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.
These two are very similar. They both have a strange girl with dark long hair who has a strange name and trouble making friends. They also have a totally hot guy, who everyone seems to want to be best friends with, but he ends up with an interest in the odd girl.
I definitely think if you like one, you'd like the other.
Yukino Miyazawa appears to be the perfect high school student. She is at the top of her class and the envy of all her classmates, but no one knows that things are not what they seem. When at home, Yukino is spoiled, slovenly, stubborn, and spends every spare minute studying to keep her place at the top; so when she's knocked from the top by Soichiro Arima, she vows to destroy him. One day Soichiro tells Yukino he likes her, but she quickly turns him down since him falling for her means she's ‘won.' Soon after, Soichiro discovers that Yukino's prim and proper attitude is a facade and blackmails her into doing some of his school work. Yukino gets fed up with the situation and stands up to Soichiro, causing him to apologize and re-declare his true love for her after learning what Yukino is really like. Yukino has also fallen for the real Soichiro after his confession of also having to play the role of the perfect student. Together they decide to stop pretending and learn how to be themselves.
While the combination may seem a bit like a mismatch at first (Kare kano - Cheerful girl + gloomy guy, Kimitodo - Gloomy girl + cheerful guy ) both stories have actually a lot in common. They focus on characters wishing to change themselves. Whether the starting point is "Sadako-like girl" or is it "perfect student", the goal in both cases is "normal girl". In order to do that heroines need to change their habits, become more honest, open, and manage to change how they are perceived by their classmates. Also in both mangas the boy is the catalyst of the change.
They both are shoujo with a nice balance of comedy and heartwarming (though Kare Kano go for drama in latter volumes).
Both stories are similiar in terms of what the characters are like. In kimi Ni Todoke you have Sawako who befriends two girls in her school Ayane who is the girlie girl rumored to have dated more than 100 guys in middle school. Then theres Chizuru who is more tom boyish and has said to have been a Yankee.
Then in kono Ie De kimi to Itsuka befriends her two room mates who originally didn't get along and you have Arisa who is the girlie girl of this group as well who has rumored to have been with about 58 guys and Miyako who is the more tomboyish had rumored to shut down another school.
Koizumi Risa is very tall, and Otani Atsushi is very short; thrust together into the same class in high school, they rapidly develop a natural conflict, constantly picking at each other in a friendly way to the great amusement of teachers and classmates. Yet as time goes by, they both realize that what they feel for each other isn't friendly rivalry, but love. How will they overcome the difficulties that this new relationship poses, without losing their friendship?
Both mangas have a very tender, sweet romance. If charater driven plot if more your thing than either manga is perfect. Furthermore, both mangas tackle the notion of overcomming social perceptions to understand our "real selves" In KnT it's all about Sawako's disturbingly creepy demeanor. In LovCom it's the hieght difference between the tall female lead and the short male lead.
President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...
Kimi ni Todoke and Maid-sama! are similar to me because of the relationships between the characters. The relationships that develop in the school settings and the support system that the main female protagonist is given from the ‘hero’ of the series.