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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.
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.
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.
Wakana Sakai was involved in music, but gave it up one day. Konatsu Miyamoto loves singing and can't be torn from it. Sawa Okita would do anything for her closest friends. They laugh, they fight, they worry, they love... Through their very ordinary lives, little by little the girls learn to move forward. Sometimes they feel as if they can't go on alone, but as long as they have their friends, they believe they'll make it someday. Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa, and the music they make in their ensemble weave a tiny but dazzling story of the power of music.
While both of these shows are from the same studio and have the same art, they also have similar characters and plots. They both revolve around girls who put into new situations and groups of people. These protagonists, while fresh and new to their situations are very optimistic and are try to help everybody else despite their lack of willingness.
The main characters in Tari Tari and Hana-saku Iroha are cut from the same cloth. If you're interested in a story that revolves around an energetic, positive young woman who wants to help the people around her, check these two out.
Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?
both are good slice of life anime about friendship and family, with a some romance story involve around them. both tells a story about a group of people, old and young, living/working together at same place (Hana-Saku Iroha takes place in an inn while Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo takes place in a dorm)
These anime are both examples of how to do a dramatic slice of life show well, with each of them balancing the everyday, real life situations with brilliant comedy, and just the right amount of drama. The themes of each are what immediately jumped out to me as being similar, with the characters in each all searching for what they want to do in life, and working towards that eventual goal, as well as finding out a little bit about themselves as the story goes on.
Comedy wise both can be pretty hilarious at times, and especially in the case of Iroha, in all the right moments. Romance is a key element in both series, Iroha might not have it said in as explicit terms as it is in Sakurasou, but it’s still definitely key, and more importantly, it’s handled really well in both. The animation quality is also good in both cases, with Iroha looking particularly beautiful
So if you’re looking for a good drama, or some great slice of life comedy, then these two titles are about as good as it gets, if you ask me! Sakurasou leans more heavily towards romance than anything else, but there are enough similarities that I feel fans of one would really enjoy the other.
When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!