Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

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Kurenai

Kurenai

To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika gives him a much different assignment: to protect Murasaki Kuhoin, a seven-year-old girl from the wealthy Kuhoin family. This turns out to be a more troublesome task than he expects, as Murasaki is spoiled, naive, and completely unaware of what life is like outside of the luxurious one she had previously. He also has no idea why Murasaki needs his protection, though he is slowly obtaining details from a well-informed classmate. Adding to his problems, Shinkurou still must continue to do his previous work for Benika and take care of his social relationships in school while protecting Murasaki, complicating his entire life. Nonetheless, as time passes, he and Murasaki grow close; however, trouble brews in the shadows as everyone - including Shinkurou - seems to be harboring secrets...

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Kurenai and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 are all about emotional bonds forged between children and their protectors and how these develop under pressure. They offer a very realistic view into modern Japan and life in Tokyo. With plenty of consistent drama, characters that are not conventional cliches and a very moving story, these are anime that truly deliver.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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Watahiko Watahiko says...

In both animes, a strong woman is taking care of kids through their journeys while she is also on a journey. Also, they are both slow paced. Settings are completely different but I think that anyone who has enjoyed one of these, will be able to enjoy the other.

Birdy the Mighty Decode 2

Birdy the Mighty Decode 2

Life continues as ‘normal' for Birdy and Tsutomu. Though they still co-exist in the same body, Tsutomu is able to focus on his studies while Birdy keeps up with her celebrity job and Federation Investigator duties. However, things become more complicated when a transport ship housing prisoners connected to the Ryunka incident is hijacked. The aliens on board escape to Earth and blend in with the human population, and it's up to Birdy to capture them unharmed and escort them back to headquarters. Yet Birdy soon discovers that there are other forces involved, and it'll take everything she's got to bring these criminals back alive!

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

This rec's a bit odd (hell, all my Birdy 2 recs are slightly odd, since there's just so many different/wonderful things going on in that series), but bear with me.

I honestly wasn't expecting much from either of these series (especially after Birdy's less-than-stellar first season), but Tokyo Magnitude and Birdy 2 were both really impressive, and much more heart-rendingly emotional than the initial episodes would have you believe. The moods of each reminded me of each other for some reason. One of the earlier episodes of Birdy 2 especially felt like it would do just as well in TM 8.0.

Anyway. If you like the whole 'unlikely group recouperating and moving on after a giant disaster (natural or otherwise) with lots of destroyed buildings for setting' thing of one, you'll probably like it in the other. Yes.

Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...

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shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

Both series involve a group making their way across a city that has been faced with a great disaster while doing their best to survive. As one of their main themes, both series examine the affects such disasters can have on people and how they treat each other when faced with choices that can mean their survival at the expense of others.

Taiyou no Mokushiroku

Taiyou no Mokushiroku

Calamity strikes the country of Japan as a series of brutal earthquakes literally tear the island in two. Put in an impossible predicament, the Japanese government agrees to hand control of the country over to the United States and China in exchange for aid. Tensions flare, both at home and abroad in Taiwan, where 80,000 survivors have ended up. With conflicts brewing between the Taiwanese and Japanese and with a violent gang out to cause trouble for their own ends, can anyone broker peace without bloodshed?

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MagWizz MagWizz says...

Both anime have some similarities and differences even though its about crisis and catastrophes taking place in japan ,but if you liked one you probably should check out other one. While Taiyou no Mokushiroku takes much serious approach with much of politics involving while Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 takes much simpler approach about family getting home and overcoming difficult obstacles. But in the same time both anime tells story about painful losses and to never give up.