Chihayafuru, Sakamichi no Apollon Recommendations
Both anime are josei that has romance and focuses on something (Chihayafuru - Karuta whereas Sakamichi - Jazz). Both anime have themes revolving around one-sided love, Love triangles and dense characters. The only difference they have is that Chihayafuru is focused more on sports whereas Sakamichi no Apollon focuses more on slice of life/romance.
Chihayafuru & Sakamichi no Apollon are both series about deep passion (for karuta in the first one and for music in the second one) with subtle, yet complicated love triangle in the background. They are also stories about great friendship. Both of those series offer amazing character development - characters are complex, mature and beautiful. To put it simply: josei at its best!
Both shows are listed as "Josei", but still aim for all ages in certain, moral ways. They are both based about a trio of friends all with a passion of something big (Sakamichi: Music, Chihayafuru: Karuta), with one or two of them rejecting what they love at certain times. Both contain romance/one-sided love, though Sakamichi focuses on that aspect much more than Chihayafuru (which is more based on competition and sports).
They also both have a yet practical and appealing art style and great use of budget and music when it's needed. The two shows has a similar style of atmosphere, but they are also completely
Both chihayafuru and sakamichi no apollon are about people being passionate about something, and how their daily lives revolve around that passion. In chihayafuru its karuta, and in sakamichi no apollon, music. Both anime are set in different times but they emphasize the importance of friendship (even though there's some love triangles). Both anime have great animation and are based on josei manga. Highly recommend!!!
Teen romances with a love triangle between the girl, the quiet glasses guy, and the jock-y looking guy set before a backdrop of their shared hobby. Jazz music in Sakamichi no Apollon and karuta in Chihayafuru.