Aria the Animation

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Cat Returns, The

Cat Returns, The

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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alexander alexander says...

Neko is essentially a long Aria episode: starts with an escape, goes nowhere, cats in the middle. It has sword fighting, but you're never afraid. Both are good for this lighthearted yet warm feeling.

HarryNRubin HarryNRubin says...

Both Aria the Animation and the Cat Returns are very nice animes with very uplifting stories.  Aria is more slow-paced, though that difference can be accounted for the short amount of time comparatively with a television show and a film.  The stories will both have you smiling at the end.

Kobato.

Kobato.

The cheery Kobato Hanato is on a mission to heal people’s damaged hearts and gather the resulting “konpeito”; she must collect one hundred of these candy-shaped trophies in order for her deepest wish to be granted: to go to a certain place. Along the way, she’s accompanied by an ever-disgruntled, talking stuffed animal of a guardian named Ioryogi who scores her efforts, attempts to keep her on-track, and reminds her of the rule governing her task: she only has one year to fulfill her goal.

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deltaangelfire deltaangelfire says...

  Both these series overlay slice-of-life stories and artistically inspiring locales. They each have supernatural elements, but these elements aremore of a story telling and flavoring devices rather than a main focus. The true focus is on the heroines of each story, both of which share many traits - kind, warm-hearted, hard working, and people lovers - who do their very best to share the beauty they see all around them with others. In doing so, they attract and befriend the supernatural forces that silently watch over them.

Theferrell Theferrell says...

Both are great watches for people who want to watch a series that makes you feel good.  The women in the series are drawn beautifully without need of needless ecchi moments.  Soundtracks are great and both series compliment each other.

Tamayura

Tamayura

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.

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Rilkar Rilkar says...

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.

HarryNRubin HarryNRubin says...

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: Hitotose

Tamayura: Hitotose

In a moment of pure warmth and happiness, it is said that children of the light, known as Tamayura, will appear. Fuu Sawatari is a young girl who loves taking photographs the same way that her beloved father did while he was alive. Having recently moved to the town her family frequently visited when she was younger, Fuu enjoys her life to the fullest alongside her friends Kaoru, Norie and Maon. Whether the gang have a sleepover, chase a furry cat around town, or simply enjoy a delicious lunch, Fuu always has her camera in hand in the hopes of finally capturing the illusive Tamayura on film.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both of these are very slow-paced and gentle slice of life series. While very little happens in either show, if you like the calm nature of one, then it's worth checking out the other.

Rilkar Rilkar says...

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.

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
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KuroiTsubasa KuroiTsubasa says...

Though these shows have very different premises, they share the same slice of life genre, equally slow pace and heartwarming atmosphere with rather idealistic outlook on life. Both series depict people getting to know new places, meeting various people and learning about their stories of life.

DutchGun DutchGun says...

If you like anime that is slow, reflective, gentle, and just gives you warm fuzzies when you watch it, then you'll probably appreciate enjoy both of these.  Memorable characters and interactions within rather unique locales are also characteristics of both.