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?
Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.
Nisekoi and Toradora have a non-typical approach to the romance genre. Rather than having the feeling of a relationship, these shows tackle the struggle of getting to that point. There is also lots of physical humor in both! The general feel and set-up match.
Hooray for blue-haired protagonists! Ryuji is feared by others because he looks like a delinquent but in reality he is sweet and a great cook! Raku is also a fantastic cook. He is sometimes feared by others because he is the 'heir-apparent' to the Yakuza. The guys find the female protagonists to be vulgar and un-feminine. Raku and Ryuji both have gentle personalities and crushes on a cute classmate.
Long-haired blondes with tons of cash! Taiga and Chitoge are tsundere, independent, and fierce fighters. They can be quick to attack someone who gets on their nerves. Once people get to know them, they become talkative and good-humored. The girls share a lack of cooking skills. Both lie to themselves about having feelings towards the male protagonists. And both exhibit jealousy towards other girls getting to familiar.
Now put it all together:
The male/female protagonists initially do NOT like the other at all. They all have seperate intrests but through un-fore-seen circumstance wind-up working together, grudgingly. Because of this, the main characters become closer over time and love grows.
Chiaki and Nodame are still in Paris, ready to take their music-making to the next level. Nodame especially begins to display an unprecedented motivation for the piano, but she learns that with newfound progress comes newfound obstacles. Continuing to taste both frustration and triumph, she slowly realizes that the road to pianistic stardom seems more arduous and distant now than ever before. Everything is rising to a feverish pitch -- will her maturing relationship with Chiaki help or hurt her?
Nodame Cantabile: Finale reminded me more of Toradora than the first seasons, especially the last few episode of Toradora. At the beginning, both main male characters (Ryuji from Toradora and Chiaki from N.C.) feel like slaves to the two main female characters (Taiga from Toradora and Nodame from N.C.) but as their relationship grows both of the male characters are afraid to admit their own feelings. The "accidently in love" plot comes out in both of these animes. They also have unexpected comedy that will make you fall on the floor laughing. And thats why I think if youlove one, you'll love the other.
Maiku Kamishiro has always had a photo of himself as a child in front of an old house with a young girl. One day after spotting the building in a news report, the high school boy moves to the countryside to live in the house from the picture. While living alone, making ends meet by working as a freelance programmer, Maiku gets the shock of his life when not one, but two girls turn up on his doorstep claiming to be his twin sister! With the lively Miina and timid Karen both possessing the same photograph, the pair begins living with the confused Maiku as they try to figure out which one of them is actually his sister.
Not only are the character designs similar, some almost look identical, but also the way it makes you feel and gets you to cheer for both people involved. Even though you know only one can get the guy in the end.
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?
Both of these series will take you on an emotional roller coaster. I haven't quite finished Suki-tte Ii na yo (Say I love you) yet, but so far I've absolutely loved it. It's about a real girl with real insecurities, dealing with her first love.
Toradora! is also a coming-of-age high school romance, albeit with quite a bit more comedy and laughter. Tears of joy flowed more plentifully than tears of sadness, thankfully.
Yamato Akitsuki has recently moved to Tokyo, and in order to maintain his less than wealthy lifestyle, he currently works at his aunt's bathhouse. While walking by the school one evening he sees a girl by the name of Suzuka practicing the high jump, and is instantly in love. Even better is the realization that Suzuka lives next door! Determined to prove himself worthy of her affections, Yamato decides to join the school's track team and show her what he’s got, but things won’t be so easy; for Suzuka has a love interest of her own, and it isn’t Yamato...
Both are Highschool Romance Comedy-Dramas involving a male character deciding between a tsundere and another girl. While both try and deconstruct the classic tsundere character-type, Yamato in Suzuka is able to remain front and center of the story in his relationships, while Ryuji in Toradora! is quickly pushed back to center on the Taiga's struggles and her relationship with Ryuji. If you enjoy the mood whiplash of one of these series, you'll enjoy it in the other.