Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
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.
One of the other series I first thought of when reading Kimi ni Todoke was We Were There. The relationship between the two main character have the same types of conflicts and real life issues that have to be overcome to make relationships work. The naivity set forth by both of the main characters is accuratly portrayed, while the suspense of the series keeps the readers on the edge of their seats.
Miki Koishikawa thought she had a typical life with typical parents, until one day her mother and father announced they are getting a divorce - but not just any divorce. They're splitting up in order to switch spouses with another couple they'd met in Hawaii! To assist with the transition Miki and her parents must now live with the other couple and their son Yuu. Miki and Yuu's relationship gets off to a rough start, but they learn to open up to each other and become friends over time. However, their situation becomes more complicated when the two begin to develop feelings for one another as well as deal with other people in their lives, including Miki's former crush, Ginta Suou; and Yuu's former girlfriend, Arimi Suzuki...
How hard can relationships be? Well you will find out just how hard they can be in both Marmalade Boy and We Were There. The main characters in each are quite similar, the heroines are sweet and meek-ish types while the male leads are far more mature seeming than their years but with an distant personality. Will the couples be able to survive after all they have to go through and countless obstacles trying to test their love for one another, that is the mystery!
Nana K. is a hopeless romantic who is co-dependent on everyone around her and falls in love at first sight with any and all men, even married ones; Nana O. is a wannabe rock star who has had to break up with the love of her life so that she can find her own path as a singer. As Nana K. boards a train to Tokyo, she longs to finally be with her beloved boyfriend Shouji; as Nana O. boards the same train to Tokyo, she plans to live her dream with only the guitar on her back. The two meet by chance both on the train and in the city - ultimately choosing to live together - and though they are opposites in every way the girls quickly become close friends. Together, Nana and Nana will learn the bittersweet truth about love, loss, and the growth that comes because of it.
You cannot beat the dramatic realistic romances such as that of Nana and We Were There! With strong female leads who get themselves thrown into tough and hard to deal with situations faced by many a girl out in the world, readers take the rollercoaster journey with them through their hardships. All of the main characters in these two series are named Nana (ironically) but their tragic romantic troubles also are mirror images of struggles they have to go through and push through to strive on.
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.
Peach Girl and We Were There involve a realistic high school love triangle. WhileWe Were There is a slow paced series than Peach Girl both have the same hardships of teenagers trying to understand the relationships among themselves. Mistrust and betrayal follow.