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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.
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.
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.
Aizawa Ayumu is spending the summer visiting his father in the quiet, rural town of Tana; but before long, he begins to notice that things aren't quite right. Flowers are blooming out of season and stories of ghosts and kappa abound, but for Ayumu, the strangest thing of all is the appearance of mysterious creatures who take the form of floating balls of light. Adding to this mystery is Wakkun - a boy who seems to be connected to the lights and claims to know Ayumu from the past. Now, Ayumu begins to search for the truth about the lights and Wakkun, as a summer like no other begins...
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Asatte no Houkou and Welcome to the NHK are two anime that serve as prime examples of strong character development. They each focus in on a core set of characters as they try to cope with their flaws and search to find their place. Although NHK's harsh social commentary gives it a very different feel compared to the lighter tone of Asatte, they're similar enough at their core so that fans of one should be fans of both.