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.
Many centuries into the future, humans live as part of the Fractale system, a computer program that moderates their activity to ensure a free and peaceful existence. But while life is indeed comfortable, the cost of growing up in virtual reality communities filled with holographic people called 'doppels' means that it can also get lonely. For Clain living estranged from his parents, adventure finally knocks when he rescues a mysterious girl called Phryne, who appears to be on the run. She spends only a short time with him before hurriedly moving on but leaves behind an unexpected gift: the curious and frustratingly whimsical doppel called Nessa! As Clain learns to adjust to his new friend and survive the scrapes she gets him into, he discovers that she and Phryne are at the heart of a great conspiracy. If he is ever to gain a sense of purpose, Clain will have to leave his comfortable existence and challenge the only thing he has ever known, the Fractale system itself.
I found the feel of these two series to be very similar. Both series feature a world that is at first glance idyllic and peaceful, but is over time revealed to be deeply scarred beneath the surface. Both Fractale and Sora no Woto also feature optimistic protagonists, similar art styles and unique European-style settings, as well a general lighthearted feel despite the dark themes also apparent in the show.
Sousuke Sagara is far from the average high school student - not only is he highly trained in military tactics, he puts his knowledge to use in every single applicable situation (and even those nonapplicable ones.) So, when confronted with high school, he tends to turn average high school experiences into off-the-wall adventures. Love letters become terrorist threats and field trips become commando operations; his survival depends on the watchful eye of his best friend and classmate, Kaname. Together, they may just make it out of high school alive...
Centered in a war/violent ridden setting, each of these series brings a lot of humor and slice of life activities to an otherwise dreary place. With major secrets being in place around some major characters, these series seem to have a bit in common.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Both series feature a strong-willed young woman in a leading role. Though So-Ra-No-Wo-To's Kanata is far more obviously female than her counterpart in Kino no Tabi, both retain a genderless innocence as they learn about the culture of their fascinating settings - creating a new moral every episode, in a melancholy yet somehow optimistic vision of their Beautiful World.
Both stories are about young/cute/innocent/cheerful girls in post-apocalyptic military-type situations (situations that involve a much larger political backdrop than the characters are maybe aware of), although So-Ra-No-Wo-To is a bit more cutesy-slice-of-lifey than Fam, the Silver Wing.
The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.
Although much more serious in places, Sora is like Nodame because they have a lot to do with music, are centered around comedy and the female leads in each are slightly air-headed. It isn't a sure thing, but I think if you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.