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Hana Yori Dango

Hana Yori Dango

The average Tsukushi Makino attends the snobby, elite Eitoku Academy, which is dominated by the Flower Four (F4) – the sons of the most powerful families. Like the rest of her classmates, Tsukushi keeps a low profile until one day she can stand it no more! For her obstinance, the F4 declare war and it's Tsukushi against all. In the middle of it all, she finds herself drawn strangely close to two of the F4; they might not be as bad as they seem. With her heart torn between two boys, will Tsukushi be able to find the love she desires?

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ashblackrose ashblackrose says...

Both Hana Yori Dango and Special A are high school romance animes aimed at girls & women. Both have heroines who are not quite aware or appriciative of the love they are being offered.

k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

Special A is an abridged, more comedic representation of many overlapping themes present in Hana Yori Dango (reciprocating emotion, the rearing of Japan's super-elite, the social groups of private schools, etc).  If you're a fan of one series, you'd probably enjoy checking out the other.  Each does, however, have a little something different from the other that makes watching both worthwhile.

One key difference between these anime is the dynamic between the leads (the source of much of the humor in Special A is derived from this--this pretext also changes some of the other elements ; for example, in SA the lead female is a high-achieving student while in HYD she is average in her school, which is reflected in the character's reactions to their school environments as they change).

Hana Yori Dango goes much further with characterization (a luxury of it's greater length).  HYD also fills out the backstories of orbiting characters a little more than SA--viewers are assumed to be able to fill in the blanks when presented with standard frameworks, such as the relationships between Ryuu, Jun and the girl who uses cards in SA while the underpinnings of the relationship between one of the F4 and an alumnus of the school are explored in detail in HYD.

Stylistically, Hana Yori Dango is much more realistic ; both reflect the current styles of their times very well.  SA has theme elements, cutsie repeating themes, and sparkles ; the characters are long-legged and pointy-chinned.  HYD's characters have more human-like bodies and their environments are overall more solid.

HYD deals with class issues much more directly (we see the effect of the corporate group wars on the lead female's family in HYD, while these are only implied through walk-on characters that matter to side-characters in SA), while SA almost completely avoids them (still managing to throw in a line here and there about "Miss #2's" being "poor").

Gender issues are also portrayed in both series, reflecting current attitudes at the times of their making, though to a lesser degree in SA (again, length and also the show's comedic character prevent much depth here, but it's still present).

HYD has a greater sense of consequence, while SA will leave you with the feeling that life after the series continues in much the same way that we saw it during the show.  While there are many common themes and devices in each series, they are still quite different--the personalities of the lead characters are strikingly different in important ways and the nature of their relationships and interactions are also very different (partly as a result of the characters' personality differences and partly as a result of the show itself being either more dramatic or more comedic).  They're similar enough to cross-recommend, but different enough to justify viewing both rather than just chosing one.

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Zlant Zlant says...

Both, Special A and Fruits Basket, share a main character,Tohru in Fruits Basket and Hikari in Special A, who would do anything to make their friends or complete stranger feel better no matter the situation. Also both girls share the same innocent personality. The similarity between them makes it that watching both gives the same feeling to the viewer.

AnimeLove25 AnimeLove25 says...

After I finished watching Special A, I went straight to watching Fruits Basket! Special A is really good! Really romantic! The guys are hot and the story line is awesome! I highly recommend you watch Special A!

Toradora!

Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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DuskFey DuskFey says...

Taiga from Toradora! and Hikari from Special A are both teenagers who don't let anything stand in the way of their dreams. In both of these shows, the girls run headlong in the pursuit fo their goals, but discover a new side to themselves along the way. Hikari is naive and Taiga is proud, but both girls have sweet, soft hearts underneath, just waiting to be discovered.

prominence prominence says...

Toradora and Special A both share the same romantic comedy feeling in realistic school settings without being overly dramatic or rediculous.  Both have very funny characters without trying to hard and you get a good sence of who the characters really are.

Say "I love you."

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Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?

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colie1997 colie1997 says...

a guy saves a girl from bein stalked with a kiss. the wind up dating and the guy works really hard to get the girl to come out of her shell.

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The World is Still Beautiful

The World is Still Beautiful

Politics make for strange bedfellows, especially when you're a Princess, where bedding some strange fellow may be your duty to your country. Which is how Nike, fourth Princess of the Rain Dukedom, finds herself being shipped off to marry the King of the Sun Kingdom after losing a game of chance with her older sisters. And if it wasn't bad enough that King Livius is apparently a power-mad potentate who's managed to conquer most of the world in a few short years, Nike even manages to get herself mugged just as soon as she arrives! But then something strange happens and Livius turns out to be… well, not nice, but at least not exactly what Nike expected. There are sinister forces at work in the kingdom that can only be defeated if both young royals can find a way to work together. The future of both kingdoms and the world depends on a diplomatic relationship becoming something even more powerful in THE WORLD IS STILL BEAUTIFUL!

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kayoky093 kayoky093 says...

Special A is not ment at first to look any different than others slice of life types, but that changes when you have to get through the first 6 episodes so it becomes addictive. You're about to love and can't wait to see more of SoreSekai from the second episode. The relationship from Special A is a bit more normal than the boy and older-enough-to-not-be-a-teenager-anymore gril in the SoreSekai.

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