Morimiya Yorito is a normal student who has an abnormal obsession for the sky. One day, he meets a strange girl named Shihou Matsuri who shares his interest, but as fate may have it, she isn't a human; Matsuri is a Yaka -- a "woe of the night" -- who is immortal and cannot stand the sunlight. A strange man is chasing Matsuri, to use her powers, so Yorito decides to help her hide. What are the strange man's plans, and what secrets does Yorito's sister hide?
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.
Both sola and Haibane Renmei are based on powerful stories that begin as mysteries to the viewer, only to get developed and revealed towards the end. Though these two anime are very different in settings and themes, they share a serenity in the delivery of the plot. Though both are initially slow, they will keep you intrigued and guessing til their final episodes.
Aruto is obsessed with the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland novels, and wishes he could read the rumored third book – The Eternal Alice. One night, he looks through the window and sees a strangely-dressed girl jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Convinced that she is Alice, Aruto decides to follow her. The girl he saw is actually named Arisu Arisugawa, and she and several other girls known as 'Seekers of Alice' have parts of the story locked away in their hearts. Their goal is to defeat the other Seekers in combat, eventually completing the legendary book - but those who lose the fights are forced to give up their stories. With Aruto's help, will Arisu be able to complete the book without taking the stories of other Seekers?
Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.
Both are human stories about inhuman girls (Matsuri is a "Yaka", Key is a robot) who make relationships and find a place in the world as they go along. Both are intensely moving, exceptional anime which are set clearly apart from others.
Average, boring, and nothing special; this is how Shiratori Kuu feels about herself and her life as a high school student in Academia. On what begins as any other day, Kuu's life is spun upside down when a new student transfers to her class. As soon as she sees his face, she is astonished, for this is no ordinary boy – he looks just like the prince she has dreamt of for so long! He extends a hand to her and repeats the words she has somehow heard before, "Lets go... Together." But it is never that easy, is it? A world that seemed so dull is now torn apart by a whirlwind of love and hate, and the conflict that plagues all those involved.
Love is sacrificial; no matter how sensational that sounds, anime like sola and Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora make it more realistic. They show that sometimes, you can't have it all and that romance is not all the teenybopper type. They are both relatively sad, magical and short series.
There a lot of elements similar to both, like how the ending was executed. Also, there is the event that in a love triangle, there will always be one left behind. The pacing is also very similar along with the animation.
A photograph is a mysterious force that creates magical moments the instant the shutter closes and allows people’s hearts to connect. For the new girl in town, Fuu Sawatari, this is more than a saying but a way of life as she spends her days quietly attempting to capture those special instances on film and use them to bring others joy. Along with her friends – and her beloved camera – Fuu reminisces about her father, begins to contemplate where her future lies and wonders whether she can capture more of the mysterious Tamayura light bubbles in her photos filled with warmth and friendship.
If you like slow anime that focuses heavily on photography then you'll likely enoy booth sola and Tamayura. While Tamayura is shorter and has little in the way of plotline, both have a similar sort of reflective vibe.