In twelve cities, twelve different girls will experience love, heartache, and the joys of their lives. While one has a chance encounter on a train that leads to a brief but brilliant friendship, another performs meaningful ballads with her band. A violinist wishes for nothing more than to find a man she can love, and another pines over the one who got away. Each girl, through thick and thin, will feel what it’s like to truly care about someone.
There is nothing stranger than life, and modern day Japan quietly watches over the comings and goings of thirteen completely unrelated lives and their stories. From a boxer fighting the scars of his childhood, to a father vying for the attention of his disinterested son, all experience the complex eccentricities and intricacies of relationships. Do memories and experiences really make us a stronger person for the bigger picture, or are most people happy just to sit back and let life pass them by?
Human Crossing and Sentimental Journey are episodic titles that focus on different people and how they deal with life and sometimes love. Sentimental Journey is far more romance-based, but if this type of show appeals to you, do check out the other.
Diamond dust: when the moisture in the air freezes on a chilly day, the air seems to sparkle and shimmer. It is said that to see the diamond dust in its glory means that lovers will stay together forever, friendships will flourish, and dreams will be realized. Kita-he ~Diamond Dust Drops~ tells the stories of several groups of friends and lovers as they struggle to stay together, accomplish their dreams, and anything in between, all revolving around the tale of the diamond dust.
Kita e and Sentimental Journey are episodic collections of stories that revolve around a new girl each time. Generally there's heartache or drama to be found in each tale, though each tends to end up on a happier note. I preferred Kita e, but fans of one may enjoy the other.
For most people, wearing glasses is a necessity for clear sight, but for four young girls, their spectacles mean so much more. From a teenage girl wearing her glasses with pride and a top idol who uses hers to disguise herself as a regular person, to a couple whose bent frames bring them closer together, a good pair of glasses can not only open your eyes, but also open your heart.
Megane na Kanojo and Sentimental Journey are two titles that deal with girls and how they individually deal with love (well, except in Megane, at least one of the main characters is a guy, who still ends up falling for a girl with glasses). Rambling aside, if you liked the episodic nature of one and the romance, you may enjoy the other - albeit Megane is the more comedic and better version of the two.