The cheery Kobato Hanato is on a mission to heal people’s damaged hearts and gather the resulting “konpeito”; she must collect one hundred of these candy-shaped trophies in order for her deepest wish to be granted: to go to a certain place. Along the way, she’s accompanied by an ever-disgruntled, talking stuffed animal of a guardian named Ioryogi who scores her efforts, attempts to keep her on-track, and reminds her of the rules governing her task: she only has one year to fulfill her goal and she must not, under any circumstance, fall in love with someone whose heart she heals.
The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...
Each series center around a fairly serious male and a genki/klutsy girl. They also have a few major side stories going around the center arc and have a main character looking for something throughout the series.
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?
Both animes include a main character who is trying to fulfill their wish. In both, the journey or process to fulfill their wish leads them through many tear-jerking, heart-warming moments. In both, the characters develop unbreakable bonds of friendships. Ano Hi Mita Hana is a bit on the serious side, whereas Kobato has more of a light tone to it. Nonethless, both are enjoyable, touching animes.
The most immediately obvious similarities between the two shows is the art styles , most likely due to a few key animators that they share. In addition, the lead heriones of Kobato and Bungaku Shoujo are both sources of ceaseless optimism that brighten up a room but are still a little ditzy. Finally, both shows have major characters with tragic pasts that they are forced to confront during the course of the plot. In short, both are a mix of comedic and emotionally raw moments.
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.
What could these two possibly share in common? Well, quite a lot, actually! First off, is the heroine. Both Kobato and Tohru have a very similar personality, putting others before themselves. (But does this make them weak? I would say not. They love so freely, I think it would make them pretty brave...) Both shows also have comedy as well as a bit of a 'magic' involved. (The Sohmas with their curse, Kobato's glass bottle for mended hearts.)And last but not least, they also have a bit of romance! Fruits Basket and Kobato. are sweet shoujos that will have you laugh (and possibly cry).
*Note that due to the release date difference, the animation in one is a lot more advanced.
The legendary warrior, Cure Moonlight, was defeated and it's up to shy Tsubomi and fashion-obsessed Erika to step up and become the next Precure team. Together they must battle the Desert Messengers, an evil organization preying on the negative emotions blooming in people's hearts. They want to help their friends and the quickly-wilting Great Heart Tree by collecting Heart Seeds, but can they prevail given they are the weakest Precure in history?!
Kobato. and Heartcatch are magical girl-(ish) series about girls who try to heal other people's hearts and collect a bunch of Heart Seeds/conpeito. Both are super adorable, and have a similar sense of humor. Don't expect many action scenes from Kobato, though.