4.411 out of 5 from 136 votes
Kyouko and Izumi are two classmates who each lead a double life: the popular and talented Kyouko cares for her little brother by herself while her parents are away, and the quiet, bespectacled Izumi hides his many piercings and tattoos at school. After accidentally discovering each other's secrets the pair becomes fast friends, and together, they begin to navigate their new relationship together amongst unknowing peers and love rivals alike.
In both manga, the female protagonist is highly admired by most of the boys in her class - to which she is mostly unaffected by in both. (Surien from HC was actually affected in her past, but now she pretends not to notice the attention she receives.) The stories are quiet and slow-paced, and both the male leads wear glasses! All four of the characters are slow to realize their feelings for their counterparts as well.
Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
Both stories have a strong-character development base. They both have a sweetly-slow pace, and focus more on the characters being drawn rather than the background. Something about Hibi Chouchou just reminded me of Bokura ga ita, so I think if you enjoyed one you’d enjoy the other.