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Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
Four gorgeous guys, one fabulous mansion and one challenge - turn the landlady's niece into a perfect lady and live rent free; fail and their rent will triple! Surely this task will be no problem for Ranmaru Mori, Kyouhei Takano, Takenaga Oda and Yuki Tohyama, who are lauded as the princes of their high school and have girls dropping at their feet daily... right? The boys' dream of rent-free living comes crashing down when they meet Sunako Nakahara, the girl they must transform. Sunako has devoted her life to solitude, preferring the company of anatomy mannequins, horror movies and the darkened seclusion of her bedroom to the presence of the ‘dazzling creatures' that cause her to have violent nosebleeds. Flushing her out into the light might prove to be more than the boys can handle!
YNSH is much more comedy-focused than Kimi ni Todoke, but both series share the same themes of friendship and believing in yourself. If you find the adorable asides and attractive spreads of Kimi ni Todoke appealing, you're gonna love YNSH's use of SD punchlines and beautiful outfits.
If your love of shoujo runs toward the amusing-but-heartfelt. You're gonna love Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge as much as Kimi ni Todoke.
Both of those mangas focus on a gloomy, "sadako-like" girl without much self-confidence. Due to influence of a certain boy (or a group of boys in Yamanade) she gradually changes her ways, becomes more open and learns how to loose the "ghost" aura in order to show her beauty.
The main difference is that Yamanade main focus is comedy, and Kimitode main focus is heartwarming. Still, both are entertaining shoujo stories with "if-you-make-effort-you-can-change-and-make-friends" theme.
Wallflower and Kimi ni Todoke have very scary girls as the main heroines, or at least everyone believes them to be scary. The male protagonists in the story are attempting to change the socially awkward girls into something'normal' for the society around them. Neither one of the heroines have very much self-confidence in themselves which makes it hard for them to make friends. The journey to change is what is exciting about each of the 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?
In both of theses series, there is a very sweet and innocent female protaganist who really brings a refreshing look on relationships and what it means to kind. This innocent kindness really sucks the reader into the character, which creates a very addictive story.
The lifestyles both heroines lead in Kimi ni Todoke and Fruits Basket are similar. They are trying to find a way to successfully fit in with the people around them. For Tohru (Fruits Basket), she already has the winning personality and can easily make friends but she has to put that to good use to help the people around her. Sadako (Kimi ni Todoke) desperatly wants to make friends with the people around her but everyone things she is scary, she goes out of her way to try and help everyone to gain their friendship. Both girls are naive and beyond nice.
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 mangas are heartwarming stories about a clueless and pure girl, deciding to change herself. Since heroines don't know much about how to act in relationships they have to rely on advice and help from the male lead. Both stories are filled with comedy and charming moments, have positive and optimistic mood and generally are focused on making readers smile.
The main difference would be the heroines characters ( strong-willed tomboy in High-School Debut, and gloomy girl without self-confidence in KimiTodo ) and their reason for change ( finding love in High School debut, finding friendship in KimiTodo )
Generally if you like on of those stories, you should enjoy the other as well.
the heroines of both mangas are really similar: both aren't really noticed by others, both are really clueless, really honest of their feelings, and both have caught the attention of the school hottie. i really love both of these mangas so you should read em too :)
Maria Kawai is always very blunt when she speaks, so on the day she transfers to Touzuka High School from St. Katria, a prestigious girls' school, she plainly states she was expelled due to violence and is almost immediately isolated from the rest of her class. However, two students, Yuusuke and Shin, take an interest in her; Yuusuke tries to help Maria change her way of speaking so she can make friends easier, while Shin tries to help her subtly in his own way. With Yuusuke and Shin's help, will the other students ever be able to accept Maria or will her straightforward personality continue to push others away?
I highly recommend these two for readers who have liked either Kimi ni Todoke or Akuma to Love Song.
Both KnT and AtLS feature female protagonists that have the same problems/difficulty with communicating their feelings, causing them to be misunderstood and to become misfits in class. Although the personalities of the two are different (Sawako is gentle and shy whilst Maria is blunt and honest), they both experience the same outcast feeling caused by their classmates.
If you liked either, you should give the other a go. You won't be disappointed.
Kimi ni is a similar high school romance type manga. It has a cute story so far, not so much drama as "aww" factor though. However, if you like the HS relationship plot, I would recommend this one.