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Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
High budget, quality animation is hard to come by, both of these are animated in a way that they create a beautiful environment for their storys to unfold in. If you were a fan of the animation in either of these titles, you should be sure to check out the other.
The story of Yu Himura and Yuko Amamiya’s relationship is troubled and complex. One day, Yuko showed up at Yu's high school and, despite the two not having seen one another for ten years, confessed that Yu was her first love and still loves him. In the present, Mizuki Hayama moves in with her cousin as she prepares to begin high school. She meets his smooth and handsome neighbor, Shuichi Kuze, and begins spending increasing amounts of time with him; they begin to fall for one another despite their age difference. The tale of these relationships thus begins to unfold.
Both of these anime were very short, yet managed to portray a very remarkable story. These series, aside from their amazing story telling and character development, also have great artwork and a notable soundtrack.
In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.
At first glance this recommendation might seem a bit odd, but these two titles share a vital similarity NOT in the content of their stories, but in how their stories are executed.
Many people disparage Gedo Senki in the same way they disparage 5 Centimeters per Second: "There's no plot! Nothing happens!" However, anyone who has enjoyed either Gedo Senki or 5 Cm. knows that you don't re-watch and love these movies just "for the story." You watch it because its beauty touches you. In both titles, the story takes a backseat, and the audience is instead treated to a gorgeous tone poem. You sit back and let the mood, the gorgeous animation, and evocative music sweep over you. Basically, Gedo Senki and 5 Centimeters are both wondrous examples of pure anime impressionism. Both films have something to say, but that something is not so much solid words as a paintstroke of colors and emotions.
In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?
Both of these movies are slow paced and rely on a heavy mood and beatiful art rather than a complex story.
So if you enjoyed one of them because of these elements and if you are looking for more be sure to check the other one out.
With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...