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...
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.
Both of these anime follow a lone traveller as they explore their world. While Kino deals with more serious concepts, if you enjoyed its quiet nature of one then you may like the Tortov Roddle.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Kino's Journey: Byouki no Kuni - For You and Haibane Renmei have the same sort of feeling about them. Both share a similar visual quality and are very slow paced, often causing the viewer to think more about what they're watching. If you liked one, then definitely check out the other.
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.
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.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Mushishi and Kino's Journey: Byouki no Kuni - For You share a lot of similarities. Both are quite slow paced anime about lone travellers, with a similar sort of vibe about them. While Ginko is a medecine seller and actively helps the people that he comes into contact with, neither of the two series' protagonists get particularly involved with those they meet. While Kino is a more philosophical and heavy series, if you enjoyed one you may well like the other.
Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
Just one reason: more Konaka goodness°°°/!
A tad more seriously and thoroughly: if you enjoyed this show, it is quite likely that you weren't taken by an astonishing graphic appeal; you were much more likely taken by the story's deeper meaning and by how they were told to you.
Is a name still a quality guarantee in the modern day anime industry?
If we are talking about few very respected names like Konaka, Kuroda or Shinkai, my answer is without doubt "yes".