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Without warning, a giant alien bell suddenly appeared over the skies of Tokyo. Its purpose, it broadcast, was to take over the Earth, a plan which so far has not been thwarted. Luckily for humanity, the Magic Users Club of Kitanohashi High School is here to save the day! Armed with 2 new recruits and a load of magical talent, Takakura, Aburatsubo, and the rest of the gang begin to train daily for the goal of defeating the bell, and finally earning the respect of the Mizuha Miyama manga club, their largest rival!
Strange happenings, school uniforms, and a group of kids... Both series could be considered a school drama with a twist. I really enjoyed watching the char's learn about one another and interact with eachother without ever getting too lovey-dovey. Both series deal with some romantic moments and subjects, but it is not the main focus of either series. They are both hilarious, the comedy often stems from awkward situations, often classic teenage boy and girl (and sometimes boy and boy) interactions.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
These series are very, very different for the most part. But if one of these series made you cry, so will the other. Both of them are very heartfelt and emotional. If you want some levity, Fruits Basket is the place to look, but if you are ready to have your heartstrings tugged every which way, then Haibane Renmei is what you need. Of course, the best option is to watch both. Right now. Do it!
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the slightly sadistic nurse Akiko, he just prolongs his stay at the hospital. After his most recent escape, instead of striking a punch or kick at Yuichi, Akiko says that she'll overlook his sneak outs if he becomes friends with 17-year-old Rika, another hospital resident. Rika doesn't open up to him at first, but she has her reasons: she has a weak heart; and though she may come off as selfish and rude, Yuichi looks beyond the surface to help both of them enjoy what life has to offer.
Although fairly different in plot I believe these two anime have the same feel. They bring you very close to the characters. You also get absorbed into the emotions of the characters and what they are going through. Very light-hearted and heartfelt characters and story in both although they are different. Where Fruits basket deals with a fictional problem, Hanbun deals with a realistic one in contrast.
In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!
I think i would recommend this anime because it's a shoujo anime with a twist; the lead character is male. It is accurate to say that the number of male characters in 'Fruits Basket' greatly outnumbers the females. True, Tohru Honda is a female but she is surrounded by male relatives of the Souma family.
In 'Rozen Maiden' the lead character Jun is surrounded by beautiful talking dolls and the view from a different perspective is enchanting. This anime will appeal to both sexes but I imagine Jun will be easier to relate to for males than Tohru and the character of Shinku is amazing. A beautiful, funny, dramatic and overall stunning anime.