Upon a glassy ocean, in a world where time appears to have stopped, an old man travels and reminisces about his past. Joining him is a painter who likes to capture ships and whales in his drawings, and a number of other travelers. From a whale about to jump, to a fallen star, to flying fish that are waiting to be caught, there are an infinite number of wonders to be found on the serene and glassy ocean.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Glassy Ocean and Kaiba share many points. Both are really poetic; they flow like a platypus in a green river. Well, it was maybe a strange metaphor but, actually, both shows are surreal and can seem strange to the eyes of some people.
They are surreal but they don't just try to be strange for the sake of being strange; it is to reinforce the atmosphere and the emotions. I even cried watching Kaiba; you will experience all emotions with this anime. Glassy Ocean is not as much sad or funny, but is more relaxing, slow and space (like Pink Floyd).
Also, both shows are really intelligent and make you think! Glassy Ocean makes you realise that if you stop a second and watch the world around you, you would discover plenty of new things. Kaiba is more about memories, importance of live and many other things.
Watching theses animes is like floating on kaleidoscopic clouds. If you like surreal animes with emotions, a good ambiance and some philosophical thoughts, watch both shows immediatly!
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
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.
Glassy Ocean and She and Her Cat do not bombard you with extraordinary aesthetics and storyline. Both titles don't try to impress you, but they are still able to provoke a lot of thought from their work. While the artwork may not appeal to you, there are many still shots that are very pretty. The feeling is about the same, and I found She and Her Cat to be quite adorable.