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A photograph is a mysterious force that creates magical moments the instant the shutter closes and allows people’s hearts to connect. For the new girl in town, Fuu Sawatari, this is more than a saying but a way of life as she spends her days quietly attempting to capture those special instances on film and use them to bring others joy. Along with her friends – and her beloved camera – Fuu reminisces about her father, begins to contemplate where her future lies and wonders whether she can capture more of the mysterious Tamayura light bubbles in her photos filled with warmth and friendship.
Both shows are meant to be "healing anime" for men with stressful jobs that want to watch beautiful girls all day long. Also Akari and Fuu are both "helpless moe" though Akari isn't as "helpless moe" as Fuu.
Both of these animes have a feeling of calm and tranquility. Though Aria is much longer as a whole series, Tamayura seems so far to have the same feeling of warmth I got from Aria. It is even done by the same director.
Tamayura as well as the Aria series are very similar in three mains ways. First, there is an enormous strong atmosphere of conflictless slice of life (iyashikei) in both shows. This is slightly mixed with a tinge of the supernatural and/or magic in both series. In Aria, these mysterious and magical episodes are more frequent than in Tamayura. Third, the main cast in Tamayura and Aria are all female and although there are some male characters, those only play minor roles.
The main differences (which are minor at best) is the futuristic and outerworldy setting of the Aria series and Aria having somewhat more mature characters and a minor romantic narrative on the side.
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.