A young boy named Ryo perished in an accident long ago, and at his parents’ wishes he lives on through an android named Suzu. He must regularly have Ryu’s memories artificially injected into him, and undergo a series of tests at the personality plant he resides at. During a session testing his motor movements, Suzu loses a baseball inside another building and goes exploring; there, he meets a young girl of the same age named Hotori. Though Suzu is an android, he still is able to present human emotions, and feels disheartened when he learns that Hotori rarely leaves the room. More importantly, Hotori suffers from a disease in which her memory rapidly deteriorates. Suzu and Hotori soon form an intimate bond, and question what it really means to live.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Fairly obvious rec, as Kaiba and Hotori both explore the nature of memories. While Hotori clearly eschews the surreal visuals and mind-wreck plot of Kaiba, the feeling each gives off will quickly remind you of the other.
What if you could download your memories into an android or a different biological body entirely? Hotori and Kaiba explore this question in different, though still equally fascinating, ways.
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...
Kozue is a member of the astronomy club at school. During her summer break, she left for the countryside to try to catch a glimpse of meteorites, but found a boy wearing a spacesuit instead! His name is Ginga, he somehow knows detailed information about faraway stars, and his powers caused him to be held hostage by scientists in order to use him as a tool. Can Kozue's affections help Ginga finally live the life he desires?
Mystifying yet inspiring titles to be watched. Hoshizora Kiseki and Hotori bring on a touch of science fiction with endearing characters. These one-shot OVAs are very enjoyable and give a "fulfilled" feeling by the end of it. I find that these two titles capture the same themes and explore the same type of relationship between the two main characters.
The travels of Kino and Hermes take them through a desolate landscape, where they come across a domed city whose inhabitants seem obsessed with personal hygiene. After submitting to a lengthy cleaning process, Kino is admitted to the country where she enjoys a pleasant stay in luxurious surroundings, and befriends a girl suffering from sickness who dreams of the world outside. However, not all is as it seems...
Hotori and Kino's Journey: Byouki no Kuni are two one-shot titles that feature science-fiction elements. There is also the overall theme of being "sick". Some of the trials featured in both anime make you question about technological advances we have today, and what they're doing for us. Without a doubt, both titles give the same "feel" and atmosphere; I'd say, you'll like one if you liked the other.
Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?
Those two have a lot in common. Both show how our memories create who we are and how losing them makes us fell anxious about ourselves. Also, they both have very similar ambience. However, while in Tada Saiwai... there is shown a frienship between a young boy and girl, in Loveless it's a relationship (or friendship, call it whatever you like xD ) between two guys.