4.422 out of 5 from 1,683 votes
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.
Both mangas feature a gloomy girl, completely lacking self-confidence. She is honest and hardworking, but find it hard to open up to others. Thanks to cheering she got from a very active and cheerful boy, she starts to change herself. Both titles are very cute and heartwarming stories about young girl slowly building her confidence and finding friends. If you like one you should give other a try.
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).