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    fionartan is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natsumi View Post
    (also, I'm currently reading Lovely Complex per the recommendation -couldn't find the anime- and have had no luck finding NHK)
    Did you ever find the Lovely Complex anime, Natsumi? A friend of mine has it uploaded on another forum so I can give you a link if you want it. It's my favorite anime at the moment. I'd go ahead and post it, but I don't know the policy on linking to other forums here...

    I plan on reading the manga as well, but like you've said, often the manga is better so I started with the anime... I'm not having a whole lot of luck on finding all the chapters scanlated though. I will say this - I find that I prefer the character design of Otani in the anime because he's a little less girly. I'm not a fan of the overly-feminine males found throughout shoujo manga. anime!Otani's still absolutely adorable... just not so effeminate.

    It does deviate somewhat from the manga, but not overly so in what I've read so far... but I haven't gotten very far in the manga.

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    Yes, I've watched the anime, and loved it. The ending was also good, though the fact that they'd have to split up to go to seperate colleges soon was kind of sad.

    The manga was, of course, also great. I'm glad it was recommended to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natsumi View Post
    Ugh. Are there even any romance or romantic comedy manga series where there ISN'T a rival lover?

    I've read partway through five series these past couple days, and in every one, there's always some rival guy who either succeeds in stealing the girls heart for a time (and sometimes even worse, sleeping with her behind the other guys back) or just attempts to do so, effectively messing up the main character's path to love.

    I can't take it any more. Obviously, there has to be obstacles in order to make the story interesting. But not all obstacles have to be a rival lover, dagnabbit.
    Um... well, that's a little more challenging. Don't think there are many romantic comedies which have other obstacles besides rivals (because the other kinds of obstacles are just too dark...), but let me check romances...

    Ai-Ren is a beautifully-crafted gentle romance that has no rivals involved, but faces only one obstacle: the fragility of man in the face of death. A terminally-ill boy requests a genetically-created "loving person" (an Ai-Ren) to accompany him during his last year on earth.

    Perfect Girl Evolution (licensed as "The Wallflower") isn't really romance as much as it is comedy, but there are occasional hints of romance here and there in this dark reverse-harem. Four gorgeous high school bishounen get to live in a high-class mansion rent-free if they can just do one thing - turn their landlady's niece into a proper, refined lady. Unfortunately, this niece happens to be a Sadako-looking, occult-loving goth girl who's allergic to their "beautiful" aura.

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    NibellungenValasty is offline Senior Member Regular
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    Mx0 An everyday life of a protagonist who get into magic school by fate and get mistaken as Gold Rank magic user because of fated accident. How will the boy survive without a magic skill of his own?Pretending to know magic is tough heh,don't worry though,its more crazy than negima (funnier too). At least the protagonist using his brain power for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzcity View Post
    Um... well, that's a little more challenging. Don't think there are many romantic comedies which have other obstacles besides rivals (because the other kinds of obstacles are just too dark...), but let me check romances...

    Ai-Ren is a beautifully-crafted gentle romance that has no rivals involved, but faces only one obstacle: the fragility of man in the face of death. A terminally-ill boy requests a genetically-created "loving person" (an Ai-Ren) to accompany him during his last year on earth.

    Perfect Girl Evolution (licensed as "The Wallflower") isn't really romance as much as it is comedy, but there are occasional hints of romance here and there in this dark reverse-harem. Four gorgeous high school bishounen get to live in a high-class mansion rent-free if they can just do one thing - turn their landlady's niece into a proper, refined lady. Unfortunately, this niece happens to be a Sadako-looking, occult-loving goth girl who's allergic to their "beautiful" aura.

    -Dizzy-
    Ah, I'm sorry about that. I was just ranting because I was feeling so awful. Someone from a different forum recommended a series to me (I don't recall the name, now) and claimed it was "exacally what I was looking for".

    Yet it turned out it was just the opposite. The person was just playing a cruel joke. The main male character of the series was sexually cheating on his girlfriend. That girlfriend was also sexually cheating on him. The people they were cheating WITH were also cheating on them. And after tons of extremely angsty, heartwrenching moments, the two main characters get together again, only to cheat on each other once more later down the road. I mean.. come ON!

    I stopped reading soon after. I just couldn't handle any more.

    I know it's near impossible to find a romance or romantic comedy series without a rival as an obstacle. Still, I'll check out what's ben recommended since then. Thank you again, everyone
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    One other possibility, if comedy isn't essential: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. It's kinda the converse of Ai-Ren, where the obsticle isn't man's mortality but an android's immortality. There's something of a triangle going on, but no rival in the classic romantic-comedy sense.

    It's also the most beautifully crafted graphic novel I've ever read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natsumi View Post
    Yes, I've watched the anime, and loved it. The ending was also good, though the fact that they'd have to split up to go to seperate colleges soon was kind of sad.

    The manga was, of course, also great. I'm glad it was recommended to me
    Well... yeah, I hate that the group of friends had to split and go their separate ways, but I think that the couples will stay together. They were all too close to let distance ruin their relationships. And when they come home for holidays and stuff I'm sure the friends will still hang out... so I don't see it as a horrible thing. Its normal. None of my friends wound up at the same college as me, but we're still ok.

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    ARG!!!

    Of the three major recommendations for adachi, only rough is completely translated while touch and H2 aren't....

    I hate reading something and not being able to finish it =/, anyone got adachi suggestions that are completely translated?

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    ^H2 is. At least according to gotlurk.net

    Have just started it so hold your thumbs for another Adachi fan.

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    *Crosses fingers, hoping Adachi will replace Yotsuba in lews_therin_tel's signature* I'll even give you a free siggy to display


    (Just kidding... in fact, I find that a lot of Adachi fans like Yotsubato as well... our fandoms can coexist happily side-by-side)

    @saber8689: Actually, the reason why you probably have trouble finding H2 scans is that Mangascreener is the 'official' scanlators of H2, but a lone guy called Naughty Dragon did a quick job on the rest of the volumes (vols 23 onwards). Caused a huge commotion among the Adachi fan community a couple of years ago. You can find all the volumes at Mangatraders, if I'm not mistaken.

    In any case, here's a list of all scanlated Adachi series. Of them, the ones in bold have been completely scanlated, and the ones in bold italics have not:

    Nine (most complete ending - for Adachi - and the first series to bring him to fame)
    Hiatari Ryoukou (most open-ended ending, but contains one of the most beautiful subtly-romantic scenes of all... the "Why are you crying?" scene.)
    Miyuki (most commonplace premise of all Adachi's works - two unrelated siblings living together in the same house. Possibly most complete ending as well.)
    Touch (Adachi's most famous work, best translation into anime, and contains biggest dramatic shock/twist... scanlators are trying to recruit a translator so they can finish off the last two volumes)
    Rough (best cast of supporting characters, most balanced series, probably best introduction to Adachi)
    Slow Step (two different scanlated version, but both have sort of halted. Biggest twist at the end)
    H2 (longest series to date, greatest amount of baseball depth, and greatest amount of romantic drama. Possibly the most controversial ending as well... in a good way)
    Jinbe (most risque theme among Adachi's series - romance between stepfather and stepdaughter)
    Niji-Iro Togarashi (weirdest/craziest collection of people, places and events in an Adachi series... reminiscent of Ranma 1/2)
    Itsumo Misora (um... most usage of supernatural powers in any of Adachi's works. That's pretty much all that's known. Scanlations have stopped before much is revealed.)
    Katsu! (feistiest and strongest heroine in any Adachi manga, and possibly best usage of foreshadowing as well - in multiple layers of secrecy)
    Mitsuru Adachi Early Works Anthologies, Volume 3 (collection of short stories. Some nice, some just okay. Good for the dedicated Adachi fan if you want to see his early storytelling style)
    Idol A (one shot, um... I really don't know how to describe this except gender-bender baseball and modelling)
    Cross Game (his latest, ongoing series. Possible contender for best series, rivalling the power of both Touch and H2, as it incorporates elements from both of them as well as his other works)

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