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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.
Out of the three Aria seasons, the third one fits together with Haibane Renmei best without a doubt. Haibane Renmei gets a LOT darker, but they're both slow paced slice-of-life series set in an idyllic setting. They're also both about the very basic lessons in life, saying goodbye and moving on. If you liked the total package of Aria the Origination and want something a bit deeper and darker, don't miss out on the gem that is Haibane Renmei.
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?
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?!
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.
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.
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.