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Four gorgeous guys, one fabulous mansion and one challenge - turn the landlady's niece into a perfect lady and live rent free; fail and their rent will triple! Surely this task will be no problem for Ranmaru Mori, Kyouhei Takano, Takenaga Oda and Yuki Tohyama, who are lauded as the princes of their high school and have girls dropping at their feet daily... right? The boys' dream of rent-free living comes crashing down when they meet Sunako Nakahara, the girl they must transform. Sunako has devoted her life to solitude, preferring the company of anatomy mannequins, horror movies and the darkened seclusion of her bedroom to the presence of the ‘dazzling creatures' that cause her to have violent nosebleeds. Flushing her out into the light might prove to be more than the boys can handle!
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.
Like The Wallflower's close cousin, Kimi ni Todoke also features a fifteen-year-old girl learning to let other people into her life. Kimi ni also sports an amusing secondary cast and a reliance on deformed art to add humor and contrast to the otherwise standard (but beautiful) shoujo artwork.
While Kimi ni Todoke doesn't have as twisted a sense of humor, fans who like the underlying message and morsels of intimacy in The Wallflower will sure love the other title.
Both of those mangas focus on a gloomy, "sadako-like" girl without much self-confidence. Due to influence of a certain boy (or a group of boys in Yamanade) she gradually changes her ways, becomes more open and learns how to loose the "ghost" aura in order to show her beauty.
The main difference is that Yamanade main focus is comedy, and Kimitode main focus is heartwarming. Still, both are entertaining shoujo stories with "if-you-make-effort-you-can-change-and-make-friends" theme.
Wallflower and Kimi ni Todoke have very scary girls as the main heroines, or at least everyone believes them to be scary. The male protagonists in the story are attempting to change the socially awkward girls into something'normal' for the society around them. Neither one of the heroines have very much self-confidence in themselves which makes it hard for them to make friends. The journey to change is what is exciting about each of the series.
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?
Ouran high School Host Club and Wallflower both involve a group of very good looking guys trying to turn a girl that doesn't quite fit in with the society around her into the perfect woman. The girls characters are both independently strong in their own right which takes a hilarious turn in the series when they try and stand up for themselves.
Ouran High School Host Club and The Wallflower are both romantic comedies involving a female main character who is surrounded by beautiful boys.
A major theme in both manga is the idea of the transformation of the heroine. In Ouran this transformation is simply disguising the female lead as a boy. However, in The Wallflower the transformation involves a complete personality change from a socially inept recluse to a perfect lady.
Both stories are full of humorous scenes and dramatic happenings. If you enjoyed one you will most likely enjoy the other.
Yamaguchi Kumiko is next in line to be the boss of the Kuroda Ikka yakuza clan due to her parents' death. However, fresh out of college, Kumiko decides to pursue her lifelong dream of being a teacher. Now hired as a mathematics teacher at an all-boys school, Kumiko must hide her true identity. She's assigned to class 3D, inhabited by the worst of the worst delinquents. Popularly called "Yankumi" by her students, she tries her best to gain the respect of and offer help to these students who'd like nothing more to make her life a living hell.
Each manga is able the main characters being able to believe in themselves and the people around them. Each of the heroines have to face tough challenges and bullying by their peers the whole way through. But with their own courage in mind they are able to change their own outlook on life and have everyone else believe in them too.
Uran Arisaka has recently arrived in Tokyo and is eager to work towards a successful modeling career. However, she's also poor and can't afford her rent. Luckily, she finds one option that seems too good to be true: a modest monthly fee in a gorgeous house, but there's a catch: only attractive individuals can apply! Now, Uran must settle into her new life with three unlikely roommates – the wealthy Etsumi, the dancer Kirie, and the writer Tasuku.
Both involve a girl having to live with an unlikely group of boys, with a romantic subplot. Wallflower is far more of a comedy and has wacky chibi moments, but still, the plot is similar enough to warrant a recommendation.