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Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...
Although quite different in many ways, both deal heavily with the concepts of love and time, as well as seperation, pain and loss. Both are brilliant pieces of work, and easily enjoyed and loved. If you liked one you are likely to enjoy the other.
The romance in both of these anime are very similar, they are both quiet and slow moving, and will capture your attention from the start. Both girls realize their love for someone in storylines with futuristic twists. The animation and realism in both are great, and the movements of the characters are very fluid. Try these anime, you won't forget them.
They are Sci Fi, they are romantic dramas, they are just very beautiful and interesting. For those, who believe in true love.
These series each rely heavily on time while dealing with a relationship. Furthermore, each brings in a scifi element.
Though I could spend a good deal of time pointing out the differences about either series let's instead focus on how they are similar. Both kind of deal with the concept of time while at the sametime dealing with a relationship. Granted in Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo the girl can leap about time and in Voices of a Distant Star the girl is only really far away so it takes time. But nevertheless both are romantic sci-fi series that are rather hard not to enjoy.
Both short movies are directed by Makoto Shinkai, and as such they share similar themes. While Voices of a Distant Star features characters who are gradually drifting farther away from each other, Kotonoha no Niwa follows two characters who gradually become closer to one another. While they may be different in that regard, they are both enjoyable, yet bittersweet stories.
Both of these animes follow a relationship between two characters that gradually changes over time into something new, both complete with bittersweet themes and thoughtful insights as things progress. Both also feature stellar direction, though Kotonoha benefits from updated animation and beautiful backgrounds.
Kotonoha no Niwa and Voices of a Distant Star deal with relationships that change as time goes on, for better or for worse. They share the same director, so the atmosphere of both films will feel very similar. The main difference between the two would be the visuals, but if you're a fan of Makoto Shinkai's stories, you'll probably be able to enjoy both of these bittersweet shorts.
Both by director Mokoto Shinkai, very melodramatic with heavy reliance on relationship drama.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Both series follow a girl central to the war effort and a guy doing whatever they can to help out said girl. Each title also has a rather sad tone throughout, connecting them quite well.
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...
Both of these anime share a very common feel to them - that being the tragic and desperate struggle to hold onto loved ones. If you enjoyed one of these heart-wrenching stories, I'm sure you would enjoy the other.
Both of these series show the pains war imposes through the eyes of a guy trying to do what they can to stay with and help out someone important to them. Throughout each title, things (for the most part) continue to get worse and worse until they finally have a very emotional ending.
Kozue is a member of the astronomy club at school. During her summer break, she left for the countryside to try to catch a glimpse of meteorites, but found a boy wearing a spacesuit instead! His name is Ginga, he somehow knows detailed information about faraway stars, and his powers caused him to be held hostage by scientists in order to use him as a tool. Can Kozue's affections help Ginga finally live the life he desires?
While I appreciated Voices of a Distant Star far more than Hoshizora Kiseki (I felt the art was better in Voices, as was the character development), I believe that the atmosphere of both is similar enough to warrant a try of one if you enjoyed the other.
Both feature beautiful art, an emphasis on the skies/space, romance/love, and a detached/ethereal feeling. Both are poetic and artistic, and focus more on character and emotional development than action sequences or extensively developed plots. Also, silence is utilized as a poignant tool in addition to speech, much in the way an artist might utilize negative space for a greater impact. I think this works quite well in both anime, and serves as a greater link between them.
Both are one-shots about couples who have to find a way to bridge a gap and reach each other. Also, if you like astronomy or cosmology, these might pique your interest.
It doesn't surprise me to see others had thought of these two series as being similar, after all, aside from the fact that they are both 1ep ova's - They both incorporate the beyond... by that I mean space, and the effect that space has on two individuals trying to find happiness.
If you enjoyed either of the two, then you will enjoy the other.