Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?
Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?
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?
If you enjoyed REC, I'm sure you will also enjoy Hataraki Man. Both series involve a close-up of complicated relationships mixed in with work life. There aren't a lot of character aspects in REC whereas you're introduced to a number in Hataraki Man, but you still get the same "that's life" + drama feel.
Would you remember a promise you made ten years ago? This central question of promises, of memories, and of love -- this is the question that plagues a group of friends in Japan: a young and very talented girl who is well on her way to becoming a superstar, an average guy with an eye for beauty, and a girl from their past. She has returned from a trip to the USA because she remembers a promise they all made ten years ago.. but ten years is a long time, and memories are easily forgotten. Who knows what could come from this reunion...
The main characters in Rec and I’Pure have to choose between dealing with love and dealing with a career. Both main girls want to go into acting and both of the male characters act in the same fashion and are filled with romantic comedy and a series of misunderstandings.
Yukino had it all. Brilliant, athletic, popular and pretty, she was the perfect school girl with many friends and admirers. But then one fateful day she met her match: a handsome young man named Arima. Now, not only is he beating her at her own game, she's becoming more and more dismayed to learn that she's developing her first real feelings of romance. Can Yukino maintain her model student appearance, or will love ruin all her plans?
Kare Kano is, just like Rec, not a typical easy-going romantic comedy. In both anime you'll find people that have their own things to worry about. While Kare Kano can be hilarious, it also manages to be more serious than Rec. While Rec might be a little less than Kare Kano on the hilarious and romance sides, it manages to combine those two very well with a realistic world and provides us with a great end result. Both are definitely top animes of the genre AND for those interested in more realistic anime.
It's spring, and love is in the air! Sanada Kouichi wakes up one morning to find a strange girl barging into his house and making herself at home. Only after his friend, Aihara Kazuki, shows up later does he recognize the girl as their childhood friend Mizusawa Mao, who has been living overseas for the past two years. With her parents still overseas, Mao will be living with Kouichi and attending high school with him and Kazuki. The three of them will rely on each other to overcome their challenges with school, friendship, and of course love!
Though Rec pans out to be the better of the two in terms of realistic romance, Kimikiss certainly holds its own weight in comparison. Both titles flaunt some of the best romantic progression in the genre, and given the sheer number of crap titles out there, this is nothing to scoff at. If you're a fan of good romance, neither title is one to be passed up.