Akari awakens one morning after having an unsettling dream - one where she has fulfilled her goal of becoming a Prima, yet as a result of her succession Alicia is no longer around, and there's an eager apprentice on her hands she has no clue how to handle. Taken aback by the realization that this is what must eventually come to pass, Akari spends her day trying to come to terms with this future reality, and learns a little bit about Alicia's past in the process.
It's vacation time at Yamabuki High school and the girls of the Hidamari apartment complex are about to go home for the summer. Over a bowl of noodles Yuno, Miyako, Hiro and Sae decide to head off to the pool for their last day together, before they are scattered across the country; and of course no summer night is complete without a chilled watermelon. Then, on an ordinary November school day, the girls are thrown into a frenzy when Hiro finds a love letter in her shoe locker. Who sent the letter, and just how will Hiro reply?
Both of these share a similar slow-paced and gentle style of humour. Also both of these are rather short and ideal tasters if you are unsure whether you will enjoy the main series, especially since prior knowledge of the characters is not particularly essential to enjoying these.
A young girl by the name of Kino has lived through a traumatic experience in her past, and now lives with an old woman named Shishou. With the help of Shishou, Kino hones her skills with a gun and learns to ride the talking motorrad Hermes; however, Kino is haunted by what happened to the person with her namesake, and is also suffering from an identity crisis. Even with these issues Kino must prepare for her first journey; will it prove to be pleasant or harrowing?