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Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
Ko and Kyon are in very similar situations: they are both surrounded by a ragtag gang of everything from aliens to egocentric leaderrs. These two protagonsits usualy find themselves in the middle of abnormal to downright crazy situations, and are charged with fixing them, even when they are not the instigators. Both shows are animated well, have a witty and intelegent script and provide both laughter and the ocational touching moment.
Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.
Without ruining the story, these two share a key element. Loss and loneliness. The stories themselves are quite different, but I found they evoke similar emotions.
They also both have AMAZING soundtracks that can break or lift your heart.
As I once saw, to put it succinctly, both of these animes "punch your heart in the face."
After a car accident in 1991, Kyosuke's ESPer abilities knock his spirit through time space. He awakens in the year 1994 to discover that a similar accident has befallen himself in the future. As he comes to grips with his plight, he runs into some old acquaintances from a painful past. Racing against time to find a way back to his body in 1991, he must keep his feelings for Hikaru in check so he doesn't sabotage his relationship with Madoka. But will he be strong enough to stay true to his love?
Back-and-forth patchwork time travel stories have always intriged me.
These are both finalizations of thier respective series(well unless they make a sequel)
Both titles you could watch without seeing the series they are linked to, there is, however, a bit of benifit from seeing the shows they are from. Vanishment more-so.
Both have a bitersweet vibe, and are a bit touching. If you liked the overall story in one, you might enjoy the other.
After releasing fourteen girls from the grasps of runaway spirits by making them fall in love with him, Keima has proven himself to be the Capturing God of both the 2D and 3D worlds! But a new challenge awaits as Diana, the goddess possessing Keima's neighbor Tenri, tasks him to find her siblings, and his only clue to their whereabouts resides with past conquests who still retain their memories. Now Keima is on the hunt in hopes that these divine beings might finally release him from his contract with Hell. But with the shadowy organization known as Vintage out to kill these girls, it becomes a race against time to put a stop to their plans and restore these goddesses to their former power!
Both World God Only Knows and Haruhi start out with a ridiculous (in a good way) supernatural premise and a lot of comedy/parody with some lighthearted drama. But there's a point at which things get serious and you realize that the series has been building up to a real arc, and the characters go through some real growth. The series takes on new meaning.
That point is The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and the goddess arc (Megami-hen) in World God Only Knows. In both cases, you really reeeally should see seasons 1 and 2 first. (It's hard to appreciate the new meaning if you aren't familiar with the old meaning.) Note: If you can, see the OVAs of WGOK, but it's not essential. The anime skipped a lot of the manga regardless. And if you're willing, watch all of the Endless Eight arc in Haruhi; it's not essential but actually does have some relevance.
In any case, Disappearance and Megami-hen are both great if you are invested in the characters. If you're reading this because you liked the way one series started off amusing but then went deeper, try watching the other.
Madoka Kaname used to be a normal girl living happy days of her life. This all ended when she sacrificed herself in order to save other magical girls from the utterly cruel fate that awaited them. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, Homura Akemi continues to fight alone in the world that Madoka left behind for humanity in order to see her smile once more.
Without trying to spoil too much, these movies have similar themes and structures. They both feature well established series, but take the most serious elements of each and bring them to the foreground. Both showcase spectacular animation and voice acting as well as interesting new developments for the familiar characters.