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Incensed at the damage done to the sea and its wildlife at the the hands of humanity, Squid Girl rises from the depths of the ocean to enslave humanity! Her mission proves more difficult than it first seems, however, when she gets dragooned into working at the Aizawa beach restaurant. Will the easily distracted, blissfully ignorant, and slightly thick Ika-Musume convert her managers' humble house into her base? Will she use the power of her mighty tentacles to bring all of humanity to heel? Or will she at least learn how to properly wait tables?
Both shows are about a girl who moves to a new place and starts working for the first time. And both of them discover how hard life is along the way. If you like one you should watch the other.
Both Squid Girl and Hana-Saku Iroha are about girls who begin to work for the first time. The main characters are somewhat similar in that they are both very determined.
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.
In both, a girl is suddenly thrown into a completely new setting where she must learn to adjust to a very different set of circumstances and people than she's used to. After which she learns some lessons about things like finding your path in life and that everything that begins must also come to an end someday.
They both deal with the main lead girl being thrust into a new environment and being made to work.
Haibane Renmei is by far the more 'serious/mature' of the two animes by being a lot more philosophical. It is also fantasy/sci-fi based.
Hanasaku Iroha is much more comical, light-hearted and fun. Both are enjoyable in its own right though.
Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.
These two anime have very different plots, settings, and characters. Reading the descriptions of each anime, it might not look like they have much in common at all.
However, both anime are essentially about people who are growing up and working towards a dream. They are similarly paced, and relationships between the characters feel similar. If you enjoyed the feeling and themes of one anime, you'd probably enjoy watching the other one as well, and hopefully enjoy the ways in which they are different!
Though the storylines differ in many ways there are some powerful mainstays at hand that make this recomendation a must.
1) Protaganist is separated from the person they love, and dive headlong into their work
2) While the type of work is well-known, the intricacies and details of each is shown in detail, and not near as glorious as some would believe.
3) The stubbornness of the protaganists is a great trait, that sometimes gets them into trouble.
4) The depth of the other characters shows the great abilities of the writers, and we are able to emotionally connect with their hearts.
As I said before, there may not be a lot that connects these anime, but the feeling I got from them was quite the same. I loved them both in their own way.
In the future, aliens coexist freely with mankind on Earth. One such alien is NieA, a lazy yet spirited girl who wastes away her days while living with the studious Mayuko. And life isn't easy... Mayuko is always short on food money, the spa where she works is about to go bankrupt and Mayuko's alien-crazy friend Chiaki is obsessed with NieA.
Both anime follow a high school girl who works in an old fashioned place that is very much a part of Japanese heritage: in Hanasaku it is a traditional inn and in Niea a bath house. Struggling for survival while facing the competition of modern rivals and still trying to remain genuine give a thrust to the plot.
With that said, Niea is considerably random and full of oddball comedy while Hanasuku is stocked with well balanced drama. Try to put these titles side by side for a different take on the same original plot-line.
Both of these anime are about a girl who lives in a bathhouse that's going through hard times financially, and they are both slice of life (although NieA Under 7 has lots of Sci-Fi aspects as well). They are both fairly slow paced and character driven, and I got a similar feeling watching each of them, so I think that if you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other as well.
Natsumi, Saki, Yuka, and Ringo are best friends. They've grown up in an old agricultural town, experiencing everything together, both happy and sad. But one summer, they are visited by a miracle.
Though the beginning episodes of both of these series make them seem like dramas, both eventually settle into a more episodic slice-of-life routine. As such, they feel much less fluffy and meaningless than most slice-of-life series. If you liked the feel-good atmosphere or hard-earned friendships in either of these series, you'd probably like the other.
They are both trying their best to achieve a goal. Both animes were really heartwarming and shared a lot of relative content,