Karada is an elementary school student who acts mature for her age, and asks that people treat her like an adult. While praying at a wishing stone (negai ishi), she meets an older girl named Shouko. Shouko had moved to this small town to start a new life, but the same day she meets Karada, she encounters her brother, Hiro. Tension builds as Shouko and Hiro reflect on their past relationship while sending Karada home alone, and by the end of the day, both Shouko and Karada end up at the wishing stone hoping for change. Karada wishes to become an adult, while Shouko wishes for things to go back as they were in the past. That night under the bright moon, the wishing stone grants their wish, and an unbelievable transformation occurs: Shouko becomes a child and Karada becomes an adult. Now the two girls must struggle with their new bodies while finding a way to return back to what they once were.
The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...
Both Air and Asatte no Houkou take place in seaside towns and have a summery atmospere. Both series have supernatural themes, drama, and romance.
After watching this show as part of the anime 200 club, I will be the first to hold my hands up and say that I don't like this genre.
The plot is very predictable, the characters detestable and its all just a little forgettable... However, throughout the entire show, I kept finding myself comparing the show to Air.
The magical elements in both shows are probably slightly underused compared with the kind of show I usually enjoy. But both focus more on the development and maturing of the main female protagonist. If you loved the Hiro/Karada relationship, I would definitely give this a whirl.
However, I will not make the reverse recommendation, as I feel Asatte was a let down after watching the masterpiece that is Air.
Asu and Kyo are two orphaned sisters; their mother passed away some time ago, while their father abandoned them due to gambling issues. Asu and Kyo now live in a rundown apartment complex. Asu, the younger sister, is responsible for all of the housework while Kyo is in charge of living expenses; and together, the two sisters work hard to live a comfortable and enjoyable life. Looking to one another for support, Asu and Kyo experience the hardships of daily living, but are still able to welcome each day with a smile.
Asatte no Houkou and Binbou Shimai Monogatari both give off a definite "slice of life" feel. It's given in their style of music and even the art. Both animes use soft pastel-like colours in their back splashes, and the story is mainly dialogue-driven. Binbou Shimai Monogatari is much more cute and fun to watch.
Like Karada in her adult guise, the two sisters in "Binbou Shimai Monogatari are forced into a situation where they have to make decisions, based on their limited experience, which children shouldn't have to make. By contrast though the two sisters Kyo and Aso always have each other. Both anime tug at the heart but ultimately don't leave sadness at the end - only hope for a happy future.
Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.
Both anime are aimed at older, more mature audiences, and are about relationships and the stresses and conflicts that may arise from significant life events. While Asatte no Houkou has a fantastic (in the unreal sense) premise, it is not the fantasy of the story that drives it, but the emotion and reactions of the characters. Both are short and enjoyable, though not necessarily about making you happy throughout.
Kenji Tomosaka is a young boy who moved from the city to a coastal town at a young age. The ocean fascinated him, and that is where he met a girl named Nanami Konoe. Together, they played together on the beach; but unknowingly, they lived next to each other, their balconies just feet apart. As time moves on, their relationship deepens, and many of their friends call them a couple; but neither Kenji nor Nanami is willing to make a move. Time passes, and summer comes again; but this time, something will happen that will change them both forever...
Asatte no Houkou and Lamune are dramatic works that look into the relationships among their characters, including some romance. Both shows move along at a more relaxed pace, enhanced by the laid-back summer atmosphere the two series share. If you enjoyed the pacing and atmosphere of one series, the other is definitely worth a look.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...