4.395 out of 5 from 309 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.
I really liked both of these, and I think that the two main female characters are kind of similar. Also, they're both about the romance between the two main characters, where the guy is popular and love with the girl and the girl is completely oblivious and unaware.
These are very similiar, and kindof torturous to read, I think. The girl in both is socially isolated and just all and out awkward. The guy is, of course, a prince charming. The girl is totally oblivious to his feelings and only focuses on making friends. They're also school based.
If you like torturously slow, romance manga, then these are for you.
Both stories have an awkward main female character that is dense yet cute and a popular main male character that decides to woo her for whatever reason. The romance between the characters is slow to develop and silly/cute.
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?
In both mangas the ranks are vital for the story. In Special A Kei is placed first and Hikari is second, it is the goal of Hikari to defeat Kei and to become first place. During this, the love they have for eachother also grows. It's the same in Last Game, only this time the girl Kujou is ranked first and the boy Yanagi wants to defeat her in order to become first place. I also noticed that in both Special A and Last Game the one who falls in love first is considered a loser, which also becomes a problem. They have a high simularity and I think that if you like one of them, you'd also like the other.
Both manga feature characters who are at first are rivals in academics, but later become lovers. In both of those series the female lead is poor and the male lead is rich, but unlike in Special A where the guy beats the girl at everything, in Last Game it's the girl who beats the guy at everything. In Last Game the rich guy attends a public school (actually schools, since the series starts at grade school and goes up to university), rather than like it is in Special A where the poor girl attends a school for the rich. Last but not least, the main characters from Last Game have extremely different personalities from the main characters from Special A. If you liked one of those manga, you'll probably like the other one as well. Just give it a go.
Nothing is quite as frustrating as unrequited love, especially when it comes to a love triangle! Kasumi is in love with a brown-haired, bespectacled boy named Aki who shares her love of books; Aki’s popular childhood friend Haruka can’t stop thinking about Kasumi; and Aki just wants to somehow get Kasumi and Haruka together. With so many conflicting desires and feelings, will any of the trio manage to be happy and get with the one they adore?
Both stories have an awkward romance that goes beyond the high school setting. There are cute, funny, and awkward moments in each story that keep you coming back to see what happens next.