When her mother died in childbirth, Naho became not only a sister, but a new mother to her baby brother Jun. While Naho would rather be out with her friends, talking about boys and having a good time, she often is shouldered with the responsibility of looking after Jun instead. A part of Naho would love for Jun to be gone forever; and when the dream sphere dealer Kotarou shows up at her door, Naho might finally get her wish...
In a lush and detailed fantasy world, magical airships sail amidst floating islands and villas. Luxurious earthly homes lie amidst hillsides of flowers and trees, and a lone pond houses a single shoot of life. Miniature tram cars come and go, ladies’ dresses flutter in the breeze, will o’ wisps dance in the midst of dusk and lights flicker warmly. With a lack of narrative, Iblard Jikan shows us these visions and more alongside a soundtrack of lilting melodies.
Iblard Jikan and Yumedamaya Kidan both show a dream world in a more or less static way, just showing some specific aspects of it and leaping through it to the places that are interesting. Iblard jikan only shows landscapes whereas the dreamworld in the other includes some action, and is inserted in a story, but both of these oneshots give a similar feelingthrough the dreamworld aspect of their content. If you liked one, you might also like the other.
While Iblard Jikan and Strange Story have almost nothing in common, they share one important aspect: unique and interesting dream-like scenery. Iblard's entire reason to be is the pretty pictures, and Strange Story spends a good amount of time in that abstract and beautiful place. If you liked the animation of one, give the other a try.
In five beautiful and unique fantasy worlds, five different tales unfold. A young boy worries about his pregnant mother; a mismatched group hunts down a legendary treasure on the Giant’s Isle; and a small village must determine the fate of a giant fallen meteor. These stories and more unwind to a musical backdrop in a world as varied and interesting as the next.
The King of Thieves and his womanizing feathered-friend Kir are back, and behind bars! The duo's luck has finally run out, leaving them handcuffed and incarcerated in Seventh Heaven, the world's most maximum security prison, from which there is no escape. But all is not lost for Jing and Kir, for great treasure is to be found within Seventh Heaven's walls. It is said that an inmate named Campari has mastered the ability of crystallizing dreams into candy, leaving the user to dream anything he wishes. And of course, what else can Jing do, but strive to steal it?
Both stories are centered around dreams, dreamers and the eccentric craftsmen of dreams.
Dream Sphere Dealer deals with one girls wish to change the past and the life changing decision to change and forget.
Jing deals with a man who chooses to escape from his past by becoming a dream weaver and forever escaping into his own world.
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
Although the stories and contexts of Mononoke and Yumedamaya Kidan have nothing in common, the characters that take part in them are somewhat similar, in particular the dream seller and the medecine seller give a same feeling, from their attitude and the physicial aspect they have, with patterns drawn on their face. The style of the animes also is similar and contributes to create a similar atmosphere, the horrific aspects apart. If you liked one, you might like th other one too.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
In both Paprika and Yumedamaya Kidan, the heroin has to do her best to survive a dream that turns slowly into a nightmare in order to change the real world she live in, in one case as her job, in the other as a chance to fulfil her own wishes. The dreamworld in both anime are surrealistic and really fitting to what a dream offers in terms of possibilities, therefore if you liked te feeling that one gave, you might also like the other one.