Ouran High School Host Club

Alt title: Ouran Koukou Host Club

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?

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SingerOfWhiteLine SingerOfWhiteLine says...

While keeping close to their roots, both Ouran and Gurren-Lagann are like problem childs of their respective genres. Ouran is about bishounen, yes, but it also mocks all those blonde beautiful boys and their luxurious life. Gurren-Lagann is obvious mecha, but all the reason is kicked to the curb and most impossible things are done without any problem. Watch both of the series even if you don’t like their genres – ESPECIALLY if you don’t like their genres!

foureyedalice foureyedalice says...

Ouran High School Host Club and Tengen Topppa Gurren Lagann have one primary goal: to be hilariously outrageous and over-the top at almost all times.  Both series adamantly demand that you not take them seriously as they constantly play on and play up their respective genres, much to the audience's benefit. If you liked either of these shows because of their ability to somehow be both sheerly irreverent (in their comedy and mecha action/comedy, respectively) and have a heart, then you should definitely watch the other.  

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Did you love how over-the-top the comedy was in either Gurren Lagann or Ouran High School was? Well, both anime feature a lot of it. Both anime introduce a lot of interesting characters and tend to parody their own genres. 

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

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.

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roukew roukew says...

The story is different and the kind of humor is a bit different. But somehow, thinking of these titels I can't help but connect them in my mind. It might be the art style that does it, but I really think they should be watched both (and will be enjoyed both) if you liked either one of them.

sorako sorako says...

Both are centered around the idea of a humorous love story that seem to inch along each episode involving more friendly characters to expand the cast and plot. The characters are lovable, each falling into a unique "anime cliche" (from the dark, handsome lead, to the cute chibi chan, to your favorite afro cross-dresser) that only make you smile more and become more invested in the entire cast. Seriously, if you're a fan of comedic love stories, both are for you!

eaper eaper says...

Each of the series are centered around absurd love stories with plenty of laughs. Beyond that there isn't much in common, but I still think each series would be enjoyed by anyone that enjoyed the other.

Seto no Hanayome

Seto no Hanayome

While visiting his hometown, junior high school student Michishio Nagasumi's life was changed forever when he nearly drowned. Though he was saved by a mermaid named San, there’s a catch -- her family is part of a merfolk mafia, and they abide by a strict rule: If a mermaid is discovered by a man, either he or the mermaid must die. That is, unless the man marries into the family! Faced with such a decision, Nagasumi can only oblige their customs and become a "happy" newlywed. Now, with a new school year around the corner, Nagasumi must find a way to deal with his new bride, keep her true nature a secret, and most importantly, escape inevitable death at the hands of San's over-protective father’s gang!

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roukew roukew says...

You wouldn't read this if you didn't liked Ouran High School host club. That makes things easy. Romance, humor, extreme characters. Everything that made you enjoy it can be found in Seto no Hanayome too. Well, unless it was the shouta that made you like it.

RevIeryPone RevIeryPone says...

These two incredibly original shows have one main thing in common: absurdity. If you like that certain type of humor, that is unrealistic, random, and absolutely mind-boggling, but undoubtedly hilarious, you'd like both of these shows.

flyboy42 flyboy42 says...

So one day I was bored and decided to start naming shonen counterparts to all the shojo titles I like. So after I reasoned that GTO would be kodocha's, I began thinking about one of my favoirte titles.

Okay, so the opposite of Ouran would have to be a parody of the shonen genre and it must be a harem of bishojos. It must do all of this while still being enjoyable and funny. While I was thinking this, one particular title starting forming in my mind. Seto no hanayome. It's over the top shonen-ness and pointless plethora of overdeveloped girls surrounding nagasumi was just the answer for Ouran's over the top shojo-ness and pointless plethora of overatractive boys surrounding Haruhi.

Ristorante Paradiso

Ristorante Paradiso

Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

The main theme of these shows are about the same. The main character is a girl who joins a group of sexy men who like to entertain women. The restaurant/club are also both run by a woman. Although Host Club is more of a romactic comedy and Ristorante Paradiso is a slice of life romance, there are so many parallels between them.

Yumenator Yumenator says...

Both Ristorante Paradiso and Ouran High School Host Club  have 6 charming men and one clueless female, who has strong bonds with all of them. Talking about the main characters, I think Nicoletta is very similar to Haruhi. Both of them are quite stubborn, childish in some parts. As for the males, I suppose the biggest similarity is that both RP and OHSHC men are entertaining lots of women.

I do see a quite similarity between Olga and Haruhi’s father. They both work hard but either way seem to care for their daughters. Also, both are quite flirty, aren’t they? ;)

hannahF hannahF says...

I enjoyed this show even if the animation wasn't all that pleasing. The story line is a bit confusing but I ended up falling in love with it even through all of the character's stupid mystakes.

Maria Holic

Maria Holic

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!

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akatsukiJuS akatsukiJuS says...

I like ouran high school host club sooo much more than Maria Holic, Because maria holic is less funny, less roamntic, etc...

But they both have similar story line. In ouran high school host club the girl is confuse with a boy and most keep the secret. In maria holic the boy is confuse with a girl and most keep the secret.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these shows are centered around and hang heavily on cross dressers and manipulation as the stories premise. Beyond that, romance, at least in some way, is a strong factor in each series, along with comedy. Maria+Holic is the more twisted little lesbian sister of Ouran.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

There are quite a few similarities Maria Holic and Ouran High School Host Club. When it comes to setting, the schools that these shows take place in both give off an elusive and exclusive air.

Both have strong casts with some characters who are aware of fanservice and use it to their advantage as well as crossdressers.

The silliness of the plots and characters also seem alike. When it comes to the darker plot points, there is even some overlap; The newcomer attracts the attention of a school idol, is therefore bullied by jealous fans.

Maria Holic seems to be more mean-spirited, though.