In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.
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.
The first thing that comes to mind when watching both of these series is "wow". Both of these series have exceptional animation which is crisp, clear, and beautiful... in addition to the heart warming plot, which is undoubtedly slower, but still rich with life and character development. I can't say enough good things about these two series.. and if you already liked either Haibane or Mahou, you will undoubtedly like the other.
Both Haibane Renmei and Someday's Dreamers are stories about an altruistic girl on a journey of discovery - for Rakka, it is about the new world she has found herself in, and for Yume it is about the various implications surrounding the use of magic. They each go at a very relaxed pace, with some drama sprinkled in here and there. Furthermore, the two plots take a rather similar direction as they progress. So, it is difficult to imagine someone liking one of the series yet not enjoying the other.
Haibane Renmei and Someday's Dreamers have the same aura, and are unique in their own way, but the feeling I got from watching them was the same. You'll love one if you liked the other!
Haibane renmei's athmosphere is what I found to be on of the best features of the anime. Since it doesn't really have a plot, and a lot of facts about the Haibane renmei world are left unexplained, it has something mysterious about it. Someday's Dreamers, or Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, has exactly the same. You get to know the main caracter in a way she gets to kknow the 'new world' she has to live in: the world of a professional mage. The main caracter in Haibane renmei is in a comparable situation: She wakes up after having a weird dream, doesn't remember a thing about her past, and is taken care of by people she doesn't know, just like Yume and 'Owner' Masami. After that she's tought how thing work around there and why she can;t remember thing and stuff, just like Yume has to become familiar with being a mage. The main caracters in haibane renmei and Someday's Dreamers also have a comparable personality and situation. They're both unfamiliar with the people around them, are still learning some properties of themselves, kind of uncertain and very kind to strangers. The only main difference between the two anime is that I found Haibane Renmei to be a really sad anime and though Someday's dreamers also has it's sad moments, I wouldn't describe it as being sad. But still, if you really liked watching Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, I'm sure you like Haibane Renmei.
My main reason for this recommendation is based on the vibe that each series gives off. While the plots are different (one following a young witch as she trains, the other shrouded in mystery as to what exactly the Haibane are), both have a very similar slow and gentle nature. Both are also very nice to look at, with beautiful animation and a graceful plot, if you like one, then try the other.
Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training. One clear night, Kiki takes off with her cat Jiji and her mother's broomstick to start her new life, and finds herself in a town near the ocean - but she's disappointed to find that people aren't nearly as friendly as she'd imagined they'd be. With nowhere to stay and no outstanding magical skills besides flying, Kiki begins to wonder if she's come to the right place; but after returning a pacifier to a customer of a local shop, its owner, Osono, offers her a place to stay. Kiki soon decides that she'll start her own delivery service, and with the help of newfound friends she sets forth on a journey to discover who she is and how to make it on her own.
While Someday's Dreamers is much more solemn and adult-oriented than Kiki's Delivery Service, both are beautiful looks at a young girl who lives day to day, enthralled by the wonders of magic. If you liked one, you should like the other.
Both Kiki's Delivery Service and Someday's Dreamers have a lighthearted, enthralling and pristine atmosphere about them. Something you can't quite understand, but it just feels so captivating and beautiful that you can't help but watch it. Both are works of art and sheer masterpieces. The plot shares several similarities as well, with both being based on a new witch/mage, on her own, trying to find their place in the world. I highly reccomend both animes.
Both Kiki and Someday's Dreamers focus on the life of a young witch-in-training. Both are gentle anime that often leave you with a heartwarming feeling. If you enjoyed the slower and slice-of-magical-life nature of one of these, then you should definitely check the other out.
The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...
A pleasant Shoujo that deals with life, growth, and realizing dreams. Someday's Dreamers has an art style that is peaceful and calming. Air's art style also creates a lovely world that gives the watcher a sense of "forever summer" and tranquility.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
Both Someday's Dreamers and Aria are stories of a young girl trying to find her way in a new profession. The two series follow the protagonist as she makes new friends, pursues her apprenticeship, and learns many valuable life lessons. Both are slow paced shows, containing plenty of charmingly sweet moments amid beautiful scenery shots.
Both of these shows follow a girl moving to a new place to pursue the work she's always dreamed of. The format of the two shows is also similar, spending a lot of time on special moments in the lives of the characters, to the point where the main character is often out of the spotlight. This combined with a gentle overall pace lend Aria and Someday's Dreamers a laid-back, introspective feel that works well as a background for the character development that drives each show.
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
Stellvia and Mahou are both series which thrive on character development, and its quiet/witty ways. Although these two series are both entirely different in the plot department, each episode of these shows makes you yearn for more. Hell, even the ending is good in both! In general, you'll walk away feeling great about the series. I highly think if you like one, you'd like the other.