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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.
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.
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.
In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.
A pleasant Shoujo that deals with life, growth, and realizing dreams. Someday's Dreamers has an art style that is peaceful and calming. Air's art style also creates a lovely world that gives the watcher a sense of "forever summer" and tranquility.
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...
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.
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.
Saga is an ordinary girl who lives her life by planning everything ahead of time. Unfortunately, having a waffle-loving Snow fairy called Sugar follow her home was not a part of these plans! Together with apprentice fairies Salt and Pepper, Sugar must find the 'twinkles' that will make their magical flowers blossom, thus turning them into fully fledged season fairies. The trouble is, none of them actually knows what a 'twinkle' is! And so, with help from Saga and other friends, the trio begin their search, whilst having fun and perfecting their magic along the way.
I recommend Snow Fairy Sugar because, like Air, it has a great story that leads the viewer down a road of laughs and sadness. Although both series are different in many ways, they still share similarities between them such as the theme of ordeals in friendships. Whether for good or for bad, Snow Fairy Sugar is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.
Hamura Shou is a young man who has been searching for his long lost younger brother named Kai since childhood. After transferring to an all-boys school, he manages to find him – but Kai denies it, and him in the process. Meanwhile, in the magical world of Winfield, the white-winged beings of the royal family have been killed and exiled, leaving the throne to its enemies. Through a series of events, the link between Earth and Winfield will be revealed – a link which will turn friends against each other, and cause tragedies to occur.
Angel's Feather deals with a relationship between two brothers; Air deals with a wider range of relationships that the main characters have to deal with. However, both series are psychological in nature.