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Eight-year-old Remi lives in a quiet village with his mother. His father, Jerome Barbarin, lives in Paris and provides the family with money to stay afloat; but soon they receive word that Jerome has been in a terrible accident and cannot support them further. After struggling through a tough winter, Remi and his mother are soon elated to see that their father has returned home - but he is not the man that he used to be. Cold and distant, Jerome soon secretly sells Remi to a traveling entertainer; and thus Remi's hardships begin. Moving from place to place, Remi experiences tragedy on a large scale. Friends come, go, and die; newfound families are torn apart; and otherwise Remi is abused, abandoned, and mistreated. Can Remi ever find his place in the world?
If you like one of these shows, you're going to love the other. It's really as simple as that. Both are French novel adaptations flawlessly brought to life in anime form by director Osamu Dezaki. I could praise him endlessly but the entire staff for both shows deserves a medal or two. Both shows retain a very serious tone and can be pretty melodramatic, with RoV diving a bit more into romances whereas Remi is more of a somber adventure following his everyday life as he barely gets by. The art and music in both are very high quality if you're into old stuff (honestly look better than a handful of 80's shows I've seen). I'll just stop there though, simply enough these are absolute masterpieces from Dezaki. Must see for both.
The "Holy War," a battle fought between the Goddess Athena and the Underworld King Hades, has been taking place since the age of legends. This story takes place in the 18th century - far before the era of "Saint Seiya." It is a new story involving the Pegasus Saints, the Underworld King Hades, and the Goddess Athena! When Hades finishes his giant painting that covers the sky, "The Lost Canvas," it is said that all lives on Earth will be lost. Tenma, who became a Pegasus Saint, wishes to stop his best friend Alone, who was chosen to become a vessel for Hades. Look out for him as he heads for Hades' castle!
Rose of Versailles is an oldie but a goodie. If what has you interested in The Lost Canvas is the well written aspect of the world at war, more fun is to be had as Rose of Versailles explores a country at war albeit not having the super powers element. Rose of Versailles fans will appreciate the style and stern quality of the characters of Lost Canvas considering how much of an influence the characterisation reminds one of the former.
In a world where Gods reincarnate themselves into the bodies of humans, Athena is the Guardian of Earth. Together with her 88 Saints, she must protect the Earth against other gods whose sole purpose is to take over her position and extend their realm; it has been so for thousands of years. In this age, Athena, along with her Bronze Saints Seiya, Shiryu, Ikki, Hyoga and Shun, will have to counter the evil plans of a traitor amongst her midst who rejects her identity and nominates himself as the sole lord of Athena’s Saints. Being the only ones behind the true Athena, Seiya and the others will have to battle their way through countless Saints to unmask this impostor.
When I was at school, Saint Seiya and Rose of Versailles were two of the most popular animes. If someone liked one show, they liked the other too. The reason for that seems to be that they both deal with the harsh aspect of war and the effect it has on the little people. Both are really tragic animes, highlighting the aspect of devotion to one's queen/goddess as well. Characterisation in both series, especially on the antagonists are mesmerising.
Ever heard of a flying train? Tetsuro, living on a dismal earth, wants to ride it to Andromeda so he can get a mechanical body that will enable him to live forever. With the help of the mysterious woman, Maetel, Tetsuro braves many adventures on his way to Andromeda, heading towards a showdown with Count Mecha, an evil tyrant that brutally murdered his mother for sport. Will Tetsuro have the inner strength to face this monster on his own turf?
If your favorite part of Rose of Versailles or Galaxy Express 999 was the bleak outlook on, and the conflict caused by, the HUGE gap between the wealthy and the poor, then you may enjoy the other. Additionally, both late-70s era titles have a unique (for anime) setting, and a huge influence on later works.
Nishi High is known for its famous tennis program and its star female player Reika Ryuuzaki, nicknamed Madame Butterfly. This is her senior year and there is a flock of freshman girls joining the tennis team just to be close to their idol. One of these freshmen, Hiromi, is singled out by the new and mysterious coach; her dedication and natural talent catches his eye and leads him to make her a starting player. Hiromi's talent begins to develop into skill; and as she begins to gain the recognition of her peers, Reika's interest - as well as her jealousy - is piqued...
Both are Dezaki anime from the '70s, and both are adaptations of a shoujo manga from the very same decade. Needless to say, there is a lot in common: female protagonist that has some unusual quality going for them, lots of melodrama and overacting, and very similar visual styles.
If you liked either one of these due to any of that, I can readily suggest that you watch the other series as well.