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.
In Japan, one of the greatest idol singers of the time is the beautiful and talented Reika. Her three greatest followers are a varied bunch: religious Akari who loves to sing at her church, independent and self-sufficient Yuki, and the rich and snobby Nozomi. By chance, or possibly fate, the three finally meet at one of Reika's concerts, not knowing of the path they will soon be traveling together. With friendships and hardships in the future, can the girls manage to succeed on the path they will choose?
Whenever Chinami Ebihara gets nervous, she emits electromagnetic waves which disrupt or destroy nearby electronic equipment. As a result, she and her family are forced to constantly move as she transfers schools in order to keep this peculiar trait a secret, making her feel lonely as well as guilty about the burden she places on her parents. As if these didn't cause enough problems for her, at her newest school she needs to deal with not only her interaction with electronic devices, but also a curious scientist obsessed with studying her and jealous love struck classmate. In the midst of all this, how can she find a way to make friends and find her place in the world?
I find that the main characters are the same; they're rather timid and naïve, and have special abilities. Both Code-E and Someday's Dreamer feature supernatural abilities, but don't have the intense action/drama that they usually bring. Instead, they have more of a slice-of-life feel, and are about how the characters cope with these paranormal abilities.
While transporting bio-weapon lifeforms, Agent DD, member of an alien police force, is forced to crash land on Earth. Amidst the chaos of the crash, a bio-weapon escapes and DD is forced to fight it, while accidentally activating a Liberus, a liquid battle suit. Tsubasa, a shy girl, unwillingly comes into contact with the Liberius and is thereafter forced to fight for the survival of Earth.
Figure 17 and Someday's Dreamers are somewhat underrated titles that deserve attention. Slow paced and with a strong focus on slice of life, these anime use sci-fi and supernatural elements respectively with the main goal of establishing character development. The main character in both is a young girl who must handle special powers in order to grow up and come to terms with self doubt. SD is overall more laid back while Figure 17 becomes quite dramatic but they invoke the same overall feeling and fans of one are likely to enjoy the other.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
Undoubtably, these shows belong to entirely different genres, one being a slice-of-life series, and the other a victorian gothic suspense drama, however they share a common thread in the form of emotions. now, many shows have emotions, but what sets these two apart is having a very mature air to them, both revolving around young-adult characters. If you liked the way Someday's Dreamers explored mature emotions, and don't mind tackling something on the dark side of the spectrum, it'd be worth it to give Gankutsuou a try.
In a world not unlike our own, mages are commonplace and schools are separated between normal students and magic users. Yuma Kohinata is a student at one such school, Mizuhosaka Academy. On the way home from buying chocolates with his androgynous friend Jun, Yuma is given chocolates from school idol Haruhi Kamisaka; things become even more complex once the magic wing of the school has a gas explosion, displacing all of the magic students into the normal section – including Haruhi! Now, Yuma finds himself thrust into the world of magic, and must deal with the various women who vie for his affections; can he juggle his priorities and continue to pass his classes?
Both are melancholy stories of modern, everyday magic. The main difference between the two is that Happiness is more of a high school romance with a bit of a plot arc to it, while Someday's Dreamers is a bit more of a character study and seems to deal more with the day-to-day of post-school life.