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Hirosuke is a normal young man who, by accident, meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen: Ajimu. Although the circumstances of their meeting are awkward and misunderstood, love begins to flourish and all is well; that is, until Hirosuke realizes that there might be more to Ajimu's past that she isn't ready to deal with yet...
Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
The male and female leads are living together, yes, but in Maison Ikkoku's case, it's a housing complex/apartment and in separate rooms. So under the same roof. And where Maison Ikkoku focuses on a love triangle, Rec focuses on two individuals in it's romance. But both show the hardships in relationships and budding ones, as misunderstandings and couped up feelings can break bridges and bring about dire consequences. In both of these anime, it isn't always smooth sailing. But there is progress; not just in the relationships, but in the people that encompass them.
Enthusiastic editor-in-chief Hana, serious Aki and their friends love manga so much that they've decided to start up a brand new manga magazine! Together, the new editors must find mangaka to work with, schedule photo shoots and perfect their typesetting, amongst other things. Little did the girls know that running a manga magazine would be more difficult than they imagined, but with teamwork and a lot of perseverance, they'll definitely succeed!
If you're looking for another super short series about characters' careers (especially focused around the entertainment industry, like voice acting or manga production), look no further! Rec is intended for an older audience, and has less hyper comedy and more romance than Mangirl (I found Mangirl pretty annoying, to be frank). However, if you like slice-of-life series about characters that have jobs, instead of ones in high school, both may appeal to you.
Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't bad enough, two shinigami inform Mitsuki that she only has one year left to live. However, all is not lost, for they make a deal that if she goes with them, they will help realize her dream by changing her into a healthy 16-year-old, who is able to sing and apply for auditions.
If you want a series about a girl pursuing a vocal career these are for you. They both show what the job is like and what it is like to be new to that line of work. Sagashite is more on the kidish side, and about singing, while Rec is more mature, and about voice acting. However, both have comedy, romance, and some drama.
His father and older brother are famous singers, his mother is a renown artist, Izumi Sena was born into a family of super entertainers! However, unlike the rest of his family, Izumi is an otaku who aspires to become a manga illustrator. One day, he is roped into starring in a television commercial dressed as a woman. The actor Izumi is featured with, Ryoma, falls in love at first sight upon meeting him. It turns out that they had actually met 10 years prior and Ryoma's attraction hasn't changed even after finding out Izumi is a boy.
1. These are both relatively light comedies with central romatic themes
2. Both are based within the realm of 'show biz' and the pressures that come with this and struggles with being seen by the public eye
3. Both have centrall plot points around keeping romantic secrets, mutual awkwardness and comedic miscommunications and mishaps