Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…
On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?
Romeo x Juliet and Paradise Kiss are both love stories. The character designs are different, but they have in common the fact that they are both very beautiful and full of details. They also have in common the idea of a love story that is not too sickly sweet or silly, and have girls who are very determined and not stupid due to their destiny or duty. They also have sad endings.
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?
Both of these anime feature a young naive girl who seems to have lost her way in life, or more correctly, she never had a goal or purpose for her life. These stories tell of how they outgrew dependence on parents or boyfriends, and gained independence by entering into the entertainment industry, experiencing love and romance through the process.
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
I believe that Rose of Versailles and Paradise Kiss are very similar; they are more mature than most anime and don't have teens as the main characters. Both revolve around romance and women who are trying to learn about love, have great character development, beautiful male and female characters, a lot of subplots, and will definitely get you addicted. Rose of Versailles is more historical and takes place during the French Revolution, and Paradise Kiss will give you more of a view inside the world of fashion. If you are looking for something more mature with 20+ year old characters, these are definitely something to watch.
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.
Ok, really weird recommendation I know, but both of these feature a strong female lead who is trying to reach her dream, despite having to take a different and difficult path. They also both have male leads who inspire the heroine to challenge herself and to keep going.