4.581 out of 5 from 417 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.
The two aren't exactly the same but that would be boring right? Both are cute and funny, with good stories and characters that are pretty similar. The main characters are a bit different but in both stories they go from being really good friends to that awkward stage of "Are we just friends?" Both of the men are slightly invasive and both of the women are slightly naive...which means fun times for all! If you like one I bet you'll like the other...but the bet would be pretty small, just in case.
This might seem a little strange, seeing as Horimiya is a shounen story, while Namida Usagi is most definitely more of a classical shoujo, but they're both romance stories about a girl who falls for a strange classmate.
Th eclassmate in question is one who isn't exactly popular, looks a little strange, has some definining characteristics that make him stand out, and more above all, is pretty much misunderstood in the beginning.
Horimiya is very obviously a shounen series, but i reckon if you enjoyed one of them then the other may be a good place to start in crossing the divide.