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Ever since their first meeting at six years old, Hikari Hanazono has struggled to defeat her rival Kei Takashima at anything, whether it be athletics or academics. To date she has proven unsuccessful, resulting in Kei constantly referring to her as "second place." In reality, Kei has been in love with Hikari for quite some time, but Hikari remains completely oblivious to the fact. Now, as the top two students in a prestigious academy, the duo continues their long-running competition as part of the school's elite class of seven, the Special A. Will Hikari ever surpass Kei... or realize that he loves her?


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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Special A 2003 Original Manga
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Kiyotaka NAKAHARA Character Design
Yoshikazu MIYAO Director
Maki MINAMI Original Manga Creator

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Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...

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They both are about school kids falling in love and have very similar art and characters. The type of shojou anime is much the same and the characters are about the same age. Overall, Special A and Kaichou wa Maid Sama are very much alike.


Both anime are very much alike, the girl is working hard to overtake the guy, but the guy is always far off in front of her. Despite that, they have feelings for each other. the characters have very similar personalities, same art... however, kaichou wa maid-sama have more story development compared to special A.


Hard headed, strong, determined girl who hates to lose and is going to high school with a group of freinds with various fun and entertaining personalities? As well as the perfect, popular guy who likes to tease her? Well either of these fits these perfectly. I've also read the mangas of both. You couldn't love one without loving the either. Seriously, I suggest either one of these if you've watched the other. And even if you haven't seen either one yet you should definitely watch them both. Two animes that are bound to get you laughing in fits of tears at the right moments and shouting at the screen at others.


If you like one of these anime you will be sure to like the other for there is a lot of similarity between the two. First both Hikari and Misaki are strong willed, fired up, smart, competitive, tough, can never seem to win over Kei/Usui, and they even sorta look alike. Both Kei and Usui are arrogant, smart, strong, love to tease Hikari/Misaki, and they also kinda look alike. Two, the settings and images of both anime really resemble each other.


These characters are very simialr with strong willed girl trying to overcome an always two steps ahead guy. While they both learn to be more vulnerable and with another person. The settings are very similar.


Both animes have a hard working girl as the main character who is in second place to the main guy but has vowed to catch up to him. Both of the girls are strong and smart and make you want to work hard, too!!!


Both Special A and Kaicho wa Maid-sama! are about strong, fiery young women who try to accomplish everything by themselves, can't seem to pass her rival, and let their judgments about people blind them to the truth. If you like the way that Hikari and Kei or Misaki and Takumi interact, you really should do yourself a favor and watch the other pair as well.


They are so similiar in style, story and drawings ))

they both have their fun moments and great times .

thought they only announced 7 episodes for Kaichou wa Maid-sama! . they were fun to watch :)


Both have very similar main characters kei and Usui both tell the girl that they like them but both girls are clueless and even things they are moking them. Both are dense girls when it comes to love but is good at and works hard at everything else. While they do try their best the guys are always in front of them. The stiry is very similar and if you like one of the animes you will like the other


If you have already watched one of these anime, and to the second a hand yet do not send in addition, but you liked the first, be assured that the second as will not leave you indifferent. Finally, each interested a genre should watch both of them. Both protagonists simply amaze with the similarity of character and appearance. As the general spirit of an anime is in many respects similar: action occurs at school, both heroes test to each other liking. The guy appears the initiator. And the girl understands nothing in relations and presidency or rivalry with the cleverest and talented is interested only in the duties, whether it be.


For a while after finishing Special A, I was left bored to tears, until i recently found out about Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

I've become addicted and this anime is similar to special a because the protagonist is (like Hikari) surprisingly tough and strong willed. The love interest in Kaichou (Usui) adds a special twist similar to the way Ikuto (from Shugo Chara) added a comedical romance to the story.

I'm sure any anime fan will love Kaichou wa Maid-sama as much (or more) as Special A.


well the story have similar points, like the fact that is a really good romantic comedy and both main characters are very smart, strong and competitive..

Also the fact that the guy is totally in love of the girl but she doesn't sees that way, and she only see him as a competition and also annoying guy.

the comedy is very similar also..


In both animes the male lead is superior to the female lead - though the female lead is really hard-working she's always a step behind the male lead. The male lead is in love with the girl but she does not recognize this. 

In addition both shows are episodic, there is no real continuity between episodes besides that the female lead starts to feel the same way as the male lead (but she hardly admit or notice this).


Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Special A are both about high school girls who are determined never to give up. They persevere and keep on going until the end. Each one also has alittle bit of romance and you can tell that the guy characters loves the girl characters. Even though both girls excell in grades and their physical abilities, they are pretty clueless when it comes to men and love. 


Kaichou wa Maid-sama! and Special A are similar in many ways. The two main female characters, Hikari and Misaki, both hate losing and are hard-working people, and they are dense towards the other's feelings. Kei and Usui are both geniuses, and they are capable of doing things that normal people can't. If you liked one of these shows, you are sure to like the other!


Both main characters are strong girls who do their best to be better than the boys and who fail in noticing their impact on boys. Both shows are hilarious with an underlying romantic theme.


In both Special A and Kaichou wa Maid-Sama the two main characters are a guy and a girl, and the girl is always trying to show-up each other in almost anything. The guy obviously like the girl, but the girl doesn't quite accept that she likes him as well.


Hikari and Misaki are very similiar characters. They are headstrong, smart, brash but still nice. They're also very dense when it comes to love. Usui and Kei are also very similiar too. The animation of the characters are both very pretty and stories have the same feel to it. Both are comedic with plenty of romance thrown. It's in a school setting.


if you liked either these movies your going to love both ways, both involve two "higher" class promiscuous pretty boys, that chase after a girl that is just in denial of the truth, there both really well drawn charcts. funny, sweat, cunning, and best drama anime ever! just if you loved either or, your going to love the other!!


these two anime are similar in highschool student and how the heroin character were really independent, smart than other and hardworking, get respect from others but never can surpass the male characters. also, it focusing on how male characters show or introduced the romance/love feeling to the heroine.


Both of these animes present the main characters in a similar way. The girls are identical with their personality of self-determination and the male protagonists are alike because of their feelings for the girls. The art is also the same and the environment also focuses in a school area.


If you are looking for one of those school romance types of comedies Kaichou wa Maid-sama! And Speacial A are just the ticket.  Both of the female protagonists are trying to out do the guy that they happen to really have feelings for.  The men happen to be really similar to each other (the even look alike) very strong and attractive, slyly supporting the female character on their way.


Oh My Gosh!

I've never seen two animes so close!

Both have a main girl who is good at everything (besides cooking) and is always competing with the main male. They're both amazing stories that i absolutley loveee!

The main male characters are so heroic, it's crazy!

If you loved one, you'll definitley love the other.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama is my favorite♥


There are a lot of reasons why you should watch Kaichou wa Maid-sama! if you liked this animé.

Special A and Kaichou wa Maid-sama! are very similar in that both have as the lead female character a clueless, naive, but superhumanly talented/skilled teenage girl who is admirably hardworking as well and has a tough image but actually has a kind heart. Another common theme is that the guy is also superhumanly gifted and strangely always a step ahead of the girl, which rouses the competitive spirit in the girl and makes her see him as a rival instead of seeing him as a guy (thus, his brief journey into one-sided affection begins).

Now, that plot may actually sound cliched or overused already, but for these two animés, it worked. The character development and the dialogues are never boring. Both of these animés have managed to find that perfect mix of humor and romance without being cheesy or tasteless. Sure, there are a lot of absurdities, (e.g. superhuman strength of the girl) but hey, this is anime. :D


#2 wants to beat #1... #1 falls in love with #2... #2 is clueless... they all lived happily ever after.


If you loved Special A then you will love Kaichou wa Maid-sama and vice versa. Both center around a smart heroine that strives to beat their rival. They each fall in love with their rival. Romantic moments are hilarious and really enjoyable. ^_^


If you like any one of thesee series, you will loke the other too ^^

They are similar in the ways of both having a strongwilled girl, working for her goals while at the same time being completely unaware of the feelings of her male friends.



Both these two shows are very similar, I guarantee if you like one of these you will surely like the other one. Both shows are similar in plot and the main male and female characters are very similar.


What to say that hasn't already been said? Special A and Kaichou wa Maid-sama! feature a group of very simmilar characters that interact in a simmilar way among each other, end up in simmilar situations and form simmilar relationships. The main difference is that Special A has given a lot more attention to it's supporting characters and developed their individual pasts and relationships even further, while in KWMS the main pair gets the most glory.


Both of these animes are very similiar. The art style is close, although not the same. The amount of humor is pretty much the same.

The guys are both in love with the girls, although the girls are either too dense or won't accept it. Both girls have very random family scenes(although the Maid-sama ones tend to be more sweet). Both girls are very hardworking.

If you liked one, you'll like the other. Although they are in different situations, there's a lot of the same stuff in them.


Its really the same! Both main guy characters (Kei and Usui) are hot and it has really good drawing! The main girl characters (Misaki and Hikari) have no idea about their love


Both Misaki and Hikari are strong and determent. They both compete against a perfect guy. They both don't (want to) see that the boy is actually in love with them. Usui and Kei are both great male characters, but slightly differ from each other. Both animes are sweet and fun, I highly recommend both of them!


 Both have strong female characters that believe they can accomplish if they work hard. The men sm to always beat them and of course it takes the girls forever to figure out their feelings. I found Maid sama after looking through these recommendations. Its totally worth it :)


I really enjoyed both of these animes, each had cutesy feel good moments. And they made me laugh. Watch 'em! :) 


Maid-sama and SA are interestingly so much alike! They both have this serious-but uber HOT-guys who secretly like a girl, and the both the girls can't cook, but can fight! Both shows are hilarious and make you want to watch MORE MORE MORE! I absolutely loved the two. :DDD


It has the same kind of cuteness to it! The love-resistant main character is what got me hooked ^^


I like both anime's. kaichou a little bit more. I think both have the same general idea of a hardworking girl that first deny her own interest in the boy: tusunder? I think so.


Both anime produce the same feeling when you see them. Main male character is good looking, charming and have tons of girls looking to get into their pants, but they are after one girl that is clumsy, has no woman-like behavior and is cluless about her feelings.

So if u like one of these animes, YOU MUST see the other.


Both are about a high school boy and girl who are better than the others in various things; in both its the boywho ends up falling for the girl and its the girl that considers the boy to be her rival before even considering that she likes him.Both girls are very stubborn and but end up admiting they like the boy.

If you liked one you should give the other one a try.


In each of these, there is an intelligent, strong and talented female paired with a male that has similar characteristics. If you enjoyed their interactions in one, you'll surely enjoy the interactions in the other.


Both Kaichou... and Special A revolve a story of high school students and their daily lives that include love story; main male characters are both witty, smart, and love and protect the heroines. On the other hand, the heroines are both independent, who refuses to be protected by heroes. If you like school life/sweet love story, you will like Kaichou and Special A!


both animes have similar character settings. the males are somewhat   super awesome while the girls are hard working. the males (kei and usui) love the females (hikari and misaki) very much and was always by their side and protecting them


they're both totally awesome! With cute romance stuff. If you liked one, you will like the other!


their both have a strong lead girl who is just awesome and end up having their rival like them


Both anime have very talented male and female lead characters who love to compete against each other. Both leading males are cool, calm, and pretty much perfect. Both have a focus on the main male and female falling in love with each other.


Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is very much similar to Special A, this is mainly because in both series a perfect boy falls for second perfect, hardworking girl. Both the lead male protogonists  (Usui Takumi & Takashima Kei) will always be perfect, cool & composed with the female leads (Hikari Hanazono & Ayuzawa Misaki) being Hardworking, little bit egostic yet loving, second perfect, who always wanted to surpass the male leads. Also yet another important similarity is that the feel, the mood & the romantic environment in the series. both the series gives a warm, light hearted romantic feel (can't able to express in words) which will surely make the viewers fall for the series. its a great pity that both these series are short & does'nt have season yet its what make it so so beautiful.  Anyways if you like one surely you will like other. both KMS & SA will surely be in memories of viewers.


The couples in them are quite similar, most notably both girl characters can't cook! Their characters are all very strong willed and high achievers, for example, school president or extension classes. Whilst characters might be very similar, but lets face it most shoujo anime charcters are, the storylines are completely different. Either way you're sure to have great laughs and sweet moments throughout.


Both center around a headstrong, determined heroine who cares about her friends and those around her, with the exception of one guy who she deems her rival and is determined to best him. Sadly, she has no idea that the guy actually cares for her. Very cute love story that will reward you with that "just kiss her already!" you often don't find in other shows.


They are both about a strong-willed and independent girl who falls in love with the guy she hates the most. They both happen at school.


Both series have a strongwilled protagonist, and have the same air to them. Similar graphics, and similar comedy. Both are hilarious and both guys mess with the female characters.


Both series are very similar: the action, the characters, the way they interact, or the things they do. However I found Maid-sama to be much, much better. So if you liked Special A you will most likely LOVE Maid-Sama. Maid-sama has better graphics, it is funnier, and the relationship between the main characters is also more interesting (a bit "kinkier" and less childish in a way). You will most likely love the male lead, as well. No doubts here. Kei from Special A is not nearly as interesting and as provoking as Usui is. All in all, I found Maid-sama to be less shoujo-ish and more mature than Special A, altough the series are, undoubtedly, very, very similar. 


The main protagonists, or the 'couple', looks and acts very similarly. Kaichou wa Maid-sama is a tad more realistic in my opinion, if looking at the storyline and the characters. You'll definitely enjoy this anime if you enjoyed Special A. :D


THEY ARE SO SIMILAR! TOTALLY SIMILAR! Both have a competitve main female character that are totally capable YET never seems to win the guy. Both are totally oblivious to the male's feeling and at the same time, unaware of their own feelings as well. Totally sweet and lovely anime that I recommend you to watch.


The art styles are very similar, the plot, though unique to each story, is still very similar, with the male character persuing the protagonist. The protagonists are both quite hardheaded but endearing. Both animes feature the school setting, along with ideas, school carnivals, class presidents etc. Overall, although both animes, though different, are both enjoyable nonetheless.


They are similar becasue they each have a hard working teenager who doesn't notice the main male characters feeling toward them.


They both have the genre of comedy and romance. Both also happens in school. Both heroine and heroes excels in academics and both animes focuses on love and friendships :)


Both have hero character who always saves the main character. Hero is smarter and is love with heroine. Heroine is angry with hero due to him being smarter than her.


They both have the Tsundere and school feeling to it. this makes it really interesting like how they both have a boy that is so called perfect.


i like them both in terms of their genre and both main characters of the two series have similarities.


The plot is very similar and the characters are similar, for example Usui is similar to Kei because they both are cool and they like the main character which is a girl in both. And in the end the girls like Usui and Kei.


They both have a perfect guy and a hard-working girl that tries to surpass him, but is unable to. Really similar protagonists. The guy tries to show his love but the girl is too stubborn and only sees the guy as a rival. If you like one of them it's very likely you will also like the other.


Both center around a headstrong, determined heroine who cares about her friends and those around her, with the exception of one guy who she deems her rival and is determined to best him. Sadly, she has no idea that the guy actually cares for her. Very cute love story that will reward you with that "just kiss her already!" you often don't find in other shows.


It's Intresting i love Comedy/romance Anime Like Special A Kaichou Wa Maid Sama And Others Like Lovely Complex Ouran High School Host Club


Both series have a similar setting. The art is almost identical and both stories are well written (comical and easy to follow). Furthermore, both stories center around a boy in love with a girl who is obvlivious to his feelings.


Both Animes are pretty much the same. Especially when you compare it to the main couple of the story. They both have the title: Super-Human Tag-Team! And both are very funny :D


They are pretty much the same thing. One guy who is the best at everything and a girl that is second at everything. The guy likes the girl, but the girl doesn't know. Don't want to spoil it so :P


i highly recomend this anime. it is a true romantic comedy. if you liked speical a then you will LOVE this one. i actually found special a looking for animes like maid sama.


both really cute stories, I highly recomend both. So f you like a romanti comedy, I would definetely go for Special A and Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Both will make you say,"AWWWWW!"


it is sooo similar how the romance goes and how dense the female protagonists are (misaki and miharu)


If you enjoyed it like me u would like this to because in away its a similar plot line because the male lead is rich while the femal is poor!


the characters were drawn similarily and both female leads have a very grab life by the horns sort of approach


Both of these animme are very similar; Almost to the point of being mirror images of each other, if it weren't for the very different settings. Misaki and Hikari are both extremely strong and independent girls(who both can't cook at all), while Takumi and Kei both exceed their respective love interests' talents.


Both are romance comedy animes with an over-achieving female lead.  If you loved one, you'll be sure to love the other.  There's a lot of sweet moments and hilarious moments.


Kei, from Special A, is similiar to Usui. He teases her but he actually cares about her a lot. He is also attractive, like Usui.

Both Hikaru, from Special A, and Misaki are similar because they have a tsundre personality. They're also both dense.

These series both have school life, comedy, and romance.


There's lots of romance and the comedy's great! I loved watching both animes they made me laugh...


There a only a few school life romance dedicated to making you laugh, and both of these did just that sucessfully


If you like Kaichou Wa Maid Sama, you'll like this anime.

I liked this anime because it had some hilarious moments and some moments that brought tears to my eyes. The drama and mystery doesn't take 15 episodes to get then have it all crammed into one 30 min episode. you gradually get to know the characters and their pasts. This anime kept me guessing and even though there were parts of it you knew what would happen, there was still more then enough twists to get your attention. I loved this anime.


these anime are similar in nearly every way. The main characters of both are nearly identical. If you like one, I can guarantee you will like the other.


when i wached maid-sama i thought 'hey, i recognize this' so i went trough the list of anime i wached and found special a. the storyline is similar, the main characters are similar and even their relationship troughout the series is almost exactly the same. if yoou like special a, you will like maid sama


There both really good and cute the main characters though are so dense! Lol love them! Both the couples UsuixMisaki and KeixHikari are so adorable i absoultly love them! Daiskui! So yeah awesome animes adore!

萨哟冉阿! Sayonara! 



Both have a main female caracter that is strong and very hard headed and never realise important stuff on time like the guy that have an interest in them.


They're very similar when it comes to plot points, the boy is always ahead of the girl even though the girl is literally perfect, the guy manges to do more perfect. Both very hot main guys and average looking girls. 


both are fun romantic comedies filled with funny characters

there is no dark side so no seriousness


Both series include a strong mc female characther chasing an even stronger mc male character. The male characther has an obvious interest for the female, but the female is a bit dense and in denial. The stories progress in the same way, you'll be suprised over how extremily much they remind you of each other. These series will equally make you laugh your self into oblivion(sorry for the dramatic term.), and make your heart skip a beat at the romantic scenes. 

I have nothing else to say but, you absolutly MUST watch both, or the other if you only have watched one of them.


It's an amazing anime that has a strong, although stubborn, female lead .

This is why I really recommend this anime to anybody who likes a female lead instead of the average wimpy (no offense)Girl who always cowards behind people. Plus the romance makes it adorable as well.


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Both have strong but oblivious female leads with equally (if not more so) strong male leads that are madly in love with them. There are differences that is too be expected and I would rate Maid slightly above Special A. If you are looking for something cute, romantic, and fun both of these anime will serve that purpse


Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Special A main character girls both can't cook and both oblivious to a guy (or mulitiple guys) liking them. And they are both funny and romance animes


You'll like either anime if you're a fan of the man having definite feelings for the girl of the story, even before the girl realizes she has feelings these two will definitely tickle your fancy.  Especially if you're a fan of a more 'mysterious' type hero than the goofy dude. 


Sooo badly i recommend it so lovely and lite and comdy

i like the story i like Characters All


Both of these anime have the female character oblivious to the love of a male character, whom is seen as a rival. Both Anime have similar humour.

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Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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Both of these magnificent tales focus around a group of special students who have organizations at their respective schools. In Ouran, it's a club run by the students called the 'Host Club' in which they cater to the needs of the ladies. In S.A., it's an academic class made of the seven smartest students in the school. In both cases, there're plenty of moments that make you laugh, squeal, and feel down right good! It's definitly worth giving them a shot.


Both are closely similar... Hikari, a talented girl raised under a normal family, attends a prestigious and elite school. She gets to be a member of a special class of rich and bright students who goof and fool around. Ouran is just like that too...


If you liked the wacky humour in Special A, then Ouran is likely to have you in painful stitches. It has that same 'elite high school' setting, is packed with bishounen, but is in fact a satire of the genre in which Special A belongs. You really can't go wrong by trying out Ouran if you want more (and better) elements found in Special A.


Both of them are based off in a highschool setting where it is not very 'realisit' a girl who is clueless about love and a guy who likes her is trying to show it to her. If you like Ouran High School, im pretty sure you'd like Special A.


Both are about a female heroin going in a "special" school and is about the "everyday" life that contains alot of fun. In both series there are some what of a romantic twist.


As both are screwball romantic comedies revolving around a club of wealthy students, Ouran and Special A seem to be a match made in heaven. Among other things, they share zany humor, memorable characters, and a heroine who is just a wee bit oblivious.


Both animes are high school romance comedies. Both contain high school clubs in which most of the drama happens. They have clueless heroins who are unaware of the boys around them that like them.


Well these two animes are similar from the very first episodes. Ouran High School Host club and Special A are special places for special and elite people. Special A is a class for elite members in the schol, who has highest marks and Ouran host club is for elite and inteligent boys who entertain elite girls who comes to the club. Well not the whole idea of animes looks alike. Also The characters have kind of similar personalities. The main girl is very boyish and loves challenges, the main boy don't realise how much he cares for that girl untill the very end. All supporting characters are very funny and alike too by their own characteristics - like eating to much, like beig twins or like caring for other members... well just see for yourself and you'll understand how much these two animes are alike :)


OHC and SA are essentially the same series in almost every aspect, but especially in the sense that both are light on storyline, but humorous nonetheless. (If I had to keep score, OHC delivers more laughs.) In both series, the story follows a large cast of characters participating in club activities; however, I should point out that the basis of the clubs are quite different: OHC's club involves being a social butterfly while SA's club is filled with the best and brightest of the school. OHC hails from the reverse harem genre, and as a contrast, SA has a good gender balance, so the series doesn't have the craziness of three or four guys chasing after the same girl.


Both of these series are about a specialist group within a high school. Both are also chock full of humour and romance. Also both series have a good supporting cast so the main characters don't tend to completely steal the show.


They are both High school romantic comedies. The humor is really similar. Both series take place in a "special club"wich students stand out from the rest of the school.


Special A and Ouran High School Host Club both center around a group/club of high school students who are as close as family. They also both have an underlying relationship building throughout the series. The two are lighthearted and humorous which make each episode very enjoyable.


If you liked Special A, you will like Ouran for sure. Ouran takes the fun and comedy of Special A to a whole 'nother level and the characters are a might less generic and generally more fun.


both have high class school systems. they both have that same type of humor style to them. just watch it you will aree that they are the same


These anime have a similar feel, they are both about a group of elite students, the top in an elite school.  They also both deal with stupid teenage girls who can't understand what feelings they have for the lead male roles.  If you enjoyed one, you'll surely enjoy the other.  I made many comparisons between the two while I was watching Special A.  I'm sure you will get plenty of laughs out of either one, so please watch them both, and enjoy the shoujo antics.


Well OHSHC and Special A are definitely a perfect match. They are both set in wealthy high schools, they both have heroines (Haruhi and Hikari) who aren't as wealthy as the other students in that special organization (Haruhi got in by intelligence, Hikari's dad is a carpenter so he can barely afford the expensive school fees). Also even though they are both about people in clubs/organizations the characters don't act superior to everyone else and all the people in the organizations act like a big family. The plots are also full of fun twists in both these series and a few sweet moments too when you can't help yourself going "Awww", they also both have a stupid heroine who is oblivious to the fact that one of the lead males (more than one in Haruhi's case) has strong feelings for her until the very end. Both are well thought out and have amazing character designs. If you like one then you will definitely like the other.


If you liked either Special A or Ouran High School Host Club, you should enjoy the other. Both have moments that you're laughing so hard that you cry, then later you're crying because something emotional happened, and then you're laughing again, and all in one episode. The comedy in both is very strong. They're both character focused series, dealing with relationships between friends and couples. Also, they're both set in rich school settings. I found myself being reminded of Ouran High School Host Club while I watched Special A. They're definately similar, but both very original.


These series are extremely similar to each other. In both we see the main heroine - a girl from an ordinary family, and her adventures among the group of friends from wealthy families. Add to that romance and a lot of humor, and you'll get both of these series.


I have never seen two series that could be so much alike, both in themes and characters and animation.  Ouran High School Host Club is a dead on likeness of Special A.  A group of special students are brought together in a comedic array of fun filled adventures in a high school setting.  The female lead is both determined and a great role model for anyone in each of these series.


These shows both contain high school romance, BUT neither does it in an excessively sweet shoujo manner. Instead, both rely heavily on comedy and the supporting cast to keep things light-hearted and sweet while slowly pushing the leads closer to each other.

I don't like chick flicks, but I DO like these shows! ^_^


both these animes are extremely hilarious and are wonderful simply because u have a great time watching them...also the art-work is quite similar....

100% recommended!!!


These series have a multitude of similarities, right down to the opening animation.  Both have an average, working-class girl thrown into the world of high-society all because of her over-achieving smarts.  The lead male characters are both the best i.e. smartest/handsomest of the bunch and I'll be darned if the words, "I'm number one in this club" wasn't spoken from the lead male in "Special A" as a shout-out to "Ouran" fans.  Aside from that, they both have the comedic elements to thwart the tense situations and touches of romance to keep you on your toes.  Both really great series.


Ouran and Special are very similar to each other. They're both about a group that stands out from everyone else. Most of them are rich with the exception of one and you'll find that the characters are very simliar. If you like on of them you'll mostly likly like the other one as well.


If you liked Ouran High School Host Club, you'd also like Special A (and vice versa) because both of the series feature an interesting and engaging conception of elite school-life.


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The girl will stand up for herself in both not to mention Tamaki and Takashima look alike in ways!!!!


Both are a romantic comedy, and they have a similarity of the story outline which held in school with rich and famous people. Also the similarity of some characters is a bit matched. They are both very enjoyable and will keep you watching until the end!


Ouran High and Special A are similar in so many respects: the high school setting, the comedy, the friendship and relationships, the style and more! If you liked Special A, I would definitely recommend Ouran High (and vice versa)!!!!


Special A = Ouran High School Host Club + School Rumble Pompous, rich and good-looking people that can do anything and everything to perfection and are clearly superior to all humans and even posses hearts of gold.... check.... Male lead in love with the totally adorable and equally dense and clueless female lead who doesn't notice his feelings even if slapped in the face with them..... check.... ^^ +All 3 are fantastic series


Because They are alike. I poor girl person in each one.And that they have both great grades. They both really care about anything! OURAN HIGHSCHOOL HOST CLUB AND SPECIAL A RULE!!!


It has the same kind of cuteness to it! The love-resistant main character is what got me hooked ^^


Both animes are on a similar premis, a special group of elite students and the relationships between the characters in each group. Ouran has the Host Club with Haruhi tossed in the middle by mistake, and Special A has the S-A Class with Hikari, who fought her way there. The characters of each anime are similar, but you can't really say that Kei is like Tamaki, or Hikari is like Haruhi, simply that the groups themselves are similar in composure and chemistry. I would highly recommend both, and would have to say that they are among my favorites.


Both these animes are hilarious, if you liked one you will definetily like the other. They both have a strong female lead who is more than a little clueless at love, and have plenty of funny adventures along the way to learning their feelings, they are both MUST WATCHES :)


They both center around a group of the "elite" and it has the same feel when it comes to style of anime.


Both of these animes feature a strong female lead character surrounded by the glitz and glamour of other wealthy characters. The lead female doesn't realize their love for the male protagonist until the very end of the anime series, but there are so many cute fluff moments throughout the entire series. Bothof these animes feature a great and similar art style as well as similar environments.


In both of these anime, a group of mostly privileged and talented individuals with significant sway in their respective schools are bound together, in one way or another. Their shenanigans and interpersonal relationships make for funny episodes.


Both are lighthearted and sweet. They have the same theme, but different stories. Special A is more about finding love, Host Club is more about accepting it.


They both have lots of funny moments that will make you laugh, so if you like one you will like the other!


They both have similar storylines and focus on comedy. The main character in special a is very much like Kyoya. I loved them both.


Special A really reminded me of Ouran. Lots of comedy, plenty of character development, and of course the obvious: a poor girl befriending a group of elite students. The endings really reminded me of each other. Special A is more romantic - and there are plenty of side romances as well.


Really funny animes and good history to back the jokes. I love the characters, this is a must for me to like the anime.


Both Special A and Ouran High School Host Club feature a club for"special" students and focus on the fun activities of the members.  If you enjoy light comedy with a smidge of romance thrown in, you should check out both of these! Ouran features an elite group of handsome boys that form a host club to cater to their fellow students, and the Special A group is a mixed gender club of the top academic students of the school.  Both anime have good character development, so you really get to feel you know these people and will have fun sharing their adventures and spending time in their world.  Both Ouran and Special A are guaranteed to make you smile.


They both have that humorous, so-close-yet-so-far-away-romance and nonchalant atmosphere with lots of interesting side characters.


The hero and heroine are both dense to their feelings. There's really not much rivalty but the comedy and romance are there just like in Special A


Both are amazing comedy/romance animes, with cute twins and an elite school. In bith cases the main character is a bit oblivious to their feelings.


Both shows have a high school setting, similar romances, and similar season finales. Also, both feature a hilkarious supporting cast, who are mostly rich.


Both are similar in their sense of humor and the elite club setting with its motley crew of zany characters. Special A is definitely more obviously romantic than OHSHC, but they definitely have their similarities. 

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Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss

Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?

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They both have a girl who isnt in the top. A guy that is at top of his class. And eventually the couples fall in love with each other.


If you liked the light-hearted romantic comedy based on a super-intelligent male protagonist in Special A, then Itazura na Kiss is a good next step. Although Itazura na Kiss is less wacky and more situation comedy, and what I'd consider it just a better-plotted anime as a whole.


Both series are very funny and enjoyable. They show us that intelligent and handsome guys don't have to necessarily live an easy and happy life. They need a woman to support them and give them real happiness. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.


Both anime feature a cold and super intelligent guy. The female character is more on the carefree fun loving side. Both anime also feature a "one-sided love", and both are really funny.


Both series focus on a love relationship between the main protagonist. Reverse role in Itazura na Kiss with the female loving the male. Instead of subtle hints of love, Itazura na Kiss is explicit from the very start and the storyline progresses from there. Highly recommend if you enjoyed Special A. In addition, excellent ending that will not leave the viewer hanging. Storyline spans from High school all the way to College and after.


Both of these series place heavy focus on the unrequited love of one of the central characters and the way they deal with their feelings. Both series are full of comedy, so if you enjoyed one then it's well worth checking out the other.


Have two female lead chracter who are determined to win. Lead male that seems somewhat distant and sometimes down right mean but in the end they find that they care for eachother.


they both have a really smart and athetic guy, and a female character that wants to improve herself.

Also the guy is secretly in love, but at the beguining he doesn't know it


I watched Special A first, and when watching Itazura na Kiss I thought that these anime were two sides of the same coin. Very similar yet extremely different.

Now one thing you should know is that Itazura na Kiss is a more realistic anime and is suited for a slightly older audience then SA - wheras SA has more comedic, slightly more light hearted storyline with a slightly younger audience in mind. Both anime include the mixture of romance, comedy and character development very well - neither really creating a break where the storyline gets boring; every episode introduces a new part of the story which leaves you wanting more. If you enjoyed one, then I definately recommend the other.


Both of the male protagonists in the series are "perfect"- down to both of them even saying that they only need to see something once to remember it.


Special A and Itazura na Kiss are in many ways alike. It is enjoyable to watch both of the animes because their funny, full of energy and in away romantic. In both of them the guys are the smartest and on the top while the girls are light headed and do not understand anything.

In Specail A a girl named Hikari wants to defeat Kei once and for all but she cannot succeed at it. They are both rivals and had been for a long time but Hikari never gives up and tries as hard as she can. In Itazura na Kiss a girl named Kotoko really likes Naoke Irie. Every one says its imposible for her to get Irie-kun to go out with her because she is on the bottom set of her school. But she never gives up.


While Special A is more of a comedy type anime and Itazura na Kiss takes on a slightly more serious tone, the characters in each are easily relatable to one another.  It is interesting to see the one-sided love in both of these shows but from entirely different perspectives.


Both of these shows reminded me of each other, if you liked Special A, then you're bond to love Itazura na Kiss and vise versa.  Honestly, they have the same feel to them.  Both involve a guy who is the top of his class, and a girl who tries everything to be as good as him.  Although it is for different purposes, because in Special A it's mainly because of jealousy (and she doesn't realize her feelings for him), while in Irazura na kiss, she does it because she loves him and wants to be good enough for him. Both guys often tease the girls to an extreme too, just to hide their initial feelings.


Both animes have the main lead in love with the girl. Although in Special A, you have the girl who's completely ignorant of the boy liking her at all, while in Itazura na Kiss, you have the girl who's ignorant of the boy liking her back.

Skip Beat!

Skip Beat!

Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?

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When I first saw skip beat, I couldn't help to notice how it reminded me o Special A in the plot dynamic and even in the humour. Also, they both deal with one girl trying to outdoing a boy and that's the thing that sets off the main leads to try their best. Whereas in Skip beat! there a sadder tone about the reason that made Kyoko go to showbiz to overcome Sho, in Special A it's mere rivalry. Even so, these two animes have more in common than meets the eye.


Skip Beat! is a totally awesome anime and gives off a totally new experience. Since I've started watching, I've become completely attached to this anime. I hope it'll go on forever!

Special A is similar to Skip Beat! in many ways like the competitive main character, but I would say that Special A is more of a school life love anime which seperates it slightly from Skip Beat!.


Have female leads that are determined to be #1 but have strong moral code where they will win fair and square. Along with some funny antics.


The Main Characters of both don't realize when someone loves them they both have the right dose of comedy and romance with out going over the top. I greatly enjoyed both ...x


The female leads in these shows are both strong and fiery, which means they take things to extreme measures sometimes. Hikari's rivalry with Kei and Kyoko's rivalries with Ren and Shou cause them to take ridiculous steps to ensure victory, though they both make fools of themselves along the way.

In addition, there's a hint of romance, but not enough to blind any one with the shoujo sparkles of doom.


both animes are hilarious!!!

they project blundering. quirky, funny albeit strong and willful heroines and are an absolute treat for the quintessential shoujo fan


 When your striving to be the best, and especially when your trying to out do a certain boy that always seems to get in your way think of Skip Beat and Special A!  While trying to make their way in the world the heroines have to overcome obstacles along the way with ever a man stuck in their path.  There is a little romance in each and a spice that bring the heated characters to life.

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Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...

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If you enjoy the funny moments between Kei and Hikari, you will love the same ones with Otani and Risa, although the animes focus on different things, they both carry the same moments that you love, from the embarassing moments between them falling in love to the moments where their friends make jokes about it and try to help.

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Opposing love on seemingly opposite characters. The mains are willing to go after what they want no matter what.


Special A and Lovely Complex have a lot in common. Especially the storyline. In Special A the boy and girl are rival and it's practically the same in Lovely Complex. And the main characters slowly start to develop romantic feelings for the other.


Both series feature a guy and girl who are kind of rival relationship with each other.  Though in the case of Special A it's because Hikari is always trying to beat Kei in something and in Lovely Complex Risa and Otani fight because of their height differences.  Still both series follow the same path that eventually leads to the characters of both series falling for each at some point or another.  Also as another point both series also feature a rather interesting cast of supporting characters.  So if you liked one then you may like the other as well.


Both deal with awkward feelings of first love. Special A focuses more on including comedy and giving a sense of the other characters besides the main 2. Lovely Complex deals more with the emotional and dramatic sides of falling in teen love, and has fewer comedic moments. 


The shows are similar, focusing on two very different characters who clash constantly, but eventually fall for one another.  The humor and characters are somewhat similar.  If you liked one of the two, it's not a stretch to say you'd like the other as well.