As a child, Masamune Makabe confessed his love to the wealthy and beautiful girl Aki Adagaki. However, she brutally rejected him and nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Fleeing to his grandfather’s in the country, Masamune toiled endlessly to become fit. Once he became skinny and handsome, he returns to his old neighborhood in order to wreck vengeance on the girl that wronged him. With the help of Aki’s maid, Masamune sets out to make her fall in love with him so that he can be the one to break her heart.
Masamune-kun’s Revenge made a valiant attempt to give a refreshing spin on the romance genre, but in the end it didn’t differentiate itself enough. However, it was a fun romantic romp like many of these other romance anime recommendations.
For Fans of Overcoming Prejudices
Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle student with a passion for housework, however his thug face causes his fellow students to think him a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka is small and cute, but with an attitude as fierce as a tiger. Both of these misunderstood students have a crush two classmates, and after a series of misunderstandings of their own, they find themselves in an unlikely alliance.
While Masamune’s Revenge is occasionally about changing who you are, both it and Toradora are about accepting yourself and others for who they are. Both shows feature grating females and men who are not quite what they seem on the outside, but sadly they are not as fun as Toradora’s characters.
Kiss Him, Not Me
Chubby Kae Serinuma is an avid fujoshi who secretly ships her male classmates. However, after her favorite anime character dies, she becomes so stressed that she loses weight rapidly. Upon returning to school, her classmates, including the attractive men she ships, realize how attractive she really is. There’s only one problem, while the boys vie for her affections, she just wants them to turn those affections towards each other.
Both shows are about chubbies making a shocking transformation. While Masamune’s Revenge has a transformation that was the product of hard work, the initial transformation in Kiss Him, Not Me was a little less believable. However, both shows feature the transformed characters quickly surrounded by others of the opposite sex.
Kodaka Hasegawa is anything but a delinquent. However, because of his blonde hair and bad boy face, he has been labeled as such. When classmates shiver in your presence, it makes it difficult to make friends. Yet, when Kodaka meets Yozora, a girl that is perhaps a bigger outcast than him, the pair start the Neighbors’ Club. In the Neighbors’ Club, those without any friends are invited to join, but not all personalities may mesh well.
Although on the exterior in Masamune’s Revenge both characters are very popular, each has secrets that keep them from really fitting in. Haganai is about characters that are more noticeably unpopular. However, both shows feature relationships with childhood friends, and both relationships are somewhat complicated.
For Fans of Forced Relationships
Ten years ago, Raku Ichijou made a promise with a childhood friend. In the present day, this heir apparent to an intimidating yakuza family continues to wait for his friend’s return while trying to be as uninvolved in family matters as possible. However, when a rival gang invades his family’s turf, the family leaders decide Raku should start a romantic relationship with the other chief’s daughter, Chitoge.
Some of the biggest similarities between these two series come from their characters. However, both tell a story about two people that don’t really like each other at first being forced together because of a secret. Overall, both start off as tales solely motivated by childhood incidents, but then become something more that is firmly steeped in present events.
Class President is a Maid
After their high school’s recent transfer from all-boys school to co-ed, it wasn’t easy for Misaki Ayuzawa to become the school’s first female class president. While she inspires terror at school, she also works part-time at a maid café to help her struggling family. However, when one of the most popular boys at school, Takumi Usui, discovers her secret, her world is about to get a whole lot more complicated.
You have two good looking main characters that are popular and occasionally feared by the masses. However, you discover that the harsh tsundere-ish female harbors a secret and the male characters finds out. However, in keeping that secret, albeit with a touch of blackmail or not-so-aboveboard motivations, you watch a different kind of relationship blossom.
Wolf Girl and Black Prince
In order to make friends with some popular girls, Erika Shinohara has taken to lying about having a boyfriend. In order to prove it, she hastily takes a picture of a man, but her friends recognize him as a school mate, the popular Kyouya Sata. In order to avoid humiliation, she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. He accepts, but only if she agrees to become his dog.
Both shows focus on male main characters that are not interested in the girl they are forced with at first. However, the circumstances are a bit switched up. In Masamune’s Revenge, Adagaki has no interest in boys because she thinks they will use her while Sata in Wolf Girl and Black Prince is not interested in girls because he thinks they don’t take relationships seriously.
For Fans of Bossy, Cold Women
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Hachiman Hikigaya firmly believes that a joyful youth is something that people make up just to lie to themselves. After writing an essay criticizing relationships, he is forced to join the Volunteer Service Club that is aimed at helping others solve their problems. With the only other member being the icy Yukino Yukinoshita, they use their wits and cold views on society to help others.
In both series you are saddled with male main characters that have had dramatic pasts that put them off love and also strangely made them very narcissistic while the female leads are similarly icy. This causes both series to present a refreshing new take on your average school romance.
After being abandoned by his love-addled parents, Eita Kidou is a bit put off by romance. It also causes him to see through the love confession of one, Masuzu Natsukawa. As it turns out, she just wanted a boyfriend to stop the daily love confessions. While he initially declines, she takes to blackmailing him to be her fake boyfriend.
Due to an event in the past, both main males are a bit put off love while the female leads aren’t really interested in the men either. However, through circumstance both shows force the characters together and explore relationships that are motivated by something more than looks.
As the perfect girl, it is only natural that Medaka Kurokami would win the election for school president by a landslide. Her first order of business is to install a “Medaka Box” in which the students could request her help. Medaka fulfills these requests with top speed, adding a flower to the student council room with each student helped. However, during her trials, she discovered a malicious plot on the academy and herself.
Medaka Box isn’t really about love, but what it does have in common with Masamune’s Revenge is the female lead who runs the school with an iron first. While she is cold on the outside, throughout the series you begin to learn how kind she really is.
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