kano's age shows). Even though the personalities of the characters are different in both shows, if you liked one of these, definitely check out the other!
While the combination may seem a bit like a mismatch at first (Kare kano - Cheerful girl + gloomy guy, Kimitodo - Gloomy girl + cheerful guy ) both stories have actually a lot in common. They focus on characters wishing to change themselves. Whether the starting point is "Sadako-like girl" or is it "perfect student", the goal in both cases is "normal girl". In order to do that heroines need to change their habits, become more honest, open, and manage to change how they are perceived by their classmates. Also in both animes the boy is the catalyst of the change.Both of them are shoujo shows with a nice balance of comedy and heartwarming.
Kimi ni Todoke highly resembles the first half of Kare Kano in that Japanese high school life becomes a rose-tinted bubble. Sawako and Yukino are both insecure girls (though they express their insecurity in very different ways) whose blossoming relationship with a popular male classmate propels them to re-awakened social lives.
Kimi ni Todoke reminds me of what Kare Kano might have progressed to if all the complications/politics/disagreements behind the scenes hadn't affected production. Even the supporting cast of Kimi ni Todoke reminds me a bit of Kare Kano :)
I tend to rewatch Kimi ni Todoke more than Kare Kano, because despite wanting so much more after the series, ultimately Kimi ni Todoke feels much more finished than Kare Kano (you can tell when the animators and producers fought near the end), but both series are must NOT be missed.
Kare Kano is slightly older in tone for the main couple, although I may be slightly biased by what I know of the manga, but both series cover most of the same subject matter. They both talk about living with a certain perception of who you are, and breaking out of that shell -- for both main male and female characters.
Aoi Sakuraba, heir to the Sakura department store, has only one thing on her mind-- her beloved. Betrothed from a very young age, she has been in love with him, Kaoru Hanabishi, ever since. After Kaoru left his family, their bethrothal was nullified. Aoi sets out to find him. Will they be able to stand against the barriers that will try to keep them apart?
In both series love is a complex matter in which the couples fight to balance regular life and their love. While Kare Kano is more focused on school life, Ai Yori Aoshi is more focused on how they deal with the developing relationship.
Both "His and Her Circumstances" and "Ai Yori Aoshi" give you a similar feel because both assure you that things will work out, even though there are sometimes difficult problems along the way.
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou and Ai Yori Aoshi are very similar in a number of respects. The romance in both stories is between a young woman who has been raised in the happiest of family circumstances, and a young man whose family circumstances are burdened with physical and emotional pain. The two couples must go through different but equally burdensome obstacles to reach the point where they can declare their love in public.
More than anything else, however, the couples are strong. They will not let their love weaken, no matter what troubles may come their way. This is a charm shared by both series, and a good reason to assume that, if you like the one, you will like the other.
The average Tsukushi Makino attends the snobby, elite Eitoku Academy, which is dominated by the Flower Four (F4) – the sons of the most powerful families. Like the rest of her classmates, Tsukushi keeps a low profile until one day she can stand it no more! For her obstinance, the F4 declare war and it's Tsukushi against all. In the middle of it all, she finds herself drawn strangely close to two of the F4; they might not be as bad as they seem. With her heart torn between two boys, will Tsukushi be able to find the love she desires?
Kare Kano and Hana Yori Dango are both high school romances with a twist. Neither is new but I have not seen any other anime that have used any of the ideas behind these two. And no, it is not the same twist.
If you are looking for unique high school series (not an easy thing to find), after having watched one of these, try the other.
Both Hana Yori Dango and Kare Kano are funny at times but also know when to be serious, so they aren't harem anime or anything. Also they are both set in a school environment with lots of angst and romance too!
Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Kare Kano are two realistic looks at relationships. Well, KgNE is definitely realistic, while Kare Kano is partially realistic. Nonetheless, if you liked one, you'd probably like the realism to whatever extent in the other. I personally felt KgNE was a far superior show.
KGNE is far more serious and doesn't even have any real comedy, whereas Kare Kano mixes comedy and realistic relationships, not really giving priority to either one. Though if you want another serious romance story, this is one of your better bets at getting one.
Both series focus on romance and are very mature. They are also realistic, which makes the plot very appealing, especially if you think that love is one of the most common topics in animes, and it is difficult to cover it in an interesting way. Along both animes, you can see how the characters grow phsychologically, which makes you feel indentified with them. Another similarity between the two is that both have a surprising ending.
The differences? While Kimi ga Nozomu Eien develops around a love triangle and is more concerned about the feelings of the characters regarding love, Karekano is centered about a unique relationship (Arima and Yukino), and the characters deal not only with love but also with their complex problems.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
Well, both Love Hina and Kare Kano are about love in the first place, and both are simply hilarious. If you enjoy watching romance-comedy anime, then be sure to watch these two.