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.
In a land filled with magic and mystery, two rival kingdoms are readying for war: Isa, the beautiful water-laden city, and Paro, the industrialized wasteland. Windaria follows the tale of two sets of lovers: Marin and Izu, a young pair of farmers who are devoted to one another, and Ahanas and Jill, princess and prince of the rival kingdoms. With war approaching, these star-crossed lovers will experience the true depth of tragedy as they struggle to survive.
In the present time, the meteorite-based M-34 virus is being spread at a horrific pace: infecting thousands, and mutating their bodies into alien-like creatures who destroy everyone in their path. While NOA -- an elite team of cybernetic soldiers -- work to contain the threat, a new weapon named Ai is being trained to destroy the virus once and for all. Unknown to all are her true powers -- especially once she falls in love with NOA member Yuji. Time is running out.. who will inherit the earth? The virus, or humanity?
The starting point is the same for both of the stories - she is the ultimate weapon. If I had to choose, I'd say Zaion is better - at least, it doesn't have that "let's get laid" attitude which drove me crazy in Saikano.
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.
both Byousoku 5 Centimeter and Saikano have the same sad, tragic, melancholic mood, both of them feature a impossible love relationship between main protagonists (in Saikano the love relationship is impossible because of a war that occures while in Byousoku 5 Centimeters the love is impossible because of the distance between the main protagonists). If you enjoyed the sadness, misery and melancholy in one of this show then be sure to check the other one as well.
Freed from his longtime prison, Belldandy's mentor Celestin is once again trying to overthrow the Goddess System, but he can't do it without her. To "help" her decide anew whether to join him, he blocks her memories of Keiichi. As Keiichi and company race to restore Belldandy's memory, Keiichi also has to deal with the mysterious Morgan, the one who released Celestin in the first place!
Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.
If you liked Saikano, you'll like the Air Moive as well and vice versa. The stories are both set around two characters in love with a tragic storyline. They are both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I literally cried during both...although Saiko is perhaps a bit more emotionally deep. While Saikano is a full on series, the Air Movie is a sort of recap of the Air series.