On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Stories about the misfits society leaves behind make very good sob stories. By cruel twists of fate or psychological problems, the characters in NHK and Tokyo Godfathers have sunk to the depths of low. Each character in both these titles has a tragic past to explore. Tear jerkers alternate with jokes, sometimes within seconds of one another, to keep everything light enough to be pleasant.
Welcome to the NHK and Tokyo Godfathers are both sharp comedies with elements of drama (or is it the other way around?) about the outcasts of society - social recluses, or hikikomoris, in NHK, and the homeless in Tokyo Godfathers. They're also, to various extents, about people helping the less fortunate to fill some void of their own. Some of the funniest and, at times, some of the most touching anime out there. Strongly recommended.
Each of these series are comedies that have a bunch of series moments spread out and are focused around a part of society (although NHK is a part of society unique to Japan) that is a major issue. If you liked looking into a different subsect of society in one of these series, check out the other.
In a world where reality series are in high demand, an experiment was concocted: take regular folks who have dropped through the cracks in society, brainwash them to believe they are a real family, and see how they function as a family unit. The regular populace was so interested in the idea that this family was put in their own reality series, of course! Living in a closed environment and unaware of the outside world, this dysfunctional bunch do everything they can to remain sane... that is, until they accidentally escape!
Both Tokyo Godfathers and Eternal Family are about families that aren't biologically related, and are as dysfunctional as humanly possible. However, the family members genuinely care about each other and their interactions serve to challenge the audience's definition of a "real" family.
Each family is pulled into an adventure in the harsh real world, and must deal with many difficulties that serve to either rip apart or enforce the familiar ties.
Both are absolutely hilarious, and really sweet (especially Tokyo Godfathers, as Eternal Family didn't really have enough time to flesh everything out).
Both series feature a miss-match of strange people, forced together by circumstance and bumbling along in their little freak shows that the call "Family"Although both start of comedic and light, both develop into serious issues. even if Eternal Family is a bit stranger and hard to follow.
With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...
Sad things can happen to good people. Tokyo Godfathers and Grave of the Fireflies are realistic anime that show you how a family can make the best of things in the worst situations.
Each of these series showed some hardships that come from losing your family, be it by running away from them or losing them to war. Each series has some rather heavy moments with a lot of emotion that bring them together. If you want a happier look into that, try tokyo godfathers. If you want to... well, cry, try GotF.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
In some great anime series music plays a major role in setting the mood and emotion with the storyline.
Both Tokyo Godfathers and Gunslinger Girls incorporate Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Ode to Joy) and work effectively in displaying the dramatic irony.
Gunslinger Girls unravels a tale which leaves you begging for more in the next episodes. The same can be said for Toyko Godfathers: subplots are introduced, and you can't wait to see how they play out.
Gunslinger Girl is longer and has a lot more character development, but both it and Tokyo Godfathers tell a tale of sadness. A lot of events happen to the characters and impact their way of thinking about the world.
Hiromi Nozawa is a young sixth-grader with a fairly normal life -- and a talking pet dog named Junkers. With her mother at work all hours of the day, and her father constantly overseas, tension in the household is building up quickly, making Hiromi concerned that her parents might not stay together much longer. Luckily, Junkers has the ability to grant three miracles... but are miracles strong enough to save Hiromi's family?
In "Junkers Come Here" and in "Tokyo Godfathers" the most important thing is family; both movies' characters must bring the family back together. At first everyone thinks only about themselves and their own welfare but in the end they'll understand what's so important about family. In other words, they will find their family anew. It may seem that in "Junkers Come Here" everything is done by magical Junkers' powers, or that in "Tokyo Godfathers" all events are keyed by unnatural coincidences, but it's the characters that ultimately grow and make miracles happen.
Both movies are about contemprorary issue of not showing one's feelings. Atmosphere is very similar and these productions leave us with some reflections in our head.