Nao and Miki are the sole members of their school's photography club, and have discovered the hidden secret of the wind. With the help of Mr. Taiki (a member of the ancient clan of the "wind-handlers" and one of their teachers) the duo soon pick up the secrets of controlling the wind and seeing it in its perfect beauty. With flying cats, lost tree squirrels and photography contests to boot, there's wind to be seen in any situation...
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Windy Tales and Mushishi are amongst the greatest anime there are about mysteries in nature. They both tell about the unseen that is amongst us all.
They are both fantasy tales although set in entirely different eras but the characters are the focus of the series which are episodic in the same way days of life are, related but not part of a some grand narrative.
Both these series share a hard to describe quality of niceness and although slow paced viewer feels safe be led along a meandering path without a particular point.
That isn’t to say that there is nothing to take away from these animes they seem to me great examples of ‘showing’ rather than ‘telling’ and both would bare revisiting and finding more food for thought.
Windy Tales and Mushishi explore the more supernatural-leaning facets of nature (whether they be real or not), in a relaxing and intriguing episodic format. Characters behave realistically, and nothing is overdone.
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.
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Windy Tales and Kamichu! are all about the wonders of youth. They accent the youthful theme with a modern, real life setting that is touched with just a little bit of whimsical magic. Both are light hearted, and episodic. If you've acquired a taste for magical, middle school slice of life anime, both Windy Tales and Kamichu! are right up your alley.
Windy Tales and Kamichu! are charming slice-of-life/magical realism series about middle schoolers who aquire some sort of superhuman ability (though not the types that lend themselves well to epic battles). Cuteness and relaxation (also magical cats) abound in each.
In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.
In Windy Tales you have a few young studants who are learning how to control the wind. In Someday's Dreamers you have a few young students who are learning how to use magic. And don't you think there's something magical about being able to control the wind? :) It's not hard to see where the premise of both shows mesh together, but there are more similarities between both. The slow, "slice-of-life" pace; the instrumental, nostalgic music; the simple and yet down-to-earth characters... it's as if all factors, but the animation, tell you that Windy Tales is a kind of spiritual successor to Someday's Dreamer. Fans of one will certainly like the other.
In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
I don't usually make recommendations based upon a series's art style, but Windy Tales and Kemonozume are so far removed from the traditional "anime look", I feel I must. They are both drawn in this sort of really neat sketchy, flat style is very rarely used.
Additionally, each is about a seemingly normal society, with the exception of a select group of supernaturally-inclined humans (or not-so-humans, whichever the case may be). Granted, they're very different takes on the concept, but each definitely still warrants a look.