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.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Both animes are character driven developing them through, often touching, scenes that show more than they tell. They both deal with the human condition and our relationships with others. They also share a strong sense of location and mood, lingering on small details around the action as well as the plot.
Haibane Renmei and Gunslinger Girl are both beautifully drawn, mood-heavy slice-of-life shows about young girls (mostly) learning to live life in unusual circumstances, cope with their insecurities and find purpose in what they do. Both strongly character driven shows, Gunslinger Girl and Haibane follow ensemble casts of complex, quirky and sometimes tragic characters with haunted pasts. Both stories revolve around these character's relationships w/ others and their association with mysterious powers/organizations that are integral to their lives, but out of their control.
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Both are wonderful slice-of-life series with supernatural elements. If you allow yourself to get caught up in either of them, there's no escaping until the series is over. If you like one series, you'll end up liking them both when all in said and done.
Each anime contains elements of slice-of-life stories. You are brought into a world where you must learn new customs and cultures as magical as the characters themeless. Full of childlike wonder each anime focuses on a character trying to help the ones around her. Slow moving and beautiful if you liked one, you will like the other
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?
Both series are similar in graphics and the story lines. Both main characters search for the meaning of the life around them. Even though we see unnatural things in the series we take them as normal and feel like it slowly becomes the life surrounding us. Those series have similar taste after watching.
These series both focus around a world governed by a large number of unexplained rules which are often enforced by a mysterious third party. These series each have a lot of character growth while the lead attempts to get used to life around her.
Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.
Both Haibane Renmei and Kiki's Delivery Service deal with a teenage girl in a slice of life story with supernatural elements. While Haibane Renmei is ultimately more dramatic, both contain similar sentimental themes.
Both of these have a major focus on a character who is trying to find her place in the world. While Kiki's Delivery Service is more upbeat than the slow paced and thought provoking Haibane Renmei, something tells me that people who liked one will also like the other.
Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...
Both are highly symbolic, focusing on themes such as fate and sin. Beginning with sweet, light hearted notes and ending with the dark night of the soul, in both series we watch characters atone for a past they don’t remember or that isn’t their own.
Both are heavy on the symbolism and includes a lot of mysteries due to that, many of which are never resolved in the series proper.
Both series contain themes of atonment for sins that the characters either can't remember, or aren't even personally responible for.
These two have very different atmospheres, but if you liked elements of one of them there is reason to at least try watching the other.