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Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.

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So-Ra-No-Wo-To Specials DVD Special 2010 Side Story Episodes 7.5 and 13 only released on the DVDs.

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Sora no Woto 2009 TBD
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Toshifumi AKAI Character Design
Mamoru KANBE Director
Michiru OSHIMA Music

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It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!

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They have absolutely the same art, almost the same characters, storylines are a bit similar and it's strange that they are created by different studios. Sora no Oto like a parody on K-On!, but sure it isn't. So If you liked one of them you definitely should watch another - i think you won't be disappointed!


the characters look exactly same and it is about music but the weird thing is that different sudios made them. otherwise the they both funny and are good shows


Bouth anime have to do with music and becoming a better musishin. BOuth have almost identicol animation


They have similar artistic styles and both involve a girl who has no real prior experience in playing her instrument but learns to play it as the series progresses. Although K-ON! is more of a slice of life anime and So-Ra-No-Wo-To has more of a plot to it you will like both of them.


Both these shows have very similar art styles and characters. Although the setting in quite different, the plots are both about a girl who is trying to learn an instrument without any past experience (and act exactly alike). Fans of one will enjoy the other for sure, these shows are copies of one another.


both K-On! and Sora no Woto have many things in common, both have a similar music aspect (even so we cant compare the modern music from K-On! with the classic one from Sora no Woto), both share the same art style and similar characters (also in terms of personality as well) and as well both of them feature an enjoyable and nice comedy aspect. The difference is in setting, while Sora no Woto has a WWI setting, K-On! has a contemporan, modern setting but even so both shows are similar and if you like one be sure to check the other one as well.


Both of these anime showcase the story of personal growth of a rather clumsy female protagonist and how her friends help her in this growth. Beyond that, an almost identical animation style and the fact that both heroine's are trying to master a musical instrument should ensure that if you liked one you will enjoy the other.


With a similar style of artwork and humor, Sora-no-Woto is a more serious version of K-On!, focusing on a dreary future. If you enjoyed K-On! and wanted something more serious, or Sora and wanted more, then the other series is a good choice.


Both animes have the same kind of art , the characters are very similar and not to mention both animes have wonderful friendships!

Sora no woto - the story line is diffrent from K-on but they are still very alike , SnW is based on long int the future and about the army and such , but still u noticed that its like K-ON (both include music)

K-ON- like i said the story line is very diffrent from SnW but still kind of the same , K-on is based on girls that are in high school and are in a light music club.

even so if u like K-ON U WILL LIKE Sora no Woto (and the other way around)


Both of these shows have plot elements concerning music, plus they have simular feels to them and simular art and story elements.


Another show completely based on 'moe'. Also, music is a central theme in both and the art styles are identical.


The animation is very simular in both, and the characters almost seem identical, with very simular character traits and personalities. The theme of both is music so if you like one the other would be a simular treat.


I am not sure why everyone is saying they have identical animation when they do not...

But these shows are definitely similar in the moe concept of the group of girls. The chances are you would like the other if you've seen one of them.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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The town Kanata Sorami goes to has a very "Old Home" feel to it.  It is very secluded, so far only has girls living there, and has a large emphasis on camaraderie.  So Ra No Wo To just has the same emotional qualities that Haibane Renmei, it just is a little more light natured.


Haibane Renmei is similar to Soranowoto for the simple reason of the style of the character interactions. The main characters of each are thrust into a rather quirky new life, but find help in the guidance of an older role model, who has her own personal problems to face.

The settings are also somewhat reminiscent, with an attractive old world European style and a few jarring bits of technology sprinkled around in odd places. The nature of the setting of Haibane Renmei remains an important mystery throughout the series, in a similar way to the gradual revelations made about the setting of Soranowoto.

Although the styles are quite different, with Haibane Renmei being much more serious and contemplative than Soranowoto, the characters, their friendships, and their daily struggles make the two fit together.


The story in both series follows a group of girls which happen to be a minority living in an isolated town. As a result Seize and Glie have a similar feel to them and so do the Timekeeping fortress and Old Home. Each town has it's own festivals and culture while the fortress and Old Home share the same look and are largely uninhabbitated except for the several rooms needed by the girls.

Haibane Renmei is certainly more serious and heavy on symbolism etc. it still retains a light-hearted side which is what you get in Sora no Woto. If you enjoyed one, certainly check out the other, especially if you just watched Sora no Woto and have never seen Haibane Renmei, you won't be disspointed!

Just to add now that I've watched the whole of Sora no Woto; the similarities really end around two thirds of the way into the series after which it takes a more serious approach.


Haibane Renmei and So-Ra-No-Wo-To gave me really similar feelings, due to their settings and premise. Each documents the day-to-day life of a young girl who has just come to a new (small, picturesque) town with an old-world feel and a really interesting culture, who then moves into a mostly uninhabited building slightly cut off from the rest of the town, and the group of similarly-aged girls she lives with.


Each of these series deal with (almost entirely) girls getting sent away to a new location that is almost like a haven for them, where they are taken care of. Furthermore, each series is almost a slice of life series that revolves around every girl coming to terms with who they really are and why they are where they are.


Choosing between Haibane Renmei and So-Ra-No-Wo-To is much like choosing between two variations on a theme.  Both  focus on a group of young girls undergoing some form of training. Both are set in near-identical towns who segregate the girls away from the townspeople while revering them as "special". Characters who are drawn similarly often have parallel backstories or character development arcs, and both use plenty of poignant moments to keep to their generally idealistic themes. The prevailing differences between them lie in their foundation concepts and the world and history both stories come from.  This distinction keeps you interested in the secrets slowly reveiled and the mysteries vaguely unraveled.

  Regardless of which series you have watched first, watching the other is very much like taking the same journey to get to a different place.  Both are well written and executed, making both enjoyable.  But you may experience some deja vu.


Here are two shows that seem different at first glance but actually share a number of common themes. In both shows, a group of girls find themselves in a remote or secluded area, and must adjust to a new way of life. Both shows feature slice-of-life elements while also going into the girls' pasts, revealing a brokenness in their souls that needs healing. In addition, the mysterious Old Home and the post-apocalyptic world of So-Ra-No-Wo-To both add an extra element of mystery that adds to the atmosphere of the shows.

Both shows are rather unique in what they set out to do, and there are notable differences between the two, but their similar themes of grace and forgiveness and finding beauty in their world make for a good cross-recommendation; I definitely encourage fans of either show to check out the other one.

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Strike Witches TV

Strike Witches TV

In the year 1939 an unknown enemy called the Neuroi appeared. Their purpose is unclear and origin is unknown, but they attack and destroy any signs of human civilization they come across. Because conventional weapons are useless against them, humanity developed a striker unit known as the Strike Witches to combat the Neuroi. Miyafuji Yoshika is a girl with exceptional healing power but lacks control; she has been scouted to join the Strike Witches and fight the Neuroi, but all she wants to do is take over her family clinic. After witnessing an attack by the Neuroi on her way to find out if her father is still alive, Miyafuji resolves herself to fight for and protect the people around her. Who or what are the Neuroi and what do they want?

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Both anime series are women-military based, even tho there are not many (if there even are) fights on Sora no Woto. The characters have lots of similarities, without the ecchi part on Strike Witches, and everyone learns to work together even when there are internal problems.

You could summarize with this formula:

"Sora no Woto = Strike Witches + K-ON! Art and Moe - (Magic + Ecchi)"


"Strike Witches = Sora no Woto + Magic + Ecchi - (Music + Moe)"


Soranowoto and Strike Witches certainly share a similar premise (a bunch of girls in a castle fortress in the army) and a similar aesthetic (European Stylized setting, Early 20th century technology with a few futuristic anachronisms), but the most important thing they have in common are their rather similar characters and the interactions between them.

They share the basic idea of a young girl who joins the army for some reason other than to fight, and who is taken under the wing of an older, dark-haired role model, who helps her along until she can fight for herself, whatever her battle may be. The daily life in their respective bases are also similarly wacky and free, except of course when duty calls.

Soranowoto makes use of the newer "K-On style" character design model (some say this was actually pioneered by Kannagi, but that's another story...), therefore focusing on the moe aspect, whereas Strike Witches is famously ecchi, with every scene containing several panty shots.


Strike Witches TV and So-Ra-No-Wo-To share the story of a female heroine that inadvertedly helps prevent a disastrous war. The protagonists are both rather clumsy and inept at first, but through the anime we see their respective growth, and these similarities will ensure that if you liked one you will like the other.


These anime are basically the same but strike witches adds in some fanservice and it a little more out there with it's plot. If you like cute girls that are the only ones fit for the job check either of these anime out.

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Arika Yumemiya is a poor yet energetic girl who has come to the city to become an Otome – a female warrior with the power to match an entire army. She quickly befriends her irritable fellow student Nina Wong and Princess Mashiro, the queen-to-be. With the help of her mysterious benefactor and abundant natural talent, she’s able to overcome the trials of everyday life in the competitive Garderobe Academy, but darker schemes are afoot. How will her new friendships fare, when secrets of the past and present are brought forth to spark a fight for the crown, and more?

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Each of these are series with a lot of comedy but very series undertones. They revolve around a cast mixed up between those that realize what is going on in the world and those somewhat oblivious of it. Finally, the girls in both series seem to be trained for fighting, but wishing for peace. Finally, the world considers what came from the past to be simply advanced relics of forgotten technology.


Mai-Otome and So-Ra-No-Wo-To are series that deal with a war type of situation with all of the characters wanting peace.  Both series have a comedic aspect to them, however, the underlying threat of a war is always looming overhead.


In this post-apocalyptic world our protagonist is a naive aspirant young female warrior with a strange near perfect talent, and while watching the predominately female cast, we have fun as we see how she evolves & we enjoy how finally the new upcoming war is handled.

These are the aspects these anime share, so if you consider these to have been important in your fun watching this anime, definitely consider watching the other.

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles

The Nation of Gallia has always remained neutral in conflicts and has only gone to war to defend itself. However, as war flares between the East Europan Imperial Alliance and the Atlantic Federation, Gallia is soon targeted for its abundance of ragnite ore, a versatile and hugely valuable material. The Civilian Militia is soon called into action, and Welkin Gunther - son of a legendary war hero - is named leader of Squad 7. Under his command are the headstrong and practical Alicia Melchiott; the sharp-tongued Brigitte Stark; the grizzled veteran, Largo Potter; and Welkin's adopted sister Isara, whose Darcsen heritage means she faces prejudice, even from members of her own squad. With the rest of Squad 7 and the mighty tank Edelweiss, they must do their best to defend Gallia.

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both Valkyria Chronicles and Sora no Woto feature main protagonists directly involving themselves in military life and implicit in warfare. Both have a similar world war setting and both you can feel the tension of war knocking at the door in both shows. Even though Sora no Woto and Valkyria Chronicles are pretty much different in many aspects from what i mentioned above they seem quite alike so if you liked one of this shows check the other one as well.


These series both focus on a group in a time of war with a bit of comedy thrown in. Furthermore, the characters in it end up being much more important to the war effort than originally though.


So-Ra-No-Wo-To and Valkyria Chronicles both deal with the main protagonists having to go through a life and death war type of situation and the implications of what the war has in store for them and the tension involved between the characters.