3.239 out of 5 from 5,324 votes
Momo is loud, shallow, a player, a betrayer, and one to best stay away from -- or at least, that's the misconception people have when they see her makeup, bleached hair and suntanned skin. In reality, Momo just wants the same friends, hobbies and crushes any girl her age would like. However, when her only friend starts spreading rumours about her, her boyfriend starts to doubt her, and the most popular boy in school starts to take a more then friendly interest in her, she'll have much more to worry about than just her appearance!
Mimi Kitagami is the famously attractive, popular chairman of her class, and it’s her dream to become the best class president the school has ever seen. In order to achieve her goal, Mimi will take on any challenge, including agreeing to transform the school’s resident ‘ganguro’, Rika, into a beautiful woman capable of attracting twenty young men to a party. However, it seems she has bitten off more than she can chew when she offers to persuade Toujou, Nishizaki and Nagumono, the trio of super attractive delinquents known as MM3, to join in with class activities; especially when she beings to fall in love with one of them...
Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou and Peach Girl are series that are about reality based bullying in a school type of environment. Each revolves around a main girl that is kind hearted and tries to help everyone around her out while at the same time having to deal with many misunderstandings about her characters along the way.
Nao and Uehara are two teens in an unlikely situation -- they've accidentally signed a lease for the same apartment! As time passes, they inevitably became a couple, and share the joys and hardships of living together day by day. Things take a turn for the worse when Nao forgets Uehara's 16th birthday! Can their relationship be saved? Or is this happy couple doomed for failure?
I thought it was funny in both Peach Girl and Good Morning Call how they had one of the main guys working at a grocery store. Both series are about relationship problems during high school life and show how the characters have to deal with them. Good Morning Call is only one episode long, but in that one episode it conveys a lot to the watcher just as Peach Girl does.
28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
Both Peach Girl and Hataraki Man feature a strong-willed yet sensible main character who is seeking happiness, whether she is in love, or trying to work hard; both characters go through daily hardships and moments of happiness. The graphical styles are also very much alike, and both anime could be compared as being a shojo vs josei treatment of similar topics and morals.
Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?
Why hasn't this recommendation been made yet? Ridiculous.
Obviously, these two stories are very different. Peach girl is a dramatic love triangle between close friends and one of the main themes is insecurity. Itazura na Kiss focuses more on the tense relationship between what seems to be two strangers forced to live under one roof who have to try extra hard to get along.
The reason these animes compliment each other so well is because of the art style, setting and personality of the female lead. Despite a small lack of intelligence, over exaggerated girliness and stubborn-ness, these characters (Momo and Kotoko) are impossible to dislike.
The cutesy highschool feel really wraps up this recommendation. If you liked one, give the other a shot.