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.
Akari's training as a gondolier at the prestigious Aria Company continues. Of course for Akari, the difference between training and just having fun is sometimes nonexistent! She and the rest of the "A-Team" face new adventures in the crooks and crannies of the city: hunting down an elusive treasure, looking for a secret conclave of cats, or just helping out the postman. This time with double the chibis and triple the punyuus, Akari and friends learn more about how life goes on at its leisurely pace, to the lazy beat of Neo Venezia.
While the moods of each anime differ (Haibane is darkish while Aria is sunny) they both focus on the day to day lives of a single character walking towards their goal. Both anime manages to immerse you into the setting and environment of the anime such that you either feel you'll feel that you're a part of the world they describe.
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
On the surface, Haibane Renmei and Claymore don't seem very similar, but the main characters are actually very alike. After "rebirth" into a new body with a new role, they must learn to navigate their new life and discover who they are. Amidst this, there is the greater mystery of the group they belong to and the secrets they keep.
In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.
Ef - a tale of memories and Haibane Renmei are more similar than you would naturally think. They are both series that possess a sense of deeper philosophical thought that is slowly revealed as the characters develop and the story unfolds. They always have a overwhelming melancholic vibe to them that enriches the premise.The premise of both series is the search and desire of loss memories believing they are the real personality of ones self. Haibane Renmei also deals with the concept of sin and purgatory whereas Ef is more focused on the matters of love and maturity.They both indeed are great watches and hold a special place in my heart.
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
Both of these shows are totally amazing. More concretely, both Haibane Renmei and Time of Eve are slow-paced, dialog-driven and concentrate mainly on the development of characters and relationships. The depth of the characters in each show is complemented by the detail of the world-building, resulting in a highly engaging experience.
For centuries, a group of strange children with white hair have been appearing again and again, their origins and purposes unknown; yet always, it would seem, they are searching for something or someone. Now, in the year 2012, they have come to the South Seas to search. There, they encounter the young martial artist Tohma, who has been helping two runaway children from a nearby orphanage, Helga and Chitto. As Tohma learns more about the mysterious children, he also discovers a startling truth about his new friend Helga. A story unfolds that goes back centuries and across the stars, and will change everything in Tohma's and Helga's lives.
The plots, animation style and overall level of action of Haibane Renmei and Fantastic Children are very different,yet these two anime share a certain commonality in their sometimes dream-like pace, and the deep level of characterisation they both contain.
Watching Haibane Renmei or Fantastic Children, you are seized by the characters and their universe, in a way that cannot be ignored. Once these anime have their hooks into you, they don't let go.
If you are a fan of one of these shows, you may find the artwork of the other strange, but if you give it the time it takes to get into the story, you'll find how similar they are in mood and depth. And you'll love them both.