- Both are shoujo high school romcoms.
- Both have female characters who falls for the egoistical MC and have to work hard to prove their love for them, and to earn it back.
- Both male characters have a twisted personality but that's because of their twisted past.
- Both female characters befriend girls who aren't actually their friends. It's just a convenient give-and-take type of relationship.
- The female characters realize their bad habits and work hard to change themselves.
While Ao Haru Ride is more of a SOL, Ookami Shoujo leans to a comedic side. Still, both of these are entertaining shows. Considering the similarities, fan of one series might enjoy the other one.
+ Both Shoujo's based off a manga.
+ Both have a freshmen in high school setting.
+ Both have brown-haired female MC with social issues.
+ Both have problems with making friends.
+ Both have a "cool" "handsome" male love interest that messes with MC.
+ Both are trying to appeal to the male love interest and understand them.
Anime dealing with friendship and romance. Main female from both anime pretends to be someone they are not. They make friends with the wrong people. The main love interest shows her the truth. The main guy in one series is calm, cool, and straight forward. The other is a sadist. The relationship in both anime start off rocky but as they get to know one another, fall madly in love with each other.
•both are the typical shoujo highschool romantic anime that appear in every anime season, which includes all of the following drama that comes along with it, so expect the expected, but theres always a few new scenarios which make it still fresh and anew
•both main protagonists are of your somewhat typical girl who just wants to fit into a group of friends who they can relate to, boost there self esteem, undermine her so she doesnt stand out, be a part of something, belonging to a group, such is the harsh life of the female life in highschool
•both romantic situations are completely different but they will probably end up all the same, as most of the romances do, they eventually end up together..
•they are very similar in the fake personality of the protaginst in the beginning and finding themselves in unwanted circumstances with the male protagonist eventually realizing they like each other.  read more
Similar story with similar male leads, really lovely female leads (though I like Erika just a bit more), great art and wonderful soundtracks (Ookami shoujo just has a nice piano theme and ambiance but Ao Haru Ride's entire soundtrack is utterly magical).
Ao Haru Ride is basically Ookami Shoujo but with a less Sado-masochistic couple and nicer soundtrack. Personally I prefer Ookami Shoujo though, but both are nice.
Also, Ookami Shoujo has better ending.
Blue Spring Ride is a fantastic shoujo series done well even with the commonly seen tropes. It deals how misunderstandings and not being honest with yourself and others can heavily effect relationships you have with your friends and love ones. The main female lead at the start takes on a persona that is not true to herself and it causes her problems along the journey but from the help of her true friends and the person she loves, she is able to come to terms with being her true self and to express her feelings. This goes for the same for the main female lead in Wolf Girl and Black Prince. The male lead in Blue Spring Ride is rather calm, cool and collected and is the complete opposite of the Male lead in, Wolf Girl and Black Prince who is a sadist but what they both have in common is they also are not being completely honest with themselves and with their loves ones. Wolf Girl and Black Prince tends to lean on a more less lighter tone and the comedy side of things, as the series goes on, the main characters together break down these walls. read more
[x] Similar art style
[x] Male lead that isn't intuned with his emotions
[x] happy go lucky female lead
[x] both female leads have trouble sorting out their real friends
[x] Shoujo audience
Ao Haru Ride is a bit more slow placed than Wolf girl and Black Prince, Ao Haru Ride focuses more on friendship building than romance for the most part. Wolf girl and Black Prince is also well laced with comedy so it gives it an added spice from the typical Shoujo anime.
These are both Shoujo anime that feature a distant and crass male lead with a tragic familial backstory and an extremely energetic, persistent, and stubborn female lead that will stop at nothing to win the heart of their loved one. Ookami Shoujo is more comedy focused, and the male protagonist is particularly cruel towards the female protagonist but warms up as the series progresses. Ao Haru Ride focuses more on friendship and rebuilding what has been lost to time, in terms of emotions and relationships, and not so much romance. If you're a fan of one, you will almost definitely like the other.
They are both shoujo's with very colorful characters in them along with them being in a high school setting. Also both main character's are trying to impress the people they consider friends at the beginning by lying about themselves, only to develop more as a person as the story continues.
If you liked either of these you are going to like the other.
It's a really nice story about romance that will keep you wanting to see more on how the relationship progresses i really recommend this to everyone.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is one of your typical shoujo anime just like Ao Haru Ride. They have different stories, but the both are the lovely buildup of the main couples and seeing their love grow stronger by passing obstacles together.
Both shows deal with the issues of friendship, depression, self-isolation and grief. To be more specific, both stories feature a main male character who has a very sorrowful past. Their friends are trying to be helpful and supportive. The female MC is in both cases the love interest. The difference is that Ao Haru Ride is more focused on the romantic aspect while Orange gives more weight to the healing process, and as such it's more dramatic. Both are totally awesome.
There are many similarities between the two shows, but both revolve around a guy who blames himself for his mother's death and they feel guilty that they distance themselves from everyone. Then our main heroine who seemed to be filled with anxiety tries to make him open up to her and falls in love with him along the way.
- Showing a close friendship between a peer group of classmate
- Having a main male protagonist with sorrow backstory that revealed as the story progress
- Trying to show how the group standing together to support the male protagonist
- Having a romance plot between members of said group
- Showing a bit portion of humor within their mundane everyday school life
The difference is, Ao Haru Ride choose the more standard slice of life/rom-com perspective while Orange choose to be a bit more melodramatic with the addition of time-travel related plot.
Ao Haru Ride and Orange are very similar in certain ways. First, the art does not differ too much in Orange when compared to Ao Haru Ride as it is supposed to create a warm and friendly like atmosphere as both of these animes contain elements of the shoujo genre. Both animes also involve a group of friends which surround the main characters of both series and they participate somewhat on the action. However, as far as I can tell in Orange, the group which Kakeru, the main character of Orange is with is bigger than the group of friends in Ao Haru Ride, therefore their roles in Orange are rather small. In both of these animes, the main characters face tough situations which transform how others look at the main character and judge their personality. Also, the main characters of both series have girlfriends which are the other protagonists of the animes. read more
The art style and the character designs between the main characters are very similar. The stories are set in high school, and features a cast of the main characters's friends. They are both also of the romance/shoujo genre. The feel of them are, again, very similar. While one is about a girl trying to make friends and refriend her crush (Ao Haru Ride), the other is about a girl trying to save her crush (Orange). If you liked one, then you should like the other!
Both have scatterbrained female protagonists who apart from liking the male protag have otherwise zero personalities. Both also have whiny shits as male protagonists who think being edgy is cool as fuck. The little shits even look alike.
Both shows also have incompetent and painfully drab friends who pretend like they are having the time of their lives when its clear that its dull as fuck.
Each of these shoujo-genre based adaption of the light novel/manga has a somewhat simular story if compared by the situation in which the main characters are in. Not to mention, the art styles are simular as well. (Though, that goes for most shoujos.) However, both are great; and if you've seen one or the other watch them ASAP~~.
Both include themes of grief over death and different ways of coping with it. In both, female leads try to make the male lead come out of their shell. The MCs all have a close group of friends they hang out with.
Honestly, I've only seen one episode, and I can already tell that this anime is a lot like Ao Haru Ride. I loved Ao Haru Ride, and when I saw Orange I was fangirling so much! The romance and cute clichés are there, plus the art style is almost exactly the same, I'm 90% sure that its the same animation company. I'm so excited for the next episode of Orange, while I pray for Ao Haru Ride season two to hopefully come out...?
Both female and male protagonist have similar hair style and personality and relationship.
The male protagonist both have black hair and are in 'sad' condition because of their mother.
The female protagonist have similar hairstyle and personality and both tries to get closer to the male protagonist and both have two female best friend
Produced by Production I.G., Kimi ni Todoke and Ao Haru Ride are romantic comedies of classics. The main male protagonist have different personalities but grows closer to the main female character throughout both series. It's also obvious the type of feelings the girl has on him although their relationship tends to be awkward at times. Among other factors, there are misunderstandings, rivals, and challenges that sometimes hinders their relationship. Expect comedy, drama, and romance. I recommend both series for anyone interested in a classic shoujo.
If you've noticed an uncanny resemblance between Kimi ni Todoke and Ao Haru Ride, don't worry it's not just you. Both shows share the same studio in Production I.G. and share similar staff members, two of them being Izumi Hirose who has performed as Color Designer for both (check out their resume when you get the chance, they have performed this role on many notable anime), and Rena Igawa who was the Animation Director for Kimi ni Todoke and is credited as the Character Designer for Ao Haru Ride. Outside of the studio and staff both shows are members of the shoujo genre in a school setting with a main cast of friends that initially consist of 2 males and 3 females. The shows differ in dramatic effect as Kimi ni Todoke feels more subdued and Ao Haru Ride seems more evocative, however they feel the same in atmosphere and in comedic effect with how the characters turn into chibi mode and make funny faces and all.  read more
These are two stories about personal growth and change. The protagonists in both stories are social outcasts who strive to overcome their own fears and insecurities with the help of their friends. Along the way, they fall in love. The stories are quite similar, but different enough that no enjoyment is lost.
Kimi ni Todoke is much more slowly paced and stretches out over two seasons where as Ao Haru Ride is only 12 episodes making it a perfect quick follow-up series if you've recently finished Kimi ni Todoke and are in the mood for another romance story.
Very similar art style and each centre around highschool life of a boy and a girl who can't convey their feelings for each other as they don't accept or understand them. Kimi ni todoke and kimi ni todoke season 2 should be watchd first in my opinion as I believe they are written better.
Both female mc change or changed
Sadako is more similar to how Futaba was
Kazehaya is more similar to how Kou was
so it's like what if the two didn't meet and stayed the same and met in highschool version
Taking place in a school life environment, both series represent classic shoujo with its cast of characters. The main female protagonist has a complex relationship with the main male protagonist. Throughout both series, there are obstacles that tests their relationship as well. The female protagonist also makes friends with others but suffers from a lack of confidence on occasions. They also get ostracized by certain friends as result of the relationships she develops with others. Recommended for fans of romance/shoujo. Ao Haru Ride has more comedy while Sukitte li no yo conveys more drama.
*A shoujo anime
*Building love between characters
*Similar to typical school life romance both have a well handsome/good looking/cute male/female that falls head over heels for them
*Amazing art style
*A popular manga turning into another wonderful anime!
*Rivalry between people whether it is love or friendship
-Both are Romance and Slice of Life in school
-Both has likable art that doesn't disturb the eye
-Both have that comedy side to them
-Both girls have the innate feeling that they are head over heels for the guy
-Both are a regular high school romance story
-Both really are great manga and anime
Sukitte Ii na yo and Ao Haru Ride are not completely similar, however they do have some things in common. For example: -Both take place around a school setting
-Have similar art/animation
-Both of the main characters face hardship in their relationship
-Characters learn how to love/care for someone.
If you like cheesy romance stuff, these are anime you must watch! :)
Both anime have this school romance thing going on, with a cute guy and a "complicated" girl who keep pushing the guy away.
Both anime have lovable characters that you just cannot start to love, but at the same time, both of the anime got this girl in the main role, who can be a little bit annoying.
But overall, both are hella amazing, and if you have seen one of them, then you would totally love the other one.
The romance between the two cannot be judged.
The Romance development between both of these is amazing, if you enjoyed the High school romance setting in Say i Love you with the Ups and Downs then you will also enjoy Ao Haru Ride, both similar and different with there own developments and twists.
As Ao Haru Ride, Sukitte li na yo is a sweet romance story. I really enjoyed it and I really recommend it, specially because it has more romance scenes than ao haru. It has an emotional backstory and a happy romantic end.
Two amazing and touching shows.
Both Sukitte Ii na yo and Ao Haru Ride:
- Are shoujo.
- Have cool and relaxing atmosphere.
- Involve the process of making friends and adapting to school life.
- Explore the romance between the main characters.
Lighthearted romantic comedies. Tonari-no Kaibutsu-kun and Ao Haru Ride explores the relationship of two main characters with contrasting personalities. The main male protagonist from both series has similar personalities and often plays practical jokes on others. Their relationship with the main female protagonist develops through circumstances. Their perspective stories also include other characters that raise drama and misunderstandings. I recommend both series for anyone seeking a romantic comedy with a lighthearted atmosphere.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and Ao Haru Ride are both teenage romance stories. A few of the characters share similar traits, or look alike. For example
Kou looks like Haru.
Sasayan shares a personality type with Kominato.
Yuuri and Natsume have to deal with almost the exact same situation.
If you liked Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun you will definitely enjoy Ao Haru Ride.
-Relatable and likable Characters
-Various Funny moments
-Not your typical shoujo romance anime
-Above average soundtrack
-More than just romance.
-While Ao Haru Ride explores more about the main character's pasts and their overcoming, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun explores how the main characters come to realize and change their present selves.
-Very open ended ending, expect to read the manga if you liked the show (which I highly, highly recommend)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and Ao Haru Rideare both sweet but not cheesy romantic comedies. They both have protagonists that are clueless about dating. While they both will cause a storm of feelings, I think Tonari is a happier anime. Also I am amazed by both of the anime's art.
Tonari no kaibutsu-kun is about a romance between a diligent girl (Shizuku) and his opposite Haru.
Why did i recommend ao haru ride, when the main is not even similar?
- I just did, because they are both nice and if you've seen a romcom anime, all are typically the same thing. But i picked this because it's the most suitable anime which has similar plot and worth watching.
Both these anime have a unique animation...AHR has a watercolour feel to it whereas TNK has a bold geometrical feel to it....Great MCs ...the love story is also equally progressive but in case of TNK I really like how the female grows seeing the male (Haru) live his life...its more in depth in the manga....but its a story ewhere a person grows when in love
Both shows are essentially romantic comedies that centralize around two contrasting characters - one who has an ice cold demeanor and the other with a warmer and a more perceptive personality - and explore their relationship throughout a high school setting. The various supporting character cast of each respective show also helps put a spotlight on their relationship, whether it's by their physical presence, their interactions, or something that they do. Check them out when you have a chance!
When it comes to connections, Bokura ga Ita and Ao Haru Ride build on that with their characters. The main male and female protagonist build their relationship through interactions. Throughout both series' progressive stories, they face with memories of the past. The main male protagonist from both series has a similar personality as well. Yet deep down, they do value the people around them. As a romance/shoujo, expect relationship angles and drama to ensure. Recommended for people interested in shoujo with elegance.
Both are strong down-to-earth high school romance dramas where the girl falls for a difficult guy. Bokura ga ita is way more complete as a drama, but it is double the length so that is to ve expected. As heartwarming shojo goes, both shows are absolutely worth watching.
•both anime resonate with the typical shoujo, romantic, school life, slice of life, genres
•both main characters, both girl and boy in each of the anime, are/were both in love with each other until a misunderstanding confronts the couple and causes mishap and heartbreak and confusion in the relationship
•both anime has its perks and mishaps, but all the while the surrounding cast add humour and angst towards the main cast, while introducing new rivals to compete and create mayhem for the protagonists
•both the main girl, is troubled throughout the anime, while curiosity drives her to be closer to her love, and to find out and help the boy and comfort him
•both the main guy, has had lifes problems corrupt his childhood, and made him afraid to trust/love again
•both anime are very similar in the development of a troubled and misunderstood relationship working towards a better ending, you might like one if you enjoyed the other read more
- First thing... Both made me cry a lot
- Both are shoujo high school romcoms, Drama, Slice of Life,
- Both series, face memories from the past to try resolve ther problems.
If you love animes shoujo, you like this one too
Both emit a certain atmosphere of springtime, they have similar plots and art. The colouring is similar as well, and both have a (more or less) superficial main character who is a girl and a boy who despises superficial girls. Have fun!
Both of the storylines in these anime are focused on a a boy and girl who like each other, but due to events of the past they are unable to overcome easily, the ending of each is left very ambiguous. The themes are slice of life, romance, and both have shoujo vibes. Very beautiful and similar art style all around.
Both have a high school romance theme and drama related to darker pasts (the bulk of which is explored in the manga after anime ends).
Both are about growing up and young love not always being perfect.
Itazura na Kiss and Ao Haru Ride shares a variety of similarities when it comes to shoujo standards. The main male protagonist both have a cold personality but does deep down care for the girl close to them. This is especially true during occasions when they are in trouble and he comes to help when needed the most. Throughout both series, obvious attraction is shown between the duo. There are certain obstacles that also get in the way of the main duo such as love rivals. Both series also exhibits realism when it comes to relationship dynamics with focus on development. I recommend both series for anyone interested in a shoujo with a decent cast of characters. read more
Male MC's have the same feel laid back and to themselves very smart and attractive to are Main Female character. Both Female MC's are more of a outcast not to bright but have like able qualities as the story progresses.
Both series show how real life is for teen's in high school being judged by there looks and not their personality. Also shows the struggle outside of the school life as well.
Both narrative's have Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, School, and Shoujo elements.
-Both are shoujo
-Both feature a very attractive male character
-Ao Haru Ride takes a more emotional approach rather than the elaborate comedy in Maid-sama so it's a good contrast
-Both have fairly strong female leads, though female lead for Ao Haru Ride is more emotional
they are both love stories about two young people falling in love. they have different forms of love but it is still love. they are both AMAZING animes about love and if you need an OTP these are good animes to find some.
Even if one is a Shoujo and the other is sort of like a Seinen, the two share many similarities. They both revolve around troubled teenagers and their difficulty making friends. They both tap into questioning how they should deal with their social lives. To sacrifice their own values just to make friends or not? To be honest to themselves and other people or to sacrifice that just to avoid being excluded from the group? Yahari goes a little deeper though. The male main characters are also both very pessimistic. The upbeat female main characters are also both..well..upbeat.
The main male characters in both anime are very pessimistic thus giving off quite a depressing vibe. They both do give some pretty good advice though when "helping" others. A love triangle is also present in both anime. While both anime are Rom-coms, Oregairu tends to not focus on romance as much as Ao Haru Ride.
Both shows have a similar settings. Both shows have characters that battles through inner struggles with their past thus developing their characters. Although Ao Haru Ride has slightly less melodrama than Toradora, both are a good experience.
I just found the general atmosphere of these two anime similar, not to mention both are very deep and thought-out high school setting anime. These two anime don't share that much similarities, despte both being romance anime set in high school, but I think that if you have watched Ao Haru Ride you will also enjoy ToraDora!
Futaba(Ao Haru Ride) & Sorata(Sakurasou) is same.
Both character want to become better person in future without being burdened by the past or present.
This topic become main theme in Sakurasou but not in Ao Haru Ride.
Both anime also featuring love interest between character.
-Relatable and likable Characters
-Various Funny moments
-Not your typical shoujo romance anime
-Above average soundtrack
-More than just romance.
-Sakurasou has enough fuzzy feelings to carbonate the world's oceans two times over.
-Expect watery eyes/tears (no traumas, don't worry)
If u loved Kamisama Hajimemashita, u will LOVE Ao Haru Ride ; and vice versa--
1. Romance Shoujo anime
2. A lil' bit of comedy that are SO CUTE
3. Female Main character somewhat looks alike, Personality 99% match as well - Cute, Positive. Careless, Persistent and most importantly, LOVES Kou / Tomoe to the ends of the earth.
4. Male Main character both are SMEXY. Personality 90% match - Cool, Has a dark past, Always there to protect Futaba/ Nanami , Mischievous and always like to make fun of her. Always don't wanna admit that they actually likes the girl.
5. Simply too amazing that will make butterflies spawn in ur stomach XD read more
Different premises but both series adapts a shoujo manga involving lives of two main characters. They get off to a rocky start in the beginning but their relationship gradually develops over time. Love triangle should be expected along with other characters that gets involved in the story that affects their relationship. Both series has a lighthearted mood although there are moments when emotions takes hold. Recommended for fans of rom-com.
While watching Ao Haru Ride I couldn't stop remembering parts of Lovely Complex. Originally the story is different, but the:
*hate/love relationship between both protagonists
*"I don't think I love him, because I hate him, but I actually love him" way of thinking by both anime girls (and their reluctant attempts to catch their beloved ones' attention)
*protagonist boys from both anime tease both girls for not being the feminine type and there is a notion that they do not see them as 'girls'
*fun, charismatic and adorably romantic feeling throughout both animes simply make the viewers long for sweet sweet love.
they DO differ, but if you loved either one, I bet you'd love the other.
enjoy and may thy hearts find truest love of all. read more
Both animes have romance in it and they are also past on school years.
"Ore Monogatari" has more comedy but they are both really enjoyable, and they have a good animation wich is a thing that I think is really important when it comes to enjoy the anime even more.
The story´s are diferent and I would say that "Ao Haru Ride" has a more complex story since it´s also tagged with the genre slice of life and "Ore Monogatari" is not.
The main male character of "Ao Haru Ride" gives you the same kind of feeling that male main Makoto Sunakawa from "Ore Monogatari" gives to you.
The positivity overload of ore monogatari may not be here but the emotional sways and moments are definitely in this series
It has a great soundtrack that will stick with you for a very long time and you definitely won't be bored throughout
It has a great plot line similar to or monogatari, in many ways both males have issues that trouble them, although they are completely different with their challenges, the feel is very similar
I actuallly watched this series soon after I finished ao haru ride.
I highly recommend this to those who have watched ore monogatari
This is another anime with the same feel of romance, and a little comedy, but with a bit of edge to keep you watching as the plot develops. The animation style is less real, more animated, but still enjoyable to watch, a little more fun than AHR, but both worth watching in their own right, really recommend.
If you are looking for a romance and the characters are mainly trying to be paired together in a hope they would be together.
Then you found what your looking for.
Discover Golden time (which is also a golden anime), wherein this two masterpieces intercepts each other.
They both have a dramatic climactic story line.
They both have an efficient character development which makes the story great.
They both are love story.
Although Ao Haru Ride is not supernatural, there are similarities. Such as:
Both main characters get closer in each episode.
Boy MC cares for the girl MC in their own way.
Girls personalities are quite similar.
Cute moments :3
Gives the same type of feeling when watching and the characters are pretty similar. Since for both its their first love and the fact they they knew each other some time before their lives before they entered high school.
But before watching Tamako love story, you should watch Tamako market but its not necessary to watch it.
Both stories tell us about the reunion of two people, who after some time will seek to settle their conflicts of the past with the goal of becoming friends and being able to remove the remorse from above.
Both shows are about the high school life and the friends you make along the way.Both shows are beautiful, but have a different art style. Clannad has a lot of comedy, but when there's drama, it's great drama.
These are both animes in which characters go through a drastic amount of self-discovery and realization. Ultimately, the characters use this to their advantage by overcoming person vs. person and person vs. self conflicts. If you liked the way the characters learned more about themselves throughout Kokoro Connect and the way they matured and grew as individuals, you will definitely enjoy Ao Haru Ride.
In addition, both animes involve some degree of romance. If you liked the competition between Nagase and Inaba that blossomed during the later episodes of the anime, you will surely enjoy Ao Haru Ride, as similar events such as this take place. All in all, if you enjoy a good, relaxing romance/shoujo anime, Ao Haru Ride is definitely for you.
To conclude, both animes definitely have their differences, however there are core similarities which will make Ao Haru Ride a pleasant watch if you enjoyed Kokoro Connect. read more
There is a romantic connection between the two main protagonist, but along the story they have yet to realize they are meant for each other because of trials, love triangles, and as friendship becomes a problem. There is a bit of drama, romance, and slice of life in both of these animes, with ao haru ride having some comedy moments.
These two anime are very similar for their biggest main difference. While the main character from Kareshi is hiding behind a facade of perfection, the protagonist in Ao Haru Ride is avoiding persecution from her fellow female classmates by acting in ways that she thinks her male classmates will find unattractive. Alas, potential love interests enter their lives, and become well aware of the girls' false pretenses.
I don't usually make recommendations at all but imma do it for this cause its TOO AMAZING and I just had to share it! Interesting facts are they both:
1. Are Romance Shoujo anime
2. Have Male main char that have real COLD and mischievous personality but are actually kind at heart - just shy to show
3. Have Female main char that somewhat looks 90% alike and have bubbly, positive personality to MELT the COLD ICE <3
4. Have Triangle love that will make u go crazy!
5. Simply amazing love story that will tug your heart!
The aura, year and the fell might be a little different but I can actually say that they both revolve around love stories about unrequited love, reunited love and new love. I believe that you will enjoy both of their stories and characters. While, Nana is a bit matured than Ao Haru Ride but even so, you will love them both.
Ao haru ride and Kodomo no omocha(kodocha)Both Main girls (futaba&Sana)try really hard to be happy and meet the Main guys (Kou&AKito) Which in they both have problems involving in which their Moms past away and they live with their Dads and their older sibling, both main guys have problem in which both main girls end up trying their best to help them. Both main girls are an only child, and both main guys hide their pain and show no emotion on the outside.
Both anime are romance stories of a main character falling in love with someone who had an unpleasant past causing them to reject the love initially. Theses to anime are so strikingly similar that if you reverse the roles of the main characters the story will be the exact same think. In Suzuka the main character is a boy whereas in Ao Haru Ride the main character is a girl but both character's love interest is that of a person who has a sad past. Then there is the typical complex romance system in between. If you got butterflies in your stomach watching one, those same butterflies will come back when you watch the other...literally. :) read more
Fair rivalry between friends (Ao Haru Ride - Futaba & Yuri, Shakugan no Shana - Shana & Kazumi) but the Ao Haru Ride doesn't have a fantasy genre. Both has a long romance story before the awaited ending.