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…
His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
Already read The Little Prince? In fact, both The Diary Of Tortov Roddle and Kaiba made me think of The Little Prince... Just a thought...
Both shows are incredibly original and are a fresh air in the Japanese animation world. The animation is unique and warm in both.
Also, they share a surreal feeling with a poetic atmosphere. They are about a traveler exploring esoteric places and encountering strange people.
So, if you liked one, watch the other as well.
There are a lot of series about travelers going around a nd experiencing strange and exotic peoples and locales, but both Kaiba and Tortov do so while saying barely a word, and while being depicted in an art style that is far from ordinary. If you aren't a fan of the "standard anime fare" (and since you're reading this rec, you probably aren't), you should really check these two series out.
In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".
Both are relatively intelligent series that are initially confusing, but makes more sense after a rewatch.
Set in a dystopic sci-fi world, both main characters 'journey' outisde their home city, learning about the world around them as they progress. Episodes initially have a slight episodic feel as they visit a new 'dome' (ergo proxy) or planet (kaiba), and various philosophical/psychological dilemas are played out.
However, despite the slight episodic nature, both still progresses a central plot in understanding who the main characters are and their real relationship with the world around them.
Vincent and Kaiba both have no memories of who they are whilst remains an enigma throughout the series. Real and Neira are two different but strong female characters.
Further, both series revolves around the tenacity of human relationship, as it contrasts 'love' with 'power' as driving forces of various character's motivation.
The main difference is the bizzare artstyle of Kaiba, which becomes truly wonderful as the series progresses, and the more neonoir feel of ergo proxy.
Both series are about a dystopic future, in which the protagonist is made aware of conspiracies and government oppression. They explore what would happen if one could shape and change the world around oneself. In addition, both boast an impressive visual style and memorable soundtrack.
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.
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 another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Kino's Journey and Kaiba have many characteristics in common.
Both are about a traveler exploring many different and strange places. You will see many societies who live a different way that we are.
Both are really intelligent and will make you think! They contain philosophical thoughts about the meaning of life and many other things.
Also, both have a non typical animation and all about these two animes is original!
For conclusion, if you liked one, be sure to check the other!
Unusual characters, unusual locales, unusual worlds. Serious and contemplative but lighthearted and friendly at the same time. Such are Kaiba and Kino's Journey.
In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?
Kaiba and Angel's Egg are definitely surreal and exprimental shows. They have more depth than most animes and have many symbols.
In Angel's Egg, it's about a girl exploring a dark and esoteric world. Kaiba is about a "cameleon" (because people can change their bodies) also exploring a strange world.
The plot in Kaiba is more clear, but your mind will need to work at full speed for both animes! Also, you will experience many emotions.
Finally, both shows have great atmospheres, something psychedelic, something dark, something poetic...
If you liked either Kaiba or Angel's Egg, please, watch the other!