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Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
For certain Holic and Kino no Tabi have at least one thing in common. Both of them show the dark side of human nature and trust me in this case its more then enough for a recommendation. So if you liked one for that, you shouldn't be disappointed with the other one.
Kino's Journey and XXXHolic share very similar structures. Each series are an episodic anime, that deals with different depressing elements and storylines. The key difference between the two, is that whereas KJ is a more mature, depressing series - XXXHolic is a supernatural series, and not as mature.
The year is 2345 Correct Century, and in the aftermath of humanity forgetting about their advanced technology, Earth has regressed to simpler times. The Moonrace, an advanced colony of people on the moon, has sent the three teenagers Loran Cehack, Keith Laijie, and Fran Doll to Earth to see if it is suitable to live on once again. Two years have passed, and the Moonrace has arrived on Earth to settle in the Sunbelt zone with the help of the Dianna Counter forces; however, the people of Earth are angry and respond aggressively to their invaders. With negotiations for peace failing, will the people from Earth and the Moonrace ever learn to coexist? Or is this the dawn of a new war?
It's not an obvious recommendation at first, but the ideas linking these two series are rather similar. Both feature a young protagonist forced into a journey between cultures, and both play with ideas of identity and of war. The confusion between the characters of Diana Soriel and Kihel Heim is similar to the confusion Kino feels as she takes on the name of the man who inspired her. And more importantly, both show death and suffering to be an inevitable part of human life, which should be seen as something beautiful regardless.
Note: Just because it says Gundam does not mean Gundam! TaG is heavily centered around atmosphere to deliver its story with lore of its universe dispaley in a very mysteriouse way. There's not much to the characters like Kinos Journey, as if they were created from the mind of a child. If your looking for a georgeos soundtrack, easygoing pace and a childlike charm then Lookout for Turn A Gundam.
Ever heard of a flying train? Tetsuro, living on a dismal earth, wants to ride it to Andromeda so he can get a mechanical body that will enable him to live forever. With the help of the mysterious woman, Maetel, Tetsuro braves many adventures on his way to Andromeda, heading towards a showdown with Count Mecha, an evil tyrant that brutally murdered his mother for sport. Will Tetsuro have the inner strength to face this monster on his own turf?
Both of these anime utilise the 'town of hats' school of storytelling. Each episode the protagonist visits a new place where the people all share a certain unusual trait. While GE999 did it first, and is well-known for it, 'Kino no Tabi' is also a very well thought-out and engaging anime. GE999 is probably more concerned with action and guns and whatever was thought to be generally awesome at the time of writing than 'Kino no Tabi', which tends to take the ideas at the heart of GE999 and make them more believable and heartfelt. If you liked GE999, 'Kino no Tabi' is a fascinating extension of its key themes. If you liked 'Kino no Tabi', GE999 will be interesting as an expolration of the roots of this storytelling method.
Both are episodic series about travelers. Each episode takes place at a different land/planet, usually with a very unusual culture or side characters. The individual stories generally end in thoughtful musings on the human condition.
“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.
"The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."
These are two series following a protagonist who doesn't want to become overly involved in the events they observe, but is sometimes forced to raise their gun nonetheless. Kino's policy of non-intervention is somewhat different to Vash's fear of killing, but both series are concerned with simple people chasing the mayfly of love.
Bouth have to do with charecters going on long jurneys around intresting worlds to find themselvs. Vash and kino bouth have simmiler pshychologies and pasts and bouth series have a lot to do with morel questions.
God forsook the world on a Sunday, leaving mankind unable to stop living - even long after they've died. The sole hope left for humanity comes in the form of gravekeepers; only a burial by one of these chosen few will allow the deceased to finally rest in peace. Ai is a young girl who serves as gravekeeper for her sleepy village, taking over the job after her mother’s death five years ago. However the tranquility is shattered when Ai returns from digging graves to find that everyone in town has been slaughtered, and the culprit is a young man going by the same name as her long-lost father: Hampnie Hambart. Forced to lay to rest everyone she's ever known, Ai must now forge her own path into the unfamiliar world in search of answers.
Kino's Journey and Sunday Without God both revolve around episodic journeys through fantastical settings to explore aspects of humanity. However, Kino's Journey sets a much heavier tone with more philosophizing and exploration of the psyche. Sunday Without God doesn't aspire to be quite so insightful; its potential aphoric moments take a bit of a back seat to a more generic coming of age story of it's main character, Ai. SWG's tone is much lighter (expect some 'moe-ments') but still provides an interesting journey through a strangely structured land; I think fans of one series would enjoy the other.
Both series have a main character who travels about the world in a semi-post-apocalyptic and fully post-apocalyptic environment has contact with all those who inhabit said fragmented lands. They also attempt to tell different aspects of humanity, as to which Sunday Without God tends to get repetitive over. Both can have a light or serious tone depending upon what the episode is describing.
If you liked one, the other might be a watch for you!