2.721 out of 5 from 94 votes
Curious, kind Hikari loves to explore cyberspace, regardless of the danger it poses. With the guidance and help of Mari and companionship of Romeo, whose consciousness is contained in a mechanical sphere, she travels through space and hides from Atlantis, listening to a recorded message from her long lost father and meeting friends such as Lily along the way.
Eighteen years ago, the sun's radiation caused new types of children to be born with special abilities. Amuri Kakyoin is one of these "Adapters" with a very unhelpful trait: her body physically repulses anything that approaches her. Lonely and solemn, Amuri has drifted through life in solitude; but one day, when the spaceship she is traveling on is destroyed, Amuri's luck finally changes; bouncing back and forth between space debris, she finally bounces into Uterus, a medical recovery capsule, where she is joined by a quiet girl and her robotic bunny. Alongside her new Adapter companions, Amuri will help defend the enemy in the skies with her new ability-amplifying suit.
Even though it makes zero sense, Hoshi is way WAY better than Amuri. Regardless, they reminded me of each other immediately. Both involve a girl who travels around in space, and there's little to no plot to be found. The main difference is that Hoshi's animation is fantastic. Consider it a strong rec if you've seen Amuri, and less so if you've seen Hoshi.
In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.
Dennou Coil and Hoshi are great recs for each other, though Dennou is far longer and thus has a chance to be more in depth with the world. Each are lighthearted titles that explore cyberspace, and will likely appeal to the same fans.
"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.
In the future, all facets of society are tied into OZ, a virtual world inhabited by millions of users. Kenji, one of OZ’s moderators, was set to begin another typical summer when the lovely Natsuki asked him to accompany her to her hometown as a job. However, little did Kenji know that the 'job' entailed pretending to be Natsuki’s fiancé in front of her eccentric family! Now on display and feeling like a fish out of water, Kenji tries his best to fit in with Natsuki and her relatives, until one day he receives a mysterious math problem through a text message. As an avid math fanatic Kenji can’t help but try to solve it, unaware that his actions may jeopardize not only OZ, but also the entire world...
Consider this a gut feeling, but I think that fans of Summer Wars might like Hoshi and vice versa. While SW is far more outstanding and is overall a blockbuster of a title, compared to the confusing and short Hoshi, both explore cyberspace with delight and a touch of whimsy, with some dark moments thrown in for good measure. Hoshi's first episode with its exploration of the net was strikingly similar to the virtual world of Summer Wars, as well.