Total Recommendations: 17
One is a cooking manga, while the other involves a man beast (or beast man?) of an uncle. But both at it's core deals with the story of a recently widowed father dealing with the everyday slice of life of raising a young girl (who seizes life by the horns), from kindergarten and onward.
Anytime a series like Reiroukan Kenzainariya revolves around a boarding house with an eclectic group of residents, you have to reference the granddaddy of the trope, Rumiko Takashashi's Maison Ikkoku.
Ah the duality of the high school feminine form. As Usa (from Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou) once said rocking to himself, "What am I supposed to believe? Makeup... makeup is scary." That manta is hammered home in both "Switch Girl!!" and "Hoshino, Me wo Tsubutte.?", where the yin/yang of the high school female duality is expressed via the magic of makeup that allows the female protagonists of both series to create a new persona that transforms them into the star they believe they need to be.
For a moment, think of The Record of Lodoss War, in that it was created based on a traditional role playing game. Now think the same again for both Dungeon Meshi and Maoujou de Oyasumi. Except, instead of regular gamers, think of a game that's being played by chefs in the former and narcoleptics barely staying awake on the latter.
If I only knew that all it took to motivate all the students in a classroom for the rest of their lives was to have a very odd mindbending adult (whether it's a tentacled being or a puppet master) , who knows what I could have been? Once the fantastic becomes mundane, students seem to develop the capacity to overcome all types of obstacles (bullying, grades, competition) and become peerless in whatever they do. Truly a mysterious phenomena.
There must have been something in the water in Japan in 2010 where you'd find not one, but two mangas starting with the gag of the taller sibling obsessing (in a comical way) to the shorter. (btw, my bet is on OreImo, natch)
Although one is a four panel comedy, and the other a multipage drama, both in it's own way deal with the love and worries that occur when an woman in her 30s date a younger man in a May/December romance.
What's with manga and debt? One has a main character with a debt of a hundred fifty million yen that was tossed on to him by his freeloading parents and he gets to be a butler in a love comedy. While the other manga has a main character with a debt of TWO hundred and fifty million that was due to a brother's incompetence and she gets hounded within an inch of her life unless she makes the tennis pros in this sports manga. I guess the moral of this recommendation is to either be wary of your Japanese family members, or if you're in debt, it's better to be the pretty boy butler than the pretty girl tennis prodigy.
What can I say? If you're familiar with the premise of Quantum Leap, then you'll get an idea as to the plot device that's used. But instead of just going back to the past to save the future, our intrepid hero gets to go back to high school (where the motto seems to be "milk does a body good") and basically deal with the minefield of high school girls.
What is the secret fascination of the possibility of a dual life? Personally, I think it's our earnest hope that public overachievers (whether the straight A student at school or the Victoria Secret model) are secretly slobs like the majority of us are, and as such are less than perfect. So it's probably no surprise to see this as a common theme for the protagonist of both Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (KareKano) and Himouto. By day (and in public) their as alpha as can be, while at night (and at home) they live a life of no standards.
Build Strike Gundam, I choose you! Stay with me here. Both are well established franchises (one by Nintendo, the other by Bandai), where the focus has been to deepen their respective 'universes' with new various types of units that were added with each iteration. But with the addition of Gundam Build Fighters, both franchises now have championship style competitions where people of various ages fight duels through their respective avatars (pokemon/gunpla) to try to become 'the very best'.
Both are stories that involve a main protagonist who suffers from the effects of amnesia due to an accident. With not being able to identify with the people and places around them, both run into issues of feeling that their pre-accident self is almost like an entirely different person, and try to form a new individuality that's separate from before.
Both are relationship stories which deals with the dynamic relationship between a father and his teenage stepdaughter, years after the wife/mother passed away.
Both series involve male main characters that skip back in time to high school as a second chance in life to resolve previous concerns/regrets they hope to change their lives for the better.
Both are series that deal with a male student who lives in a rundown apartment filled with wacky that he'd prefer leaving if not for the love of his life also living in the same building.
Both series deals with teens who have such natural physical talent that they can do anything effortlessly better than others. Until the protagonist runs into another person who happens to have a better fighting talent, that gets them interested enough to try it out.