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Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.111 (scored by 39600 users)
Ranked: #4112
Popularity: #348
Members: 85,523
Favorites: 2,557
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While Haibane Renmei couldn't be more dissimilar, the concept of the characters being in a supposed afterlife or purgatory are both extremely integral to the setting. Although in Angel Beats!, it seems like they fear the next step and thus rebel in anyway to ensure they don't disappear. However, in Haibane Renmei, they do the exact opposite and are more resigned to their fate, and there is little conflict.
Both of these shows leave things open-ended, even after the end. If you're interested in thinking about the world that the characters live in when you watch anime, what important concepts are expressed in anime, or want to still think about a show long after it's over, these two shows work well. While they cover different ideas among those concepts, I feel they both cause similar responses.
It has the same atmosphere - even if the heroines are cute and nice, the reality is still bitter sweet.
A slow and gentle progression, showing a different world, the different people that live there and their various occupations, while the involved characters grow and learn about life.
Both series are of similar nostalgic feelings. Problems that they are showing are difficult to assess. Very ambiguous. Both anime are also formally similar (colors, the pace of action, universal message).
While the settings are vastly different (Futuristic computerized city, verses rural small town) the over all themes dealt with in the two series are very similar. Loss of loved ones and learning to move on, understanding what is real and what is fake, etc.
If you like the artwork of Yoshitoshi Abe, then you will love this series.
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Im not saying the story line is the same but it'll gives you quite the same feeling when you're watching Mushishi. You'll be waiting patiently for the mystery to unfold itself.
Both anime are shorter series with an mainly all female cast. both series the characters have to deal with a situation not exactly being all that it seems to be. Both characters deal with an extended amount of sadness and both carry along some fantasy elements with them.
Zettai Shonen may be twice as long as Haibane Renmei, but the pacing of both the shows is similar. They both are more reliant on character development than moving the plot forward. There is an aura of the supernatural in both shows, however Haibane Renmei has a superior art style.
The slowly revealed plot and the strength of character development make both of these shows worthwhile.
Aria is more light-hearted and not as deep as Haibane Renmei, but they truly are two of the best slice of life anime ever made.
Out of all of Yoshitoshi ABe's series, I believe NieA_7 is the one that bears the most resemblance to Haibane Renmei. Both are set in laid back rural settings where nothing of importance happens day to day and both are about extraordinary beings living off of the good will of normal human beings. NieA_7 focuses on the relationship of two characters. NieA, an alien, is freeloading off of Mayu, a young woman attending cram school because she failed to get into college. It's more of a comedy than Haibane Renmei but if you enjoyed the calm idyllic pace of Haibane Renmei NieA_7 should fit your tastes as well.
Both have a feeling of distance, not explaining much to the viewer and having a rather slow start. Haibane is more religous in a philosophical sense and has a dark under tone. Characters are well written in the animes and feel like real persons.
Both revolve around rebirth and specifically spending your renewed life to discover and absolve yourself of past sin; a lot of imagery is shared as well, with the moments "I" comes back into life resembling very closely Rakka's cocoon dream.
The two are oddly similar in that they both have aspects of monkhood. They both have some yuri in them, with Simoun clearly having more. If you're into strange worlds, odd trials, and that slice of humanity that just can't be put into words, then Simoun and Haibane Renmei are for you.
Both share distinct similarities in regards to their respective protagonists and plots. In both cases, a young girl is transported to a mysterious new world where she must learn to live and work within a community of strange creatures, guided by new-found friends. As time goes by, these girls learn strength and wisdom and question the world they live in and the authority that rules it. Similar plot themes are also notable in how both girls suffer the loss of their identity and memories, and come to recognise the pain in the life of a close friend, setting out to help them.
My favourite thing about Haibane-Renmei was the world the Haibane lived in. I liked seeing how the people there lived and worked, but felt there wasn't enough attention paid to theirdaily lives or interests. The major frustration I had with the series was that we knew so little of the town's history - its own story. ARIA managed to follow up with that beautifully.

These series are similar not in their mood (Haibane-Renmei is MUCH darker in its plot and development, whereas ARIA stays light throughout) or even their characters, although some similarities are present, but in the introduction of the world that they live.
You've seen one of these masterpieces and you don't know where to go next? Looking for something as brilliant and perfect which isn't a copy of the anime you just saw? This is it. Both are shinning pinnacles of slice-of-life, which may seem like a genre for which it is easy to produce animes, while in reality it's quite tricky to avoid all the pitfalls of mediocrity and make something so enjoyable and heartwarming as these two.
Although the plots have practicably nothing in common the characters on the other-hand do have the same vibe to them
The slowish yet engrossing pace, and the feel that the series gives off is about the same.
Alien Nine reminded me of Haibane Renmei because of the level of bizarre and weirdness each of these shows contain. Both are out of the normal comfort zone, and have a slice of life with an interesting sci-fi twist.
well,believe it or not this anime is quiet and peaceful has the same aspect of an old town with similar music and calm lives the storyline is not similar at all but they are similar at one thing and that is that neither the characters from H.R and Alice the main character of P.H do not remember anything from their past,i enjoyed watching both although Pandora hearts is and forever will be my favorite anime of all time ^^
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While the premises are completely different, their plots both revolve around a search for a complete life. Similar story elements throughout.
Both have a similar interpretation of the slice-of-life genre: appreciating the beauty in small actions and especially the relationships that develop because of them. Through these small interactions and the main character's gradually developing awareness of the feelings of others, these two anime also both subtly suggest (to me at least) the idea of mono no aware, or the sadness of transient things.

The protagonist's character development is also central to both plots; Rekki and Natsume are essentially coming to understand themselves and accept their unique life situations through their experiences with the various characters they meet along the way. They are both very character-driven shows, whose protagonists share a quiet kindness and genuine concern for others. Natsume and Rekki both struggle with their respective 'quirks' (Natsume being able to see ayakashi and Rekki being a Haibane) as these in some ways alienate them from other people and seem to detract them both from a 'normal' human experience.

Yet despite (or perhaps because of) these abnormal protagonists and the serene, sonderous lives they lead, both shows ultimately focus on what it means to be human.

Also, the setting for both is of beautiful countrysides, rich in color and pastoral accoutrements.
The premises are vastly different, but both shows present mature themes and handles them excellently without falling to the usual tropes of their respective genre. Since the build up is slow and the conflicts are subtle, the viewers are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment after finishing each series.
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Careful storytelling and believable characters are the strength of both shows. And both feature a strong but troubled woman as a main character who selflessly helps others.
While Moribito has more action and is set in a very different world, elements like the mystery and the slow pacing make them feel alike.
And best of all: they will both make you think about them well after watching them.
As with Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 the story is character driven and about deep issues that make you think. You'll re-watch this many times to pick up subtle clues to the main story. Also with no main villian t fight the story is about self reflection as we watch this coming of age story with a slight magic theme. but trust me only the situation is magic everything else is about the rakka and reike as they try to resolve many questions about themselve and how they came to be here.
A girl helps a cursed character while she makes new friends, both also can get pretty sad and are made in the early 2000's
I was surprised to notice that both soundtracks were composed by Kow Otani, which would explain how the atmosphere for both series was similar. Also, both endings were sung by Masumi Ito.
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Relaxing, slice-of-life anime with a hint of melancholy to them. Both are very sad shows and they might not have an ending where everything ends up perfectly. They both also have settings that are unique in slice-of-life anime.
In spite of different settings, both have decent character development and deal with existentialism issues such as loneliness, absurdity, freedom and existential crisis that may follow.
Haibane Renmei and Tamayura are both slow-paced slice-of-life shows that are very relaxing to watch, and they star a bunch of girls in either a fantasy or a realistic setting.
For both series, they have a similar feeling involving an after life world. Thus, expect supernatural themes. Additionally, the main character of both series must adjust to their role in such a world.

There is connections between certain characters as well as family-like bonding. Then, there's also the theme of a mystery life vibe regarding the themes of both shows.
Both are slice-of-life anime that can be enjoyed for the atmosphere they create and the themes and ideas they explore.

Haibane Renmei has a more depressing tone, and Denpa Onna has some Harem/Romcom elements, though.
Both anime have a town surrounded by a wall, keeping humans from going beyond it. Both anime also have creatures differing from the humans, Haibane Renmei have the Feathers and Shingeki no Kyojin has Titians, the difference being Titians are more of a predator to humans than the Feathers.
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Both of these series deal with death, some supernatural aspect, and moving on from one world to the next all the while maintaining and incredibly bittersweet vibe to them.
HR is a heartwarming, quiet and smooth anime. So TG is, but you get more humor, action (in the end of the film) en plus, but you won't get angel-girls, yeah i know that's a pity. In HR AND TG characters have to face their shortcomings and to overcome them. To tell the truth, these two animes are completely different in drawing, setting, plot, world and so on, but they are very close to each other in a spirit way (it may be a wrong word,so please, forgive me): you can feel love and creators' soul coming out from both of them. And, whem i whatched them both, i can say i have a similar impression of them. Also, it's as good a time as any to watch a Christmas movie, and TG is one. So go and watch Tokyo Godfathers, i know you'll like it.
Both have beautiful art and at times a similar feel. They are both set in heavily developed, atmospheric worlds.
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Sola reminded me of Haibane Renmei a lot in terms of artwork and the direction. The settin is also somewhat similar with all the protagonists being half-immortal. The main difference I can see is that Sola has a darker tone than Haibane Renmei.
They both have many differences ( Saikano being more of a romance ), but I think the feel of each is similar. Both are deeper type of anime's with a bit of sci-fi mixed in.
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They are both very slow, without an 'action & adventure-plot' If you like slice-of-life and a bit of fantasy, you will enjoy both these anime.
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They both are very philosophical and dark. What is one's purpose, why am I here, etc.
These two shows define the slice-of-life genre pretty well, with a bit of fantasy thrown in. They're both stories of the characters finding themselves after a strange occurrence that changes their lives forever, and overcoming a past that they may not wish to confront. Pretty slow-paced, but fulfilling, as are most animes of this nature.
Even though the setting is very diffrent both are emotional stories about a group of teenagers and their everyday lives.
Haibane Renmei and Figure 17 are essentially about overcoming emotional withdrawal and learning how to connect with others. In both cases the main character is faced with a new environment and must learn how to adjust as well as how to gain self confidence. Forging bonds and dealing with loss are at the core of these two series, even though Figure 17 has a strong sci-fi element that is absent from the highly mysterious Haibane Renmei. In both series the pieces of slice of life are priceless and blend perfectly with the rural atmosphere that makes for lively sceneries in Figure 17 and lush settings in HR. These are very bittersweet and highly emotional efforts that share a lot of themes; fans of one are likely to enjoy the other
I haven't felt anything similar in Haibane Renmei as to NGE. Though it may seem like an odd comparison, the if you understand they psychology behind it, it begins to make sense. They both give me hope. It reminds you why you need to survive and struggle -- why it's worth it. It reminds you that to be the very definition of human we need freewill to make our own mistakes and learn and grow from it, or it will inevitably eat you alive. It means a lot to me to explore such "simple" concepts of how we interact and see ourselves. We choose to ignore a lot it to get by in life, because pain and human interaction on the surface can be understood by everyone, the way humans think and deal with it is complicated.
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although both productions are telling totally different stories, both of them take a deep insight into humans' souls, their sercet desires and weaknesses. both treat about people who lost their way and now seek the way back. set in different realities, Haibane Renmei as well as Gedo Senki points out that no matter how much we sin, we are only humans and there's still the hope for us if we are able to admit our failures. to sum up, both are great anime worth giving a try.
In both series the main characters seek to redeem themselves of sins they don't quite remember. Both sometimes seem meandering at times and absolutely beautiful at others. They also share a similar level of western religious symbolism without ever relying on overt Christian symbolism like Evangelion or Ergo Proxy.
although the story is very different and haiane renmei is a bit darker, the main characters remind me of each other. they seem to have the same feel...i think so anyway
Same atmosphere, calm animes, same supernatural and slice of life anime...
These two series have different look and feel, yet they take you to the same depths and heights. If you believe that Utena is just about sword-fighting or weird relationships or runaway kangaroos, just skip this recommendation. However, if you're into the spiritual/mystery layer of Utena, then welcome to the town of Glie for another bunch of shockingly right questions and answers. Likewise, if you're a Haibane fan in search of another mind-blowing story of true Friendship and Forgiveness, then Ohtori Gakuen is waiting for you (if only you don't mind some sword-fighting / weird relationships / runaway kangaroos).
They have a similar atmosphere.
Both feature a medieval-ish setting and are lightly supernatural.
They show traditions of different people.
These anime are very different.
Especially, the first 16 episodes of Trigun. Those are mainly focused on action and comedy.
However, I think that from episode 17, Trigun shares a common theme with Haibane Renmei.

Being stuck in a monotone world, not knowing one's purpose. With no certainties. Somehow trying to do what's right. Being subjected to phenomenon beyond the comprehension of an individual. Struggling to accept one's fate.
Wishing to lead a simple life, somewhere far away, in the face of cruel reality.

Other than that, I find the graphics similar - both pale.
If you're looking for something featuring existential angst, this could be it.
The leads in both stories join a gang, grow in the process and give something back to their friends.
They are both slow paced character-centric stories with excellent character interactions, and strong yet subtle emotions underplaying beneath all the dialogues and expressions. An air of mystery and intrigue surrounds both series. The excellent music score is like a separate character itself, and plays an important. Both shows have a unique visual presentation with soothing and deep color palettes.

HR is more angst-filled, while SG handles its emotions with more subtlety.

While Princess Tutu is much more shoujo and romantic than Haibane Renmei, if you look beyond the glittery ballet sequences and magical girl elements in PT, there are many simlarities. Both of these tales take place in mysterious towns surrounded by high walls, with likeable, complex characters who struggle to figure out who they are and why they're there. Both are stories of mystery, discovery, and love. Both are rather slow-paced.
In both, a girl is suddenly thrown into a completely new setting where she must learn to adjust to a very different set of circumstances and people than she's used to. After which she learns some lessons about things like finding your path in life and that everything that begins must also come to an end someday.
Both are beautifully drawn, slow-paced, soft and dramatic at the same time, and both have the main character "take the Day of Flight".