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Shy, crybaby Fumi has just transferred into Matsuoka Girl’s High School, in the city of Kamakura. It’s been ten years since she moved away, leaving her dear friend Akira behind; and soon, the two are reunited once more. Akira is now attending Fujigaya Girls’ Academy, though she and Fumi still manage to see each other regardless. Between classes and social engagements, the two will experience love, the struggle to admit one’s true feelings, and the joy of companionship.
If you enjoyed one show, you would definitely enjoy the other. They are both very very pleasantly peaceful and relaxing shows to watch, and the animation is very easy on the eyes. Great for relief from those wild color and guns ablaze shows.
Akari's training as a gondolier at the prestigious Aria Company continues. Of course for Akari, the difference between training and just having fun is sometimes nonexistent! She and the rest of the "A-Team" face new adventures in the crooks and crannies of the city: hunting down an elusive treasure, looking for a secret conclave of cats, or just helping out the postman. This time with double the chibis and triple the punyuus, Akari and friends learn more about how life goes on at its leisurely pace, to the lazy beat of Neo Venezia.
In a remote area of the countryside lives Binchou-tan: a pint-sized and carefree girl who takes odd jobs in a nearby town whenever she is running low on rice. Her bus rides take place within the talons of a soaring bird and her everyday tasks are quiet and uneventful; but her friends make every day a fun surprise. With two pink-haired sisters, a lonely affluent girl and the televised musings of the strange muffin-like Pukashu, Binchou-tan will live her life one happy day at a time!
In both anime there are some out-of-norm elements such as an alternate universe and science fiction stuff. Even with these advances, Aria and Binchou-tan retain a strictly "slice of life" environment. Watching either anime is extremely relaxing. I also find that the art/tone/colours are extremely vibrant and very beautiful. A lot of effort is seen to make a relaxing atmosphere.
This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk," there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl's name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man's name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.
While watching Escha & Logy i was continually reminded of Aria, as to why that is? all i can say is that it has a similar feel to it (maybe not as relaxed as Aria), to be honest i'm not inclined to over analyze. If you liked the laid back, mellow atmosphere of Aria then there is a good chance that you may enjoy Escha & Logy.
Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.
While I agree that art school have nothing to do with gondolas, the main "theme" is the same in those animes. It's a story about a group of friends, slowly learning about their profession, and maturing in order to enter the adult life.
Both stories are focused on chaming the viewer with some beatiful moments. Both are very calming and heartwarming.
The main difference (apart from world setting) is that Honey and Clover is also filled with romance, and Aria have almost no romance at all.