Tohru Honda might just be the unluckiest girl around. After a series of unfortunate events Tohru has no place to call home - that is, until the wealthy yet cursed Sohma family offer to take her in, in exchange for performing the household chores. However, soon Tohru discovers that there's much more to the Sohma family than meets the eye. Though shocked and surprised, Tohru promises to keep their secrets; but will the Sohma family approve of an outsider knowing who they really are?
Hana Yamada has a bizarre condition that causes her to break out in hives whenever she touches a boy. Luckily, a few sips of the green tea she always carries is a quick remedy to her symptoms, and she is able to live a relatively normal life. That is, until Hana is forced to work odd jobs for the flamboyant Shinnosuke and handsome yet hostile Haru, to repay her older sister's debts! Though she's less than thrilled about her new predicament, Hana is determined to do her best and help others. But with her condition, even making friends is harder than it seems!
How can you get close to someone if you can never physically touch them?
From a girl that breaks out in hives whenever she touches cute boys, to a family cursed to transform into the animals of the zodiac whenever they touch a member of the opposite sex, these shoujo romantic comedies showcase the impediment of romantic progress due to the incapacity for physical contact, and how individuals can overcome that.
The leading scatterbrained heroine in each is forced to spend all her time with some very pretty (and very troubled) young men. Mostly fluffy shoujo, but with often sidetracks into drama.
Ida Choi’s family is deeply indebted to the parents of Mimi Shin, a spoiled, self-important brat. Ida is forced to do anything and everything that Mimi commands her to - or else her family will be thrown out into the streets! However, she can let off some steam by dressing up as a guy and fighting neighborhood delinquents. Ida’s become such a skilled fighter that guys come from all around to brawl with her male alter-ego “Yodah Choi”. But with delinquents obsessively challenging her and Mimi refusing to let her have any time for herself, how long can Ida keep her double life a secret?
Fruits Basket and He's Dedicated to Roses are fairly long shoujo man(g/hw)a filled with love dodecahedrons, a giant cast (mostly of bishounen from inexplicably wealthy families who like to beat each other up), a plot that tends to veer into soap opera territory (especially HDTR), and a gimmick that actually works (genderbending or the zodiac curse). The conflict in FB is more psychological, while HDTR's is more straight up physical.
Kiro Aso is an astounding artist who spends her days cooped at home or in art club room, avoiding all contact with others – especially boys. Rei Kashino is a popular motorcycle enthusiast who seems to have it all: looks, personality, and an endless supply of hot babes throwing themselves at him. When the two cross paths one day by chance, no one could have suspected how close these polar opposites would grow to be, or just how many obstacles their love would have to overcome...
Mars and Fruits Basket are two of the most quintessential shoujo manga around, and should be checked out by both passionate shoujo fans, and anyone curious about what the demographic is all about.
Furthermore, the dynamic between the main couples in each (I'm using Kyo-Tohru as the main couple in Fruits Basket) is similar. The girl is innocent and well-behaved, while the guy is prone to outbursts of rage, and is haunted by a dark, mysterious past.
Airi has always dreamed of marrying her fated true love and living a normal, happy life – a dream disrupted forever when Aram, a prince from another world, emerges from her grandmother’s mirror. She takes the young prince home with her thinking he is a lost child, giving him a home cooked meal and a place to sleep. However, in the morning she discovers that, as the result of a magic spell, Aram transforms into a 17-year-old boy whenever it’s dark, and her kiss is the only way to change him back! If that wasn’t enough, Aram is in hiding from his older brother, the evil sorcerer Jeile, who has fallen in love with Airi and intends to make her his bride! Will Airi ever be able to find her happily-ever-after?
Firstly, the main characters of both MeruPuri and Fruits Basket are slightly similar personality-wise, in that they both are very determined and care about the people around them. Also, some of the characters are similar, and are all connected. Finally, in each story, there is a curse (with FB it's the Zodiac Curse, while with MP it's Aram's Growing Up).
Chiyuki is a young girl with a terminal disease. Near death, she meets a vampire named Touya and blackmails him into spending time with her; however, he doesn't drink blood because if he took a blood partner the partner would die long before him and he doesn't want to get hurt. When Chiyuki is dying he saves her life by having her drink some of his blood, because he feels even being with her for a little longer will be enough. She returns to school and forces Touya to join her there, where they discover that one of their classmates is a werewolf who is ashamed of being a monster. Both of them slowly become closer to Chiyuki because of her warmth, her will to live, and her non-judgmental love which heals the wounds from their pasts.
These are two shoujo rom-coms with a similar mix of comedy and angst. The main similarity is in characters: Fruits Basket's Tohru and Kyo are EXACTLY like Millennium Snow's Chiyuki and Touya, so if you liked the interactions between the two in one, you're sure to enjoy it in the other.