Due to his parents’ new jobs, Kazunari Usa, a high school student, will be forced to live on his own for the first time. Kawai Complex, his new boarding house, is anything but average, and he soon realizes this as he settles into his new life as an independent teenager.
Kawai Complex is home to a diverse group of tenants, all of whom are outlandish personalities. Mayumi Nishikino is an alcoholic office lady who despises couples because of her bad luck with men. Kazunari’s roommate Shirosaki enjoys leading men on. Sayaka Watanabe, a seemingly innocent college student, enjoys leading men on. Kazunari is about to move out of his new apartment when he meets bashful senior Ritsu Kawai and begins to fall in love with her. He is shocked by the dearth of decent people in his new neighborhood.
10. Maison Ikkoku
Ikkoku is an old lodging establishment in the Clock Hill neighborhood of Clock Hill. It’s a decent place to live, but it lacks the excitement and modernity that most college students are looking for. So, they improvise.
Yusaku Godai, a 20-year-old student who is friendly and easygoing, is one of the other pupils. However, as an introvert, he is frequently mocked and taken advantage of by his more outgoing housemates. He decides to move out since he is too stressed out to continue living in this manner. Kyoko Otonashi, the new manager, introduces herself to him as he prepares to leave the building. Even though Godai had his heart set on finding a new home, he is won over by her charm and begins to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kyoko, despite her good looks and sweet demeanor, is a divorcee whose spouse died in a car accident. Although she tries to remain upbeat, it is clear that depression is engulfing her at this moment. Almost immediately, Godai and Kyoko form a tight bond, and he makes it his life’s mission to make her happy at any costs.
Yamato Akitsuki heads to Tokyo on his own to attend one of the area’s high schools. He moves in with his aunt, who runs a public bathhouse in the neighborhood that caters exclusively to women, and begins his high school career. He meets a girl at school one day and is quickly taken in by her allure. He is surprised to learn later that Suzuka, the girl he met earlier, lives right next door to him. It is at this point when Yamato’s daily routine begins to gradually alter.
8. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
You know the drill: lady has a crush on guy, girl confides in guy about her feelings, guy takes confession for a job application. But that’s what happens when Chiyo Sakura finally has the courage to tell her crush Nozaki how she feels in class. Inadvertently, he mistakenly offers her a job as his assistant instead of a date because she has no idea he is a manga artist publishing under a female pen name. Although it’s not flowers and dancing, Chiyo gladly welcomes the opportunity to grow closer to him. While he doesn’t know what he’s doing, Nozaki will spend even more time with Chiyo “researching” what women find romantic. Chiyo’s romantic angst could hardly be escalating any further. Month-to-month GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN has all the answers!
7. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Having to move into Suimei High School’s notorious Sakura Hall due to the plight of abandoned kittens and his conscience, second-year Sorata Kanda’s life is turned upside down. Aside from Misaki, the vivacious animator, Jin the dramatist playboy, Ryuunosuke the reclusive programmer, and Chihiro the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl, Sorata is an outcast in the strange dorm community.
It’s Sorata’s second-year student and aspiring voice actor Nanami who encourages him to find new owners for his many kitties so that he can return to the regular dorms sooner rather than later. When Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic prodigy hoping to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and soon grabs onto him, his desire to flee Sakura Hall wanes.
It is via their eccentricities that Sorata and Mashiro are able to break out of their shells and inspire others. For those who aren’t familiar, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is based on the popular light novel series of the same name.
6. Hanasaku Iroha
Ohana Matsumae, a rambunctious adolescent from a single mother, lives in Tokyo with her father. Suddenly, her mother decides to flee from debt collectors with her new partner, leaving the young girl to fend for herself in rural Japan, where her chilly grandmother runs a modest inn, in accordance with her mother’s “rely entirely on yourself” credo. Ohana is determined to adjust to the peaceful lifestyle of the countryside, so she experiences and deals with the hardships of working as a maid and establishing new acquaintances at her new school and the inn.
5. Grand Blue
Iori Kitahara surprises himself by attending college for the first time after moving out on his own to a beach town. As a new chapter in his life begins, he is surrounded by gorgeous women and loving bastards, diving and having fun! Let Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka’s collegiate tale of booze-fueled mischief bring you to your feet!
4. Mahoraba: Heartful days
When Shiratori Ryuushi enters a vocational school, he will be a young artist-in-training. There’s an odd assortment of people who live in Narutakisou when he gets there, and it’s all about him. With Aoba Kozue, he also falls for the landlady’s beauty and charm. Kozue, on the other hand, is more than meets the eye.
Calligrapher Seishuu Handa is a rising star: gorgeous, skilled, and, regrettably, a self-obsessed narcissist. An award-winning veteran’s dismissal of Seishuu’s award-winning work as “unoriginal” causes him to lose his cool, and the consequences are dire.
Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands as a form of punishment and as a means of encouraging him to think on his own behavior. Having been exiled to the countryside, Seishuu must now try to discover new inspiration and build his own distinct artistic style—if only the noisy youngsters, fujoshi middle-schoolers, and energized old men would leave him alone! To get some job done, the newest member of the quirky and close-knit Goto community must go to islands far from the tranquil farmland he expected. The arrogant calligrapher learns more than he ever expected from his eccentric neighbors, who are completely incapable of keeping their heads down.
2. Kimi ni Todoke
Kuronuma Sawako’s classmates entirely misunderstand her. It’s not uncommon for people to misinterpret her soft-spoken attitude as a sign of malice. In honor of the movie “The Ring,” her classmates have dubbed her Sadako because of her striking similarity. Wanting to meet people and have a social life, Sawako is drawn to the most popular guy in class, Kazehaya Shouta, for his “100 percent refreshing” demeanor. It’s possible that Kazehaya’s conversation with Sawako could lead to the friendships she’s craved all her life. There may even be a glimmer of hope for her in the form of a romantic relationship in the future.
1. Acchi Kocchi (TV)
In love with her closest friend Io Otonashi, a tall and easygoing girl, Tsumiki Miniwa is a petite girl who packs a punch. The only problem is that she’s afraid to say it out loud. Although he can read her like a book, Io doesn’t seem to pick up on the apparent clues—even with their pals joking that there’s no better match for them. While Tsumiki and her friends go about their day-to-day lives, Acchi Kocchi is there to document it all. Tsumiki’s buddies will never let her forget her crush on electronics nerd Mayoi, good-natured trickster Sakaki, and nosebleed-prone Hime. Time will tell whether or not Tsumiki will be able to finally express her feelings.