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?
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.
Although the settings and characters are very different in Kare Kano and NANA, the feeling that you get from watching Kare Kano is apparent in NANA, and vice versa.
You understand the drama, comedy, and story of the characters and their involvements with one another, and you just realize that both give the sensation of the many things that happen in life.
Things happen for a reason and there are many obstacles that occur in life, and both of these anime series give the viewers this idea.
Kare Kano and Nana are both excellent slice of life anime. They have very similar styles in the comedy and drama. Although the characters and plot are very different between the two anime, they both have the same feel.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
A a first glance these two have nothing in common (other than the people who made them). But a second look made me realize the heavy dose of psychology and the use of introspection as a plot device.
The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
I'm kind of surprised that I'm the first one to make this recomendation. Both series focus on the interactions of a guy and a girl going through school though Nodame is college while Kare Kano is high school so Nodame is a little more on the serious side overall but I have to say that both series are hilarious. They both have their darker moments too. It's a good mix and I have to say fans of one should give the other a shot.
Another similarity is both series' two main characters. Their relationships sort of start off shaky and they don't exactly get along with each other, but they eventually get it together. When I watched Nodame it reminded me of watching Kare Kano back in the day.
Both series tell a unique romance between two strong-willed, talented and contrasting individuals. Most of all they share this indiscribable atmosphere of "elitism meets chaos"
In Kare Kano we have a developing romance between a wild but socialy aware girl and a seemingly perfect and orderly male, while in Nodame Cantabile we have a just as perfect by-the-rules-living lead who then meets his complete opposite - a chaotic, borderline-insane but talented girl.
While in Kare Kano both characters' talent is their pure intelligence and wit, Nodame Cantabile's characters are musically talented instead.
I think what ties the series together is also the intensity of it's personalities, both Chiaki and Arima are men with character and wit, willing to state their wishes when needed. Both seem plagued with their own perfection.
The ladies of both series, on the other hand, strive for self-recognition and expression of their own personality - it's about finding yourself, being true to yourself, accepting your faults while still trying to become a better person.
Anyway, it's these paralells that make me think Nodame and Kare Kano share the same "Karma" - if you enjoyed one, I definately recommend trying the other. ^_^
Momo is loud, shallow, a player, a betrayer, and one to best stay away from -- or at least, that's the misconception people have when they see her makeup, bleached hair and suntanned skin. In reality, Momo just wants the same friends, hobbies and crushes any girl her age would like. However, when her only friend starts spreading rumours about her, her boyfriend starts to doubt her, and the most popular boy in school starts to take a more then friendly interest in her, she'll have much more to worry about than just her appearance!
Peach Girl and Kare Kano have drama and romance, and are so interesting that you'll be anticipating the last episodes, even though you might cry. I certainly did!
Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?
Kare Kano and School Rumble are terribly familiar with their school related comedy, all related to romance and those who don't notice us. School Rumble definitely pulls off the randomness better, but these are definitely similar. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
School Rumble is not as deep as Kare Kano, but then again, Kare Kano isn't THAT deep either. Slapstick is a main feature in both of these titles, and both pull it off way better than your average romantic comedy.