It struck without warning one fateful day in Tokyo – a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked the city and caused massive devastation and death in its wake. Having taken her little brother to an exhibit that day, young Mirai and he find themselves alone and with no one to turn to – until a kind delivery woman named Mari promises to help them get back to their family. Now, the three travel the ruined cityscape and brave immense danger as they try their best to make their way home.
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!
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.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and Colorful are well-matched. Both stories are told in a slice-of-life sort of way, slow-paced, and involve a lot of reflection on life and death. They both have interesting endings--if you have watched and liked one, then definitely check out the other.
In the aftermath of the Great Hanshin earthquake, Tsuyoshi, Kazuyuki, and their fellow classmates find their community in ruins. As they each quickly come to realize personal tragedy, they must find the resolve to move on with their lives. Along the way they find a community which, while battered, is resolved in its will to help and take care of each other. In the midst of hopelessness and fear, this community will roll up its sleeves and rebuild itself, one step at a time.
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.
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.
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...
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.