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Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Although one is a film and the other is barely 25 mins long, these two share some key central themes. Both worlds consist of lands on multiple levels - cities on the ground and in the air too, and both boast a boy-girl pairing for the adventures ahead, as well as flying craft, journeys of self-discovery, and some good ariel action scenes.
In both stories, the main boy & girl characters have a very innocent feel about them, but their desire to prove themselves and to protect their friends on their journeys of discovery will challenge their ability to remain so.
Interestingly, the two stories come at the 'floating islands' idea in slightly different ways - where one story tells of the search for a fabled floating city, the other concentrates more on how the main characters can return to their floating islands after falling from them at the beginning of the story. This allows the two to tell slightly different stories, but based around some of the same ideas, and the very fact that a lot of the action takes place in the air allows for some great action scenes in both cases.
Just be aware that Ar Tonelico, unlike Laputa, does not give any kind of closure to the story and is therefore widely seen as just an add-on to the popular PS2 game.
Both of these stories focus around someone that falls from the sky and into a different "world" that is close, yet far away, from their own. If you like the boy tries to save girl from a scary new world type stories, both of these should work well.
Roan and Yuufa are two travelers in the world of Ragnarok, a place filled with magic, swordsmanship, quests, and of course, Porings! Armed with plenty of spells and potions, the two set off on a journey to find fame and fortune with newfound friends Maya the item-seller, and Takius, a mage who is determined to find the "truth". But with so many harrowing adventures ahead of them, will there be enough heal spells to go around?!
Every year that passes, the lifeblood known as mana which sustains the world of Sylvarant slowly ebbs away. The land itself is dying, fields are turning barren, and life itself is on the brink of collapse. In the quiet country town of Iselia the last remaining hope, the Chosen of Martel, begins the Journey of World Regeneration – a quest which, if completed, would renew the world’s supply of mana and bring prosperity once more. However, Colette is not the first chosen to attempt the Journey; many have already fallen before her. Along with the mercenary Kratos and the half-elf school teacher Raine, Colette must travel to each of the elemental shrines and release the seals so that the regeneration can begin.
Two OVAs inspired by computer RPGs, both Tales of Symphonia and Ar Tonelico will find fans with those who like great tales of adventure and accomplishment. In both, the main focus is on a boy-girl pairing and how they overcome their apparent innocence and feelings of hopelessness in order to win through for their friends.
The stories both see the presentation of mythical worlds where magic, flying machines and dragons may reside, and both act as an excellent companion to the games, but can in fact be viewed independently from the games without too much of a problem except for the rather incomplete endings, which may leave the viewer with the impression that only part of two rather large and fantastic universes have been uncovered. This may, however, inspire and encourage you to pick up the games to take control of the very characters you have been watching, and play out both tales yourself to find out the full story!
One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
Using the winds and air currents as their favorite mode of transportation, both Naussica and Laina live in worlds where fantastic and abnormal creatures reside, and where many different cultures and opinions will oppose our protagonists at every turn. Although keen warriors, Nausicaa and Laina also show a softer and more compassionate side too, that assures us that they are fighting on the side of justice and right.
Huge creatures will stand in the way of their progress, and the sheer scale of these fantastical beasts is very impressive, and a good majority of these are variations of flying beasts. The amount of ground to be covered in both quests will mean that the use of their flying machines will be critical. Yet in the case of both these Anime a unique and special ability (singing in Ar Tonelico and communication with creatures in Nausicaa) may prove to be the key to changing the tide of the battle.
Polyphonica is a place in which humans and spirits coexist; spirits gain their energy from the music of humans known as Dantists. The spirit Corticarte and her Dantist Phoron, along with their friends in the Tsuge Divine Song Players' Dispatch Office, take on cases to help the population deal with problems requiring their unique skills. As they go about their day-to-day work, they learn more about the nature of the cooperation between humans and spirits, as well as their relationship with each other.
Both of these anime have characters who sing songs to use attacks. For me, I had bought Ar tonelico's game before watching the anime, and then watched this particular anime. But while I was watching this anime, it reminded me a lot of Ar tonelico. So, upon finishing Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica, it immediately made me want to play the Ar tonelico game again. I'm sure you'll enjoy this in the same way I enjoyed Ar tonelico.