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.
A strange new transfer student joins Akira Tsubaki's class - her name is Mikoto Urabe and she has the habit of hiding her face behind her hair and falling asleep during class. One afternoon, when Akira goes to fetch his bag from the classroom, he finds Mikoto sleeping alone at her desk. She wakes up and makes her exit, but leaves behind some of her own drool on the desk. Without thinking, Akira tastes the drool... and is surprised to find it has a sweet, delicious flavour! A few days later, and Akira mysteriously comes down with a high fever; he's confused as to what is wrong with him until Mikoto visits him and tells him he's addicted to her drool and is suffering from withdrawal symptoms. From now on, Akira will need a regular top-up of Mikoto's saliva or else he'll fall ill - but maybe this isn't such a terrible thing, considering that Akira is falling for Mikoto...
Both series feature a strange, spooky, and unpopular girl who sits alone, until one boy seems something special in her and initiates contact. In both series the pair find themselves in a close relationship, in which they have doubts & uncertainties about their feelings, their partner's feelings, and the overall status of the relationship.
With a noticeable tan and bleached hair, Momo Adachi is a high school student who is frequently misunderstood by her classmates. She's accused of being a playgirl and is the subject of many rumors, most of which originate from her ‘best friend' Sae who is jealous of Momo due to them having a crush on the same boy. Momo's life only gets worse when Kairi Okayasu, who she once saved from drowning, decides to make her his own. Kairi coming into Momo's life only encourages Sae to spread more rumors about Momo and Kairi while going after Toji herself, creating quite a complicated situation for everyone involved.
The first thing I thought when I started reading Kimi ni Todoke was Peach Girl! Not for the love triangle aspect in Peach Girl but for the misguided misunderstandings of the people around them. Something so small can be taken way out of proportion if people cannot communicate with each other clearly. That is exactly what happens in both of these series and in real life as well. Both series have very good lessons about trying to get along with each other and not jumping to conclusions.
Hikari Hanazono has never been able to beat Kei Takishima at anything. At six years old the two were introduced by their fathers, and Hikari promptly challeneged Kei to a wrestling match, believing she'd easily beat him. However, she lost, and since then she's vowed to beat Kei, following him wherever he goes. Now fifteen years old, Hikari attends the super-elite school Hakusenkan where she and Kei are the two top students; Kei holds first place, while Hikari is second. While Hikari considers Kei her special friend and most importantly her rival, Kei is secretly in love with her. Will Hikari ever beat Kei, and Kei's love ever be requited?
The characters are so similar in Special A and Kimi ni Todoke. The romance feeling concerning the main characters in each series builds and builds until the very end of the series and keeps people waiting in anticipation until the end.
Short, athletic Hikaru Suzuki has just started his first year at junior high school, and things couldn’t be more eventful. He’s reunited with his sisterly childhood friend Chihiro Itou and had a glance at the wealthy, egotistical other Suzuki named Shinobu. However, most importantly, Hikaru’s first day of school yields another life-changing encounter: his first meeting with the shy would-be actress Sayaka Hoshino…
Kimi ni Todoke and Suki Desu are two of the better shoujo 'I just need to confess!' manga out there. While unarguably typical shoujo, both will bring you back to high school days when you wanted more than anything to find requited love.
Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?
Both mangas focus on a girl who stays away from making friends their whole life only to be thrust into the spotlight by a popular boy who falls for them. They face similar situations and insecurities as they slowly begin opening up to the outside world. The character set up is also the same; boy - popular, girl - loner; after meeting boy and boy's question(Will you be my gf?) the girl makes two close friends that don't seem like girl's type at all. Both are touching stories about a difficult love life! :) It'll be impossible to like one and not the other.