Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
22-year-old Hazuki lives a boring life in an apartment filled with plants, but secretly he couldn't care less about the vegetation, for the highlight of the young man's day is buying the items from cheery Rokka, a widow who runs the flower shop nearby. So that he can spend more time with her, Hazuki eagerly accepts a job working part-time at the shop, but after months of working with his crush, the man can't seem to muster the courage to confess his feelings. And it's not just his abrasive personality getting in the way of his ideal relationship - the ghost of Rokka's dead husband haunts the shop and is determined to keep all potential suitors away from his wife. Despite this unexpected obstacle, Hazuki continues his attempt to woo the older woman and free her from the ghost of her past.
Both stories feature a young man trying to woo a young widow. I like how both series are able to mix drama and comedy, although natsuyuki rendezvous leans more towards drama. If you like complex and mature takes on relationships, this might be for you.
Both are slightly melancholy and slow romances that focuses on character interactions. The premise for both shows are the same: a younger man is trying to woo a widow that hasn't completely gotten over her dead husband. The notion of moving on with your life is used heavily throughout both shows.
They're not completely alike though: Maison Ikkoku leans far more to the comedic side (and is also part sit-com), while Natsuyuki is more subdued throughout. Still, if you found the romance aspect of either work appealing you might consider checking out the other one.
Twins Kazuya and Tatsuya, and their neighbor Minami have played together since they were children and built an unbreakable bond. But with puberty, the twins realized something: Minami is a girl, and three is a crowd. As the trio tries to preserve their relationship, Kazuya's pledge to make Minami's dream come true by taking her to Koshien with his baseball pitching skills makes the slackerish Tatsuya wonder about himself, and his own goals. But Minami has another dream she wants fulfilled, and as the twins continue to push themselves, with Minami in the middle, a life-changing tragedy leads one twin down a path he once never would've considered...
I watched Maison Ikkoku and really enjoyed it; I wanted something similar and came across Touch. Essentially both anime revolve around a series of love triangles, and the male and female protagonists discover what they really want in life. The animation style of both anime is quite similar; and although dated, the stories themselves are as enjoyable today as they were back in the mid-80s. If you enjoyed either one make sure you try out the other.
Maison Ikkoku were simply THE romance anime series from the eighties. They had ordinary people with real lifes and realistical situations surrounding them, comedic, tragic or dramatic as they may seem with real life. They were tru landmarks in the genre and are often credited as being influence of the genre, if you've seen one, you have to watch 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?
maison ikkoku is indeed a buried treasure, with its plots about romance and drama, you wont find too many other tittles like this one, but ai yori aoshi, its another great representative of this genre, they go hand-to-hand and im sure that if you enjoy this kind of anime genre, you will be delighted watchin both of these series... 5/5 for both of them
Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with a gun is surpassed only by his lecherous tendencies, while Kaori provides the sideline support -- usually in the form of a 50,000 kg mallet to keep Ryo's ecchiness under control!
Fifteen-year-old Kasumi Kishimoto has a boyfriend overseas and high hopes for her future: she’s been accepted to Myoujou High School, and is moving to her aunt’s house to live. But little did she know that she’d be sharing her home with not one, but four boys! Perverted and playboy Shin, hungry Takashi, bizarre Makoto and endearing Yusaku help make Kasumi’s life more interesting; and in the midst of classes, baseball games, and dealing with the school’s all-male Cheer Squad, there are plenty of fun times to be had at Myoujou High.
Maison Ikkoku and Hiatari Ryoko, in addition to airing in the same time period, are lighthearted comedies about many people inhabiting the same house. Maison is more mature, but both have a very, very similar feel. If you liked one, try out the other.