Saio Private High School has a long tradition of quality education. However, like many other schools its enrollment and traditions are failing. School is no longer a necessity in the path to quality employment and for that reason, many teenagers are choosing to skip it entirely; this isn’t the case with the newly-transferred Manabi. She may be a whirlwind of humor and vision with her motto of “go straight forward”, but Manabi has the drive to bring the students of this small school both a new understanding of its purpose, and possibly a new joy in life.
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!
Moe-girls join a club and try to make school fun.
Which anime was I taking about? Either, really. There's similar characters and similar art styles. Comedy and stuff, you know.
Both anime are about a group of girls that get together to make the best out of their school days. The humor and characters are very similar in each. The only main difference is that K-On focuses on music but if you liked one i'm sure you will like the other for more slice of school life goodness.
I think that both series, have almost identical characters and every girl from manabi has it's equivalent in k-on. They also look the same.
Group of girls gathers with a goal to enrich their high school lives with club activity (in one case it's the student council in the other it's the light music club). Needless to say both feature cute girls with the usual slice of life antics and comedy. The main character of both shows is a ditzy girl.
Both of these series are pretty high up on the moe scale, and feature cute high school girls aiming towards a goal. While K-On! is generally funnier, both are easy-watching.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
Another fun slice-of-life anime, Azumanga Daioh has deeper undertones about growing up than Manabi Straight!, and explores moving on to a new phase in life. It's a pleasure to watch.
If you enjoyed the high jinks of the Azumanga girls, get ready for the school council craziness initiated by the "enthusiastic" Manabi in Manabi Straight. A lot of characters seem very similar between the two shows, with some very strong personalities leading to some highly entertaining situations.
Although MS doesn't have the same depth and laugh out loud moments as Azu, it still has a certain amount of girlish charm. I'm sure fans of one will still enjoy the other show :)
Growing up, making new friends, learning from your mistakes...and most importantly...having a lot of fun!
Indeed Azumanga Daioh is the better of the two...but don't think that makes Manabi Straight! any worse...its a wonderful series too and really if you enjoyed one, you will almost inevitably enjoy the other
Kamizono Academy is so spacious that transfer student Ayumi Nonomura and long time resident Tatsuki Iizuka find themselves lost together in the corridors. With the addition of fiery Torako Kageyama and quirky, somber Suzume Saotome, the four quickly become friends and comrades in arms against boredom. Whether it's being a last minute Morals Officer with bisexual Nene or constructing robots with Kageyama, there's plenty of fun to go around at Kamizono Academy!
Hyakko is GUMS is a brighter comedy situation, otherwise the characters and whatnot are the same.
Mikan, now ayumi (in hyakko), is a shy girl who gets mixed up in dealing of the "friends" around her.
Manabi, now torako (in hyakko), is a bold, forward thinking girl with too much energy
Mei, now the voice of ayumi and portrayed by tatsuki, is a tsudere with long blue hair. Although Tatsuki seems to have left out the Dere, and that crazy hairstyle Mei had.
And Suzune, who is not anyone from GUMS, but definatly someone from school rumble.
So if you want depth go to GUMS. If you want girls beating eachother, also go to GUMS. BUT if you want girls beating eachother with sports equipment, I'd reccomend Hyakko.
I'll be honest, Manabi Straight is pretty much Hyakko with lolis. Well that being said, those two shows really share a lot of similarities, like flyboy42 said before me, some characters have their spiritual-clone in the other show, you'll be able to make quite a few associations (Manabi <=> Torako being the most obvious one, but there are plenty).
An other similarity I'd like to point out, is the fact that the animation in both shows is surprisingly gorgeous (well, given that comedy genre rarely has the prettiest animation). Both are very, and I mean VERY pretty to watch.
Oh, and finally, if you liked the dodgeball fight in any of those two series, make sure you watch the other!
Ahh, the life of an elementary school student. Though Chika, Matsuri, Miu and Ana should focus on schoolwork, they’d much rather have fun instead. Whether it’s outings with 20-year-old-chain-smoker Noboe, holding each other hostage or learning to speak English with Ana’s foreign-born skills, there’s never a dull moment in the life of the girls. Join this cute quartet as they do cute (and often devious) things in cute and quirky ways!
Both series are cute, funny, and fun slice-of-life shows based around a small group of girls who are just enjoying life and hanging around with friends. The biggest differences are that Manabi Straight! is a school-life show, and the characters are technically older (not that they really look or act older).
So much moe, so little time. If you like slice of life anime about cute girls then both of these are worth checking out, though Strawberry Marshmallow is generally more comic.
Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, and Hororo are four faries who aspire to become human. To do this, they leave the fairy world to study for a year in our world. Aided by their friends Sensei-san and Tama, they have fun learning about topics ranging from school graduation ceremonies and sports festivals to romance and caring for flowers. But as the end of the year of study approaches, will they have learned enough to realize their dreams?
Pure comedy with no real happenings - both Bottle Fairy and Manabi will appeal to those who love randomness and Japanese culture. Be prepared for a large dose of cutenes, as both shows deliver this in abundance!