Ouran High School Host Club

Alt title: Ouran Koukou Host Club

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Mayo Chiki!

Mayo Chiki!

Due to his upbringing with a wrestler mother and an equally-as-strong sister who beat him up constantly, Kinjirou Sakamachi would rather die than be touched by the opposite sex. So when the boy accidentally discovers that the dreamy school idol (and butler of the wealthy Kanade) Subaru is actually a girl in disguise, Kinjirou finds his life becomes far more complicated. For in exchange for keeping Subaru's gender a secret, Kanade is determined to cure Kinjirou of his gynophobia, with Subaru's help, once and for all...

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Rilkar Rilkar says...

If you like Mayo Chiki or Ouran you should watch the other because both shows are about a girl who works at a job that requires them to pretend to be a guy. Though Haruhi from Ouran is way more convincing than Konoe from Mayo Chiki is; that shouldn't stop you from enjoying one or the other.

snivets snivets says...

In my opinion, Mayo Chiki is one of the best recs for Ouran Hostobu and vice versa. Although the stories are similar (crossdressing, school life), I actually find that they are most similar in terms of their atmosphere and feel: uber-kawaii awkwardness.

vinod vinod says...

gender bender of girl into aboy

but in ohshc it is not of compulsion

both story friends help to keep it as secret

romance,comedy are excellant

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?

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Morwen Morwen says...

This isn't a recommendation based on plot, but more on the feel of these shows. Both of these shows are clearly aimed at women, and feature a group of guys with intense relationships with each other.

Ouran is obviously more romantic, since it's a reverse harem (there's a female lead character in Free!, but she only serves as a manager and friend to the guys), but putting aside the romance aspects of Ouran and the main sports plot in Free! they're definitely similar in tone. Both have elements of comedy and drama, spend a lot of time on character development, and end on a dramatic, feel-good tone.

Since the audiences for both of these shows are so similar, I think that fans of one would definitely like the other.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Although the plots are very different, they both have thesame atmosphere of a small family of friends going through various things together

kristrex kristrex says...

Even though both of them are different in their plots, they are both fairly light hearted and is a story of friends getting to know each other and their lives. Though Iwatobi Swim Club lacks the romantic aspect, in both animes, there are fairly cute guys ;) However, if you prefer an anime with more romance, then Ouran High School Host Club would be better. Iwatobi Swim Club is more of a slice of life anime, but both are fairly relaxed and enjoyable to watch :)

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?

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tetra tetra says...

Kyo Kara Maoh! and Ouran High School Host Club are filled with cute boys and flirt with characteristics of the shounen-ai genre. Both shows also have lots of comedy in them. If you like yaoi-light, or if you just enjoy light-hearted, funny anime, then both these shows are worth watching.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime have some over-the-top humor mixed in with serious plot points now and again. Both include a large bishounen to non-bishounen ratio, and both have bishies that aren't afraid of a little shounen-ai based antics. And both Haruhi and Yuuri are the voice of reason (weirdly enough) for both groups at least 90% of the time. 

Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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Razzamatazz Razzamatazz says...

Both Ouran and Gravitation have the same blend of slapstick humour with the occasional serious moment thrown in. The artwork is stylistically similar, and the humour is just as random and eccentric.

RAWRified RAWRified says...

Simply for comedy reasons both of these anime must be watched. The ridiculous sense of humour found in both of them is also couped by occassional moments of angst and dark backgrounds to most of the characters. While Gravitation is solid shounen-ai, Ouran isn't, but while saying that all the characters are highly slashable and while watching either of them you'll find yourself echoing the ouran girls' 'KYA!'

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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nomiyafan nomiyafan says...

Both animes talk about life as students, and both have elements of humor. Certainly, Honey and Clover is much more mature, but sometimes in Ouran you can see glimpses of that...and a lot of humor!

sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both of these have random comedy mixed in with sweet poignant moments. The characters are all well developed and by the end you will care about them all.