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).
Akari has no interest in Kabuki Theatre, but suddenly she finds herself as the assistant of seventeen-year-old Ryusei Horiuchi, a famous young kabuki actor. He's gloriously handsome yet socially awkward, and performs under the stage name of Shonosuke Ichimura. Akari and Ryusei's relationship is difficult at the beginning, but eventually the two find themselves falling in love. What challenges will Akari and Ryusei face as they try to maintain their relationship against all odds?
In both High School Debut and Backstage Prince, the heroine is in a relationship she is not confident about. She worries she is not good enough, and lots of obstacles come between the two lovers. The hero is not good at expressing his feelings, but he still finds a way to show he cares. They both have lots of romance, so check out one if you like the other.
Nobara Sumiyoshi is a tomboy who loves volleyball and is the successor of an old-fashioned Japanese restaurant - a job that her mother wishes upon her so much that she forces the girls' volleyball team to disband before Nobara can join. Frustrated by her mother's decisions, Nobara leaves home to seek help from her aunt, who lets her live in the boys' volleyball team dorm with one condition: Nobara must act as the dorm mother. Determined to play volleyball at any cost, Nobara recruits five girls and forms a new team. However, her mother still stands in her way, so with the help of her sister Nobara convinces her mother to allow her to play only until she graduates. With only three years to pursue her dream, Nobara must find a way to lead her team to victory and juggle new friendships, romance, and her duties as dorm mother.
I'll admit that the plots of these manga are not too similar, but I can't help but compare these manga. The main reason they remind me of each other is the similarity of the heroine in each manga. The main females are both tomboys, athletic, and inexperienced at dating. High School Debut is mostly about dating, while Crimson Hero focuses on sports. While reading these two, I can't help but feel like they're almost a view of the same character as if they were in a different situation.
Kanade has a secret - occasionally, she catches glimpses of the future when she touches people. Even though others find her strange and shun her, she tries to use her powers to save people from their painful futures. One day, a boy in her class, Arou, finds out her secret and reveals that he has one too - he can see the past! Although he is startled by her optimistic view of her powers and can't understand her helpful attitude, the two fall in love. However, several problems stand in their way; with Kanade's recklessness, a rival for Kanade's affections who also shares their secret, and Arou's manipulative uncle standing in the way, can their relationship survive?
Both stories share the similar unbelievably positive energy. Most of the shoujo romances tend to go for dramatic twists and overexaggerated drama, but this two are different. They both show sweet and pure romance, while still taking into account that the world isn't a bad of roses.
Even though there are many different shoujo mangas with overly optimistic heroine, i'm pretty sure that those two fit together stronger than just a 2 random shoujo titles. If you like one you should enjoy the other as well.
Ouran High School is a prestigious private academy where money and status count for everything. Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the elite school, and is appalled by the lazy attitude of the rich and powerful students towards their studies. The Host Club is a clear example of this: a group of six attractive and wealthy boys spend their time entertaining the female pupils for a profit. When Haruhi accidentally breaks a ¥8,000,000 vase belonging to the club, they force her to work off her debt as one of the club's members; and to do so, she must masquerade as a boy! Can Haruhi keep her gender a secret from the club's exclusive clients?
Though both of these mangas are worlds apart there is one thing they do have in common. Girl without a clue. One on dating and the other gender. From one situation to the next the mangakas tackle serious issues with a load of humor for accompanyment. If you enjoyed one you'll love the other.