Touma is greeted in Tokyo by a cute girl named Urara who has a crush on him. However his trip turns into a failure as he fails to pass the entrance exam, which he lies about to impress Mieko, a cute model. Now he must live with Urara, who happens to be his cousin, while trying to win the heart of Mieko and overcome Urara's seductive plan to keep them apart.
Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...
The stories in Sakura Diaries and Chobits are WAY different, but the theme of "boy comes to big city for school: boy meets 'girl' and doesn't know what to do" is evident in both. Only, instead of his cousin, the object of affection is a persocom, or nearly human robot. It's a great series.
Both of these series concentrate on a boy who is trying to get through school, and wants to find love as well. The innuenendos they get themselves into are somewhat similar in that they are confused about who they should and shouldn't fall in love with.
Yota is a young man who is in love with his friend Moemi, but there's a catch: she's confessed her love for his best friend! Heartbroken, he finds himself in a mysterious video store that offers him Ai, a video girl who can fulfill his every desire. Thanks to his broken VCR, this dream becomes reality when she suddenly... emerges from the TV?! With a real life video girl on his hands to give advice and set him straight, Yota might just stand a chance of winning over the heart of Moemi, and curing his unbearable heartache...
The story in Video Girl AI is very much the same as in Sakura Diaries, where boy meets a girl who ends up liking him but he likes someone else, so the girl becomes vengeful and sad. This anime is very good and very short.
Kazuya Saotome is an electrical engineering student with a passion for computers, building his robot squid, and programming. One day he receives May, a hand sized cyberdoll, in a package from Cyberdyne Co. as a revenge tactic planted in a CD from his rival. With a little help from May to clean up his act, he may even be able to win over the heart of Kasumi, his landlord's daughter.
If you like the aspect of one guy having to decide between the affection of multiple females, or being surrounded by them that is evident in Sakura Diaries, Hand Maid May is another great series for that. The difference is, instead of a distant cousin, it's the "girl next door"... literally!
Meet Saji Keisuke, a hormone-heavy teen who's fallen hopelessly in love with Koizumi, a supposed man hater who refuses to give him the time of day. All he wants is to get laid, but all Koizumi wants is to get as far from him as possible! With plenty of love for Koizumi (in his pants?!) and plenty of distractions to keep at bay (such as big breasted Yuki), can our hero manage to get past second base with the girl of his dreams, or is she destined to stay just in his dreams forever?
This is kind of an odd recommendation, but if you like the bizarre humor and a guy who really has NO clue like in Sakura Diaries, Iketeru is the anime for you. It has short episodes and is a decent quality anime.
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!
Both stories feature college students who are struggling with their lives and find themselves in the middle of a love triangle. Well Maison Ikkoku is a little more complicated than that and also the better series by far.