I'm not sure if JK Rowlings has watched any anime, but her Landmark Fantasy Franchise Harry Potter
bears an uncanny
resemblence to recent Sentimental HIgh School Romance/Drama Anime such as To Heart
, Battle Atheletess
and Kare Kano.
Not convinced, let us look compare the character archtypes of popular Romantic High School Anime to the leads of Harry Potter.
The cool, outspoken and ultimately good hearted hero who has suppressed his feelings, and yet has great hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Fujikata Hiroyuki of To Heart.
Kanzaki Akari of Battle Atheletess.
Arima Souichiro of Kare Kano.
A not so cool yet kind and lovable "second man." Has a lot
of potential, maybe surpassing that of our hero's, and yet is hindered by his insecurities. Bless the poor sweet soul.
Comparisons: Satoh Masashi of To Heart.
Anna of Battle Atheletess.
Maehara Shinobu of Love Hina.
The lovely Bishoujo who is destined to be the love interest of our hero. She is highly intelligent, extremely beautiful, often exapseratingly moral or refreshingly immoral, frighteningly tempermental, yet ultimately loyal and loving.
Comparisons: Miyazawa Yukino of Kare Kano.
Souryu Asuka Langley of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Fujisaki Shiori of Tokimeki Memorial.
Kamigishi Akari of To Heart.
The horrifically evil yet devastatingly beautiful
rival of the lead hero. Comes from a higher social station than our man, accomplished and elite in every aspect of his life, and is usually filthy rich. However, he is ultimately a cowardly, amoral and spiritually shallow bastard who is more pathetic than despicable. This is not to mention that he is often the subject of Yaoi fanfics that also involve the hero on the internet, written by very bored high school girls.
Comparisons: Myranda of Battle Atheletess.
Mizuha Miyama of Magic Users Club.
Kentaro of Love Hina.
Princess Aeyaka of Tenchi Muyo.
Izawa Maho of Kare Kano.
The mature, senior confidant whose shoulder the hero and his friends can cry on.
Comparisons: Urashima Haruka of Love Hina.
The boss of ABCB from Orange Road.
Headmaster Albus Dumbledore:
The stern yet kind mentor who is a pillar of strength and spiritual support for his students.
Comparisons: The stern student guidance counsellor of Kare Kano.
Amawa Hibiki of Strawberry Egg.
Even the basic story of striving for your hopes and dreams, faced with innumerable odds, and yet persevering with the strength of courage and the love of your friends is classical anime.
Feel free to flame/correct now.
Till Next Time Take Care Of Yourselves And Each Other.