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Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
Kino's Journey and Caried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran are two wonderful 13-episode series about travellers with no destination. Each episode has its own story and the series' end with the main character, accompanied by a friend, choosing a path and ready for their next big adventure.
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.
Kino's Journey has many of the same themes and concepts that are present in Monster (the horror and unfairness of the world, the corruptibility of human beings), but in a slightly lighter, more optimistic tone. Kino's Journey will help you start thinking critically of the world around you: once you're ready, Monster will show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
Though "Kino's Journey" is a short, episodic series and "Fullmetal Alchemist" is a epic drama, the themes of and impulses behind the two are strikingly similar. How and why people choose to live in their respective worlds and how they interact with one another based on wildly variant values are explored through the journeys of adolescent protagonists trying to make sense of it all. In both shows, the travelers (who initially don't want to get involved in local business) visit several unusual towns with fundamentally flawed and/or amusing gov'ts, traditions, values, etc. only to heavily affect and/or be affected by the town. Both beautiful, funny, and sad (or heart-wrenching), FMA and Kino's journey explore dark themes through thoughtful storytelling, compelling characters, and great animation. In many ways, Kino's Journey is FMA-lite; likewise, FMA could be a much more complex , tragic, Kino's Journey.
In a post-apocalyptic future, where the world has turned into a desert and the remains of humanity live under the rule of the Third – beings with a third eye on their foreheads. Accompanied only by her tank's AI, Bogie, Honoka tries to make a living as a handyman on the edge of civilization, and she tries to avoid resorting to violence as much as possible; but when situations demand it, she and her sword become a force to be reckoned with. When Honoka is hired by the mysterious young man named Ikus, the Third suddenly take great interest in them; and thus, Honoka’s story truly begins…
These are both about female wandering warriors. They have strong senses of character and tend to ponder things rather than judge them. Kino gets less involved with the people she meets than Balsa does, who has decided to save lives. However, despite their differences both have an overall slow pace, but get action packed occasionally.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?