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A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Just as ARIA takes place in Neo-Venezia on Mars that was terraformed into Aqua, the story told Haibane Renmei happens in a fantastic city confined within walls. Both animes show places that are not totally impossible yet somewhat fantastic and mysterious. Both animes are also centered around female characters and men only have supporting roles. They also give a great importance to the relations and emotions of the characters. Fortunately, they avoid the cheesy romantic clichés of most animes that feature only girls. The stories of theses two animes are quite different, yet the have similarities. They both present a characters who has recently arrived in the “fantastic enclosed world” mentioned above. Haibane Renmei is much more dramatic then ARIA, but ARIA places just as much emphasis on the emotions the characters are feeling. Both animes also have great soundtracks that add a lot of depth and ambiance to the beautiful scenery they present. I would like to warn people who have seen Haibane Renmei about one thing : ARIA has a quite annoying character that is supposed to be a cat even though it doesn't look a bit like it, acts like a human and it makes annoying sounds. I believe the story would have been a lot better with a normal cat. If you can ignore that, I'm sure you can enjoy ARIA just a much as Haibane Renmei.
A recommendation with a little warning. While Haibane Renmei get's fairly heavy around the ending and Aria the Animation stays laid back at all times, I still see these two as the perfect recommendation for each other. Out of all the shows I've seen so far, these two shows are the only ones that have succeeded at presenting such an idyllic, tranquil setting and are excellent, soothing Slice of Life series. Perfectly fitting music, amazing enviroment- and clothing design and great ambiance. As long as you don't mind the difference between some drama towards the ending and a fully tranquil experience, these two are the perfect recommendation for each other!
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Kamichu and Aria are about atmosphere; they have a slow-paced, relaxing mood in which characters are trying to find out more about what they are supposed to do.
Despite being cats, the presidents in Aria also reminded me of the creatures in Kamichu. Another thing is that both could be looked at as slice of life anime. Needless to say, there are quite a few similarities here.
You may ask "what does anime about Shinto goddess have to do with anime about riding a gondola". And you are right - storywise they have absolutely nothing in common.
But in termes of light-hearted and heart-warming both are at the same level. They both focus strongly on the mood and entertains viewers with short stories about the daily lifes and growth of characters. And even though Kamichu have a bit more romance and comedy, while Aria shows some nute of nostalgy here and there I'm sure if you love the one you'll love the other.
Hazumu is a shy and quiet boy who loves flowers and is forced to rely on his tomboy childhood friend Tomari as a bodyguard. Yasuna is the prettiest girl in school but she avoids men like the plague… until she meets Hazumu. Encouraged, he confesses his love; heartbroken, he heads for the mountains to be with his flowers. As if Hazumu’s troubles aren’t enough, his day is further ruined when an alien ship accidentally kills him. Luckily, alien technology exists that can revive him, but not without a price: Hazumu returns from the dead, but in the form of… a cute girl?!
This is more of a gut feeling. I get the same vibe off these two shows. Mostly they're about friendships, between girls.
One show is about romance, and the other is about...well, nothing much at all.But these shows definitely give off the same feel of softness and ease of watching.
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.
Both Someday's Dreamers and Aria are stories of a young girl trying to find her way in a new profession. The two series follow the protagonist as she makes new friends, pursues her apprenticeship, and learns many valuable life lessons. Both are slow paced shows, containing plenty of charmingly sweet moments amid beautiful scenery shots.
Both of these shows follow a girl moving to a new place to pursue the work she's always dreamed of. The format of the two shows is also similar, spending a lot of time on special moments in the lives of the characters, to the point where the main character is often out of the spotlight. This combined with a gentle overall pace lend Aria and Someday's Dreamers a laid-back, introspective feel that works well as a background for the character development that drives each show.
For the young women at the Lillian private school for girls, nothing is more prestigious than Rosa Sinensis, Rosa Gigantea, and Rosa Foetida, the beautiful and talented women who head the student council. When a young girl named Yumi's path is intertwined with Sachiko, a successor to the council, things will never be the same for the both of them. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a quiet tale of forbidden romance, friendship, and the everyday life of a school girl.
Both shows are about a group of girls, slowly growing up. In Both cases we have very close friendship bewteen younger girls and very important senpai-kouhai bond between the younger and the older girls (though in Marimite this relationship is way more intimate). Both are heartwarming coming of age stories.
Even though the differences are big ( Marimite have some mild drama, and the relationship is close to shoujo-ai, also Aria unlike Marimite is episodic) I think that if you like one of them you will like both.
both animes have similar aspects, in both of them we see a strong senpai-kouhai relationship (in Marimite the relationship is way closer and more private then it is Aria), both of them are touching and realy heartwarming.Still this two have huge differences, Marimite also has some drama aspects, and the relationships between students are closer to the yuri aspects while Aria is more episodic.I guess that if you like one you will sure like the other one as well