It hasn’t been a long time since I was a teenager myself. I still remember the restless nights over complicated relationships and unrequited loves. It was painful and agonizing and I felt like nobody could really understand the anguish I was in. I am sure many of you can relate; we all were teenagers once and most of you are teenagers as you are reading this article. Sometimes I feel that teenagers today have so much more to deal with, internet making relationships harder and bullying nastier. But the main theme we all can relate to is love. That unending drama and challenging events that come with feelings for another. One such story we followed in Summer 2017 short anime NTR: Netsuzou Trap. Yuma and Takeda, Fujiwara and Hotaru, Yuma and Hotaru (pick your own combination) embarked on a journey of self-realization that involved a lot of hurt in the process.
MANGA.TOKYO is here with 10 anime that are in some ways similar to the yuri anime. We don’t think about it too hard when it comes to similarities and differences. These are titles we think you’ll enjoy if you liked NTR: Netsuzou Trap!
Since MANGA.TOKYO reviewed Love and Lies last season, it was the first to come to mind. In the anime, Japan is suffering from a low birthrate. They blame unproductive relationships and poor judgment when it comes to choosing a partner and they create an algorithm that couples people together. Like a super-sophisticated Tinder that knows who your ideal spouse is. The algorithm assigns a partner to each 16-year-old student and then gives them time to know each other and get used to the fact that they are going to be the ones they will have babies with. After all, it’s against the law to deny your partner. Yukari Nejima, however, is in love with Misaki and decides to confess his love before his notice comes in. As luck would have it, Misaki is not his assigned partner, but Ririna Sanada. The three of them (and another unlucky guy) will have to figure out how they feel about each other.
Love and Lies was part of our weekly anime reviews for Summer 2017. Read our series review here:
Sakura Trick is closer to Netsuzou Trap than the other titles on this list. In Sakura Trick, Haruka and Yuu have always been the best of friends. They were certain that they will be best friends in this life and all others to follow, even after they learned that their high school was going to be shut down after graduation. Kids usually enter into some kind of pact that will always remind them of the promise of eternal friendship and that’s why Haruka and Yuu decided to do something they’d never do with other girls. Well, that ‘thing’ was a kiss. And one kiss brought another… and… well, you know how these things go down.
I had the pleasure of reviewing Kuzu no Honkai during the Winter 2017 season and I still remember the different relationship dynamics that took place. All the characters in the series were connected in some form or another, and if there is one significant difference between this drama and Netsuzou Trap, it can be found in the intensiveness of the drama in Kuzu no Honkai. Hanabi and Mugi (the undeniable protagonists) find themselves in situations colored by the hues of psychopathy, obsession, and naivety. These people are not just in love; they take these feelings and unleash them in typhoons and maelstroms of complexes and manias.
Kuzu no Honkai was part of our episodic anime reviews for Winter 2017. Start reading from Episode 1:
NANA is one of my favorite music-themed anime that has a sense of style that is difficult to find in other titles. I never knew who Vivienne Westwood was before seeing the anime and the live-action adaptation. In the anime, Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki are two girls who seem to share only a first name. Nana K is a regular girl who depends too much on her friends and on her tendency to fall in love at first sight a little too easily. Nana O, on the other hand, is the lead singer of rock band Black Stones and lives with her boyfriend and bassist of the group, Ren Honkjo, since they were sixteen. When Nana K’s friends and boyfriend leave for Tokyo to pursue a different life, and Nana O’s boyfriend leaves for Tokyo to pursue a musical career in another band, they leave for Tokyo as well and meet on the train and then, by chance, come to share the same apartment.
The anime explores how the two Nanas deal with love, rejection, and betrayal.
5. School Days
In School Days the game,Makoto Ito is your regular run-of-the-mill high school student who is wanted by too many girls for his own good. Of course, that is never good, even in a harem story like this, since that unwanted (?) affection creates a lot of problems with the rest of the characters! In School Days the anime, however, Makoto Ito, is infatuated with Kotonoha Katsura, a schoolmate with whom she shares the train to and from school. Another schoolmate, Sekai Saionji, takes a liking to Makoto and wants to have him for herself!
School Days is based on an adult visual novel, released in 2005. It’s best known for its graphic violence and highly erotic scenes. It’s so popular that it was adapted into a manga, a comic, light novels, art books, audio dramas, and music albums. Its anime part spawned this series, two OVA, and a concert film!
6. A Town Where You Live
Haruto Kirishima has no worries in the world. He lives a calm life in the countryside and never thought of disrupting his quite lifestyle to move to the big and noisy cities. Well, if you won’t go to the city, Haruto, the city will come to you! Yuzuki Eba has left Tokyo with her family to live in the country. They have so much fun together and when Yuzuki leaves the town, Haruto is left with nothing but the memories of their time together. That’s when the anime begins, with Haruto moving to Tokyo to live with his sister and try to become a well-known cook. There he meets his sister’s neighbor, Asuka. Who is it going to be Haruto? Eba or Asuka?
In A Town Where You Live love is not what it seems. It starts as a sweet romance and ends as an emotional roller coaster that will crush your pure heart.
The first anime of A Town Where You Live was an OVA adaptation of one story arc from a manga series by Kouji Seo. This recommendation refers to the anime series produced by Gonzo.
7. White Album 2
In White Album 2, the protagonist Haruki Kitahara is part of a light music club that is on the verge of closing down. It is a story of love and romance that is woven around a music performance.
White Album 2 features a love triangle that is similar to last season’s Fukumenkei Noise. The three characters are not only in love but they are also best friends. The show deals with the dead end that inevitably comes in this kind of situations and that, in the end, we can’t have it all.
8. Strawberry Panic
Spring – Summer 2006
In Strawberry Panic, Nagisa Aoi transfers to St. Miator’s Girl’s Academy. There she learns of the Catholic school’s strict social structure called the Etoile System. According to it, she must interact in as many social activities as she possibly can. This is not a love story like Netsuzou Trap, but it does have a similar protagonist to Yuma. Nagisa is trying to make the most of her circumstances and slowly understands that it’s hard to remain true to her own feelings and even harder to form relationships that are based on respect.
9. Maria-sama ga Miteru
Maria-sama ga Miteru is about Yumi Fukuzawa and her story as a student at the prestigious Catholic school, Lillian Girls’ Academy. In Tokyo, Yumi doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to stand out, but that changes as the most popular girls in school. Sachiko, sets her eyes on her. Like in Netsuzou Trap, the two girls share a similar relationship with Yuma and Hotaru. Although they haven’t been friends since childhood, they have that teacher-student vibe we got from Hotaru and Yuma.
10. Peach Girl
In Peach Girl, love plays a very important role as gal Momo is in love with a guy that doesn’t like gals. How is she going to shed the stereotype that comes with gals and win Toji?
This is not as much a drama as Netsuzou Trap is. Yet, the romance story is really good and Momo’s sweet story about her attempts to prove that there is more to her than she looks is inspiring and cute. You won’t have the same fan service as in NTR: Netsuzou Trap, but some of the same themes are there.
If you want more romantic comedies like this, see our recommendations list for Hajimete no Gal:
Despite its short episode length, NTR: Netsuzou Trap gave us a brief but comprehensive look at how complicated love relationships can get. Have you seen any of the anime above? Do you plan to or you have more recommendations to make? Let us know in the comments!