Haine Otomiya is a student at the elite Imperial Academy. A one-time gang member who was put up for adoption by her father, her life changed when she met Shizumasa Togu, president of the student council and ‘emperor' of Imperial Academy. Haine quits her gang and enrolls at the prestigious private school in the hope of winning Shizumasa's love. When she is hired as his school bodyguard, she's thrilled; but can she survive the drama of the student council? As secrets spill and relationships form, Haine is pulled further into the world of the elite and powerful, where wealth is everything and social status is the basis of all relationships. What's a girl to do?
If you liked Gentlemen's Alliance Cross or S.L.H., you'll like the other too because they both involve a high school where the student council reigns supreme. The characters of the student council of both manga are similar. The council president in both are cold towards the protagonist but warm up over time. The protagonists of both series have more than 3 guys in love with them. While Gentlemen's Alliance Cross is more melodramatic and S.L.H. is more light hearted, fans of either of these series will probably like the other too.
Irritating girl who everyone falls in love with on the spot? Check.
Cold and calculating student president from a ridiculous family and wealth? Check.
Fancy-schmancy elite and expensive school with judgemental jerks for peers? Check.
They both have the same plot elements, so if you like one, you might like the other.
Hikari Hanazono has never been able to beat Kei Takishima at anything. At six years old the two were introduced by their fathers, and Hikari promptly challeneged Kei to a wrestling match, believing she'd easily beat him. However, she lost, and since then she's vowed to beat Kei, following him wherever he goes. Now fifteen years old, Hikari attends the super-elite school Hakusenkan where she and Kei are the two top students; Kei holds first place, while Hikari is second. While Hikari considers Kei her special friend and most importantly her rival, Kei is secretly in love with her. Will Hikari ever beat Kei, and Kei's love ever be requited?
Both of these series are about elite, wealthy schools which is divided into ranks. The main characters for both is a cheerful but slow girl who is liked by a rich boy.
These two series have a very similar feel to them. They both have a class system that seperates normal students from those who are above average. In Special A, it is based on grades. In Gentleman's Alliance Cross, its based on money as well as hardwork (in rare cases). Also, both have a similar style of artwork.
If you enjoy stories about girls whose lives change dramatically when they pursue boys from a different social rank, either of these stories should be right up your alley. In Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, the heroine has a crush on the top student in an exclusive private academy, and in B.B. Explosion, the heroine likes a popular singer, but there's a similar mood in both series.
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?
These two series are similar, in both setting and plot. The main character for both is a cheery highschool girl who ends up in a love triangle that only gets more and more complicated, expecially when the boys' powerful familes get involved. The high school setting and humor are also similar in both.Both series, although starting as simple romance stories, eventually dive into dark themes as well.
Amane has a unique power: if she knows someone's true name, she can control his or her spirit. Because of her unusual stoic attitude and suboptimal social skills, she is seen as creepy by her peers and has a hard time making friends. The only "person" she really talks to is actually her guardian in disguise: Hyoue, a dog-demon, who feeds off of humans' life energy. Amane "feeds" him by kissing him in public, which doesn't with help her public image. Amane and Hyoue must keep their powers a secret while fighting the evil spirits they encounter.
While the stories are very different, the tone is a lot alike towards the end. People are struggling with their romances, and are worried they can't be together. There is pressure on the characters from the societies they belong too, and even their lives are threatened.