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Love can be found in a variety of places, including an ordinary classroom. For one young woman, confessing to her handsome classmate will be a feat of epic proportions! With one hand written letter, she gathers the courage to finally break the news, but has no idea her work of art will touch the heart of a special child, as well. Will the young man return her affections, or is she doomed to the life of a bachelorette?
Valentine's Day is approaching, and young Mami-san is apprehensive. She wants to give chocolates to her crush, Ishida, but can't seem to build up the nerve to do so. Luckily for her, she might have a solution: magical chocolates, given by a witch who seems to vanish into thin air, supposedly will grant the holder the love they desire! But will it work for Ishida?
Both Magical Chocolate and Rain are stories of girls who are quietly crushing on a boy, and are trying to find a way to win him over - one uses a letter, and the other chocolates. They are both quiet, romantic and brief watches, with pretty amateur animation to boot - although Magical Chocolate's animation looks sort of like it was done in Microsoft Paint. Regardless, if you liked one, you will probably like the other.
Weather it's writing a letter or making chocolate for the boy they wish to get affections from. These girls take a step ahead to see if they can get the boy. If you liked one you'll like the other.
In Magical chocolate and Rain, the main theme is a crush of a girl and how to confess it to the one they like. Both these short animes are full of hope, anticipation and emotions. The drawingstyles are quite different, but the idea is pretty much the same.
These two are both short and focus on the same topic: Love. A girl likes this boy and uses something to try to get closer to him. In Magical Chocolate's case, she uses chocolate; in Rain's, a letter.
The only bad thing that they both share are the bad character designs and animation, though Rain's are far better than Magical Chocolate. But because they are both short, it is something that shoudn't bother you for long.
Magical Chocolate and Rain, the Little Girl, and My Letter are similar in the fact that they both revolve around a boy! One girl is desperately trying to win that man over with chocolates with the other resorts to a letter to spring the cage of his heart.
Both are short sweet little stories about young girls falling in love and confessing to the guy that they like. Though their methods of confessing are a little different with the girl in Magical Chocolate confessing by means of chocolate on valentines day and the girl in Rain, the Little Girl, and My Letter confessing by means of letter. Though their methods are different the overall idea is still the same.
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?
"Rain, the Little Girl, and My Letter" has a certain lyricism, a feeling of sadness and hope, and a "visual poetry" feel that instantly makes one remember Makoto Shinkai's works. Both are shorts with third-person narrative and a mix of wonderful CG with beautiful, even if a bit crude, hand-drawn animation. All of this helps "Rain" to seem like Hoshi no Koe's cousin - albeit a poor one.
Outdoing this short movie in every aspect, Voices of a Distant Star manages to bring across that same melancholic feeling Rain, Little Girl, and My Letter had, only stronger. With waiting for and recieving responses from your loved one as main theme in both shows, and the gorgeous animation and better storyline execution in Voices of a Distant Star, you will definitely love this OVA if you enjoyed Rain.
Kozue is a member of the astronomy club at school. During her summer break, she left for the countryside to try to catch a glimpse of meteorites, but found a boy wearing a spacesuit instead! His name is Ginga, he somehow knows detailed information about faraway stars, and his powers caused him to be held hostage by scientists in order to use him as a tool. Can Kozue's affections help Ginga finally live the life he desires?
Why watch Makoto Shinkai when you can settle for imitators? Each of these shorts clearly as Shinkai's work in mind - Rain especially so - and both fall short of capturing his stylistic excellence, Hoshizora feeling visually subpar. Rain is actually fairly decent in parts, while Hoshizora is bad yet watchable - providing for much unintentional humour with its laughably inane theatrics - while Rain, clearly the better of the two, does make a game attempt at humour and style that raises it to the status of mediocrity rather than the outright crap of Hoshizora. But hey, to satisfy your Makoto Shinkai itch I guess you could do worse!
These two shows are, while having different themes, trying to do exactly the same: evoke emotions at the viewer with a melancholic, short story. If you enjoyed one of these Shinkai-imitations, it's worth giving the other a shot.
As the seasons pass, a lone stray cat reminisces of life with his master. He talks of the small passions of their time together, and how their shared affection gives them each a reason to be alive. Speaking both of love gained and love lost, he chronicles the eternal nature of their bond, as despite their own respective heartaches they still have each other. The two converse in a touching tale of the true strength of friendship in the face of hardship.
"Rain, the Little Girl, and My Letter" has a certain lyricism, a feeling of sadness and hope, and a "visual poetry" feel that instantly makes one remember Makoto Shinkai's works, mixing wonderful CGs with beautiful, even if a bit crude, hand drawn-like animation. Both are very short and use a narrator who is also a character. The quiet soundtrack, silly situations and still scenes, along with the aspects I mentioned above, all make "Rain" to look like She and Her Cat's cousin - even if a poor one.
Both are short films which feature monologues from the protagonists' point of view. They are both heartwarming, emotional little stories, that tell of love gained and gone.
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.
These are both slow-paced, romantic, short movies without that much of a plot. Despite that, they still manage to keep your attention all the way. Even though 5 cm has a lot better animation, the colours used are similiar. If you like one, you should try the other.