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At the end of the 19th century, in a time when social classes dominate society, a woman named Emma serves as a maid for a retired governess. One fateful day, a man named William from the upper class arrives at the mansion to visit the governess, and leaves having fallen in love with the young maid herself. In a time of such prejudice, love between the classes is frowned upon; but for William and Emma, their hardships are just beginning. Can the two break free of the bonds society has forced on them, or will they succumb to the pressure and banish each other from their hearts?
It was a time of political instability. While most of Europe was involved with power struggles, the island country of Kuchen followed its own independent path; and with the leadership of an intelligent king and his advisors, the people worked to restore their kingdom. These advisors, with strong minds and good backgrounds, were graduates of a prestigious boarding school known as the Rozenstolz Academy. Follow the lives of the five students with the potential to become the king's next advisors (known as the Strahl candidates), as they strive to achieve their dreams.
Both Meine Liebe and Maria-sama ga Miteru focus on an almost single gender cast (boys in Meine Liebe and girls in Maria-sama ga Miteru) attending a private academy, and the (supposedly, in some cases) prim and proper students that attend it. Meine Liebe focuses more on politics and dueling than Maria-sama ga Miteru, but both still have the ranking and social status pretenses in them. Both also use foreign language and concepts in them (German and French, respectively), and have hints at shoujo or shounen-ai at times. Both are very character driven, dramatic series - if you liked one, be sure to check out the other.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
Both shows are about a group of girls, slowly growing up. In Both cases we have very close friendship bewteen younger girls and very important senpai-kouhai bond between the younger and the older girls (though in Marimite this relationship is way more intimate). Both are heartwarming coming of age stories.
Even though the differences are big ( Marimite have some mild drama, and the relationship is close to shoujo-ai, also Aria unlike Marimite is episodic) I think that if you like one of them you will like both.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
This may seem like an odd pairing, but I think the characters in each series are similar. It seems that there is one "normal" character surrounding by a bunch (or at least the person closest) non-normal/rich character. Furthermore, each series takes place in a well to do school. If you want a more comedic version of Maria, I'd say try Ouran.
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!