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?
Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?
Looking past the typical shounen-ai recommendations, I would say that two very different shows go perfectly hand in hand.
Loveless does have "boy love" in a fantasy world, whilst Rec deals with a male/female relationship in a more real Japan. But look further than the surface, and you'll be rewarded with a rich story of true love and the struggles of coming to terms with it.
Be it Ritsuka and Soubi, or Aka and Fumihiko, you will fall in love with both couplesand want them to find true happiness.
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.
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Millenium Actress was the very first thing I thought about when watching REC. The tones don't quite match, but the "Aka half" of the show is when both get close to each other: Millenium Actress tells the story mixing movies from Chiyoko's life, while REC uses references and situations from various Andrey Hepburn movies. Both flirt with cinema in various moments, and they also deal with the dream of becoming an actress/voice actress and actually fulfilling that dream. If movie culture, acting and dreaming - along with an underlying love relationship, be it concrete or abstract - is what makes you like one of these two titles, then you'll probably like the other for the same reasons.
Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
So many anime series are still sticking to the tried and tested shoujo fairy tail stories. What I liked about Nana and Rec is that they are more of a modern day shoujo tale.
People fall in love, people fall out of love. It never runs smooth and in that idealistic way its portrayed on the big screen.
The ebb and flow of Nana and Rec are very similar, and will probably both break your heart as true love is not realised in a simple way. Both shows are for a more mature audience, and I would recommend they be watched to their full potential by someone who has been or currently is in love ^^