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Saikano

Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

At first glance Saikano and Air do not seem to be very alike, the first having a post apocalyptic setting and a plot that focuses heavily on war while the second takes place in a peaceful village for the most part, yet they are soul mates in how they handle a sheer dose of tragedy that dominates the later part of these series. The slice of life moments, heart felt romance, cute character designs mingled with nostalgia are more arguments that establish Saikano and Air as epics of sadness.

Melourn Melourn says...

If you liked Saikano, you'll like Air as well (and vice versa). The stories are both set around two characters in love with a tragic storyline. They are both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I literally cried during both...although Saikano is perhaps a bit more emotionally deep.

Fantastic Children

Fantastic Children

For centuries, a group of strange children with white hair have been appearing again and again, their origins and purposes unknown; yet always, it would seem, they are searching for something or someone. Now, in the year 2012, they have come to the South Seas to search. There, they encounter the young martial artist Tohma, who has been helping two runaway children from a nearby orphanage, Helga and Chitto. As Tohma learns more about the mysterious children, he also discovers a startling truth about his new friend Helga. A story unfolds that goes back centuries and across the stars, and will change everything in Tohma's and Helga's lives.

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Animedreamer240 Animedreamer240 says...

Fantastic Children and Air are both extremely similar in that they explore the major theme of reincarnation. The main characters are born again and again and again to fulfill a desired, complicated quest. Some romance, angst, and comedy relief can be found in both anime, although Fantastic Children dwells deeper into the romantic aspect. Nonetheless, I recommend Fantastic Children to Air fans or Air to Fantastic Children fans if you are really into anime involving reincarnation.

xbenjo xbenjo says...

both are extremly similar. melancholy, mystery, involves in reincarnation. fantastic children is sci fi, air is supernatural. fantastic children is more dark compare to air, both kinda slow pace anime.

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

One day a light descends from the sky and splits into the ideal girls of Takeru and Ryou. That is where this gentle and vaguely romantic story about our ugly and beautiful world begins. Soon enough the story plummets into the secrets of global extinction and the meaning of life. Everything in this world that is beautiful has something ugly in it, and that ugliness is part of the secret of its beauty. Even for romance this is true...

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Usagi06 Usagi06 says...

Both of these anime focus mostly on a love story that is torn by darkness and potential tradgey. While the reason for the sadness in the love stories is drastically different you do find yourself at the climax of both anime being torn at the heart because you want things to end on a good note. The animation is both is excellent and they do both center mostly around beautiful girls. They are very different in plot and development but still mange to leave the viewer with similar feelings.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime have similar character designs. The animes follow a young man's relationship with a naive young woman. The anime also introduces a bunch of cute girls who play into the story. There is a mixture of adventure and tragedy in both anime. 

H2O: Footprints in the Sand

H2O: Footprints in the Sand

After a series of unfortunate events, the young Hirose Takuma was rendered blind. In an attempt to reverse his condition Hirose moves in with his uncle in a rural village, and upon his arrival he quickly begins to make new friends. However, Hirose soon discovers that one of his classmates, Hayami Kohinata, is being harshly bullied by her peers for reasons that neither she nor anyone else wants to explain. Even the seemingly honest and gentle Hinata Kagura, who had been doing her best to be friendly and helpful to Hirose since his arrival, acts harshly towards Hayami. Once a mysterious girl bequeaths Hirose with a life-changing gift, he takes it upon himself to help save Kohinata from her loneliness while working to uncover the truth of the situation.

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Niw Niw says...

Along the usual characteristics of harem shows, these two also share the same general themes such as difficulties in friendships and the struggle to find happiness. In addition, both series seem to have a little bit of something inexplicable in the air - magic perhaps?

fizrox fizrox says...

Dark past and not coping with one's personal problems can be good material to make an anime - and so we have Air and H2O, shows of the same type. What's more, you will find not one, but actually many characters, each of them having their time to solve their issues throughout the series, so if you liked one, you should probably check out another.

Natsuiro no Sunadokei

Natsuiro no Sunadokei

As the school term draws to a close, Koutarou Makimura vows to confess his love to Kaho Serizawa, the most beautiful girl in school. However, on the way home, he accidentally fondles a time traveler named Ligene, causing her to strike him recklessly over the head with an hourglass. When Koutarou wakes up, he discovers that summer has been and gone and that Kaho has tragically died. Now, with Ligene's help, he must leap through time and change the events of summer in order to save Kaho from her fate.

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

You need brains for thse two series! Both are romance stories, though while Air TV is quite a bit more complicated and shows a much higher grade of realism and the feeling it could be real as well as much better animation, Natsuiro na Sunadokei introduces a whole unique concept: time paradoxes. A must see if you love romance series.