There is nothing stranger than life, and modern day Japan quietly watches over the comings and goings of thirteen completely unrelated lives and their stories. From a boxer fighting the scars of his childhood, to a father vying for the attention of his disinterested son, all experience the complex eccentricities and intricacies of relationships. Do memories and experiences really make us a stronger person for the bigger picture, or are most people happy just to sit back and let life pass them by?
Asu and Kyo are two orphaned sisters; their mother passed away some time ago, while their father abandoned them due to gambling issues. Asu and Kyo now live in a rundown apartment complex. Asu, the younger sister, is responsible for all of the housework while Kyo is in charge of living expenses; and together, the two sisters work hard to live a comfortable and enjoyable life. Looking to one another for support, Asu and Kyo experience the hardships of daily living, but are still able to welcome each day with a smile.
This may seem like a odd pairing but in truth, the two do have quite a few things in common (and a bunch of differences too)
Both animes are based upon realistic stories...although Binbou is more unlikely, Human Crossing is very much possible in reality. Both stories deal with human emotions and how the characters defy/surpass their problems.
The character development is much more in Binbou since the story only focuses on the two lead characters...whereas, in Human Crossing, there are no lead characters as all 13 episodes are different stories...that said, all 13 (some better than other imo) are beautifully portrayed and for the most part, really well explained
Perhaps the biggest difference though is the fact that Binbou is much more kids friendly than Human Crossing since the latter deals with some very serious situations that most (if not all) young teens may not understand (nor enjoy I suppose)
In the end though, both animes are all about the characters and the unique situations they have to face...for which, both stories get a thumbs up from me ^^
In twelve cities, twelve different girls will experience love, heartache, and the joys of their lives. While one has a chance encounter on a train that leads to a brief but brilliant friendship, another performs meaningful ballads with her band. A violinist wishes for nothing more than to find a man she can love, and another pines over the one who got away. Each girl, through thick and thin, will feel what it’s like to truly care about someone.
Human Crossing and Sentimental Journey are episodic titles that focus on different people and how they deal with life and sometimes love. Sentimental Journey is far more romance-based, but if this type of show appeals to you, do check out the other.