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In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...

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Pale Cocoon vivafruit 9/10 Jun 1, 2007

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Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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sothis

Though totally different in plot, Voices of a Distant Star is incredibly reminiscent of Pale Cocoon both in a visual and pacing sense. I strongly feel if you liked one, you'd like the other.

vivafruit

Most people will find it hard not to compare this 20 minute OVA to Hoshi no Koe; indeed, in many ways Pale Cocoon is the spiritual successor to the landmark 2002 anime. Each of them has absolutely stunning CGI and an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Even more significantly, both use science fiction motifs to tell extremely melancholic tales that leave me dazed and breathless every time I watch them.

tac0

Both of these short stories are told from an intimate point of view show us how our inter and intra-personal relationships are shaped by the technology and environment around us.

abunai

Pale Cocoon is a traditional science fiction short story, with a slow build towards a story twist that serves as the climactic conclusion of the anime. Voices of a Distant Star/Hoshi no Koe is built around a slightly different type of science fiction story, a running gimmick (the delayed communications over interstellar distances), presented in an almost episodic way, and interspersed with bouts of space warfare action. Nevertheless, the two anime present the viewer with very similar sensations, as they move slowly but with deliberation towards their respective climaxes.

kilrothi

Both Hoshi no Koe and Pale Cocoon deal with a slice of life from the far distant future. The difference is that Pale Cocoon is so far removed in time from our own that you're not sure what's going on until the very end, whereas Hoshi no Koe seems very similar to our time, including the use of cellphones and everything except the giant robots. :)

Merryberry

These 1 episode animes have a startling concept that is simple and easy to understand. However, what makes both Voices and Pale Cocoon interesting is the storytelling element and artistry that accompanies it. The soundtracks are also very similiar and well worth the attention. In addition, both series leave you with the feeling of wanting more, to go further into the lives and situations that the characters find themselves in. Well worth watching, outstanding.

bobjoe

If you have seen either one of these titles, then you have probably felt for yourself how deeply and emotionally involved the viewer can really become in a single less-than-30-minute OVA. Both of these titles draw the viewer in completely with rich art and a contemplative, melancholy atmosphere. Science-fiction themes and a commentary about the place of natural human feelings in a world that is increasingly dominated by the alien and the artificial are prevalent in each.

eaper

Each of these shows, apart from taking place in the distant future, have a focus on a rather sad part of society's tendencies/possible futures, causing the viewer to feel rather sad.

KittyEmperor

Both series take place in humanity's future that just gives off this melancholy atmosphere that will leave the viewer somewhat sad after finishing it.  Each series also tells this sad tales about people and society.  Each series also feature a very nice soundtrack and while visually Pale Cocoon is far better than Voices of a Distant Star but that's a given seeing as how Voices came out several years before Pale Cocoon but they are still visually nice.

Mizu no Kotoba

Mizu no Kotoba
  • TV Special (1 ep x 9 min)
  • 2002

In a cafe, people spend their time talking to each other about what’s on their mind. They talk about troubles with love, spread gossip about a friend of a friend and tell about the time they saw a flying fish. The waitress of the cafe tries to teach a lesson to a boy that just broke up with his girlfriend that relationships don’t end when the people involved part ways. Overall, the other people in the cafe also become influenced by what tools of humanity and the human language can do for relationships between lovers and friends. The unbelievable is always tested by science and our own imaginations...

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Ironcluboni

Both Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language are intelligent anime that take an eccentric tone. Each leaves the audience with a lingering thought that no matter many times they rewatch it, they will always miss something.

Escaflowne

Pale Cocoon and Mizu No Kotoba are two great OVAs that share similar characters, similar designs and a not-so-similar plot which is able to leave you open-mouthed.

styln

Both of these titles are very similar, and not just because they were made by the same guy. Aquatic Language and Pale Cocoon share similar art, feelings, tones, and character designs. When you finish either of these titles you are left with that same special feeling that is unique to them.

abunai

Mizu no Kotoba and Pale Cocoon share the same sort of languid, non-dramatic style of storytelling, decorated with sometimes breathtaking scene changes. Although both stories are science fiction in their basic material, their true common theme is of human self-understanding and interrelation.

aritentd

Both Mizu no Kotoba and Pale cocoon are trying to express philosophical issues through artistic beauty and it is just the right blend of both. They are to anime what haiku is to poetry, fitting an enormous amount of content into just a few minutes, while maintaining their integrity.

Menchi

Aquatic language and Pale Cocoon have a similar drawingstyle, and both short animes have a melancholic feeling to them. There's also a feeling of lazyness, things seem so clear and unquestonable - but there's a deeper meaning in everything, and it begins to unfold itself.

Anathemus

Both titles share the same way of slow-paced storytelling, involving intelligent dialogs and lots of hidden messages. The artwork is very similar, both made by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. The theme is completely different, though.

KittyEmperor

They both are visually stunning pieces of work that while of different genres they both leave little doubt that they are trying to tell something deeper to the viewer than what they actually see.

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Eve no Jikan

Eve no Jikan

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...

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sothis

This recommendation should be of little surprise, given that the same studio created both. Beyond that, Pale Cocoon and Eve no Jikan have a surprisingly similar feel - each shows us stark, extended sequences with staring gazes and absolutely stunning backgrounds. A mixture of CG and regular animation accompanies both, and above all the two anime share the same quiet, fascinating look at a futuristic sci fi world.

AnarchicQ

Not only are the two series by the same person, but they feature similar themes about the relationship between man and robot. Pale Cocoon is darker, but both are a great feast for the eyes.

Adam

Both come from the same creator and are interesting in their own right. Even though they are both science-fiction works, they don't share many similarities in plot, but the similarty in autmosphere is apparent. 

The creator of both is a genius, and every and ALL sci-fi fans need to check both of these out. Eve No Jikan is superior in my eyes, but they're both great.

TheMajor5

If you liked Eve No Jikan or Pale Cocoon you would like the other because they both send the same message relating to technology.  They are set in the distant future where humans are very dependent on technology.

The atmosphere in both the animes is roughly the same.  They really dwell deep into the psychological aspect of technology.  Coccon shows the after effect and what will become as humans rely to much on tech and Eve shows how tech is slowly taking shape and developing its "own mind".  Well worth the watch for sci-fi fans or anyone looking to think about what our future may behold.

eaper

Since these titles are both made by the same people, they have a very similar story telling method, giving them similar pacing and a similar viewing experience.

Kernoll

Pale Cocoon and Time of the Eve have very simmilar feel, animation (there is no surprise sinc there are made by same studio) and story telling style. Both are calm, beautiful and somehow peacful.

KittyEmperor

A mixture of CG and regular animation creates a futurstic world that makes each series a visual masterpiece to watch.  Coming from the same place each series has a similar story telling method and pacing and makes both very interesting to watch.  While the messages that each show tries to tell may be different they both try to make the viewer more aware of problems that could be faced in the future.

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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second
  • Movie (1 ep x 62 min)
  • 2007

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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lungcancer

5 cm and Pale Cocoon are both very beautiful looking anime. Both will leave one with a sense of awe at the amazing attention to detail that makes something simple as snow falling entertaining.

Merryberry

It's hard to describe in words why you'd like either of these, once you've seen the other. It's certainly easier to list the differences than similiarites. However, this shouldn't put you off. Whereas 5cm focus is about the relationship between two people and the lives on the sideline, Pale Cocoon does the opposite, looking at the situation followed by the relationship. The artistic quality is also similiar and music must be noted. Both of them however work on a storyline that is easy to follow and simplistic in nature but always making you want to know more.

wolfangel87

It is almost as if it is a continuous storyline between 5 Centimeters per Second going to Pale Cocoon.  The relationship manifested in 5cm makes the viewer see what they are going through when it is happening while Pale Cocoon while following different people is after a relationship has been.  The scenery and wonderful views are breath taking and the animation style is similar.

eaper

These titles are both great in terms of sound, visuals, and the melancholy that the viewer gets from watching them. They are also both commentaries on society's sadder side (although Pale Cocoon is what society may become).

BLAME!

BLAME!
  • Web (6 eps x 5 min)
  • 2003

BLAME! is a very dark and abstract set of 6 shorts which are based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The "story" (if it can be called that) revolves around a man named Killy: a human living amongst clones and androids. His task, it seems, is to collect things known as "net-genes", and to help find the remaining humans that may or may not exist.

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ahuman

So, both are dark, stylish scifi dramas set in broken-down manmade dystopias. Had they done more of the story, BLAME would have been more of a dark, edgy action series, but the tiny fragment they did made it more of a slow, intellectual piece. And that meshes pretty well with Pale Cocoon.

kilrothi

Both BLAME! and Pale Cocoon take place in a distant future in which our world is no longer recognizable. Both heavily use imagery in lieu of dialogue, to great effect.

elendil

Both BLAME! and Pale Cocoon take place in a futuristic and technologically advanced period sometime in the future of human kind. Their almost experimental art styles (BLAME! is on the much more extreme end) don't allow the viewer to make assumptions to who, what, and where. The story of BLAME! may leave some viewers scratching their heads, but Pale Cocoon will make you want to talk to non-fans of anime about it. Either way, if you watch one, you'll appreciate the other.

Raneman

After watchicng Pale Cocoon i have been shocked.... Sometimes author may cut your soul in pieces in 22 minutes. It is really impressive and stylish.

Same feeligs with Blame!, their worlds are same in many ways. But Blame! is dirty-bloody action while Pale cocoon is flegmatic scene.

I do not know, is it my love of post-apocalyptic or something else, but these two anime are very different from others. They are not just a peer minutes of watching. Great unbeliveable world hiding in them.