Ouran High School Host Club

Alt title: Ouran Koukou Host Club

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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.

Skip Beat!

Skip Beat!

Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?

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SkyBlue SkyBlue says...

Both animes have talented, spunky main female characters.  The are both surrounded by a cast of "pretty" boys who prove to be more complex then they seemed.  All in all, the character development of both animes is the driving force of show.

eaper eaper says...

The comedy, and even the romance, in each of these series are similar and extremely well done. If you liked one you're sure to feel the same about the other.

Foxfairy Foxfairy says...

I believe the humor in both shows would appeal to the same audence. Both have a female lead who is a "fish out of water" type of character who has to change herself to fit in, and is also there for kind of the wrong reason. In Ouran High School Host Club she has disguided herself as a boy, and she is stuck there to pay off the a debt. In Skip Beat! she changes her looks to make it in show business to get revenge on an Ex-boy. But these shows share the same over the top emotional humor, and suggestive situations that lead to misunderstanding.

Nyan Koi!

Nyan Koi!

Everyone around Kousaka seems to adore cats, but due to his allergies the teen can’t stand them. So when he wakes up one day and can hear what every feline is saying, Kousaka is annoyed to say the least. His new “gift,” it seems, is the result of accidentally breaking an enshrined statue of a cat; and what’s worse, Kousaka must atone for his sin and appease the vengeful spirit by aiding one hundred kitties-in-distress, or become a furry feline himself! Now, amidst helping various cats with mundane and trivial issues, Kousaka must try to dispel the jinx and attempt to salvage his self-respect – not to mention his love life - along the way.

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Sunagan Sunagan says...

Do you like sarcastic humor concentrated on one plagued individual? A lot of fluff? Series that don't take themselves too seriously? Do you possibly like pointless but funny romances going absolutely nowhere?

Then look no further, for these series have it both. Indeed, in my opinion Ouran is the strongest of the two in delivering merciless assaults on your facial muscles, but I still felt the similarity all down to my gut while I was laughing :-D (ouch)! If you've seen one then by all means check out the other.

DuskFey DuskFey says...

Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club and Junpei from Nyan Koi! both break something extremely important in the first episode and end up indebted to someone they'd rather not associate with. Mix in some comedy and awkward situations, and things get fun!

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Ouran is the reverse-harem version of Nyan Koi!. When the main character breaks a valuable object, they find themselves suddenly hurled into a world of humorous antics and gags at their expense. Both protagonists must help others to pay off their debt, while fending off some rather hilarious attempts at relationships.