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The future is dull and bleak without the existence of Steel Angels. The rain pours hard and heavy on more days than not and has an acidity to it that keeps most tucked away in their homes. Life is especially dull in the home of High School students Kurumi, Saki, Excelia and Karinka. When Kurumi comes home from a school club meeting with a blush to her face and a lovestruck expression, all the girls gather around, prodding for information. Kurumi has fallen head over heels for a boy named Michihito Kagura, and with the support of her friends she gathers the courage to tell him. But is Kurumi's love strong enough to withstand what fate has in store for her?
Both of the shows are, for lack of a better word, braindead to watch. They have the very lax and peaceful atmopshere, where the show thrives on just mellowing out the viewer with not much at all. They are both a very relaxing watch. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
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.
In order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," people of the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk" devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Those technologies were then gathered in the alchemy city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, young alchemist Logy requested a transfer to an understaffed town of Colseit on the frontier to make use of his abilities. There he meets Escha, an apprentice girl assigned to the Development Department. Together, the two make a promise to use their alchemic techniques to 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.
Aomori, Japan. In a land blessed by nature’s bountiful beauty, bizarre things begin to take place. Makoto Kowata, 15 years old, is a professional witch. She left Yokohama with Chito, her black cat, to live in the house of her relatives in Aomori. This is where she begins to train as a witch. Even though Makoto’s powers are still limited to just flying through the sky, she and her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu surely make the most out of each and every day.
Aria and Flying Witch are both largely about the daily life of a young girl who has a specific profession (Aria has gondoliers, Flying Witch obviously has witches). What strikes me as so similar about these two shows is their gentle pacing and focus on world-building through slice-of-life/daily experiences. I think if you liked either, you would like the other.
It is spring, the season of great changes. Hikari Kohinata is an overwhelmingly cheerful and outgoing 15-year-old girl who has spent all her life in a small and beautiful seaside town on the Izu peninsula. On the first day of high school, she meets Futaba Oki, a slightly introverted girl who has just moved from Tokyo. Before she knows it, Futaba gets dragged along into Hikari's passion for scuba diving. And from there, Futaba gradually starts to come out of her shell, and learns how to take challenges and dive into the ocean of life.
Aria is an unusually slow-paced show, and while Amanchu is a little faster, it still has a similar gentleness of pace and story development. In addition to the gentle pace, both shows heavily take place in and around water, and help you unwind and relax as you watch them. If you liked one, definitely try the other.