The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
The government has passed the Media Betterment Act, establishing a military police force to stop the spread of "negative influences harmful to society;" and in response, libraries have organized their own military units to protect freedom of expression. After being saved by a Library Defense Force agent in a bookstore, Kasahara is inspired to enlist in the Library Defense Force. Although she proves quite athletic and capable, she must endure the harsh but meaningful training of her instructor and superior officer, Doujou. As she learns how to be a good soldier, she participates in LDF operations, helping protect literary freedom for everyone.
Even if the plot seems to be different, the hints on both of them are alike. Put a girl with determination and a senpai with really high personality and you will have either of them.
With funny moments and tension ones too, you will enjoy these almost matura romantic drama.
Both series have influences of comedy/romance. The relation between the main characters are similar. There is the harsh authorative senpai and the barrier breaking girl. His words and recognition have stronger impact on her than any others' and he secretely admire her and her work/music.
I found the couples in both of these series to be very similar. They both are teacher/student type relationships. They also both contain excellent comedy. The lead female and male characters are also very similar.
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.
With a slice of life look at the world of students, aiming for some goal in their life that they still have no idea of where they are heading is just one of the striking similiarities between these series. Indeed, they do not end there, with the same likeable characters, outstanding music and animation, Nodame Cantabile and Honey and Clover are one of the best combinations going. A simple turning point in the series leads everyone down their own paths that make for some great viewing.
These shows have the same sort of pace and comedy, and they each have some aspect of romance. Nodame and Morita are similarly wacky characters who are both artistic geniuses, and most of the show takes place within an art/music college environment. Basically if you liked one show and are looking for one in the same sort of vein, I think these two shows are the most similar of everything else listed.
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?
I'm kind of surprised that I'm the first one to make this recomendation. Both series focus on the interactions of a guy and a girl going through school though Nodame is college while Kare Kano is high school so Nodame is a little more on the serious side overall but I have to say that both series are hilarious. They both have their darker moments too. It's a good mix and I have to say fans of one should give the other a shot.
Another similarity is both series' two main characters. Their relationships sort of start off shaky and they don't exactly get along with each other, but they eventually get it together. When I watched Nodame it reminded me of watching Kare Kano back in the day.
Both series tell a unique romance between two strong-willed, talented and contrasting individuals. Most of all they share this indiscribable atmosphere of "elitism meets chaos"
In Kare Kano we have a developing romance between a wild but socialy aware girl and a seemingly perfect and orderly male, while in Nodame Cantabile we have a just as perfect by-the-rules-living lead who then meets his complete opposite - a chaotic, borderline-insane but talented girl.
While in Kare Kano both characters' talent is their pure intelligence and wit, Nodame Cantabile's characters are musically talented instead.
I think what ties the series together is also the intensity of it's personalities, both Chiaki and Arima are men with character and wit, willing to state their wishes when needed. Both seem plagued with their own perfection.
The ladies of both series, on the other hand, strive for self-recognition and expression of their own personality - it's about finding yourself, being true to yourself, accepting your faults while still trying to become a better person.
Anyway, it's these paralells that make me think Nodame and Kare Kano share the same "Karma" - if you enjoyed one, I definately recommend trying the other. ^_^
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
While they seem different both in setting ( college vs high school ) in characters ( strict guy + cheerful girl vs cheerful guy + gloomy girl) and even in the designated age of viewers (josei vs shoujo) they still should appeal to the same kind of audience.
Both of those shows are lighthearted tales of growing up, and finding friendship/love. Both maintain the balance between the comedy, romance and "heartwarming". Both shows due to beatiful animation and good ost create a really warm mood, and easily bring smiles to viewers face. If you like one check the other.
The feeling of the anime, the slow building of friendships, the funniness of their quirks, all of that is very similar to Nodame no Cantabile. The quirkiness of the lead female is there, though in different ways. I heartily agree with this reccomendation!
Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
The story is the same: a couple helps each other find their way. Nodame has older characters and is also very funny, but both can loosen a happy tear at the end. Here's your chance to compare growing up 1990 and 2001!
Both animes have two characters falling for each other and they both deal with music. I definitely think that if you like one you will like the other.