Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?
Akitsu Masanosuke is a shy, self-conscious and slightly cowardly man with a goal of becoming a great samurai. However, when he is dismissed from his job after two days he must live the life of a ronin until he can return to service. So when a man named Yaichi approaches him offering food and a job as his bodyguard, it all seems too good to be true - that is, until Akitsu learns that this confident stranger is in fact a gangster of the Five Leaves who specializes in kidnapping and lives in the city’s red-light district. While the ronin’s sense of justice makes him think twice about accepting the offer, Akitsu’s grumbling stomach, his growing familiarity with the rest of the Five Leaves, and Yaichi’s determination to recruit the budding samurai, may well have other plans...
Ristorante Paradiso and Sarai-ya Goyou are slow moving character dramas about adults. They're also based off of manga by the same mangaka- Natsume Ono. This means they have very similar art styles, and, most importantly, a very similar style of characterization. It's subtle but very powerful. Nobody will outright proclaim how they are, but every thing they do or say, reagrdless of how seemingly insignificant, add up to a cast of fully fleshed-out characters, free from the cliches that usually plague anime.
Both anime have a delightful adult feel to them while exploring the characters within the show. Both have a very similar art style to them and make you feel happy just to watch even though neither show is light-hearted. Check out one if you liked the other.
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?
There are next to no options for people who like josei slice-of-life series. Luckily, the few that exist are very good- including Hataraki Man and Ristorante Paradiso.
Both are about a twenty-something year old redhead working and going about her life. Aside from her, most episodes focus on one of their wide array of coworkers. Ristorante Paradiso has a bit more of a romantic sub-plot, while Hataraki Man is more about a woman trying to make it in a man's world, but for people who enjoy character interactions and delight in the mundane, both are superb.
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
If you liked Ristorante Paradiso's hand drawn style, you might also like this one. Honey and Clover contains lots of hand drawn scenes along with characters. Well in the other hand it is very epic with it's plot, events and characters because can you consider driving trough Japan with bicycle for no real reason?
While Takemoto uncovers a path for himself, his love for Hagu is forcing him to lead a difficult college life. Takemoto, Hagu, and Morita are still trying to deal with their love triangle, and each of them must make a decision. Furthermore, Mayama must decide how to proceed with Rika, as she is leaving for Spain. The pain of love will continue to hurt many and even cause them to separate. Now, each of them must take on their chosen paths and walk towards the future.
Complicated romances and drama is how these 2 shine together. They are both aimed at older women so they have a more grown up feel to them even if there is some sillyness in the shows as well. Both have very similar animation and will have you glued to your screen until you finish. Check out one if you loved the other.