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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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fizrox fizrox says...

Two people, deep feeling between them, how simple is that? Not at all. Emotional, melancholic, heart moving, calm, delicate - that's how these two anime could be described. Plus breathtaking views (especially sky's!) in both!

cyntez cyntez says...

Even though Air is a magical story ,while 5 Centimeters per Second has the ordinary-life storyplot, they both share sad romance, amazing sightviews and deep feeling of melancholia.What makes them so touching is the idea of love as an unlimited sky beyound everything, where one can find the answers to his heart .And both the main couples are desperately trying to reach this sky and grasp the fragile happines, even if it means to wait another life...

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

I love how the animators focus on the whole picture especially the backdrops to try and set the mood for the viewer in both Air and 5 Centimeters per Second.  Through the melancholy and tragic times the dramatic scenes are expressed through the emotion of not only the characters but the intense and lively scenes in which they are portrayed in.  The sad yearning of two people for someone they really care about touches the hearts of everyone.  Both stories are about a happiness than can end within seconds, they have a really good message of cherish what you hold dear now because you do not know how long that happiness will really last.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

For a start both of these stories are full of romance and drama, also the development is pretty slow so this makes they pretty similar. Air's story is definitely one that is developed much more over a longer period of time and 5 Centimeters per Second is one pushed into 60 minutes but still both stories are really good and detailed. So I believe that if you liked one you should like the other.

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

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.

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eaper eaper says...

These series are both very unique, very well known romance/drama series based on H-games. They both have amazing OSTs and art work. Furthermore, they both have very original elements them that help made them as great as they are.

bebe4styll bebe4styll says...

These two animes are connected through the emotions they give, through the feeling of helplessness in face of inevitabilities. Air and Ef-A tale of melodies represent stories of pure-hearted people who have to suffer, to love and keep living in spite of everything. You will love the animation, the way the story goes, the similarities between characters and everything else ! They are both a must-see!

darczon69 darczon69 says...

Ef - A Tale of Melodies and Air have quite a few things in common, among those:

1) Extremely well developed plots, with enough mysteries to keep you entertained

2) Interesting character development

3) A certain degree of drama mingled with a healthy doze of realistic romance

Madoka Madoka says...

I was a litte on edge about linking these two series but after rewatching them both i see they are alike in a few areas. They both of course are great for emotional impact, the selling point that is. but that alone doesn't make them similar.

The actual plots shared between the series can be alike on a few levels and though the events building the splot isn't it's still well put together. Both of course are full of emotion and loss, if you like one i think it is at least worth giving the other a try as they do have some simularity.

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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Galadriel Galadriel says...

both Air and Angel Beats are the works of Kei, both share the same feeling, similar character personalities, both were produced by the same studio. If you liked one of these two shows be sure to check the other one as well, but keep some tissues near you while you watch this shows, because without a doubt they will be pretty sad, melancholic.

FF3710Freak FF3710Freak says...

Although at first these animes seem to have nothing in common, once you've finished them both you notice all the similarities, between characters getting second chances to fulfill their lives.

And for both you'll need a box of tissues on hand for the later on episodes.

Bvision Bvision says...

This masterpiece (Angel Beats!) has all right to join the Key animation bundle being Clannad, Air & Kanon (2006). And the tear jerking magic they produce. On top of all that they added something extra this time, some comedy and action.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The characters in Air and Angel Beats have similar characteristics.  The tones of the characters personalities to one another has the same feeling (probably because they were created by the same person).  The melancholic dramas will leave the viewer in suspense until the final scene.

Aishiteruze Baby

Aishiteruze Baby

Whenever Kippei is at school, he has one thing on his mind: girls. From skipping class to cheesy lines, he'll do anything it takes to reel the ladies in, though he never seems to find the right person. But the bachelor lifestyle is soon to change when young Yuzuyu enters the picture. This five-year-old cutie has been abandoned by her mother, and is to be taken care of by none other than Kippei! Unfortunately for the both of them, Kippei has no experience raising a child, so the learning curve will be quite steep...

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RikkuxDisaster RikkuxDisaster says...

Responsibility, maturity, acceptance and love; these are the main themes of both Air and AB, though in different forms. Both are about growing up, making relationships, and keeping what matters close.

crimsoneyes crimsoneyes says...

Air and Aishiteruze Baby are similar because in both, a guy must look after a little girl - though the situations are different. Air can be a little confusing but you'll understand it if you think about it a bit. Kunisaki meets the "girl in the sky" which is a story that has been passed down in his family. He then takes care of this girl and tries to save her from her fate. Kippei, on the other hand, also tries to help Yuzuyu and becomes a father-like figure for her. Both anime have amazing imagery and outstanding stories.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Air and Aishiteruze Baby are both about people having to take responsibility for a little girl.  There are choices made that effect their whole lives and they have to deal with their individual decisions and grow up on their own, even though the situations are different in both series the development of the main male character through everything he has to go through is the same.  Both Kunisaki and Kippei (Air and AB respectively) have to go on their own journey to find themselves with the little girls being the vessel for them to do that.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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Skip Skip says...

Ok this may sound a weird recommendation...

Elfen Lied is a bloody and violent anime, break no bones about it, but the power of the story about Lucy is on the same level as of that in Air. This is a sad anime, but even if you hate Lucy at the start, you'll feel sorry for her by the end.

dokurochan dokurochan says...

While they may not seem similar due to the gore in Elfen Lied, the main characters have big similarities. Lucy and Mizuzu are both lonely girls that have no friends or family who care for them. When they do make friends they always lose them. Both stories are really sad and emotional but they are excellent tales that I recommend if you liked one of these anime.

eaper eaper says...

At first this may seem like an odd combination, but, after you control for all the violence in Elfen Lied, there is a striking similarity between Lucy's melancholic story and what Misuzu, and even Kannabi no Mikoto, have to go through.