Identical twins Tatsuya and Kazuya may look the same, but it's the younger Kacchan that everyone is interested in. As an excellent baseball player who is popular with all the girls and friends with all the guys, it's no wonder their childhood friend Minami prefers him over the slobby and less social Tacchan. In life, however, the path to true love and success is never an easy one -- a lesson the two boys will learn through a mix of sporting events, love triangles, typical school worries and a number of other painful and challenging situations...
Those two shounen sports stories follow the same pattern. There are 2 brothers: older, talented and respected by everyone and younger, lazy and hidden in his brothers shadow. Due to unexpected development (though practically identical in both mangas) the younger brother have to start showing his hidden talent. Pressured with achievements and reputation of his brother, he have to carve a path for himself.
Both mangas have realistic (to a certain point) approach on the sports theme. While there are some actions that may seem a bit over the top, at least there isn't any type of "Ultimate finishing moves" (like Prince of Tennis or Eyeshield 21 have )
These two sports mangas have a similar early plot that drives the overall mood for the rest of the chapters. Although area no kishi seems to have a bit more action and touch showcase a bit more challenges, if the overall color and mood of the manga is what drives you to one, (and you tend to like sports mangas in general), then you should try checking out the other.
Satoyama and his best friend Kawakami both like the same girl - Mizutani, a tomboy whose father owns a boxing gym. They both join the gym to get closer to her, but unfortunately she has a bad relationship with her father and for some reason won't talk about boxing. When she sees Satoyama's punch, however, her heart begins to change; she had given up on boxing, even though she was a boxing prodigy, because a woman could never compete with a fully-grown man. But perhaps she could train Satoyama to take on the world in her place! Satoyama doesn't really care about the championship, but if it means Mizutani will spend more time with him he'll do anything!
Both of these manga are by the same author, Adachi. All of his work have a similar style to them. They feature gifted athletes, drama elements with some comedy thrown in and budding romance. If you like one Adachi work, it's probable you'd enjoy another.
The bumbling Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
Somehow, I can not help but feel a similar vibe with slice of life and romance in both of these titles.
It also helps they have proper endings, both of them.
If you like one, you should like the other.