Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Alt titles: Rumbling Hearts

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Monster

Monster

Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

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aldat aldat says...

Reality is an element rarely occuring in anime, perhaps because one of the great sides of animation as a technique is to be able to show "unreal" without cheap and clumsy "special effects". One might say that both of these series could easily enough have been done as acted series so there is no point of making these animes and with that I disagree. These are still animes and work like animes, so don't be afraid that you'll get some cheap american tv-show turned into anime. These animes are surely very different by mood and themes and all that, but even as they are only connected by the fact that the world and the people feel and taste real, I'd say that if you liked the other you'll like the other too.

Video Girl AI

Video Girl AI

Yota is a young man who is in love with his friend Moemi, but there's a catch: she's confessed her love for his best friend! Heartbroken, he finds himself in a mysterious video store that offers him Ai, a video girl who can fulfill his every desire. Thanks to his broken VCR, this dream becomes reality when she suddenly... emerges from the TV?! With a real life video girl on his hands to give advice and set him straight, Yota might just stand a chance of winning over the heart of Moemi, and curing his unbearable heartache...

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sothis sothis says...

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien excel at one thing above all others: the realistic depiction of love, and the tragedy of heartbreak that goes along with it. Though Video Girl Ai might come across like a generic romance series at first, and/or has a lot more comedy, both it and KgNE felt EXTREMELY similar to me as far as how they made me feel, and how sad they are. Try it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Air Movie

Air Movie

Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.

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sothis sothis says...

If grown up romance is your thing, KGnE and Air are definitely good choices. Though KGnE is very much like a soap opera and Air is very much just a damn good story with only two people, both will leave you wanting more - and more kleenex.

Zegapain

Zegapain

Sogoru Kyo is a normal high school student with great passion for the things he holds dear. In fact, his love for swimming is so great he is attempting to single-handedly keep the team alive. However, his life takes an unexpected twist when meets a strange girl at the pool whose existence shows him an enemy force that is threatening the very existence of humanity. These beings known as GARDS-OMS seek to eliminate humanity and take Earth for their own. His choice is to live as he has been, or take a place in the cockpit of a mecha to stop the extinction of humanity. They often say the truth will set you free, but in this case the truth may destroy Kyo and leave his beloved hometown without the hero it so desperately needs.

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MonkeyZerg MonkeyZerg says...

Yes, Zegapain has mecha, science-fiction themes, combat, and an epic story about mankind's future and uphill struggle for survival. But it also has relationships affected by tragedies, sacrifices made for others, and themes of friendship and romance. If you liked the depth, love, and tragedy of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and don't mind something similar but in a fantastical and action-packed setting, then I highly recommend Zegapain.

Asatte no Houkou

Asatte no Houkou

Karada is an elementary school student who acts mature for her age, and asks that people treat her like an adult. While praying at a wishing stone (negai ishi), she meets an older girl named Shouko. Shouko had moved to this small town to start a new life, but the same day she meets Karada, she encounters her brother, Hiro. Tension builds as Shouko and Hiro reflect on their past relationship while sending Karada home alone, and by the end of the day, both Shouko and Karada end up at the wishing stone hoping for change. Karada wishes to become an adult, while Shouko wishes for things to go back as they were in the past. That night under the bright moon, the wishing stone grants their wish, and an unbelievable transformation occurs: Shouko becomes a child and Karada becomes an adult. Now the two girls must struggle with their new bodies while finding a way to return back to what they once were.

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MonkeyZerg MonkeyZerg says...

Both anime are aimed at older, more mature audiences, and are about relationships and the stresses and conflicts that may arise from significant life events. While Asatte no Houkou has a fantastic (in the unreal sense) premise, it is not the fantasy of the story that drives it, but the emotion and reactions of the characters. Both are short and enjoyable, though not necessarily about making you happy throughout.