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?
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
This is one of those gut feeling recommendations. These two shows have very different plots, but the relationships the characters have with each other along with their interactions are similar in both shows. So, if you cared for the characters in one show I would suggest you check out the other for a similar feel to a different situation.
In some respects, I feel like Skip Beat! is a modernized and expanded version of Kare Kano.
The plots and characters may seem very different at first glance, but the approach the animes take to comedy are eerily similar. You can't miss it- the cartoonish versions of the heroines when they're surprised or gloomy.
Either way, both animes are a riot to watch.
Hiroyuki Fujita's only distinguishing trait appears to be his perpetual laziness... but he has something about him that lets him make friends with girls easily, and has a kind side that his childhood friend Akari loves. Follow their 'everyday adventures' in high school with this light schoolkid comedy.
Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
Toki wo, like Kare Kano, has high school life, romance, personal growth, and science fiction.
Even if you're not into sci fi but liked the personal growth aspect of Kare Kano, you mght appreciate this.
Both series have a good storyline and the same type of platonic love romance. Kare Kano have a comic streak to it that is missing in Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo, but it makes up for it in a kinda subtile humor of a naive girl.
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
In Kare Kano there's a style (The screen showing trafic lights to say that the characters are walking home or showing something on screen for less than a second) that seems very similar to Studio Shaft's style. Also both shows are about first love. If you liked one you should watch the other.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
The comedy is similar in both, although Kare Kano sticks a little more to reality in the everyday situations. The backstories of the characters are compelling in both, and similarly create depth for the cast.