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Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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KuroiTsubasa KuroiTsubasa says...

You might say that these series have nothing in common as their plotlines revolve around completely different things - Bakuman centers around young people trying to become manga authors and Chihayafuru is about youth playing karuta. But on the other hand, these shows have plenty of similarities as they both depict young people moving towards their desired goals, steadily improving, competing to become the best, making new friends and meeting new rivals. Both shows create notable tension at some point and fill you with enthusiasm at times, though you have to notice Chihayafuru has very little comedy and romance compared to Bakuman.

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

Both anime are uplifting and motivational about characters pursuing their passion and constantly aiming to be the best of themselves and in their chosen interest. Although their content and demographic is different the aforementioned similarity gives them an almost identical feel when watching as the same emotions are portrayed in each.

Faimojo Faimojo says...

When I was watching Chihayafuru, I related it a lot to Bakuman. The reasons maybe because both of the animes are about a couple or a bunch of people striving for their dreams. They have a goal set in their minds. Especially the leads, both want to meet someone special after they reach their goals which becomes their motivation. 

snivets snivets says...

These two shows stand out to me as being really excellent examples of "feel-good" anime with substance. As in, when you're done watching an episode, you can't help but feel excited about the story. They're also both about young people who have big dreams working to succeed against long odds, with a side of light romance.

kio3459 kio3459 says...

If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me! 

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!

Karasune Karasune says...

Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into what they love; playing karuta in Chihayafuru and creating manga in Bakuman. As the story progresses, you'll get sucked in and before you know it, you'll be cheering the characters on as hard as you can as they overcome numerous hardships. Romance, comedy, drama, tears, smiles, and hardwork are all included in both of these series, and I can 100% say that if you liked one, you should definitely check out the other. 

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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Chitaka Chitaka says...

Bakuman and Death Note aren't so much alike based on what they have, but they would appeal to the same audience based mostly on what they don't have. They're both shounen series' without the stereotypical fights, team of 3-4 people all adventuring and fighting for a similar goal. Both of these are mostly about thinking and intellect to some extent. And instead of wowing the viewer with flashy fight scenes, they both suck you in with wonderfully developed characters.

xfleur xfleur says...

While the story subjects are entirely different, it helps to add that both Bakuman and Death Note are created by the same storywriter/artist (Ohba/Obata) and therefore get the same feel and pace from each story by how the characters act and react to circumstances around them. Similar humor, albiet Bakuman's is much more exaggerated and lighthearted.

Diachy Diachy says...

Deathnote and Bakuman both share a similar or near exact art style and deep/thought provoking themes. This of course makes sense due to the fact that they are written and drwan by the same author in their manga forms. Another great thing about both is how well they follow the original plot of their mangas. They are both well planned/executed anime series. If you liked deathnote you'll love bakuman and vice versa, they may be very different however they are both very much the same.

anosora anosora says...

Yes Bakuman and Death Note are not similar at all. But they have the same author and artist. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Those two are geniues at manga and anime.

mechasally mechasally says...

Same mangaka and writer so the art work is much the same too also you find out answers of death note in Bakuman since it's slightly based on the authors as well as I loved them both lol! <3

Shirobako

Shirobako

Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club’s labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came with completing their very first project are exactly what encouraged Aoi and her club mates to enter the animation industry in the first place. But two years later Aoi has graduated, and now that she works as a production assistant for a big-name animation studio, the daunting reality of her job has somewhat diminished her enthusiasm. Despite the long hours and the punishing schedule, Aoi still hopes to fulfill the promise she and her club friends Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori made: to one day reunite and make a real animated feature of their own as professionals!

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Ayachan19 Ayachan19 says...

Bakuman goes into how making manga and how hard it can actaully be but this going into anime, of how making anime and the things they need to do to get what they want. 

I recomend them from both ways because i think you'll enjoy both from the two ways because they're really amazing(even if Shirobako on first episode) and both make you understand more about the author who makes the manga or the anime. 

And Shirbako is of mostly animation/making, girls and bakuman is of mostly mangaka boys but still good though. :D

chad28 chad28 says...

Bakuman. and Shirobako deal with the Japanese entertainment industries we came to love: manga and anime, showing us how these are made.

They also show the backstage, lives, hopes, dreams, struggles, and joys of the industry professionals, especially those who are starting.

Both have really good characters that you can easily empathize with and transmit a warm happy feeling.

I think if you like one you will probably like the other.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime are about people trying to achive their dream at creating something they love.  In Shirobako, the subject matter is anime; while in Bakuman, the subject matter is manga.  Both series show the amount of work and effort put into creating and anime or manga, and how the protagonists struggle against the various obstacles and complications in their way.  While Bakuman has a romantic sideplot (while Shirobako doesn't), I do think fans of one series will still enjoy the other. 

Tora3 Tora3 says...

They are both about editing, one is for manga and the other is for anime. The story is interesting and draws you in wanting more.

nlnrose nlnrose says...

2 very different takes on 2 different industries which make the media we enjoy. I personally enjoyed their shenanigans.

Shirobako is a more realistic show based on the experiences of the staff making the real show. Fun fact: Shirobako's last episode was released late. A little ironic when you know that the episode is about the mad rush to release an epidode on time.

Bakuman is a shonen series where the battles take place in the writing of series. It is heavily based on the experinces of the 2 original authors of the manga, but with emphasis on some very shonen elements. Fun fact: This writing duo is the same who wrote Death Note.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?

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jmill jmill says...

While Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo has a bit more of a love triangle relationship than Bakumanboth are very similar in the characters drive to be the best at what they do. They both focus on the manga, anime industry as a profession, but Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo has gaming as well. They both give you a great feeling of giving your all and doing your best to strive for your goals.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows are about doing everything it takes to achieve a dream.  Some people are naturally talented whicle others have to fight for every success, but there is more behind these people than appears on the surface, and both of these shows highlight that beautifully.  Both shows have unlikely, accidental friendships that develop into deep relationships (romantic and platonic), but they emphasize how much people can care for each other and learn from each other.  Sakurasou has more romance and comedy, while Bakuman is much more technical about how the manga world works, but each of these shows is much more than they appear to be and are both enjoyable and fulfilling.

AllenCz AllenCz says...

I'm certain. If you find Sakurasou or Bakuman interesting, you should the other, too. Both anime are about chasing dreams and working hard to make it true.

williamofbaskerville williamofbaskerville says...

Pet Girl is the darker version of Bakuman. Both have their own unique charm. Similar themes of hard work.

Pet Girl presents a powerful reality (unlike a lot of other slice of life romances). 

I recommend both very highly (though one should watch Pet Girl first, so that Bakuman can heal you afterward.) 

Comic Party

Comic Party

This show is centered around Doujinshi (Fan Manga). Kazuki is a senior in high school, who doesn't really know what to do with his future. His friend Taishi drags him into the world of Doujinshi, where he tries to make and sell his Doujinshi to the masses and learn what it really means to be a real Doujinshi artist.

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Rilkar Rilkar says...

Both shows are about people who make manga. And both shows have romance elements. If you like one you will probably like the other.

 

unitzero unitzero says...

Both animes are about making manga. If you enjoy stories about mangaka then these are both must sees. Comic Party is about creators of doujin and a little more of a comedy; Bakuman is about two guys trying to make a mainstream manga series. If you like one you might like the other.

 

LunaYume LunaYume says...

The anime and manga are both about mangaka, and their struggle to reach their goals, and make their dreams come true.

Comic Party is only different because it switches between artist styles.

Doujin Work

Doujin Work

Najimi Osana's goal is to make a fortune in life, but in reality, she hasn't been having much success in her job. Tsuyuri, a doujin artist and a friend of Najimi, takes her to a convention to help her sell her doujin; and after learning that her childhood friend Justice is a very successful doujin artist, Najimi declares that she will make her fortune by creating doujins of her own. However, Najimi has never created anything close to a doujin before, and will struggle through many difficulties. Together with Tsuyuri, Justice, and Sora, they will work together for Najimi’s sake to gain fame and fortune in the doujin market.

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oninosweeney oninosweeney says...

While both are about the production of manga, one being professional and one being fan made, both are serious takes at following your dreams (sometimes ill concieved, scatterbrained dreams); dreams about fame, love and making money through the love of visual arts.

Higly recommended for everyone who has a dream.

chii chii says...

Both shows are about people who are striving to make it big in the manga world. Bakuman does it for the love of manga where doujin work wishes to make lots of money from it. Either way their journey is going to be hard without help from friends who are already in the world of making manga themselves. Both are pretty funny and have great characters. If you ever had the drive to succeed in something check either of these titles out. They are sure to please.

eaper eaper says...

These series each start out with characters getting roped into drawing/writing mangas and then goes from there. With a mix of humor and hard work in each of them, the main character(s) go from just messing around with making manga to becoming very serious about it. Although Bakuman is focused more on the professional aspect of making manga and Doujin work is mostly just at the doujin level, if you like watching about the process of making manga, these fit well together.

Space Brothers

Space Brothers

When Mutta and Hibito were children, they made a promise to become astronauts together after spotting a UFO one night. Now adults, the duo's path couldn't have diverged more – Hibito is about to travel to the moon with NASA to help simulate the future exploration of Mars, and Mutta is unemployed, having recently headbutted his boss at an auto company. Still, the man can't shake his desire to surpass his younger brother, and soon, he becomes an applicant for Japan's JAXA space program. His ultimate goal, to get one step ahead of Hibito and go to Mars. But the path to becoming an astronaut is long and fraught with tests and challenges. Will Mutta and newfound friends Kenji and Serika manage to persevere and achieve their dream?

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WataraseShodai WataraseShodai says...

Bakuman is a series, which goes for a different goal, but does it on a similar way as Uchuu Kyoudai. The atmosphere, the humor, some of the characters are pretty much alike.

Bakuman and Uchuu Kyoudai have their epic moments with a typical BGM, which follows you through the series. Both have a big goal ahead of them, and they work hard for it. Bakuman and Uchuu Kyoudai are "feel good" series, and I believe, that if you like one, you'll also like the other.

kio3459 kio3459 says...

If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible dreams then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me!

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!

Karasune Karasune says...

Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into their one true goal in life; becoming an astronaut in Uchuu Kyoudai and becoming a popular manga artist in Bakuman. As the story progresses, you'll begin to cheer the characters on and watch in eagerness as they try to overcome trial after trial. You may even shed tears along with them. If you enjoy watching characters grow and work towards their dreams, and you enjoyed one of these shows, you'll more than likely enjoy the other. 

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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eaper eaper says...

These series both mix together comedy, romance, and determination to make their dreams come true. Each series starts off focusing around someone with no skill in an area, but a dream to become big, and they go from there. They both show the hardships of joining their respective industries (music for Beck, manga for Bakuman) and a little peek at what it takes to make it there.

Darby Darby says...

School life, dull bored kid pulled into the Arts...Beck moves a little slower, the tension is a little different, and no one in Bakuman takes a physical pounding from antagonists, but they are both great animes about kids with dreams diving head-long into life.  "Better to try and fail than live with the regret of never having tried at all."  I loved both of these, and I really do think that if you like either one, you'll like the other. ^.^

Genshiken 2

Genshiken 2

Genshiken has won its own sales booth at the upcoming ComiFes, and so for the first time they will be participating as a seller instead of navigating through the convention crowds. The club, now with a couple of new members and Sasahara as the chairman, combines the talents of its various members and begins working on its debut doujinshi release. With members having various personal matters to take care of and the deadline rapidly approaching, will they be able to complete it in time?

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megalith megalith says...

If you liked Genshiken 1 or 2, you would also like Bakuman because both focus on aspects of manga writing and the methods in which they are created. Both are comedies, featuring manga fans (or otaku) and center around similar comedic themes, while making references to prexisting titles. While Genshiken is more comedy-centric compared to Bakuman's comedy-drama, they both cover the relationships between manga anime-lovers and those outside of the loop.

ejunior ejunior says...

Both depicts the process and terms used in the manga and anime culture in a good depth and how this type of media industry works In Japan. those also show, in their own manner, how hard  and how complex to make an anime or a manga.

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

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.

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Darkrystal Darkrystal says...

On the face of it these series have little in common,but dig a little deeper and there is a lot that they share. Both focus on the relationships of students, and in both series these relationships are broken down to a microscopic scale, so that each text or lingering glance becomes a momentous event. It works to great effect and you can't help but get caught up in the romance of it all. The shows also share a similar visual flair, as well as slower pacing. If you enjoyed one of these shows I'd highly recommend checking out the other!

anosora anosora says...

Well first off Bakuman is Shounen and Kimi ni Todoke is Shoujo, but they are very similar in the aspects of romance. Very sensitive character relationships