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Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu

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When Asaba sneaks into the school at night for a quick swim, he doesn’t expect to see a strange, vacant-minded girl with orbs stuck in her wrists right there with him. Stranger yet is when the police come to take her away... but to his surprise, he sees her the next day at school, a new part of his class! His interest in the girl piques the jealous curiosity of his friend Akiho, but between air raids, military operations and a possible alien invasion on the horizon a love triangle is the least of Asaba’s worries. Will Asaba come to terms that the fate of the world and the fate of the girl he loves are two very different things?

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Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu 2007 TBD
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Tomoyasu KURASHIMA Character Design
Naoyuki ITOU Director
Hiroshi TAKAKI Music
Hiroaki SHIBATA Producer

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Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu Melourn 8/10 May 8, 2012
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Saikano

Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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abunai

There is a certain bittersweet tinge to all good romances, in that dramatic style requires the lovers to be tested by circumstances -- they must prove to the audience that their love is true. This much, nearly all romances have in common.

However, sometimes the nature of the trial is beyond the normal. Sometimes, the romance is faced with such a weight of doom and tragedy that it seems impossible to bear. This is the case with both Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora; with Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu; and with Saishuu Heiki Kanojo. In a sense, these anime form a triad of tragic love stories, each of which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes the others.

Without a doubt, HanTsuki is the most upbeat of the three, and SaiKano the heaviest. But the overall principle of the story applies -- a romance burdened by more pain than anybody should have to bear.

Ran

Both Saikano and Iriya no Sora have very sad stories in which a boy takes care of his beloved one, who is revealed to be humanity's last chance of survival. If you liked the bittersweet taste of one, you'll probably like the other.

TheVampireLastat

If you liked Iriya or Saikano, you will fall in love with the other. Both anime are about a regular high school boy who finds himself in love with a weapon of war; though Saikano is a more hardcore version of Iriya. If you liked one you'd like the other.

yury1854

Both Saikano and Iriya no Sora are based on the premise of a frail girl possessing superhuman powers upon which depends the fate of the world, and the love she shares with the main character, a common high school boy. Both series portray the development of the relationship as a consequence of hardships and take a somewhat depressing tone. In both cases, the boy and girl attempt to run away together believing that all they need is love, only to be crushed by reality.

The relationships are bittersweet in both series, but very touching. Iriya no Sora is a bit lighter, while Saikano is significantly more depressing. Nonetheless, the series complement each other well.

xkub4

In both animes you can find dramatic romance. The girl can't spend all her time with boy who she likes, cause she works for army.

Girls in Iriya no Sora and Saikano are gradually dying because of their 'job'. The only light they see is person, who they want to protect - boyfriend.

Animes are really similar, and If you liked one of them, I think you'll also like second one.

coffeebreath

Both Saikano and Iriya no Sora are about shy school girls recruited, seemingly against their will, by the military who allow the fate of the world to be invested within them because of some power these girls hold. Probably not the best recipe for humanity's survival since both girls continue to be distracted by typical teenage issues such as insecurities and romance. As a result both of these series offer psychological and dark themes that feel very similar in nature. I consider Saikano the superior of the two, but I do believe you should find enjoyment from either if you liked one of them. For the non-ending that Iriya offers it does cut out a lot of what some people considered excessive fluff/sentimentality in Saikano.

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the slightly sadistic nurse Akiko, he just prolongs his stay at the hospital. After his most recent escape, instead of striking a punch or kick at Yuichi, Akiko says that she'll overlook his sneak outs if he becomes friends with 17-year-old Rika, another hospital resident. Rika doesn't open up to him at first, but she has her reasons: she has a weak heart; and though she may come off as selfish and rude, Yuichi looks beyond the surface to help both of them enjoy what life has to offer.

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Himitsu

Iriya no Sora and Hantsuki are both enticing and drama-filled anime. The main female character is strong, but at the same time weak. Both anime gave a longing feel for the ending and left similar impressions. Hantsuki has more humour in it, and the romance is much more sweet.

Cythraul

Both Hantsuki and Iriya no Sora have a similar format and pacing, and they place emphasis on similar themes when it comes to romance.

Hantsuki has a little more comedy, while Iriya no Sora has a science fiction spin. Despite the comedy, Hantsuki isn't really "lighter" than Iriya no Sora: the shared idea of tragic love in spite of severe illness precludes that. So if you liked the romance in one show, you should like the other as well.

abunai

There is a certain bittersweet tinge to all good romances, in that dramatic style requires the lovers to be tested by circumstances -- they must prove to the audience that their love is true. This much, nearly all romances have in common.

However, sometimes the nature of the trial is beyond the normal. Sometimes, the romance is faced with such a weight of doom and tragedy that it seems impossible to bear. This is the case with both Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora; with Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu; and with Saishuu Heiki Kanojo. In a sense, these anime form a triad of tragic love stories, each of which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes the others.

Without a doubt, HanTsuki is the most upbeat of the three, and SaiKano the heaviest. But the overall principle of the story applies -- a romance burdened by more pain than anybody should have to bear.

Ran

Both Hanbun no Tsuki and Iriya no Sora are bittersweet love stories in which a boy has to take care of an ill girl, and tries to save her, or at least do his best to support her.

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

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?

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Cythraul

A sci fi setting and a tragic love story; Hoshi no Koe and Iriya no Sora are quite similar in their themes. Hoshi no Koe has this "beautiful sadness" that makes it special, and which Iriya no Sora lacks. But Iriya no Sora's longer length is used well to build up the characters so their emotions are maybe better defined, and definitely rawer, than those of the protagonists of Hoshi no Koe.

Ran

Both Iriya no Sora and Voices of a Distant Star are sad anime, and their stories have a bittersweet aftertaste. Voices of a Distant Star is more focused on the characters and has a slower pace, whereas Iriya no Sora shows more of the context; but both give you the same feeling. If you liked one, you'll like the other too.

n00bl3t

The one episode OVA of Voices of a Distant Star shares a similar storyline to that of Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, but they both give off different vibes. However, the overlap in themes and the general bittersweet taste both leave make it likely that liking one will make you like the other.

Birdy the Mighty Decode 2

Birdy the Mighty Decode 2

Life continues as ‘normal' for Birdy and Tsutomu. Though they still co-exist in the same body, Tsutomu is able to focus on his studies while Birdy keeps up with her celebrity job and Federation Investigator duties. However, things become more complicated when a transport ship housing prisoners connected to the Ryunka incident is hijacked. The aliens on board escape to Earth and blend in with the human population, and it's up to Birdy to capture them unharmed and escort them back to headquarters. Yet Birdy soon discovers that there are other forces involved, and it'll take everything she's got to bring these criminals back alive!

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Grospoliner

Similar for:

  • Aliens
  • Action
  • Earth Defense

Dissimilar in:

  • Pacing
  • Romance
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Blue Drop: Tenshi-tachi no Gikyoku

Blue Drop: Tenshi-tachi no Gikyoku

Mari Wakatake is the sole survivor of an apparent island tsunami disaster that took place five years ago; she has been raised and schooled by her grandmother from that day. But now, she has been sent off to a boarding school in order to grow and make new relationships; and it is there that she meets Senkouji Hagino, a mysterious girl who is liked by everyone – everyone except for Mari. But Mari soon discovers that Hagino is not what she seems to be, and as Mari struggles to figure out Hagino and fit in at school, an alien race is maneuvering in the shadows for their conquest of an unsuspecting Earth. Little does Hagino know that she herself holds the key to the truth of Mari's past, as well as the key to her future.

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n00bl3t

Whilst being double the length of Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, Blue Drop: Tenshi-tachi no Gikyoku delivers a similar feeling to the six episode OVA. Spaceships, romance and a similarly developed protagonist makes both anime complement each other.

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