22-year-old Hazuki lives a boring life in an apartment filled with plants, but secretly he couldn't care less about the vegetation, for the highlight of the young man's day is buying the items from cheery Rokka, a widow who runs the flower shop nearby. So that he can spend more time with her, Hazuki eagerly accepts a job working part-time at the shop, but after months of working with his crush, the man can't seem to muster the courage to confess his feelings. And it's not just his abrasive personality getting in the way of his ideal relationship - the ghost of Rokka's dead husband haunts the shop and is determined to keep all potential suitors away from his wife. Despite this unexpected obstacle, Hazuki continues his attempt to woo the older woman and free her from the ghost of her past.
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?
How do we move on when loved ones have passed away? Do our memories of them and their lingering spirits still affect us today?
These are central questions at the heart of both these series. They focus on how people react, change and grow as a result of losing someone dear.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai focuses on an adolescent group of friends while Natsuyuki Rendezvous has an adult cast and more mature romantic leanings. Despite the differences however, both take us on an intriguing journey through the lives of the characters, their experiences and explore what resolution may be in store for them so that they and those that have passed may finally be at peace.
Both shows focus on characters as they try to move past the death of a loved one. This loved one, in both shows, is visible to one person and causes this person trouble.
The theme in AnoHana focuses heavier on friendship whereas Natsuyuki is more about romance. AnoHana is set with younger characters, but the overall maturity of the casts are equally grown up.
If you liked one, you can't miss the other.
How a dead person deals with being dead is quite something and these 2 shows try to dive into that question. How the living people deal with that persons death is equally as interesting. If you are interested in feeling a little melancholy both of these shows will probably do so check them out.
How does one overcome the death of someone dear to them, especially when that loved one is still lingering around as a ghost? AnoHana centers around a group of childhood friends in their high school years and a ghost from their past, a ghost only one of them can see. Natsuyuki Rendezvous deals with a young man named Hazuki and a widow named Rokka, who's husband still watches over her even after death, and Hazuki is able to see him.
Both shows deal with a lot of drama, saddness, regret, guilt, and are overall heartwrenching. If you liked one, you should give the other a try. They're pretty memorable.
Another ghost related story, a little bizarre, but, recommendable. The mix of situations of people who continue living after a relative passed away, and when this ghost, don't accept a normal life for his living wife and refuse to go "heaven", produce feelings of angry and in sometimes, in a little parts of the serie, of simpathy.
Similar plot themes link these two shows. Specifically: what happens when a ghost appears to only one person and not to those around that person? And, how do we deal with the promises we made with those who have passed on?
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.
Both shows are strongly sentimental offerings that explore the meaning and value of both love and sentiment. The big question here is, 'what is the value of love that has failed, or died - in whatever way'?
Rika, Mayama and Yamada's relationship from Honey and Clover really reminds me of Natsuyuki Rendezvous. Both shows have a somewhat melancholic feel to them and yet are lively with the characters' everyday activities, passions and concerns. I would recommend them both.
Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
Both stories feature a young man trying to woo a young widow. I like how both series are able to mix drama and comedy, although natsuyuki rendezvous leans more towards drama. If you like complex and mature takes on relationships, this might be for you.
Both are slightly melancholy and slow romances that focuses on character interactions. The premise for both shows are the same: a younger man is trying to woo a widow that hasn't completely gotten over her dead husband. The notion of moving on with your life is used heavily throughout both shows.
They're not completely alike though: Maison Ikkoku leans far more to the comedic side (and is also part sit-com), while Natsuyuki is more subdued throughout. Still, if you found the romance aspect of either work appealing you might consider checking out the other one.
Several years ago, Noriko married and moved to the United States from Japan along with her husband, giving birth to a child soon after. Now, she has returned to her hometown with her young son, Motoki, and must learn to become at peace with her past and present. Noriko fondly reminisces about the bittersweet memories of her teenaged years, her decisions, and how she will move forward in the future.
If you liked the untraditional romance of one of these josei shows, check out the other. Both are understated and sometimes a bit melancholy, but sweet and feature characters far removed from the stereotypes and stock characters of other series.
Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?
The stories are quite a bit different, but both are solely about love and relationships with main characters that are mega shy about their feelings and junk. Both are super slow paced, but also short and sweet with similar animation styles.