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?
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...
In both manga the female lead is dense and strong and is always competing with the male lead, while being totally oblivious to the fact that he likes her.
The main characters are similar in many ways, the female being strong, hard-working, determined and bad at cooking while the male is a genius who does well in many things. The male characters both have a secretive side about their families.
Both manga have a head-strong independent girl who can take care of herself. Although Hikari isn't as violent as Misaki towards guys, she has a hardworking attitude and is dense toward her feelings for the one she loves. Kei is always pretty similar to Usui where both have superhuman strength and ability. Although Usui teases Misaki more than Kei does with Hikari, the feeling is the same. Both are school settings and are great romances. Plenty of humor as well.
If you are looking for one of those school romance types of comedies Maid-sama! and Speacial A are just the ticket. Both of the female protagonists are trying to out do the guy that they happen to really have feelings for. The men happen to be really similar to each other (the even look alike) very strong and attractive, slyly supporting the female character on their way.
I'm no expert on shoujo manga to say this, but Special A and Maid Sama! felt somewhat alike. Yes, it's one of those "gut feel" recommendations. If you liked one of those, you should check the other one as well.
P.S. I got the impression that Maid Sama! was the better one among those two.
Haine Otomiya is a student at the elite Imperial Academy. A one-time gang member who was put up for adoption by her father, her life changed when she met Shizumasa Togu, president of the student council and ‘emperor' of Imperial Academy. Haine quits her gang and enrolls at the prestigious private school in the hope of winning Shizumasa's love. When she is hired as his school bodyguard, she's thrilled; but can she survive the drama of the student council? As secrets spill and relationships form, Haine is pulled further into the world of the elite and powerful, where wealth is everything and social status is the basis of all relationships. What's a girl to do?
Both of these series are about elite, wealthy schools which is divided into ranks. The main characters for both is a cheerful but slow girl who is liked by a rich boy.
These two series have a very similar feel to them. They both have a class system that seperates normal students from those who are above average. In Special A, it is based on grades. In Gentleman's Alliance Cross, its based on money as well as hardwork (in rare cases). Also, both have a similar style of artwork.
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.
Yukino and Hikari, the main heroines of Kare Kano and Special A, had never been defeated until they met the boys Soichiro and Kei. Both boys are perfect in every way, always out doing the girls in everything making them go from always being in first place to being in second place. The problem is that Soichiro likes Yukino and Kei likes Hikari but both of the girls try to be better than those boys because they can't come to terms with the fact that they were defeated by some pretty boys. With the girls always coming in at second place and wanting to get back at the boys, how can the boys have their wish to be more than just friends?
Both of the main female characters are competitive, aiming to be the top in their school. They're ambitious, funny and in awe (and denial) of the male characters favourable charms.
Enjoy these mangas Rom Com genre.
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.
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?
I have never seen two series that could be so much alike, both in themes and characters. Ouran High School Host Club is a dead on likeness of Special A. A group of special students are brought together in a comedic array of fun filled adventures in a high school setting. The female lead is both determined and a great role model for anyone in each of these series.
I like Ouran High School Host Club and Special A because they are both based on romance and comedy but I recommend reading/watching O.H.S.H.C!