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An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.
Both series feature a strong-willed young woman in a leading role. Though So-Ra-No-Wo-To's Kanata is far more obviously female than her counterpart in Kino no Tabi, both retain a genderless innocence as they learn about the culture of their fascinating settings - creating a new moral every episode, in a melancholy yet somehow optimistic vision of their Beautiful World.
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
Durarara has a really distinct "cool" feeling, which I feel in happens a lot of other popular shounen animes running now—a trendy fast-paced storyline littered with random wtf moments in a uniquely urban landscape. The use of technology to push the storyline further is also incrediblly appropriate in this time and age.
But what I connect to is not the feel or the look as much as the deeply philosophical episodically-unconnecting stories barely pulled together by the main character's own tale. Kino's Journey shares this with Durarara albeit to a slower tempo and more singular viewpoint. They are both very much detailed impressions about life and journey based on their almost unbelievable environments made that much more believable by the main character's reflections and the author's wise narrative (and yes, both began as light novels).
And for me, Celty and her motorcycle just reminded me way too much of Kino and Hermes for me not to write this. Ahahaha~
In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?
Two quiet protagonists travel the world...While it's obvious they're both searching for something, it's not anything that the world might provide for them. Instead, it becomes clear that inner-reflection is necessary for growth, though the world itself (and its inhabitants) may serve as the catalyst for this development.
Though .Hack//Sign has a more prominent soundtrack, both of the series are "quiet." Characters interact with the environment, and these interactions help define their personalities in a land where interaction with others isn't always available. Action is not as prominent as reaction. Perhaps best of all, both series take great care not to reveal anything ahead of its time- the mark of a wonderful story.
In a quaint Japanese town, far from the footprints of tourists, an abandoned robot named Alpha lives a quiet life, while running a coffee shop left by her previous owner. With hardly a customer from day to day, she tends to focus on life's little pleasures, while sporadically wishing for her master's return. But one day, a delivery-robot brings Alpha a camera, and through the pictures inside, her eyes are opened for the first time to the world around her.
YKK and Kino no Tabi both have a very sombre feeling all throughout and are quite episodic in nature. Both also focus on qualities of the human nature, albeit in different situations. If you like the "life goes on" kind of feeling, then these two complement each other very well.