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In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.
Peaceful, calm, but not borning, with marvelous, extremely spectacular landscapes used as background to emphasise human emotions - this is how those two anime are. If you enjoyed one of these love stroies for those reasons, this option is deffinitely for you.
Both Anime's not only share a theme upon teenage romance and friendships facing issues far larger than they are, but they share an eery likeness in visual style and feel, to the point that when watching one i am almost instantly reminded of the other. The light in both seems to glow and shimmer, and both have a very bittersweet emotional atmosphere. Not to mention the train station is a very important location in both instances, and also both include memories as important plot points (without spoiling anything
As the seasons pass, a lone stray cat reminisces of life with his master. He talks of the small passions of their time together, and how their shared affection gives them each a reason to be alive. Speaking both of love gained and love lost, he chronicles the eternal nature of their bond, as despite their own respective heartaches they still have each other. The two converse in a touching tale of the true strength of friendship in the face of hardship.
All of Makoto Shinkai's works (5 Centimeters per Second, Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place, Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat) present a visually stunning contemplation of loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable goal. His characters find themselves psychologically isolated, often while living in an environment full of people. While this is not an uncommon character trait in anime, Makoto Shinkai's creates this mentality in a very realistic way.
Though 'Beyond the Clouds' and 'She and Her cat' are not that similar at all, they're both created by the same director and that's why they have very similar, melancholic mood.
Shiro Lhadatt wanted to fly jets for the Kingdom of Honneamise's Air Force when he was young, but unfortunately he didn't get the grades he needed; instead, he enlisted in the Space Force, a tiny embryonic unit that most people haven't even heard of. Embittered and disillusioned about his lot in life, Shiro takes no interest in his training - that is, until he meets and gets to know a young woman preaching God's word on the city streets. After one inspiring conversation with her, Shiro promptly sees the light; he finds his passion for flight reinvigorated and immediately volunteers to be the pilot for his unit's first space warship! Reaching that new frontier is all well and good but Shiro still faces some major obstacles: even if launching the first space warship becomes reality, not everyone will be happy to see the Space Force succeed. Suddenly, Shiro has to grapple with the complex, far-ranging consequences of his very personal decision.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Wings Of Honneamise are set in the distant future and center around a dream of flight. Both male protagonists are fighting against what is expected to achieve what they dream.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Wings Of Honneamise are about the promise and wonder of flight. The protagonists dreams are expressed throughout and their desires surface.
Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.
Both the Air Movie and Beyond the Clouds combine a haunting story with absolutely stunning animation, resulting in a melancholy but still amazing viewing. Air is slightly more reminiscent of a dating sim (albeit a much, much better one) while Beyond the Clouds is trademark Makoto Shinkai in every way; regardless, I think if you liked one, you'd like the other.