Hataraki Man

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Servant x Service

Servant x Service

When Lucy was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a single first name so they decided to give her over a dozen of them! So to get revenge on the civil servant who approved the naming decision, Lucy, now an adult, has become one herself, eager to give him an earful. But the woman soon learns that being a civil servant is tough work! The citizens scold you, there’s little margin for error, and there’s challenges at every turn! Alongside other workers such as the flirtatious slacker Hasebe and shy newcomer Saya, Lucy will navigate her new career and experience both the frustrations, and also the joys, of helping the public.

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snivets snivets says...

Servant x Service is comedic and Hataraki Man is more  of a drama, but both shows have in common their focus on the life of an adult woman who works in an office setting. If that's what interests you about either show, the other is worth checking out.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both shows are about adults at their place of work, though Hataraki Man has much more drama than comedy, while Servant x Service is purely comedic. If you can overcome these differences, or are just interested in the setting, be sure to check the other one out.

sothis sothis says...

Realistic shenanigans in the workplace, revolving around a rare female protagonist? Hataraki Man and Servant x Service are a good match. That being said, Servant x Service focuses far more heavily on comedy.

hotspot hotspot says...

Both shows involve a female protagonist, in a work setting and have various characters at the work place.

Animation Runner Kuromi

Animation Runner Kuromi

Twenty year-old Mikiko Oguro (known as Kuromi to her co-workers) has just entered the dream job of a lifetime -- animation! However, upon her arrival to the famed Studio Petit, Kuromi is in for a surprise: her predecessor just quit, leaving her with the project, and the seemingly unattainable deadline! Now, with only a week left until the key animation is due, Kuromi must wrangle up the group of slackers who must finish Time's Journey 2 before it's too late!

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both anime deal with a female protagonist in the rushed and wild world of entertainment. Both Kuromi and Hiroko are incredibly dedicated to their jobs and go above and beyond the call of duty to get the work done by deadline. If you like one, you'll likely enjoy the other.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

The Japanese entertainment industry seems like a busy one, if these anime are to be believed. They both feature a woman in her twenties working in a very busy office environment. Stress – be it from deadlines or pesky co-workers – is the usual state of mind since they're very dedicated to their jobs.

Add in a varied supporting cast, a down-to-earth presentation a similar atmosphere and you have two anime that have a lot in common in terms of setting, characters and atmosphere.

sothis sothis says...

While Animation Runner Kuromi is far more comedic in tone, both it and Hataraki Man follow an adult woman as she works tirelessly at her job. It's a theme that isn't too common in anime, and fans of one will likely appreciate the other.

Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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Himitsu Himitsu says...

Watching Hataraki Man stimulated the same feelings as when I watched Paradise Kiss. The atmosphere was the same, and their approach on relationships. I find ParaKiss more artistic, but I find that they give out similar themes.

Iahel Iahel says...

Both from the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV, Hataraki Man and Paradise Kiss describe different professions but in the same way. If you want to know a little bit not only about fashion but also about journalism in Japan, and won't snore, these are a good choice. By all means the nice main characters bring these series together.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

Honey and Clover and Hataraki Man are very disparate in relation to their stories and artistic styles. However they both take a very straightforward way of looking at the internal struggles of some intrinsically realistic characters. Especially similar is the way in which the catharsis of supporting characters is expressed as an important part of the growth of the central character. To put it into a nutshell, if you liked the well developed character growth in one series, the other should please as well.

Ran Ran says...

Both Hataraki Man and HnC question the meaning of life and work (whether it is studying or a job) and the priorities and purpose that the main character gives him/herself in life, sweetened with a background romance.

Genshiken

Genshiken

Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?

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SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

Like a gemstone, a person's character is made of many facets, and cannot be truly perceived one facet at a time. Both Genshiken and Hataraki Man take a very straightforward look at the many facets that make up the full aspect of two very specialized groups of people. Both series take the lives of the main characters and explore both the individuals and the group dynamics that make them both unique, and at the same time, just like everyone else. You don't have to be an Otaku, or a Journalist to appreciate either of these series, but if you enjoyed one, chances are you will enjoy the other as well.

TheHermit TheHermit says...

Both series are interesting "slice of life" pieces that offer a rare insight to the workings of Japanese society. Both shows also feature a lovably deranged cast that still manage to feel like living, breathing people.

REC

REC

Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?

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Reasons you might like REC...

Himitsu Himitsu says...

If you enjoyed Hataraki Man, I'm sure you will also enjoy REC. Both series involve a close-up of complicated relationships mixed in with work life. There aren't a lot of character aspects in REC whereas you're introduced to a number in Hataraki Man, but you still get the same "that's life" + drama feel.

Koi Kaze

Koi Kaze

If life teaches us anything, it is that love sometimes happens in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of people. Koshiro is a run-of-the-mill salaryman who has recently been dumped by his partner. With his heart broken and hope lost, he soon comes to realize that he can love again, once he sets eyes on a beautiful young schoolgirl riding the train. However, there is one catch -- this girl named Nanoka is his sister, who he has not seen in years. Knowing that their forbidden love will always be scrutinized by society; will Koushirou and Nanoka be able to resist the temptation?

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Reasons you might like Koi Kaze...

SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

What does a story exploring genetic sexual attraction (Koi Kaze) have in common with a story about a Journalism Dynamo's personal sacrifice for professional growth (Hataraki Man)? Not much really, except for the incredibly frank way in which the two subjects are approached. While Koi Kaze's subject is decidedly more taboo than Hataraki Man's they both explore aspects of sexuality that aren't commonly popularized in a way that isn't meant to express judgment, rather to merely show things the way things truly are.

Planetes

Planetes

In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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Reasons you might like Planetes...

SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

It always amazes me when two shows which are so very different instantly appeal to me as having an intrinsic kinship. This is especially true of Planetes and Hataraki Man. Both stories give us a peek into the lives of women who have chosen to work towards career goals at the expense of personal comfort. Both Heroines are dynamic characters capable of showing weakness and strength in the same moment. While they may take place in two very different environments, at a deeper level they are both about taking a look at the choices you have made, and choosing to find reasons to smile and laugh rather than cry.

Carried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran

Carried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran

Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!

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Reasons you might like Carried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran...

senileseinen senileseinen says...

Hataraki Man and Tsukikage Ran are very different anime; one is set before the Meiji era and features a woman samurai and her female karate sidekick, while the other is about a woman working as an editor at a major weekly magazine in present-day Tokyo.

What they have in common is women working at a normally male occupation in a society with very clear sex roles. Many of the subplots in both shows explore this 'cross-dressed' role.

Tsukikage Ran uses more slapstick humor, while Hataraki Man's is more situational. Both feature strong leading characters who are quite clear about their duties and rights, and who are quite willing to inform others of their duties and rights as well.

If you like seeing women in anime who aren't just supporting the guys, you'll probably like both of these shows.

Peach Girl

Peach Girl

Momo is loud, shallow, a player, a betrayer, and one to best stay away from -- or at least, that's the misconception people have when they see her makeup, bleached hair and suntanned skin. In reality, Momo just wants the same friends, hobbies and crushes any girl her age would like. However, when her only friend starts spreading rumours about her, her boyfriend starts to doubt her, and the most popular boy in school starts to take a more then friendly interest in her, she'll have much more to worry about than just her appearance!

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Ran Ran says...

Both Peach Girl and Hataraki Man feature a strong-willed yet sensible main character who is seeking happiness, whether she is in love, or trying to work hard; both characters go through daily hardships and moments of happiness. The graphical styles are also very much alike, and both anime could be compared as being a shojo vs josei treatment of similar topics and morals.