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In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Saikano: Another Love Song OVA 2005 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Saikano 2000 TBD
Saikano: Love Story, Killed 2002 TBD
Name Role
Hisashi KAGAWA Character Design
Mitsuko KASE Director
Takeo MIRATSU Music
Shin TAKAHASHI Original Manga Creator
Masashi TSUKINO Producer

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Saikano Ultima 8.7/10 Nov 11, 2004

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Saikano KingArthur13th 6.7/10 Jul 28, 2013
Saikano charvisioku 3.5/10 Dec 12, 2012
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Fafner in the Azure - Right of Left

Fafner in the Azure - Right of Left
  • TV Special (1 ep x 55 min)
  • 2005

Mankind is close to being wiped out from the face of the earth from a being known as Festum. Tatsumiyajima Island is a calm place where children can live their lives at peace, but the inhabitants must now move into combat to keep the citizens safe from the Festum assimilating them. Kyo and Yumi are average students who have signed up for Plan L: an operation to fight for their island using the new Fafner TSX model. Together, the 8 pilots and 4 Fafners will fight to preserve both the peace of their island, and their faith that one day, they will make it home… alive.

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Nocturnalgloria

Saikano and Fafner-Right of Left share the same mood of deep tragedy that accompanies the involvement of children in a ruthless conflict. In both, technological advancements are made to help with the war effort and these same backfire and cause considerable damage on the child fighters. A very moving romance develops in both titles. Saikano, however, is exceedingly sad while Left of Right is more bittersweet.

Galadriel

both Saikano and Fafner - RoL have a deep tragic, melancholic mood, both of them feature main protagonists (more exactly children) fighting in wars changing their mood and personality because of the advanced technology used for suplying the war effort. Also both animes feature a very touching romance aspect so if you like one of this two shows then be sure to check the other one as well.

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the slightly sadistic nurse Akiko, he just prolongs his stay at the hospital. After his most recent escape, instead of striking a punch or kick at Yuichi, Akiko says that she'll overlook his sneak outs if he becomes friends with 17-year-old Rika, another hospital resident. Rika doesn't open up to him at first, but she has her reasons: she has a weak heart; and though she may come off as selfish and rude, Yuichi looks beyond the surface to help both of them enjoy what life has to offer.

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abunai

There is a certain bittersweet tinge to all good romances, in that dramatic style requires the lovers to be tested by circumstances -- they must prove to the audience that their love is true. This much, nearly all romances have in common.

However, sometimes the nature of the trial is beyond the normal. Sometimes, the romance is faced with such a weight of doom and tragedy that it seems impossible to bear. This is the case with both Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora; with Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu; and with Saishuu Heiki Kanojo. In a sense, these anime form a triad of tragic love stories, each of which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes the others.

Without a doubt, HanTsuki is the most upbeat of the three, and SaiKano the heaviest. But the overall principle of the story applies -- a romance burdened by more pain than anybody should have to bear.

rdnetto

Both are serious romance/dramas where the couple must endure hardship. Hantsuki has better characters IMO (Rika has much more depth to her than Chise), but Saikano's ending is more powerful. Both have bitter-sweet endings that remind the viewer that life, whatever the trials, may still bring happiness.

Romeo x Juliet

Romeo x Juliet

On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?

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anisor92

Saikano and Romeo x Juliet are complicated love stories; just like Romeo and Juliet's love, Chise and Seiji's is impossible. They also have in common the idea of running away from reality and to be together, and they both have really sad endings. You'll love it!

cotsiost

both animes show the love of two people which is hard for them to be together as they go through hardships

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Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen

This beautiful finale to the Kenshin series will tear at your emotions. Himura Kenshin is back for his grand finale, while a vengeful figure from Kenshin's past named Enishi seeks revenge for the death of his sister. Find out how Kenshin tries to overcome this foe when Kaoru, his love, is kidnapped.

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Bateau
I recommend this to likers of sai kano because of the similaer theme of sadness it portrays. But Seisouhen is oh so much more. As stated its the Grand Finale and a goodbye to the Kenshin series. Make sure you you watch Kenshin TV and Tsuikohen befor eyou see this. A fantastic story that all lovers of sai kano must see.
freakzilla
A body being destroyed because of necessary battles, those that suffer because of it, and those who try to ease that pain. SaiKano and the ending of Kenshin have a lot in common when you look at the plot and characters. And both put the emphasis on the drama instead of the battles.

School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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sydneylove

Both animes start out light-hearted and innocent and turn to the darker side of love, and the endings are also pretty unexpected.

eaper

School days is likely what Saikano would be without Chize being the ultimate weapon. A love story that starts out normal, but then spins out of control. If you liked the non-violent parts of Saikano, you would likely enjoy the love mess in School days.

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