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!
Fuguno Masuo is a person who doesn't have much luck with the ladies -- mildly put. All through high school and college, he has failed to have a girlfriend, and when he is foretold by a fortune teller that he'll never, ever get one, he is utterly crushed. But when he meets the beautiful Nagisa, his heart is set in motion for the first time. However, he'll have to compete with the charming and handsome Kaizuka, and the rich real-estate broker Kujira…
It's the basic love story: a no-good young man falls in love with a beautiful young woman, and tries desperately to approach and confess his love to her. Of course there are eager rivals, misunderstandings, tears and trouble, but through attempt and fail our hero never gives up, and will be rewarded in the end. This is the main idea in Maison Ikkoku and If I see you in my dreams OVA, so romantics ahoy; you'd like these.
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?
One of the best things about these series is that they don't focus on theiir sci-fi and fantasy aspects (mostly because they don't have any) and take away from the romance we all want to see. Thankfully, they focus on the flirtation and the romance that takes place between the characters for an all out 'aww'fest each time you put on an episode! Enjoy!
Miki is a normal high school student, living a normal life, but one day she is welcomed home with an announcement: her parents have decided to get divorced and switch partners with close friends of the family. The reason? Love. But to add to Miki's disbelief, she may get a new "brother," and he may just happen to be in love with her...
Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.
Ocean Waves is slow. Slow and slice-of-life, with it's feet planted firmly in reality. No fantasy, no sci-fi, nothing to get in the way of reality. The same can be said for Maison Ikkoku, which also doesn't shy from reality. But that's where they both shine; they feel real. No otherworldly aspects detract from the realism.
Out of the two, Maison Ikkoku is the superior and feels more satisfying in the end. But if you're in the mood for a slow dance with romance, give Ocean Waves a shot.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.