Shiratori Ryushi is a young man who wants nothing more than to be a children’s book author. To accomplish his goal he moves to an old-style apartment in the middle of Tokyo, and at first, his humble abode seems heaven-sent… but not for long! In addition to meeting Aoba Kozue, his good-hearted landlady who isn’t entirely what she seems to be, Ryushi discovers that he has a whole cast of crazy neighbors to handle! What started out a dream has turned into a nightmare of chaotic proportions. Can Ryushi survive his stay in Tokyo?
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 main character in Mahoraba changes a lot, but so do a lot of the characters in Fruits Basket.
If you thought one was wacky enough, then I recommend the other for you.
I've heard both Fruits Basket and Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~ referred to as "feel good anime". While watching each, and often even after, you have a hard time describing what it was about, or why you liked it so much, but one thing remains the same, it made you smile and it made you feel happy while watching it.
These two series are quite similar in many ways. Both feature a main character who comes to live and/or interact with a large cast of eccentric people. Both series are also quite comedic, though with some tragic undertones (these undertones come out earlier and are more prevalent in Fruits Basket). And both series are heartwarming shows about the joys of life even when life isn't the best it can be.
I found Tohru's personality to be very similar to that of Kozue's in Mahoraba. I also thought those who enjoyed the plot of the Sohma family curse will also be amused by Kozue's split personalities in Mahoraba.
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?
Love Hina and Mahoraba are about a boy who is staying at some sort of student accommodation. I so felt like shouting out either one of these anime titles when I saw the other.
I would recommend both of these; they have their wacky differences and that makes them all the more fun to watch.
How many times can the "young guy moves into a large house with a plethora of beautiful and diverse females" plot be done? The answer is still waiting to be found!
The naivity of the male protagonist will have you yelling at the screen for him to finally make a move on the girl of his dreams. There is also the question of which female to pick - the quiet and sweet girl, the neurotic alcoholic or the extremely violent schoolgirl. The similarities between the cast of these two shows is unmistakable.
The two stories are different enough to be enjoyable if the harem genre is for you ^^
As multiple people have mentioned, Love Hina and Mahoraba are very similar series. While the main females are vastly differant, teh Harem aspect and feeling is very much the same, and the Comedy is of the same type.
The storyline in both is very similar - a guy comes to a big town to study and rents a place from a girl, who he was friends with durnig childhood (but obviously, he doesn't remember it). But not only the storyline, but also the characters (main and side) are very much alike.
Basically, both are harem+comedy, so I'm sure you'll like it if you liked the other.
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?
Two of my favorite series, both have a very similar feel. Ai Yori Aoshi is more Drama based while Mahoraba is more Romance and Comedy based, both are terrific series that are utterly worth watching.
The storyline in both is very similar - guy rents a place (full of different girls) from a girl, who he was friends with durnig childhood. But not only the storyline, but also the characters (main and side) are very much alike.
While in Ai yori Aoshi there is a bit more drama, and in Mahoraba more comedy, I'm sure you'll like it if you liked the other.
Morisato Keiichi has always had bad luck. No matter what he does or how he acts, nothing seems to go his way. His bike frequently breaks down, his classmates take advantage of him, women ignore and scorn him, and on top of all that, he’s only 5'3". In Heaven, when someone’s bad luck and good luck are so heavily out of balance, Belldandy (Goddess First Class, Second Category, Unlimited) of the Goddess Assistance Agency comes to the rescue. Belldandy grants Keiichi one wish to make up for all of his bad luck, but when Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to stay by his side forever... the trouble begins. Can Keiichi keep Belldandy by his side, or will outside elements force her to return to heaven?
Mahoraba and Ah! My Goddess are very similar. Kozue's main personality is much like Belldandy's, the supporting cast is almsot cut and paste, and the underlying themes are identical. While Ah! My Goddess has more magic and Mahoraba better art, both are terrific series and both are worth watching.
Whenever Kippei is at school, he has one thing on his mind: girls. From skipping class to cheesy lines, he'll do anything it takes to reel the ladies in, though he never seems to find the right person. But the bachelor lifestyle is soon to change when young Yuzuyu enters the picture. This five-year-old cutie has been abandoned by her mother, and is to be taken care of by none other than Kippei! Unfortunately for the both of them, Kippei has no experience raising a child, so the learning curve will be quite steep...