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Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...

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noteDHero noteDHero says...

Nana and Lovely Complex skillfully deal with the transition from life inside of to out of school. They efficiently mix warm and hilarious comedy with heart-wrenching drama to create pathos that further draws the view into the lives and relationships of the characters. The art style also rounds up the similarites between the three; the only major differences arising from the color palette

fizrox fizrox says...

Crazy, unpredictable, many unexpected changes of action, love irresolutions... if you liked that stuff in one of these two series, you should find them in another too :)

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Since starting Lovely Complex, I have been itching to make this recommendation.

Nana quickly became one of my favourite shows, and I thought nothing would be able to touch it on the high pedestal. Boy, was I wrong.

LoveCom is exactly what it says on the tin. A healthy dose of love and comedy, just like the first half of Nana. Both shows will have you extremely frustrated, waiting for that lightning bolt of realisation to hit the characters and make them confess their true feelings. The frustration will keep you coming back for more, wanting that romance to unfold.

If you enjoy a good tv soap, then I think you will enjoy both of these shows immensely.

Michichan Michichan says...

Lovely Complex and Nana have similar styles of humor and drama.  Altough they have different settings, the overall feel of both anime are similar. 

Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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2007digitalboy 2007digitalboy says...

Nana is like Welcome to the NHK with a fourth of the laughs and four times the feminity, however both deal with relatively identical concepts. In either story, the characters have to come face to face with reality and realize that life is never perfect, and learn how to be happy. Either can be a soul-shredding but ultimately enlightening experience.

eaper eaper says...

These series each focus on many individuals getting used to society, learning what it takes to get by in life. Each series has a lot of character development and and are very emotional having the ability to cause a lot of growth and realization in the viewer as well.

satomi satomi says...

Both animes deal with people facing real life problems. They are very close to reality I find. These are the series you won't be able to quit in the middle. They just keep you tied down in front of the computer until the very end! In both animes we see a beautiful friendship develop, rather it's between the 2 Nanas or Sato and Yamazaki. It's impossible not to get close to the characters, whether it's for their choices or personalities. If you like one of the shows you certainly won't regret watching the other.

Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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Bronia Bronia says...

Nana and Sakamichi no Apollon are both anime with heavy themes about friends, love, and music!

Nana centers around adults in the Punk Rock scene (in 2003) trying to get famous whereas Sakamichi centers around teens who play jazz (in the 1960s) and are just trying to figure out life. Despite the differences, both anime have dynamic main characters and interesting secondary characters. Both have fast-paced stories that tug at your heartstrings.

If you liked one, the other is a must-watch, even if the music isn't to your taste the anime surely will be!

Funkgun Funkgun says...

Two polar opposites that become great friends?

Romanic situations, good drama.

Oh, and lots of music in both, centering around great sequences of animation in the music?

I'm amazed Bronia's rec was the only one on here so far.

If you dug one, you might like the other. 

linanimex linanimex says...

Both anime has this music theme in it. Both anime are similar by the complicated romances. And both of them can make you cry.

Honey and Clover II

Honey and Clover II

While Takemoto uncovers a path for himself, his love for Hagu is forcing him to lead a difficult college life. Takemoto, Hagu, and Morita are still trying to deal with their love triangle, and each of them must make a decision. Furthermore, Mayama must decide how to proceed with Rika, as she is leaving for Spain. The pain of love will continue to hurt many and even cause them to separate. Now, each of them must take on their chosen paths and walk towards the future.

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succubusbloom succubusbloom says...

Nana and Honey and Clover II are both really good anime to watch. They both give you a sense of bittersweet memories =D.

lungcancer lungcancer says...

How you enjoy animes that are overfilled with drama, cause these two certainly succeeds in those regards. Difficult decisions will leaves watchers of both with much anticipation on the outcomes.

Kare Kano

Kare Kano

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?

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richief611 richief611 says...

Although the settings and characters are very different in Kare Kano and NANA, the feeling that you get from watching Kare Kano is apparent in NANA, and vice versa.

You understand the drama, comedy, and story of the characters and their involvements with one another, and you just realize that both give the sensation of the many things that happen in life.

Things happen for a reason and there are many obstacles that occur in life, and both of these anime series give the viewers this idea.

Michichan Michichan says...

Kare Kano and Nana are both excellent slice of life anime.  They have very similar styles in the comedy and drama.  Although the characters and plot are very different between the two anime, they both have the same feel.