4.13 out of 5 from 67 votes
Renei Hayashi is just about to begin middle school and not only is she nervous about the prospect, but she continues to miss her brother who died last year. On the eve of her entrance ceremony, Renei goes to bed as usual, but when she wakes up, she finds herself in a fantastical dream world, and better still her brother is there! However, the boy she meets calls himself Coo and has no idea who she is. With no clue as to how to return home, she follows Coo to his house where his kindly mother puts her to bed. The following day, Renei wakes up back in reality and thinks that she’ll never experience Coo’s world again. However, with each following night she returns to his side and they travel the land encountering the strange and absurd as they search for Renei’s home. But is Coo’s world really just a dream, and why does Renei continue to go there night after night?
Well, these two don't have many plot or character similarities, but I think fans of one would appreciate the other. Art is a bit similar, as is setting, moralism, and the general atmosphere.
In a world that is now dominated by religion, few exist who still believe in the old ways of magic and even rarer are those who still practice the ancient arts. Though branded by the majority as heretics, witches still exist across the world and come in many guises. From vengeful sorceresses and a shaman calling upon the spirits to protect her homeland from invading soldiers, to provincial witches in tune with the very world around them, these magic users remain relentlessly shunned by the institutions around them. But while religious heads and pompous rulers see their very existence as a stain on humanity, these witches have more to teach the world than we could possibly know...
The main strength of Majo and The Music of Marie is each's skillful world-building. Both develop very well-realized and fanciful cultures, complete with interesting religions, philosophies, and aesthetics.
Both manga have extremely detailed artwork, and will likely appeal to the same audience.
High in the sky is the floating city of Garvia - a place where even inanimate objects have spirits, and those with especially strong spirits can manifest as gods and wreak havoc on the city. Here, spirit mediums are tasked with pairing up items to human masters who they are compatible with, an important duty since making the wrong match could have dire consequences. Here, the adorable high-ranking spirit medium Miles Erankston and her partner, the over-amorous god of destruction Gikaku, must deal with the unusual quirks of their professions.
Both these seinen manga are super whimsical blends of science fiction and fantasy. If you liked the elaborate and fascinating setting, detailed artwork, or focus on flying in one, you're sure to enjoy the other.
Two poor brothers wearing matching bunny suits are distracted from their lives as street performers by a mysterious young girl and a very phallic train. After hitching a ride, they arrive in an elaborate underwater palace inhabited entirely by females, who "entertain" male guests from above the surface. Aside from the females, there is the Dragon God, and Hiroshi - the sole male member of the tribe who holds a deep-seated grudge about being forced to live in the air ducts! Is there any way for the brothers to return to their terrestrial life, after being swept up in this bizarre world of revenge schemes, court intrigue, and time travel?
The Music of Marie and Ryuuguuden are two oddball seinen manga that blend fantasy with science fiction, have a penchant for drastic, narrative-altering twists, and muse over subjects such as whether it's admissable to sacrifice certain things to maintain society's peace and status quo.