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Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?

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Sianeka Sianeka says...

I'm not making this recommendation because these movies match thematically, because they don't. Hal is a move about the loss of someone beloved to you and Hotarubi no Mori e is about a childhood friendship.

Nay, I recommend these together because they are emotionally tied. Both are beautifully animated poignant and moving films that tug on the bittersweet heartstring and either will leave your emotions touched tenderly. Both evoke feelings of wistfulness and yearning. If you enjoyed either movie, the other will surely summon a similar feeling for you.

snivets snivets says...

Along with great visuals, Hal and Hotarubi no Mori e both tell bittersweet tales of a romantic relationship between a human and a non-human. Despite some thematic differences, I think fans of one would enjoy the other.

Starsamantha95 Starsamantha95 says...

Having watched these two films which almost left me in a state of tears - Hal is about a boy who goes to help a girl have a normal life once more. The boy is left feeling conflicted about the other and tries to help her in anyway he can (trying to feed her and clean up) however making blunders along the way. In Hotarubi no Mori e there is a boy who helps a girl escape a forest and go home. However not being able to touch her means troubles tend to arrise ( her falling out of a tree).  Both films at the end leave a bittersweet taste inside your mouth because their only intimate moments are followed by sadness. 

Honestly these films are some of the best films I have ever seen and I'd fully recommend to at least see them once. I hope you enjoy both of these films as much as I did. :)

Time of Eve

Time of Eve

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...

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snivets snivets says...

Hal and Eve no Jikan both explore the emotional bonds between humans and adroids. Both contain beautiful animation and a similar delicate emotional atmosphere. If you liked one, the other will definitely give you more food for thought.

corkboard corkboard says...

Both have a serious take on the android-drama genre, both have lush animation styles, and both will tug at your heart strings.  They are, in many ways, a perfect pairing for a cyborg double feature.

Time of Eve Movie

Time of Eve Movie

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...

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ApolloLight ApolloLight says...

Hal is movie taking place in japan if folllows the life of two charaters Hal and Kurumi. Hal has a great story will great with plot twits that are impossible to predicted. One major point which connects Hal and Time of eve is the story line and genre, some similar tags both moveies share are:

  • SCI FI
  • ANDROIDS
  • DRAMA
  • ROMANCE

YariMari YariMari says...

Both anime are dramas that focus on the relationship between humans and androids. They are fairly slow paced with a few heartwrenching moments.

Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

After failing his college entrance exams, 18 year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki is offered a position at the renowned SAI Corporation due to his father’s connections. SAI Corporation is known for its production and management of androids that possessed human emotions called Giftia. Tsukasa’s position is in the terminal service department where the main job is to recover Giftias that are close to their expiration, a graveyard department in every sense. To make matters worse, Tsukasa is ordered to work with Isla, a female Giftia who is never given any responsibility other than serving tea to co-workers.

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snivets snivets says...

Although the settings differ a bit, Plastic Memories and Hal both show us the strong connections and memories that bind humans to androids. Both shows have a similar emotional atmosphere, with plenty of sad and touching events.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime feature a romance between a human and a human-like android.  While the plots differ, both anime have touching moments and are very sad at times.  If you like one, you will probably like the other.

Chibits

Chibits

As Sumomo berates Kotoko for not getting into her morning exercises, Hideo leaves for college but manages to leave his wallet behind. After sending Chii out in a schoolgirl outfit to deliver the wallet, the ever-lively Sumomo realizes that something is wrong… Chii has left her panties behind! Now in a fit of panic the two teeny androids must find a way to escape the house and reach Chii before any rogue gusts of wind expose her naked truth.

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Chobits

Chobits

Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...

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ofall ofall says...

In both, Androids are used as replacements for people who have past away. These stories are both heart wrenching and beautiful depictions of robot-human relationships.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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...

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Ailly Ailly says...

Although these two don't seem to have much in common plot-wise, both movies left me with a bittersweet feeling in the end. They're really good love stories with little bits of sci-fi, that'll not leave your heart untouched.

Darker than Black

Darker than Black

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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Hak Hak says...

I have noticed some similarities between these two, particularly in their sci-fi and mystery aspect. Both animes starring artifical beings/dolls (DTB) and android/s(Hal) who carry out missions. Both have memorable characters, thought provoking plots and interesting dialogues. 

Blue Spring Ride

Blue Spring Ride

At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart.

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sakuramemories sakuramemories says...

Maybe this recommendation is not quite because of the storyline. its more because of the main characters... if you love to see Kou and Futaba's relationship in Ao Haru Ride.. You might wanna watch Hal. KouxFutaba is very similar to HalxKurumi.. not only they look similar but the kind of relationship is bittersweet. Personally, I feel that KouxFutaba acts as the back story of HalxKurumi.. its like what if they went to school together..

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