Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
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...
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
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 :)
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.
Lovely Complex and Nana have similar styles of humor and drama. Altough they have different settings, the overall feel of both anime are similar.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The average Tsukushi Makino attends the snobby, elite Eitoku Academy, which is dominated by the Flower Four (F4) – the sons of the most powerful families. Like the rest of her classmates, Tsukushi keeps a low profile until one day she can stand it no more! For her obstinance, the F4 declare war and it's Tsukushi against all. In the middle of it all, she finds herself drawn strangely close to two of the F4; they might not be as bad as they seem. With her heart torn between two boys, will Tsukushi be able to find the love she desires?
If you like the pretty boys, emotional rollercoasters, fear and twists of one of these shows, the other one is certain to make your heart stop and your guts twist again while watching tis one too... These series are both filled with all the extremes of love, friendship and dreams. Enjoy!
Both are lengthy titles with similarly strong romance, comedy, and drama elements. They both have a more mature feeling about them that feels easier to relate to even though they have uncommon settings and themes - elite school/super wealth vs music industry/fame.
The characters are strong despite being very different - however, this is a good reason for me to rec these two together - since romance, shoujo or josei types are often criticised for having cliche characters. Nana and HYD feel to be an exception to this, HYD especially given its age probably set standards as opposed to ripping them off.
The difference in themes also make this a good rec for some variation as well as the conflicts that arise from them - both anime will cause you to question the decisions of the charactes or morality behind the events.
Both of them leave you wanting more after each episode, with perfectly constructed cliffhangers and a constant will-they-won't-they atmosphere that won't allow you to rest until you experience the concluding episodes.
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.
Nana and Honey and Clover II are both really good anime to watch. They both give you a sense of bittersweet memories =D.
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.
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?
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.
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.