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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...
Just like NHK's occasionally paranoid Sato, Ouran's male lead, the charming Tamaki Suoh, often has moments in the series when his imagination is kicked into overdrive and causes him to spazz out. If you like characters with runaway imaginations, then watch Ouran High School Host Club.
Meet Tanaka Oji: lead guitarist of a hard rock band in his youth, now an aging salaryman who has all but given up on his old dreams. Trudging through a boring day-to-day life, he gets a rude awakening when his musical talents are once again called upon — to save the galaxy from invaders, no less... but with age come responsibility; he has a family to look after and can’t just give up his day job, no matter how hot and blonde the reason. The time has come for a decision; will he once again try to live out his dream and rebel, or conform to the demands of society?
Black Heaven and NHK are stories about men who are stuggling to get a hold of their lives. In Black Heaven, it is more of a midlife crisis, while NHK is a struggle to confom to society - and in Black Heaven, it's almost a struggle against it. The shows are similar in their mature and realistic approach the the characters' lives, while still having plenty of comedic absurdities.
Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
Nodame Cantabile and Welcome to the NHK! are exciting roller-coaster comedies about the developing relationship between two character archetypes: a cool, standoffish guy with big dreams; and an upbeat, quirky girl with a painful past. This fateful relationship eventually leads to the odd couples' bring out the best in each other and overcoming of their personal weaknesses. Even though Nodame is very light-hearted and NHK is distinctively darker, the two are comparable in its use of characterization more than slapstick to achieve laughs. Both shows are delightful and even surprisingly moving when dealing with the couple's relationship.
To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika gives him a much different assignment: to protect Murasaki Kuhoin, a seven-year-old girl from the wealthy Kuhoin family. This turns out to be a more troublesome task than he expects, as Murasaki is spoiled, naive, and completely unaware of what life is like outside of the luxurious one she had previously. He also has no idea why Murasaki needs his protection, though he is slowly obtaining details from a well-informed classmate. Adding to his problems, Shinkurou still must continue to do his previous work for Benika and take care of his social relationships in school while protecting Murasaki, complicating his entire life. Nonetheless, as time passes, he and Murasaki grow close; however, trouble brews in the shadows as everyone - including Shinkurou - seems to be harboring secrets...
Both Kurenai and Welcome to the NHK! are slice-of-life comedies involving characters who are anything but ordinary. But that's part of the charm - watching these out-of-the-ordinary individuals trying to deal with life's ordinary circumstances, leading to outrageous humor as we view life from their own unique perspectives. The animation style of both are very similar and fit the overall slice-of-life comedy style very well.