Another *Love Nature* anime, or maybe the only other love nature/earth anime so far except FF: The Spirits within. Both stories try to explain the symbiosis of all living beings and the earth itself. If you are celebrating Earth's day, these two animes are 'a must see'.
Both EMA and Mushishi deals with the environment stuffs that affects society, while Mushishi is episodic series dealing with 'mushis' co-exist with humanity, EMA talks about more on societal issues that destroys earth little by little..
Both the animes protagonists (Ginko-san & Juna-chan) try seek a ways to help society be in one with the nature and its natural order of life..
Both Arjuna and Pom Poko have strong morales about the enviroment . Arjuna is more about farming and plants and what's safe to eat (the answer to that last one being nothing by the way) while Pom Poko is about how we shouldn't build on homeland of animals. Arjuna is also way more preachy while Pom Poko's morale is part of the story naturally and thus seems better. Arjuna also has more action, but they both have great animation and music.
Troubled city girls are involuntarily conscripted to be magic-wielding guardians of nature. Their greatest nemesis: humanity. Both shows have a strong environmentalist theme, which they present holistically: a condemnation of current society, a prescription for change, and a call to action both individually and collectively. Miyori is a lighter, family-friendly coming-of-age story; Arjuna is darker and more intensely focused on conveying its message.
Both of these anime share the same music author, Yoko Kanno (in Earth Maiden Arjuna she uses the Alias of Gabriela Robin) and their openings are song by the beautiful voice of Maaya Sakamoto (she also is the leading role in Vision of Escaflowne), both animes also have a God or powerful spirit in the form of a mecha (Ashra and Escaflowne respectively) and their characters go into a coming to age style of development.
Two similar yet very different anime who are heavily influenced by hindu mythology. I have to say i consider Arjuna to be way better as it also tackles the ecological issues of our modern day society. Shurato is VERY dated. Anyway, watch out for several remakes coming out in 2015 and 2016!
Arjuna has a drama tone and Moyashimon a comedy tone. Both put emphasis on alternative practices and have an educated view on bacteria and nature. basically if you liked moyashimon and you re receptive to ecological messages, then you want to watch arjuna. on the other hand if you liked arjuna then you want to watch moyashimon because its pretty much the only anime that comes close to it.
The idea that technology has doomed mankind's future by not respecting nature is approached in both animes. In Arjuna, polution, a by-product of our advancements in tech, is damaging earth, hence, it is up to Juna to heal the planet. Meanwhile, in blue sub. someone tries to protect the environment by eliminating mankind.
They show differents approaches on how to tackle the overexploration of resources, and lack of respect we have by our planet.
You may think what the heck how are they alike? Well, the premise pretty much echos one another. They both include the uncommon theme of older girls with magical powers, and both main characters end up vowing to 'use Earth sympathy powers to save everyone' no matter how touching, preachy, or cheesy you may think that is. Your mileage may vary with both shows if the Earth sympathy type of awakening thing bugs the crap out of you or you get irritated anybody should even suggest that you should become more like I don't know...(the Amish, Saints, or Indians) or god forbid, that you should turn nice instead of naughty. However, in my opinion, aside from the strong streak of non-conventionalism/pacifism/conservatism/environmentalism/etc (all of which is especially rampant in Earth Maiden Arjuna) generally, the whole point of each show is for the characters to channel Martin Luther King Jr. or any other famous activist and every other thing that has ever mattered in the history of ever possibly. What do I mean? Well, watching either Kobato. or Earth Maiden Arjuna is good for you in actuality. You see, watching something like Earth Maiden Arjuna will make you think more about environment, sharing, working hard, living in peace, and equality if you don't already think about it. And then something like Kobato. will simply coexist in harmony in your presence in order to make you feel like a badass singing lullabies to babies, singing to trees, and befriending Angels in your neighborhood. These are positive shows that are in essence good for your soul; so, therefore, I recommend both. read more