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Haibane Renmei

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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.

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Akira TAKATA Character Design
Tomokazu TOKORO Director
Ko OTANI Music
Yasuyuki UEDA Producer
Go HARUNA Producer
Hideki GOTO Producer
Yoshinobu IWAYA Producer

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Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

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.

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I found both of these series to be amazing. Each is told in a laid back and relaxing manner. Although Kino's Travels has a bit of action in it, it doesn't affect the viewer much. Both of these series have no real plot, its just told episode by episode on the fly. Different kinds of journeys and destinies are presented in both Haibane Renmei and Kino's Travels but all have the same basic feel, as if you're learning something deep from watching.
Kino no Tabi ("Kino's Journey") is not your typical anime. It's more philosophical, and more of a study of mankind, not really meant to tell a story. Nevertheless, those who liked Haibane Renmei might like Kino's Journey because its an intelligent, philosophically deep series. There isn't nearly as much drama in Kino's journey, but it is much more thought provoking, like Haibane Renmei was.
For me, Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei and Kino no Tabi are considered the “philosophers triad”, not only because they make you think with their exotic and original plot, but also because the story looks like it was made out of dreams, or nightmares. They share the fact that the story is not exactly what you think it is, the puzzle will never get finished and information will always be missing, the characters are original and develop by learning about the surrounding world, and the animation looks alike, mostly because of the colors.
Both Haibane Renmei and Kino no Tabi share a similar narrative style, both making good use of silence. They also are in some sense about self-discovery and consist of an inner journey externalized.

If you liked Haibane you'd like Kino because it's one of those anime's that is slow and pleasant to watch grabbing your attention at the beginning, and leaving you wondering how the character got that way.


Both Haibane Renmei and Kino's Journey have that "short yet complete" quality. A lot of anime drag the story out to a high episode count and either become repetitive and old or end still feeling incomplete; however, both of these anime have a completeness to them that is rarely encountered. Especially considering their mutual 13 episode count. After completing both of these series, you are left with that bittersweet taste that only a well thought-out series can deliver.


On an episode by episode basis we are told two amazing, intricate and touching stories. This story can be called a journey, floating down the river the events shape and form so perfectly a brilliant and deep tale. Both Haibane and Kino suit each other well, but even if you haven't seen either you should pick them up.


Both Kino's Journey and Haibane Renmei have a similar slow pace, and show off places and their traditions, superstitions or stories, rather then focusing on the characters - at least in the first half of the anime. Kino's Journey has more action to it, featuring fights and dangers; whereas Haibane Renmei is more focused on the character development during the second half. If you found this anime beautiful, you'll love the other too.


Both Kino no Tabi and Haibane Renmei are fabulous allegorical stories that delve into the human experience. Each series possess its own unique, subtle forms of symbolism that can be appreciated for their genius on a number of levels, most importantly being their un-intrusive manner. For those who enjoyed the reflective nature of one of the series, I'd highly recommend checking out the other -- they go hand-in-hand.


Both Kino's Journey and Haibane Renmei are slow, philosophic anime with fantastic settings. Even though Haibane Renmei is a bit more of a serial drama than the more standalone Kino's Journey, they share similar contemplative themes.


It's been said before by others, but I'll say it again. Both Haibane Renmei and Kino's Journey go quite well together. In addition to the similarity in subject matter (both series have something to say about what it means to be human), the art, characters, and even depth of both series are quite alike.

To focus a bit more on the content however, in both series we see a strong lead female character who is not a typical female character, carrying an air of mystery and curiosity. Indeed, both Kino and Rakka play a similar role in being the surrogate to the viewer themselves, asking the questions about society that we so very much wish to see answered.

Finally, the depth and nature of the two universes are very similar. While Kino's Journey certainly varies the world up a bit by having numerous different lands, both series have an air of the unfamiliarly familiar, and a look into a world that seems just outside the realm of our own. They won't make you ponder psychologically like Lain might, but both dare to pose key philosophical questions that the viewer is left to answer on their own.


Both this animes take a rather laid back examination of life. They are very beatiful and deep and share a similar mood.


Haibane Renmei and Kino's Journey are quiet and thoughtful productions that take place in a dreamy environment. Both have a young female lead who unravels the secrets of the unknown world. Haibane Renmei leaves much to the viewer's imagination as it explores a micro-cosmos of sorts while Kino's Journey focuses on several independent shots that use the theme of travelling to cover a wide narrative universe. These are anime that are very original and refreshing in their philosophical yet un-complicated approach to story telling and are bound to capture the same kind of viewers.


Haibane Renmei and Kino no Tabi are both slow, and they make you think about life a lot. Nothing about these series are loud or colourful, but they still manage to catch your attention and keep it.


These series share the same intelligent approach to their stories. Well written dialogs provide us with interesting philosophical questions and moral dilemmas. If you want an anime that gives you a lot to think about, either of these is an excellent choice.


The main thing Haibane Renmei and Kino's Journey have in common, is that they are both largely symbolic, thought provoking anime. While they contain lots of symbolism and a couple of depressing moments, they manage to keep most of the series reasonably light and therfor easier to watch and think about the symbolism. While Haibane Renmei is plot-driven, and Kino's Journey episodic, I think they fit together surprisingly well. If you want something to think about, without watching something incredibly heavy, give this one a shot!


Kino's Journey and Haibane Renmei are animes that make you think about the meaning of life and death. Both touch on existentialist themes through finely tuned, slow-paced narratives. Where Kino's Journey is episodic and focuses on man's interactions with the society, Haibane Renmei tells a fascinating story that focuses on man's inner struggle to find redemption and forgiveness. I highly recommend both tantalizing series.


Kino's Journey and Haibane Renmei have the same sort of feeling about them. Both share a similar visual quality and are very slow paced. Both also explore more melancholy subject matters that often have moving effects on those who watch them. If you liked one, then definitely check out the other.


Both Kino's Journey and Haibane Renmei are animes with a subtel mystery and well construted dialog. Both of these anime give you a good since of relief and enjoyment for the silent moments in life.


Both Haibane Renmei and Kino's Journey initiate their courses as episodic shows only to develop into stories that actually need to be watched in proper order. They share the simple yet beautiful animation style, the strong female protagonists and the terrifying ability to be emotionally engaging... on a level far beyond the anime average.


Although Haibane Renmei and Kino no Tabi have very different themes, both place the viewer into the role of a passive spectator. You're invited to form your own opinion about the stories told; neither bothers with over-explaining everything. If you enjoy thought-provoking anime with a slow pace fit for reflection (and gorgeous visuals), both are highly recommended.


Both are concerned with philosophical issues. Haibane Renmei is mainly about redemption and forgiveness, whilst Kino's Journey deals with a more wider group of issues. Both are slow paced and are extremely interesting. Kino is more darker than Haibane but don't let it put you off.  I started watching Kino's Journey because of the recommendations on this site.

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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Mushishi, like Haibane Renmei, is a slow paced anime where you can sit back and watch things unfold. Mushishi is like Haibane because although it's slow-paced you can't wait for the next episode. 


When I saw Mushi-shi I found myself wondering why it reminded me so much about Haibane Renmei. Except for beautiful animation they seemed to have absolutely nothing in common, but they made me feel the same way when watching them.

After I had thought for a while I had a theory: they are both presented to the audience in the style of Icelandic Sagas. There are no rights or wrongs, things just happen and there is no need to explain the why's. Likewise the characters are who they are and only their actions really matter, not why they did them.

Both Mushi-shi and Haibane Renmei manage to adapt this style to anime very well, and I am convinced that even if you have seen neither you will love both. And have you seen one, see the other, you will not regret it.


It's almost difficult to put a finger on what Haibane Renmei and Mushishi truly have 'in common', but they are drawn together by a certain feeling that is uplifting yet ominous at times. These are both very dreamlike anime, with mystical beings who you want so badly to understand.

These two anime also have a somewhat similar style of animation. Haibane and Mushishi both make great use of darker and less flamboyant colors and have wondrous landscapes and background sceneries. If you liked one of these anime, I am positive you will like the other.


Haibane Renmei and Mushishi are both calm and relaxing series that leave you with that same dream-like and magical feeling. Also both series have great scenery and a slow pace, so if you really enjoy that you should check out these titles.


You need patience, a calm mind, and a tissue box to watch Haibane Renmei and Mushishi. They are slow-paced and take a slice-of-life approach in trying to capture simplistic lives but each is worth every minute. To add spice, both series provide prominent supernatural elements that throw the characters' lives into confusion. I would say Mushishi deals far more with external struggles whilst Haibane Renmei is about the internal conflicts of its characters, but both provide fantastic insights into human strengths and weaknesses. Tragedy has never been so profound.


Aside from the exquisite animation that both of these series exhibit, Mushishi and Haibane Renmei are also both more slow paced anime. Both of these series are very gentle, neither of them throwing you into a sea of craziness or action, but still proving to be incredibly entertaining. Whilst the storylines are different (with Mushishi's episodes being self contained stories) both deal with the unfamiliar and the world of another species be it the Haibane or the Mushi. If you like the pace and gentleness of one of these series, the chances are you will like the other.


Mushishi and Haibane Renmei both share gorgeous scenary and similar pacing, as well as some general themes. Both are wonderful watches and both go well togeather.


With gorgeous scenery, intelligent writing, and a slower pace than typical anime fare it's easy to mistake one series for the other. Both series present a world that's easy to get lost in; mesmerizing in its beauty, even while terrifying in its execution.


Both Haibane and Mushisi are slow-paced series, In both you can find more questions than answers. They're nostalgic, touching, great in expressing human (and not only human) emotions, dilemmas - and they give viewer quite common feeling. And style of animation is in a way similar in both series - you will not regret trying to watch another of that series, if you have seen the other one.


Both of these titles are extremely slow paced and show many different sides of human emotion. Furthermore, the scenery in each is extremely well done.


Both series feature touching, low-key stories with plenty of mysterious or supernatural elements told with slow pacing. The backgrounds and music in both shows are incredibly beautiful which only serves to enhance the experience.. Haibane Renmei has a much larger recurring cast and it isn't nearly as episodic as Mushishi, though.


Although both series deal with vastly different things, there is this surreal feeling in both, like something isn't quite right just under the surface of the story. There is no evil or good event/person in either series, only what is and the character's reaction to the event that lends depth to our mysterious cast and draws us to them on an emotional level.

Also, both have gorgeous artwork, animation and music.

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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Another anime by the creators of Haibane Renmei. Art style and drama similar to Haibane, but with a very weird and deeply philosophical plot. Not to say that the plot of Haibane Renmei isn't deeply philosophical. The viewer will find paralells in almost all aspects of these two shows.
If you like "Haibane Renmei", you might also like to check out "Serial Experiments Lain". It's ABe Yoshitoshi's first anime series. He is the creator / designer for both series. Both have excellent imagery and animation. Although "Serial Experiments Lain" would be a little too weird compared to the drama of "Haibane Renmei", it's still another must-see from those brilliant works of Mr. Yoshitoshi. Check it out.
Lain and Haibane deal with different issues but central to both are the ideas of states of humanity and redemption, although I feel they come to different conclusions if you enjoy one I think you may well enjoy the other.
For me, Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei and Kino no Tabi are considered the “philosophers triad”, not only because they make you think with their exotic and original plot, but also because the story looks like it was made out of dreams, or nightmares. They share the fact that the story is not exactly what you think it is, the puzzle will never get finished and information will always be missing, the characters are original and develop by learning about the surrounding world, and the animation looks alike, mostly because of the colors.

If you liked Haibane Renmei, I will recommend that you watch Serial Experiments Lain too. Both these anime touched me on an emotional level that is definitely comparable. I found these anime to be two of the most thought provoking that I have watched.


Words cannot express the true beauty that binds Haibane Renmei & Serial Experiments Lain. Both are subtle yet in depth explorations of other worlds from the point of view of one young lady who must evolve and come to terms with such a world. They will challenge the viewer into really questioning what lies beyond the walls that keep them prisoner and the rules that entrap, whilst developing far beyond the expectations of others. However, it is really the overall ambience, psychological inquisition and subtle messages during these anime that will appeal to a similar type of viewer.


Both Lain and Renmei are plot driven with little to action. They focus instead on a deeper plot with many darker elements to them. They both have a lot to say about humanity and spark great joy and deep sadness from their viewers


Although the setting in Haibane Renmei and Serial Experiments Lain is completely different, the brilliance in both is about the less-obvious part of the story. Both anime are very thought-provoking and have a very interesting underlying story. If you like it when small clues about the unspoken part of the story are handed to you bit by bit, you'll love either of these shows!


These two series are as close as anime can get to a philosophical book. If your "brain" is still hungry after seeing one, don't hesitate and try the other one.


These shows have really great art, in every scene I pretty much loved it. The storyline is really interesting and intriguing, starting you off without really knowing what's going on. It's pretty short too, another show that doesn't have a ton of filler and can stand on its own just from 13 episodes.


Two words: Slow-Paced.Ok, three words: Super Slow-Paced.If you like to watch animes that seem to take an eternity to see, Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei are two of my reccomendations. Because theres nothing wrong with being Slow-Paced. xD 


The stories may be different, but the art style, pacing, and mood of both series are very similar. Haibane Renmei and Lain have stories that make you think deeply about the subject at hand. They're also created by the same person, Yoshitoshi Abe. If you liked one, you should give the other a try. 

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Someday's Dreamers

Someday's Dreamers

In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.

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Like the "Slice of Life" sort of anime? Someday's Dreamers reflects on many of the same things as Haibane Renmei when it comes to everyday life and "doing your best." These animes have a charm that is heartwarming and gently paced in all categories.
Both Haibane Renmei and Someday's Dreamers share a cast of well meaning characters that spend most of their time in the series considering the feelings of other people. There is also a bit of introspection done as to the purpose of their lives done by the main characters in each of these. Not to mention that both contain slightly fantastical worlds, that are not too far off from the real world.
Both Haibane Renmei and Somedays Dreamers have very similar feels. In both series they have lots of character development. I highly reccomend both of these series...
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto and Haibane Renmei have completely different storylines and settings, but what they share are sympathetic, young, female protagonists who take part in a drama that seems at times nostalgic and pleasant, while at other times is fully capable of wrenching your heart out of your ribs. Both come highly recommended, and those who like one will surely like the other.
The first thing that comes to mind when watching both of these series is "wow". Both of these series have exceptional animation which is crisp, clear, and beautiful... in addition to the heart warming plot, which is undoubtedly slower, but still rich with life and character development. I can't say enough good things about these two series.. and if you already liked either Haibane or Mahou, you will undoubtedly like the other.

Someday's Dreamers is a great anime to see after watching Haibane Renmei. Both are similar in that they portray a female hero thrust into a world much different from our own, where she is forced to learn the rules and find her way. Despite the similarities, the two anime are excellent contrasts. Where Haibane Renmei is dark and ominous at times, Someday's Dreamers is bright and positive. I liken the viewing of these two titles in sequence to having a heavy and robust main course followed by a delicate and sweet dessert. Try it out!


Both Haibane Renmei and Someday's Dreamers are stories about an altruistic girl on a journey of discovery - for Rakka, it is about the new world she has found herself in, and for Yume it is about the various implications surrounding the use of magic. They each go at a very relaxed pace, with some drama sprinkled in here and there. Furthermore, the two plots take a rather similar direction as they progress. So, it is difficult to imagine someone liking one of the series yet not enjoying the other.


Haibane Renmei and Someday's Dreamers have the same aura, and are unique in their own way, but the feeling I got from watching them was the same. You'll love one if you liked the other!  


Haibane renmei's athmosphere is what I found to be on of the best features of the anime. Since it doesn't really have a plot, and a lot of facts about the Haibane renmei world are left unexplained, it has something mysterious about it. Someday's Dreamers, or Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, has exactly the same. You get to know the main caracter in a way she gets to kknow the 'new world' she has to live in: the world of a professional mage. The main caracter in Haibane renmei is in a comparable situation: She wakes up after having a weird dream, doesn't remember a thing about her past, and is taken care of by people she doesn't know, just like Yume and 'Owner' Masami. After that she's tought how thing work around there and why she can;t remember thing and stuff, just like Yume has to become familiar with being a mage. The main caracters in haibane renmei and Someday's Dreamers also have a comparable personality and situation. They're both unfamiliar with the people around them, are still learning some properties of themselves, kind of uncertain and very kind to strangers. The only main difference between the two anime is that I found Haibane Renmei to be a really sad anime and though Someday's dreamers also has it's sad moments, I wouldn't describe it as being sad. But still, if you really liked watching Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, I'm sure you like Haibane Renmei.


My main reason for this recommendation is based on the vibe that each series gives off. While the plots are different (one following a young witch as she trains, the other shrouded in mystery as to what exactly the Haibane are), both have a very similar slow and gentle nature. Both are also very nice to look at, with beautiful animation and a graceful plot, if you like one, then try the other.

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Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.

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The town Kanata Sorami goes to has a very "Old Home" feel to it.  It is very secluded, so far only has girls living there, and has a large emphasis on camaraderie.  So Ra No Wo To just has the same emotional qualities that Haibane Renmei, it just is a little more light natured.


The story in both series follows a group of girls which happen to be a minority living in an isolated town. As a result Seize and Glie have a similar feel to them and so do the Timekeeping fortress and Old Home. Each town has it's own festivals and culture while the fortress and Old Home share the same look and are largely uninhabbitated except for the several rooms needed by the girls.

Haibane Renmei is certainly more serious and heavy on symbolism etc. it still retains a light-hearted side which is what you get in Sora no Woto. If you enjoyed one, certainly check out the other, especially if you just watched Sora no Woto and have never seen Haibane Renmei, you won't be disspointed!

Just to add now that I've watched the whole of Sora no Woto; the similarities really end around two thirds of the way into the series after which it takes a more serious approach.


Haibane Renmei and So-Ra-No-Wo-To gave me really similar feelings, due to their settings and premise. Each documents the day-to-day life of a young girl who has just come to a new (small, picturesque) town with an old-world feel and a really interesting culture, who then moves into a mostly uninhabited building slightly cut off from the rest of the town, and the group of similarly-aged girls she lives with.


Each of these series deal with (almost entirely) girls getting sent away to a new location that is almost like a haven for them, where they are taken care of. Furthermore, each series is almost a slice of life series that revolves around every girl coming to terms with who they really are and why they are where they are.


Choosing between Haibane Renmei and So-Ra-No-Wo-To is much like choosing between two variations on a theme.  Both  focus on a group of young girls undergoing some form of training. Both are set in near-identical towns who segregate the girls away from the townspeople while revering them as "special". Characters who are drawn similarly often have parallel backstories or character development arcs, and both use plenty of poignant moments to keep to their generally idealistic themes. The prevailing differences between them lie in their foundation concepts and the world and history both stories come from.  This distinction keeps you interested in the secrets slowly reveiled and the mysteries vaguely unraveled.

  Regardless of which series you have watched first, watching the other is very much like taking the same journey to get to a different place.  Both are well written and executed, making both enjoyable.  But you may experience some deja vu.


Here are two shows that seem different at first glance but actually share a number of common themes. In both shows, a group of girls find themselves in a remote or secluded area, and must adjust to a new way of life. Both shows feature slice-of-life elements while also going into the girls' pasts, revealing a brokenness in their souls that needs healing. In addition, the mysterious Old Home and the post-apocalyptic world of So-Ra-No-Wo-To both add an extra element of mystery that adds to the atmosphere of the shows.

Both shows are rather unique in what they set out to do, and there are notable differences between the two, but their similar themes of grace and forgiveness and finding beauty in their world make for a good cross-recommendation; I definitely encourage fans of either show to check out the other one.