Ouran High School is a prestigious private academy where money and status count for everything. Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the elite school, and is appalled by the lazy attitude of the rich and powerful students towards their studies. The Host Club is a clear example of this: a group of six attractive and wealthy boys spend their time entertaining the female pupils for a profit. When Haruhi accidentally breaks a ¥8,000,000 vase belonging to the club, they force her to work off her debt as one of the club's members; and to do so, she must masquerade as a boy! Can Haruhi keep her gender a secret from the club's exclusive clients?
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?
These two comics are very popular romantic comedies, both having several TV adaptions. They are both quite long running; Ouran High School Host Club being the longer series of the two.
The main storyline is centred around romantic tension between the main characters and their love interest(s) (Lovely Complex has more of an obvious direction in that regard). Both the protagonists of each series are female and have very distinct and unique personalities compared to comics of the same genre. Most if not all the characters in both series are fleshed out and at the very least likable and the comedy is really, really good for this type of series.
The premise of these reverse harem manga are very similar as well as the art style. A girl crossdresses at a school for rich people and becomes a part of the school's most popular and influential group of boys who are typecast into roles such as prince, shota and megane. Each has their own secret to hide or a troublesome past. The prince type of both manga are the first to find out the heroine's true gender and both manga have a pair of twins. The heroine has a blunt, pragmatic personality. Later in both series, drama involving the wealthy families of the school occurs. In both, there's a plotline about the mother of the princely character. However, unlike Ouran, Love Sick has no comedy and is much darker.
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.
Both Peach Girl and Ouran deal with a high school-type relationship. There is also a love triangle in each of them, although Peach Girl seems more focused on which guy she will choose, while in Ouran the heroine does not even know that the guys like her.
Rando Musashi is a tough guy, an obnoxious karate star, the school troublemaker and... the most popular girl in school?! Rando was riding the bus home one day when a sudden crash resulted in a horrible wreck. He was immediately taken to intensive care under plastic surgeon extraordinaire Dr. Manabe, who treated Rando's maimed face. Yet unfortunately Dr. Manabe mistook a picture of Rando's school crush for a picture of how Rando looked before the accident. Rando awakens from a coma a full year later to find that he now has the face of Rina Kurimi, much to his dismay! He rushes out of the clinic in terror, only to run into Rina herself, who mistakes Rando for her twin sister that ran away years ago. Now living at Rina's house, Rando is now forced to play the part of Yuna Kurimi while at the same time searching for the real Yuna and attending school. Even with the help of Dr. Manabe, Rando has his work cut out for him!
Very few people know their secret, the secret that they aren't who they appear to be. Even though Ouran is about a girl masquerading as a boy and Pretty Face is the opposite, they both offer loads of comedy, the same problems that are required for those crossdressing (Beach, medical examinations, the usual) and some drama to give it that certain special character building demeanor.
Pretty Face is the more perverted of the two and Ouran is more romantic but fans of one should definitely check out the other, if not for a slightly different take than for the chemistry, which drives most of the events.
Life can be difficult in high school. Luckily for Kaimei Gakuen High there is a club called the Sket Dance. Defined as the "Campus Support Group," this club is dedicated to solving the problems of their school. However, due to the lack of important jobs, the Sket Dance is often overlooked and mostly used to do boring handiwork tasks rather than solving actual problems. But when they do get a job, like finding the culprit of bullying or taking care of a classmate's pet monkey, they are able to show their true skills. The Sket Dance has three members: former delinquent and violent Himeko, information and technology-loving otaku Switch, and atypical leader Bossun. Whether it's solving problems or just fixing up the storage shed, the Sket Dance will always try their best and give each job their all!
Both manga focus on the development of High School club activities. Oran High School Host Club, and Sket Dance are clubs that exist to help the people of their schools. They both contain small story arcs and rely on recurring supporting cast. They are so similar that it's impossible to read one without being reminded of the other.