Chizuru loves Yuudai; Yuudai loves Chizuru. Yet neither of them can say it clearly because each is uncertain about the other’s feelings and is afraid of being hurt. Trapped by their insecurities in a relationship that’s going nowhere, they drift further and further apart. While Chizuru thinks this is the end of the road, Yuudai struggles desperately to overcome his cowardly nature before he loses what is most important to him. There are two stories to every relationship, but can love survive if they don’t meet halfway?
Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
The first and most obvious thing is that both Bokura ga Ita and Tokyo Marble Chocolate have a soft, sketchy look to their animation which adds a distinct kind of melancholy-yet-sweet mood to their stories. Their ideas are similar in that they have a two-sided focus, where both men and women are vulnerable in relationships and make fundamental mistakes that nearly ruin everything. Lastly, their plots are both about the confusion and anguish that love can bring. The most important difference is that TMC can be a little eccentric whereas Bokura ga Ita is more straightforward.
Here we have two stories about a girl and a boy, who have feelings for each other and are trying to be together, though becouse of lack of communication it is exeptionally hard for them to do so. Both anime show story from different person's point of view.
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.
Even with very lighthearted premises, Honey and Clover and Tokyo Marble Chocolate delve deep into what it means to be in love. Relationships and how and why they begin and end are the focus of these two beautiful anime. If that is what you're looking for, look no further.
The immediate similarity between Kimi no Iru Machi and Tokyo Marble Chocolate is that they are love stories about distance, both stories are contained in two-episode OVAs, and both have beautiful animation. Although the distance in TMC is more mental than physical, they both raise significant questions about how far trust can stretch in romantic relationships.
At the time of writing, I have only seen the Youji/Chiaki chapter of tours, so that is all I can base this rec on.
On to business- Both shows are not average tv shows, but rather specials or OVAs. Furthermore, both are about relationships that are full of misunderstanding. An obvious theme in both is communication. The set up is very similar- one episode tells the story of one side of the story, a second episode tells the other person's side.
Tokyo Marble Chocolate is an hour total, so while still not much time for characterization, there is more present than in the 15 minutes (total per couple) in Tours. That said, both are only meant to be snapshots of a single point in a relationship- they both show us the make-or-break moment every relationship goes through. If you liked one, definitely give the other a try!
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...