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Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.
Both of these animes involve a little bit of romance, a little bit of drama, and plenty of beautiful music. While Whisper is more classical than Sakamichi, they both have the same feel. If you like animes about kids reaching for their dreams, these are the animes to watch.
Both have romantic aspects and the eliment of music loving people coming together to make grreat music with each other.
Can't only like one of them.
Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…
Both anime are josei and slice of life. Both have the same kind of feeling to them. Both have a lot of romance between the characters.
I think both Paradise Kiss and Kids on the Slope appeal to an older audience. The romance and friendships are similar, and the atmosphere in both turns from innocent to bittersweet by the end.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
Kids on the Slope has a fair share of romance, but I think the most important part of the series is the friendship between the two male leads, Kaoru and Sentarou. Likewise, while Colorful isn't initially about friendship, the theme becomes very important later on.
There aren't that many series about the strength and importance of friendships between males, and Kids on the Slope and Colorful are both full of really excellent drama, (though their pacing is completely different), so if you liked one you should check the other out.
Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical violin; this violin has the ability to express the music in someone’s heart, even if they do not possess the talent for playing the instrument. With the violin in her care, Hino must now compete in a musical competition, but the guilt of not having true musical talent consumes her. Lili’s dream is to bring happiness to people with music, but Hino isn’t sure she has what it takes to be the one to do it. Can Hino perservere, or will she abandon Lili’s dream?
In both animes, there is a strong love for the music they make and play. In La Corda there is a focus on classical music and Sakamichi focuses on jazz, but they both depict music the same way. They both have plenty of romance and drama in them too. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Both animes are slife of life dramas about a high schooler who is suddenly in an environment they aren't familiar with and surrounded by relatives who don't seem to like them very much. Both main characters are dealing with having absent parents and both deal with it by throwing themselves into a new hobby or career. Iroha is slightly more comedic, but they both have melodramatic tones and focus on love and romance getting complicated.