Dareka no Manazashi

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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

Both these anime are about reflecting on life. 5 Cms is about romance and Dareka is about family, but both anime have the main character reflect on their past present in future to figure out what is important to them.

Dareka is short only six minutes long, but it's well worth the six minutes because the time is used very effectively. 5Cms is a full movie so there is more time for devlopment. But both these shows will evoke some feeling in the viewer and maybe just want them to go hug a loved one out of appreciation.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both are works by Makoto Shinkai, and feature stunning animation and a highly emotional story that is told to perfection. Both revolve largely around two main characters, and follow them as their relationship, and their own thoughts change over time.

krukky krukky says...

Both shows really are sentimental and have the same feel to them, but in the end Dareka no Manazashi is more optimistic than 5 Sentimeters per Second.

Kotonoha no Niwa

Kotonoha no Niwa

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you're even the least bit sentimental then these are the shows for you. They are both deeply reflective about relationship and what they mean. Kotonoha is about a romantic relationship and Dareka is about the main character's changing relationship with her father. These are both anime that strike to the emotional core.

Dareka is much shorter than Kotonoha, but both are able to use their time effectively and evoke deep emotion in the viewer.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Makoto Shinkai is at it again as creator of yet another stunningly animated bittersweet drama. Both manage to strike a chord with the viewer through the extremely well portrayed, and developed emotions of the characters.

They are also both fairly short, with Dareka being a short of little over five minutes. Kotonoha no Niwa may be considerably longer, but for a movie it still has a fairly short run time. Despite their short run time both are shining examples of how to write a story with real emotional weight behind it within a pretty narrow window of time. 

krukky krukky says...

Both shows really are sentimental and have the same feel to them and since they share the same director, if you've enjoyed watching one of them, you should definitely try the other too.

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

While the settings of these show are completely different they share very similar themes. Both anime are really about the changing nature of relationships over time. Both shows show how people can grow apart over time.

These shows do use very different methods to get to their point, but they both convey the same message which makes them a good pairing. If you liked one you should check out the other.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

While each show differs wildly in terms of plot and setting, they each manage to tell an exquisite emotional story of characters, and how their relationships with each other change over time.

Someone who enjoys the themes of one of these shows will most certainly enjoy the other. 

She and Her Cat

She and Her Cat

As the seasons pass, a lone stray cat reminisces of life with his master. He talks of the small passions of their time together, and how their shared affection gives them each a reason to be alive. Speaking both of love gained and love lost, he chronicles the eternal nature of their bond, as despite their own respective heartaches they still have each other. The two converse in a touching tale of the true strength of friendship in the face of hardship.

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chii chii says...

Both stories are short and sweet and are from the point of view of cats about the humans in their lives. Both are made by Makoto Shinkai as well so they are sure to give you some feels so check em out.

snivets snivets says...

If you enjoyed either of these shorts about the bond between a human and their cat, you'd definitely like the other. Short, sweet, and full of meaning.