One day, while testing out his new video camera on a bridge in town, Kaito Kirishima sees a bright blue light in the sky and is inexplicably knocked over the side, awakening the next morning in bed with no memory of the event. But upon heading to school, the boy notices a new face that’s familiar to him somehow - her name is Ichika Takatsuki, and she’s new in town. Kaito’s friends, noticing his interest in the girl, all resolve to make a movie this summer and cast her as the lead, to which she immediately approves. Now, the group embarks on what will be a truly memorable summer that no one will forget, as Kaito and Ichika slowly, and clumsily, begin to fall in love.
Both of these shows are very similar. They are both school based romantic love polygons that start when a new student transfers to the school. They both include tomboys, childhood friends and unrequited love. The plotting is similar as well but Ano Natsu de Matteru handles its scifi components better.
Unfortunately both shows also have a scifi element that does nothing but clutter the plot and muddy the characterization. IMHO both shows would have been much better off writing the scifi stuff out of the show and focusing on the love polygon and this is coming from a huge scifi fan.
Both essentially high school romances with a light touch of sci-fi, Nerawareta Gakuen and Ano Natsu de Matteru's complex love triangles cause the characters to struggle with navigating friendships and loves, farewells and futures. Fans of one would probably enjoy the other.
The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Nerawareta Gakuen reminds me of Howl because they are both about the future of mankind, the consequences of our deeds and its affects on the Earth.
Both include supernatural elements and capable and strong characters.
I have never seen anything more beautiful than Nerawareta Gakuen. Fans of Howl will find it more serious but they both are worth watching.
Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...