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Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...
They may seem not to have much in common, yet the feeling while watching them is so similar - warm, melancholic. Both are short, slow-paced animes with similar main pratagonists: a little brave girl and a boy who isn't who he seems to be at the first glance. The storyline of each is tottaly different, but i think you may like one if you liked the other. (They are my two favourites animes.)
A young human girl meets a mysterious abnormal boy who hides behind a mask. Both share gorgeous animation, dramatic moments, and bittersweet feelings from beginning to end. Hotarubi no Mori e focuses more on romance while Fuse is a bit bloody and violent at times, but I feel like fans of one could appreciate the other to some extent.
Recollections of a Certain Pilot and Hotarubi no Mori e may not look it, but they are certaintly similar when it comes to their characters. Two characters meet and bond, but in the end, will they be able to stay together? Both movies are very bittersweet and contain beautiful animation, and the main focus is the relationship between the two main characters. Although they may be different in genre and setting, don't be fooled; if you enjoyed the character bonding in Recollections of a Certain Pilot or Hotarubi no Mori, you will definitely want to check out the other.
Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?