In a world where corporations snuff out the competition by sending fighter jets to attack their offices, teenage pilot Kannami Yuichi is reassigned to a new base. There, he meets Tokino, a carefree pilot who enjoys the company of older women, and Kasanagi Suito, his superior officer who he slowly falls for. However, not everything is as it seems. Soon, distressing questions are raised about Kannami's predecessor, a race of perpetual adolescents known as the Kildren, and the enemy ace of the skies, Teacher.
A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
Both movies are directed by Mamoru Oshii and contain similar themes like characters that are not exactly human, questioning existence. Both have outstanding visuals and audio. If you've seen one (and liked it) you should definitely watch the other as well.
P.S. Sky Crawler contains a lot of references to other Oshii's movies. Don't miss the scene which appears after the credits.
Both of these movies have the same director, and studio. They have many of the same themes and the have nearly the same feel to them. if you liked one im sure you'll dig the other.
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
Both Pale Cocoon and Sky Crawlers contain similar style of animation and interesting (yet confusing) story. Chances are that you might like one if you've enjoyed the other.
Pale Cocoon and Sky Crawlers both have a uniquely appealing animation style that reminds one of the other. Despite differing plots and one only being a few minutes long and the other being a full length movie, these two shows give viewers a similar feel while watching. Slow paced, but never boring, thoughtful and not too wordy, and very little information given right up front; if you liked these aspects in one show then you will find a gem in the other.
In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?
Two extremely difficult and pretentious anime - they make absolutely no concessions as far as enjoyment goes to the viewer. They move deliberately and slowly; their characters are completely colourless, and the subtext is king. If you enjoyed one of these morose yet fairly memorable works it is possible you will like the other.
1. Slow-paced (with dynamic)
3. Psychological moments
4. Similar pale color palette
5. Anime with aftertaste
6. Depressive style
7. Makes you thinking...
Rare anime for those who tired of school girls, kawaii, garem-comedy and so on...
If you see only 3 stars, don't be confused - this is just "not for all"
In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?
Once, Shin Kazama was a pilot in training with a bright future. Headed for a position in the Yamato Airlines, he had a beautiful girlfriend named Ryoko and all the happiness in the world; that is, until his “friend” Kanzaki tricked him into signing his life away. Stationed at the secretive Area 88, Shin is now trapped in the service of Aslan’s foreign legion, and faces death daily in the cockpit of a fighter plane. In order to return to Japan he must survive for three years or pay $1.5 million dollars… but few manage to stay alive long enough. Will Shin ever return to Tokyo and his beloved?
Just like Sky Crawlers, Area 88 is a war drama about mercenary pilots, therefore it covers not identical but pretty similar topics.
Unlike Sky Crawlers, Area 88 has appropriate pacing and fleshed-out characters, so you never get bored with the show and really feel for the protagonist and his drama. Also, don't pay much attention to the production year since the OVA displays very impressive aerial battles and good animation overall.
So, if you like Sky Crawlers or you're simply interested in serious drama and military aviation, you should definitely give Area 88 a try.