Toradora!

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Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.

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ace52387 ace52387 says...

Ocean Waves has a more mild and believable Tsundere lead who ropes in a similarly earnest guy, with the same context of high school melodrama and family problems.  While these essential elements are the same, the plot and the characters are aimed at a completely different target audience.

It's not a sure bet that Ocean Waves will be to your liking just because you enjoyed Toradora, but it provides an interesting and more realistic look at a tsundere romance that's worth checking out.

mammothb mammothb says...

Both are tsundere. and the male lead only realises at the end that the feeling they have for the female is love

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Two slice of life comedies with clueless main characters that you know you want them to be together but somethings always pulling them apart.Whether it be other love interests or you know, being an all powerful god who can reset the universe at will.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

Two of the best school life comedy romance anime you can find. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a lot of extra supernatural elements but both still feel very down to Earth. If you like one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Rec

Rec

Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?

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Omurqi Omurqi says...

While this wasn't exactly the first thing that came to mind, this is the best recommendation I could possibly make for Toradora! and REC. Both anime are Romantic Comedies of the best sort. They have actually funny humor, spend time developing the characters and conclude in a way that make the characters seem like -you know- actually thinking, responsible young adults, rather than going in head first into some feeble relationship. If you enjoyed one of these shows, do-not-hesitate to check the other out!

sysmibmip sysmibmip says...

If you enjoyed Toradora! or Rec, you may want to watch the other. Even though the storylines, settings etc are quite different, they are similar in that the protagonists take thier relationships in a serious, mature manner while maintaining a lightly comedic atmosphere. In both anime the protagonists are often living/staying over under the same roof. Also, unlike some other comedy-romance anime, the male protagonists do not recklessly chase one girl after the other and there is next to no 'genuine' ecchi, though moreso in Toradora! than Rec.

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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DuskFey DuskFey says...

Although Kyoko is pursuing revenge in Skip Beat! and Taiga is trying to win love in Toradora!, these shows have much more in common than emphatic titles. Both young women are determined to get what they want and have their eyes locked upon one young man, though their intented outcomes with this boy vary drastically. Still, along the way, both Taiga and Kyoko discover something deeper inside themselves, and this new knowledge changes everything.

jcemmanuelrasco jcemmanuelrasco says...

I your looking for more romantic anime then you should look no further because Skip Beat is an anime that shows love in every episode and with each episode you'll fall in love with the characters as the take you deep into more dramatic scenes and its not just romace its also packed with comedy from the start but turns into deep drama on the last few episodes.

Special A

Special A

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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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.