Kenji Tomosaka is a young boy who moved from the city to a coastal town at a young age. The ocean fascinated him, and that is where he met a girl named Nanami Konoe. Together, they played together on the beach; but unknowingly, they lived next to each other, their balconies just feet apart. As time moves on, their relationship deepens, and many of their friends call them a couple; but neither Kenji nor Nanami is willing to make a move. Time passes, and summer comes again; but this time, something will happen that will change them both forever...
Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...
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.
Both of these romance anime are about two childhood friends who undeniably have feelings for each other but keep them hidden, either from themselves or from each other. If you put a mirror in front of each counterpart lead in To Heart and Lamune, you couldn’t really notice much of a difference (provided this mirror actually exists, and doesn’t show physical features and only their personality). If you have an infatuation for sweet childhood romances with extra light drama, place an order in your mind to watch the other soon. : )
Both To Heart and Lamune are very easygoing, understated romances which go light on the drama and heavy on the relaxation.
Although both spread the focus on mid-sized female casts enough to qualify as harems, the relationship between the lead male and female characters always remains relatively unchallenged.
Karada is an elementary school student who acts mature for her age, and asks that people treat her like an adult. While praying at a wishing stone (negai ishi), she meets an older girl named Shouko. Shouko had moved to this small town to start a new life, but the same day she meets Karada, she encounters her brother, Hiro. Tension builds as Shouko and Hiro reflect on their past relationship while sending Karada home alone, and by the end of the day, both Shouko and Karada end up at the wishing stone hoping for change. Karada wishes to become an adult, while Shouko wishes for things to go back as they were in the past. That night under the bright moon, the wishing stone grants their wish, and an unbelievable transformation occurs: Shouko becomes a child and Karada becomes an adult. Now the two girls must struggle with their new bodies while finding a way to return back to what they once were.
Asatte no Houkou and Lamune are dramatic works that look into the relationships among their characters, including some romance. Both shows move along at a more relaxed pace, enhanced by the laid-back summer atmosphere the two series share. If you enjoyed the pacing and atmosphere of one series, the other is definitely worth a look.
Tasuke is an ordinary schoolboy who is protected by two rivaling guardian spirits, Shaorin and Ruuan. When a third spirit named Kiryuu enters the fray with the apparent purpose of making Tasuke's life a living hell, it’s once again time for Tasuke to demonstrate how any problem in the world can be solved by being a generally nice -- if a bit wishy-washy -- guy. But Shaorin, whose world has been turned upside down, must now learn to cope with new and unfamiliar emotions, as well as discover the true meaning of love.
Save for some slight changes in the male lead's personality and the presence of some minor magical girl elements, Mamotte Shugogetten is a fairly close match. Mamotte Shugogetten tends to aim for a bit more comedy, whereas Lamune inserts a bit more drama. Very close in presentation, however, so if you enjoyed one I'm sure you'll enjoy the other.
It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left Yuuichi in the care of Akiko once again, and this time, he will attend the same school as his cousin Nayuki. Many different girls appear before him, and some of them seem to know him from his past. Yuuichi must now recover his memories of the dark secrets that he erased from his heart, before he loses his precious ones.
Lamune and Kanon have a similar sense of underlying romance to them. They are both about childhood friends that realize that they have feelings for each other that go beyond friendship as they grow older. Both anime have a harem sense to them as the male protagonists are surrounded by a variety of girls, some of whom also have feelings for the guys. Lamune is my personal favorite as far as romance anime go, while Kanon deals more with the intriguing backstories of multiple characters. Both great anime with stories that will pull at your heartstrings.