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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!
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?
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.
In a sad twist of events, five unrelated boys are adopted into a family are then scattered due to the death of their parents. One of these boys, Hanayagi Sakura, struggles to reopen their mother's beloved flower shop and bring the family back together, even though they have no blood ties. The boys each bring their individual talents to the table to help make a unique flower shop cafe, and call it "a flower shop that brings happiness to everyone." With each day a new challenge, the five ‘brothers' greet each customer and provide the care and service they need to fill the emptiness in their hearts.
HaruHana and Kokoro ni Hana wo!! are about a group of very close (though unrelated by blood) attractive men (and one girl) running a small shop with the mission to make all of their customers happy. Whether they do this with massages, violin music, or flowers, both series have the same fluffy shoujo atmosphere.
High in the sky is the Yume Kira Dream Shoppe, a magical place where any dream can be granted in exchange for something dear to you. Rin, the shop's owner, and his plush rabbit assistant Alpha sign contracts with those in need, from a beautiful tree to a girl unable to confess to her secret love. Using rare and powerful items, Rin and Alpha will help bring joy to many lives.
Two short and fluffy shoujo titles about a handful of characters who own a small shop whose sole purpose is to make people happy. Yume Kira has a strong supernatural leaning and an episodic nature which HaruHana lacks, but other than that they're extremely similar.