Aria the Animation

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Maria-sama ga Miteru

Maria-sama ga Miteru

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.

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

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.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

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

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns

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: 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

In the 19th century, a Japanese girl named Yune arrives in Paris to work at the Enseignes du Roy. There she meets Claude Claudel, a blacksmith who makes street signs. Caught in a new cultural experience, both Yune and Claude learn from each other while they try to keep the shop open despite the declining customers. Once a popular marketplace, many nearby businesses are closing as they are engulfed by the waves of change. Experience culture shock at its cutest in Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth.

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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.