Kanako Miyamae hates boys so much that she breaks out into hives after any physical contact with them. So when she is able to transfer to the Ame no Kisaki Girl’s school, Kanako is overjoyed that she can now search for her fated yuri partner. When she arrives, Kanako meets Shidou Mariya, a beautiful young girl who is exactly her type... except that Mariya is really a sarcastic and sadistic young boy who is masquerading as a girl! With no intention of being expelled from school, Mariya threatens Kanako into keeping his secret, and decides to guard her twenty-four hours a day to ensure that she does. Now Kanako must share a room with Mariya who is gleefully making her life a misery while using his ‘feminine’ charms to stop her protesting. Throw into the mix Ryuuken, the most popular girl in school who has vowed to protect her; and Kiri - who claims they are dating to prevent her from being bullied - and it seems as if Kanako’s dream of all-girl school life will be nothing like she imagined!
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
I felt that Death Note and Maria Holic, though not being similar in plot in the slightest, both established a very distinct aura to the world and setting that they each were placed in, it not being quite similar to that of any other show. If you enjoyed one of these shows, and enjoyed the feel and vibe of the very detailed setting, the other is recommended.
I don't understand how that actually works (comment above), but quite interesting to mention about the setting, 'vibe' from both anime's.
Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!
Well, kuragehime has a boy cross-dressing and so does maria holic.. they are both funny in every episode and i think both endings were not enough they ended to soon D:
in both anime there is a unallowed boy between a lot of likeable girls. one difference is that in kuragehime the boy isn't liked by everyone, but still, both anime provide a lot of slapstick elements due to the crossdressing. so cute crossdressed boys with a nice taste of fashion are found in both.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
If you like something fast and loose, with out much of a cohesive story effort, you might enjoy both of these series.
I feel that the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has more effort put into it, and you can watch the episodes chronologically or in airing order, which is interesting and adds a different spin to the whole series.
Maria Holic was a little too unrestrained and repetitive for me to really enjoy, but I definitely felt a resonance in how I felt when responding to both animes.
A main leadership-quality protagonist who simply doesn't-give-a-crap and takes control is the blatant similarity between the two. They both have very similar boke/tsukkomi style humor of characters who always have something intelligent or quirky to say. With a pretty episodic yet story driven presentation, they are a great match.
It's kind of a surprise there isn't more recs for these two.
When thirteen-year-old Hajime goes to stay with his grandfather he gets lost and wanders into the Ark Cafe. There he meets Arashi, a sixteen-year-old girl with a big secret, and is immediately drawn to her. When a large private detective clad in camouflaged trousers and dark sunglasses walks into the cafe looking for Arashi, Hajime manages to help make him back off - for now. In thanks, Arashi goes to shake his hand but as she does so the pair connects and Arashi takes Hajime back in time to show him how the town used to look... while she was still alive! Now, after being ‘won' in a bet by the con artist currently managing the cafe, Hajime is working alongside the ‘ghostly' Arashi and fellow middle-schooler Jun who also suffered the same losing fate. As his life takes this unexpected turn, Hajime's stormy summer filled with strawberry bombs, moped races, and plenty of time travelling is only just beginning.
Though the subject matter for these series is very different, both Maria Holic and Natsu no Arashi share a similar style of random comedy. If you liked the comedic style of one then try the other.
I cannot see the similarity in any other way between Natsu no Arashi! And Maria Holic other than the type of random comedy these two series deliver. Although that humor plays a big role in each of the series, making them in my mind extremely similar.
There’s no denying that Mizuho is beautiful. Normally that might be a bit of a disadvantage seeing as he is an average sort of boy who enjoys sports and games. However, his beloved grandfather has just passed away, and the will includes a strange request; his grandfather wants him to become closer to his mother's memory by attending the same all-girls academy she did for a semester. Obviously he can't hide his gender from the teachers of the school; so he will need their approval, but he also can't expose his gender in front of his fellow students. With the help of his child-hood friend Mariya, his own natural beauty, and just a little bit of luck, Mariya may just be able to fool his fellow students! Considering the turn of events, there may be more to his grandfather's dying request than meets the eye...
Though the perspectives are different, but both contain the cross dressing w/yuri theme. The main characters in each series attend the academy of their parent(s) to either uncover/relive the past or rectify a wrong. The tone is much more comedic in Maria Holic than Koishiteru--with a harem-like development and love triangles.
Both Maria Holic and Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru have central male characters in high school that disguise themselves as women. Both also have a good amount of comedy in them. If you like the antics portrayed in one of these series then it may be worth checking out the other.