Colorful (2010) - Recommendations

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Kuro no Sumika: Chronus

Kuro no Sumika: Chronus

Makoto Nakazono is a high school student with a small dark secret. Since he was little, he has had the mysterious power to see "black entities" that steal souls — the gods of death known as Fates. One day, he is suddenly interrogated by one of the "black entities," Akira Seno: "Will you get in our way?" But Makoto replies with an air of resignation, "There's nothing I can do anyway, so I won't." At that moment, Makoto didn't notice the threatening shadow approaching his childhood friend Hazuki...

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snivets snivets says...

Again, with death as the theme, both Colorful and Kuro no Sumika push the limits of death. Can a human being be returned from the edge of dying, and how does that experience change their outlook? If you liked one, check out the other!

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime deal with death and the insecurities that teenagers feel. While Colorful is longer, Chronus touches on the same idea of second chances and the comfort of friendship. And both ask the question: what is life after death?

OmniscientAristocrat OmniscientAristocrat says...

These both deal with similar themes of death and despair. The main character deals with these struggles and finds happiness in the end.

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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Taiyaki Taiyaki says...

If you liked Colorful, you may enjoy Angel Beats! because both shows deal with death and reincarnation.

However, Angel Beats! focuses more on fulfilling ones unfulfilled dream wihile Colorful deals with correcting the mistakes in the former life.

Summer Days with Coo

Summer Days with Coo

One day, Uehara Kouichi digs up a stone by the side of a river, and when it breaks in half he finds a fossil inside - or so he thinks. The fossil is actually a Kappa that was trapped in the earth hundreds of years ago; it is revived when Kouichi washes the stone. When his family allows Kouichi to keep the Kappa, much to his bratty little sister’s annoyance, he affectionately names it Coo. But even though the Uehara family helps Coo regain his strength, and even battle him in an odd sumo match, Coo longs to find more of his kind. However, after following a few leads on where they may find more Kappas, Coo becomes the centre of a media storm, turning his life upside down. Will Coo ever be able to escape the constant hounding of the press, and can he find his place in this new world?

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GuardianEnzo GuardianEnzo says...

Keiichi Hara's Colorful was one of my favorite anime films of the last few years,  but don't overlook its predecessor, 2007's Summer Days With Coo.  While it doesn't have the complexity of Colorful and the animation is clearly a couple of levels below, Hara packs the same narrative skill and unerring eye for family dynamics into both films.

Don't be fooled into thinking "Coo" is a light, cheery family film.  It's a pretty dark story full of difficult themes and rather dim views of the human race.  As is Hara's style, however, the movie is ultimately optimistic in its take on the ability of good people to affect good results.  Clearly influenced by Miyazaki, "Coo" is less refined but more gritty than the master's films.  Highly recommended.

As to "Colorful", it's quite simply one of the best theatrical anime of the last half-decade.  This is a serious, thoughtful movie that pulls no punches - dealing with topics such as teenage suicide, enjo kosai, and bullying.  Hara takes pains not to sugarcoat his hero into a sweet, lovable cherub - Makoto is a complicated, difficult teenager whose path to darkness is portrayed with startling realism.  Yet ultimately, the film is life-affirming and hopeful in a thouroughly Buddhist way.

Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Two sometimes-somber, sometimes-uplifting anime about loneliness. Both are very introspective with a slow pace and a generally muted color palette.

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Kids on the Slope has a fair share of romance, but I think the most important part of the series is the friendship between the two male leads, Kaoru and Sentarou. Likewise, while Colorful isn't initially about friendship, the theme becomes very important later on.

There aren't that many series about the strength and importance of friendships between males, and Kids on the Slope and Colorful are both full of really excellent drama, (though their pacing is completely different), so if you liked one you should check the other out.

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo

The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

While Colorful is much more somber/serious than A Letter to Momo, both movies address death and its consequences with a lot of heart and a touch of the paranormal. I definitely think they'll appeal to the same audience.

Death Billiards

Death Billiards

When two strangers find themselves trapped in a mysterious lounge with no memory of arriving, they're informed by the bartender that the only way to escape is play a game like their lives depend on it. With a spin of the roulette wheel, their fates are set: the men must play a game of pool, but it's no ordinary game! In a suspenseful, macabre twist, the balls aren't numbered but rather represent a different organ in each man's body. Just what kind of fate awaits the loser of this anything-goes game of billiards?

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snivets snivets says...

I think these two are a natural recommendation for each other. What happens when you arrive in the afterlife with not much idea about how you got there? Taking a gamble, the characters in both shows literally bet their lives in a search for answers.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

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.

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snivets snivets says...

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.

Anemone

Anemone

A girl enters a fantastical, upside-down world and wanders aimlessly until a mysterious rabbit appears next to her. Together, the two embark on a journey to find something special - just the thing that the girl needs...

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aeab32 aeab32 says...

They are both with a similar theme of youngsters overcoming suicidal feelings and rebuilding their lives and becoming part of society again.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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hanako37 hanako37 says...

These two anime follow an MC as he faces troubles with supernatural occurances and phycological states. Colorful as an anime movie has more mature themes and a darker story. Anohana has cheerful elements and multiple characters that you get a futher understanding of, in comparison. Both address the pressures on school children in thier relationships with others at school, at home and that have come to pass or not yet developed.