As Hajime’s sweltering summer continues, Kanako and Yayoi have started working at the Ark Café with the rest of the gang. As ever, serving the customers takes a backseat to going out and enjoying the season – and what better way to enjoy the sun than with a trip to the beach? While the men fish up nothing but bikini tops and Sayaka attempts to get a date, self-conscious Jun has to try and conceal her gender from Hajime. Though when the group stays overnight at a hot springs resort and Jun must share a room with him, it proves to be all the more difficult to keep her secret. Whether the staff of the Ark café are finding a partner for Yayoi, travelling in time or ignoring a customer’s request for salt, it’s safe to say that their summer will be anything but dull.
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!
Both Azumanga and Natsu no Arashi S2 (not so much the first season) have a sort of repetitive slice of life humor that is either hit or miss. Though I found the jokes in Natsu to be successful more often than in Azumanga- I think if you enjoyed one of these comedies you would find the other amusing as well.
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!
Aside from both series having been produced by Shaft and therefore having an interesting and distinctive visual style, the pair share a similar sort of humour. Though the plotlines and settings are rather different, if you enjoyed the comedy stylings of Natsu no Arashi 2, then you may like Maria Holic.