Total Recommendations: 5
Awkward Girl meets Popular Boy. Popular boy finds Awkward girl interesting. romance ensues.
Chihayafuru is about the game involving the cards with these poems. Chouyaku visually depicts the interpretation of the poems. Chouyaku probably aired because of Chihayafuru
Introduction to a competitive yet uncommon "sport" Showcases character growth and development both inside and outside of the "arena" Both contain intensity and bouts of seriousness but manages to incorporate light humor where appropriate.
Involves a somewhat "unhip" male lead who sets out to conquer the love of a new female protagonist. The women each have their own story arc. There are both light and dramatic moments but overall categorized as a romantic comedy.
3 of the 6 main characters are the same seiyuu in Cross Game. The interactions of characters and underlying story are similar except Cross game has an added sport and competitive element.