Barefoot Gen

Alt titles: Hadashi no Gen

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Ushiro no Shoumen Dare

Ushiro no Shoumen Dare

Kyoko is a cheerful girl who is growing up in war-time Tokyo. She has four elder brothers, doesn’t like music lessons, is frightened of her grandmother and is excited that a baby is on the way. When she grows up, Kyoko says, she wants to be a war nurse so she can tend to her uncle in the armed forces. As a child she’s a little prone to crying, but tries to be more mature when her younger brother is born. However, Kyoko’s typical childhood changes when the Americans begin to bomb Japan. Kyoko is sent into the countryside to live with her aunt, and soon she will have to face the reality of war.

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chii chii says...

Both anime take a tragic look at WW2 from the eyes of the people, mostly children, that were affected by it personally. Even though faced with plently of dispare, hope is never tossed aside. If you liked one check out the other.

On A Paper Crane - Tomoko's Adventure

On A Paper Crane - Tomoko's Adventure

One day, Tomoko Sato travels by herself to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for a class assignment, eager to complete her task. However, after learning the horrifying details of what took place many years ago, Tomoko leaves, finding herself in front of a beautiful statue that turns into a little girl! Named Sadako, the youth quickly becomes best friends with Tomoko, and shares her tragic story...

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sothis sothis says...

Though Barefoot Gen takes place long ago and Tomoko's Adventure is more of a present-day look at the tragedy, both tales revolve around the famous WW2 bombings and how they affected the normal townspeople.

Futatsu no Kurumi

Futatsu no Kurumi

Ayaka is a typical twelve-year-old girl who takes her comfortable city life for granted, brushing off her grandmother's tales of World War II. On a day like any other, the girl begrudgingly takes her dog Ryan for a walk when she's forced to flee into a telephone booth to take refuge from a sudden storm – and that's when it happens. Lightning strikes, teleporting her and Ryan sixty years into the past, several days before Tokyo was bombed and 100,000 people lost their lives. Stranded from everyone she knows and the comforts of home, Ayaka must struggle to survive amidst the hardships of war, all the while trying to find a way home.

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sothis sothis says...

While Barefoot Gen actually takes place during WW2 (rather than being transported back into time), both it and Two Walnuts explore the tragedies of the war.

Glass no Usagi

Glass no Usagi

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Both anime take a tragic look at WW2 from the eyes of the people, mostly children, that were affected by it personally. Even though faced with plenty of despair, hope is never tossed aside. If you liked one check out the other.

Kemono no Souja Erin

Kemono no Souja Erin

In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?

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Toothygrin Toothygrin says...

I know it seems odd giving a recomendation with 2 completly different genre but I think it works. the character development in barefoot gen has you loving the characters and hoping that things work out they are simple people with hopes and dreams only to have things shatter and then rebuilt time and time again, Erin has many hardships in her road through life and emotional ups and downs in the show as did barefoot gen. So if you want a anime that give you somthing to feel somthing from hardship and success here they are Sang froid at its finest.