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In the present day, a young group of friends is eager for their band to play in an upcoming festival. Unfortunately for them, the stage has been cancelled! Now, they must race against the clock to convince the mayor to let them play their Canary's song... for fame and glory!
Canary and Handsome Girl definitely have different focuses, but I feel both are a good recommendation for each other anyways due to the determination and drive of the main characters to succeed. Both are a short watch also.
Both anime are about pushing to succeed in your dream and trying to get there no matter what. Canary is about a band where Handsome girl is about an idol. Never give up is the theme of the two.
The determination of the young heroines is seen in both Handsome Girl and Canary while they try to strive out on their own and succeed in the entertainment business. The struggles the girls have to endure is portrayed dramatically in these two series.
Nao and Uehara are two teens in an unlikely situation -- they've accidentally signed a lease for the same apartment! As time passes, they inevitably became a couple, and share the joys and hardships of living together day by day. Things take a turn for the worse when Nao forgets Uehara's 16th birthday! Can their relationship be saved? Or is this happy couple doomed for failure?
Good Morning Call and Handsome Girl are both short looks at a budding romance. While neither gives you a large character development or serious plot, both are warm and lighthearted pieces which will leave you thankful for a sig other (if you have one ;) ).
Good Morning Call and Handsome Girl are relatively similar stories consisting of one episode each. Both short stories portray a love between the main characters that is just blooming. Each has it’s own way of being light hearted and expressing joy in young love.
When Seara was a young girl, she pledged her love to the older Shuhei Seto. In a whimsical tone, Shuhei promised he'd wait for her to grow up to be a beautiful woman, and would then give her love a chance. Now, four years later and through a twist of fate, sixteen year old Seara is living with Shuhei, his sister Koharu, and their parents, though Seara's identity is unknown and unremembered by her longtime love. With steep competition for his heart as well as a lacking chest size, Seara must do everything in her power to win the heart of the man she loves!
Handsome Girl and Baby Love both are fairly comical looks at budding love. From the length to the older animation style, and generally sappy but touching feel, I think if you liked one, you'd probably like the other.
Baby Love and Handsome Girl are one episode with a comedic aspect to them. The main characters encounter same type of problems and are unsure of themselves as the story begins. The characters learn how to grow with one another and develop steady feelings about what they want.
A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.
K.O.R. and Handsome Girl both focus on a central love theme and the trials and tribulations of that love being unrequited. Handsome Girl kinda glosses over a lot of the finer details, where K.O.R. (being a series) gets the time to go into them. Both are good if you're looking for a bit of a love story :)
Keiichi Morisato is just your average college student until one day, fate interjects as he makes a call for take-out food. Unknown to him, he reaches the Goddess Help Line, and contacts a goddess named Belldandy, who grants him a wish. Thinking it to be a joke, Keiichi wishes for her to be his girlfriend 'forever'.
Romance is the central and most important theme in Handsome Girl and Ah! My Goddess. Although Ah! My Goddess gives you more time to develop an affinity for the characters, you'll see heart-wrenching moments in each of these anime. I strongly recommend both for the hopeless romantic :)
Kyosuke, Madoka and Hikaru are growing up and moving on; two headed for college, the third for the stage. This movie, which is a follow-up to the plot of the classic 80's series, details how each of the characters is coming to grips with their feelings for each other and where they are headed in their future. Unique storytelling wraps around the plot to give you a deeper understanding of the situation. An insightful movie that tugs at the heart strings, it serves to remind you that youth doesn't last forever.
Handsome Girl and K.O.R. I Want to Return to That Day are both essentially love stories about teenagers looking to the future. There's a number of emotional ups and downs in each, but watching the romances grow and develop makes the ride quite rewarding.
Fashion, glamour, and elegance are what make fourteen year old Fujiya Kotobuki's world go round. At the moment, she has her eye set on an older, fashionable man named Hodoka who works at the trendy Galopine et Galdpin boutique in Harajuku. Chance smiles upon Kotobuki's life when she has the opportunity to not only meet Hodoka, but date him as well! Can their relationship thrive under false pretenses and personality conflicts, or will Kotobuki be doomed to a life of loneliness?
Handsome Girl and Fashion Boy is Cool are both short looks at a quirky romance that probably shouldn't have happened in the first place. Although nothing deep happens, it still is an entertaining watch that won't take up much of your time.
As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?
Maya is a young woman who spends her afternoons at school and her evenings helping out with the family restaurant, but secretly she loves acting and is lucky enough to see the play Madam White Rose one day. Afterwards, she is cast in the school production as Bibi, the sad and pitiful girl. Troubled by the role, Maya seeks out advice from a mysterious woman who tells her to 'wear Bibi's mask'. Through that experience, Maya realizes that the stage is her true passion, and she sets off to fulfill her dream to be a great actress, great enough to play the role of the Crimson Goddess. But is she as talented as her rival, the famous Ayumi?
Young Maya’s passion is drama and the theatre -- so much so that sometimes her grip on reality wavers. Most consider her to be a lost cause, destined to live with her head in the clouds… but things change when the legendary actress Tsukikage sees potential in Maya; and when she offers to train her, Maya eagerly accepts. Yet the road to fame is paved with hardship; with strong rivals to test her and close friends to spur her on, will Maya be able to reach her ultimate goal?