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Haruna has never been feminine; she was the star pitcher of the softball team in middle school and didn't focus on relationship, but now that she's in high school she has a new goal: to have a shoujo manga-style relationship. While Haruna tries to be attractive and get a boyfriend, she has no idea how to accomplish her goal; and thus, she recruits the reluctant Yoh as her coach. Yoh is very attractive and dislikes women and the problems they cause, but is impressed by Haruna's determination and agrees upon one condition: she promises not to fall in love with him. Thus begins the crazy relationships of Haruna, Yoh and their friends as they all struggle to find themselves and their true loves.
Both are titles drawn by the same mangaka, and it really shows, not only in the art but also in the story and overall mood.
Both mangas main theme is "coming of age". They feature a young, high-school girl trying to change herself and get better at things she really wants to do ( love-life in Debut, playing trumpet in Aozora). Even though they are different on the surface ( Tsubasa is shy and lack self-confidence, while Haruna is tomboyish and very open) but they are still very similar at the core of their personality (both are very honest, pure and have weird train of thoughts. Also both are very straightforward, though for Tsubasa it first requires courage to speak, so it happens less often).
Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
Both mangas feature a gloomy girl, completely lacking self-confidence. She is honest and hardworking, but find it hard to open up to others. Thanks to cheering she got from a very active and cheerful boy, she starts to change herself. Both titles are very cute and heartwarming stories about young girl slowly building her confidence and finding friends. If you like one you should give other a try.
In the world of classical music, Chiaki Shinichi is a stellar talent in the making; yet with everything going for him, he is nevertheless tied down by his own phobias. Unable to leave Japan because of his fears of flying and sailing, he finds himself in the company of another naturally-talented person, the very weird girl Noda "Nodame" Megumi. Together, the two find themselves in a slowly more intimate relationship, as they struggle to develop their talents and overcome their shortcomings.
Both are light and heartwarming titles, where the main heroine is a very weird girl. Whether you call her a freak, or call her pure, the fact that her way of thinking is often hard to understand remains.
Both stories focus on a person (or group of people ) playing some instruments, and gradually getting better at it. Both titles include some musical trivia