Total Recommendations: 21
The series that Kill la Kill truly reminded me of on the most consistent basis was definitely Utena. I saw so many elements of the first season of Utena in this series that it became a bit ridiculous - RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME that is! If you like the fighting aspect of Kill la Kill, than you are certain to enjoy Utena's duels. BONUS for you Touga fans - there is definitely a boy for you in this fantasy! ^_^
Iblard Jikan is a triumphant wonder with a marvelous OST (composed by Kiyonori Matsuo) and set in a beautiful world of magic, wonder, and colour envisioned by the imaginations of Sureal-Impressionist painter, Inoue Naohisa who also created the paintings used for the animation.
They both belong to the dreamy Tamura Shigeru Studio and have a surreal quality of story-telling think pieces with heart.
Like Kujira no Chouyaku (Glassy Ocean), Iblard Jikan is another short animation (Ghibli) with a marvelous OST set in a beautiful world of magic and colour.
Non Non Biyori has a laid-back slice of country life appeal, that is similar to ARIA's slice-of-Venetian every day life. However, I feel like ARIA has a bit more depth to it overall and will ultimately carry more substance. I recommend NNB for a nice quiet evening with tea though. It's one of my favourite things of this season.
The plot of Bungaku Shoujo revolves around literature and mentions several works by Miyazawa Kenji. Night on the Galactic Railroad plays a crucial role in Miu's story (in the second episode) when she tells the story to Konoha Inoue.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is what would happen if Ouran High School Host Club has a baby with Kuragehime. While I think each one is enjoyable, I felt YNSH had more overall depth to it. While it's more famous counterpart may have NO trouble getting viewers, if you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend you watch Yamato Nadeshiko because it's SO funny and awesome!
This is also part of the World Children's Classics series along with the aforementioned adaptation of Swan Lake, so the art style will be similar or of the same high quality. Also, this is one of the most beautiful children's stories I've ever seen adapted.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is like the older, more well developed sibling to Kuragehime. While I think both are equally enjoyable, I felt YNSH had more overall depth to it. There is also more comedy, however Kuragehime really held it's own and I found myself more attached to its characters, whereas I have trouble remembering many of Yamato Nadeshiko's chatacter's names. If you enjoyed one I would highly recommend the other, which, while I see the obvious similarities, I could not say for Paradise Kiss or Ouran Host Club. ...ok, maybe for Ouran... But seriously, watch Yamato Nadeshiko if you haven't yet because it's awesome!
One of the stories in Clannad: After Story bears a striking resemblance to what might have been the after story of She & Her Cat.
There is a similar feeling to these two anime, but more importantly I think the viewer of one will enjoy the other. Also they are each based off of books, which always makes for interesting cinema - particularly where Japan is concerned. Lastly, the music for each of these in both fitting and chilling.
Same starkness of scene and incredible music in both. If Inaka Isha were Noh, Angel's Egg would be Kabuki produced by Yoshitaka Amano.
Both are cute magical girl shojo with positive messages. Lots of transformation sequences!
You know, it's funny because the whole time I was watching Chobits I kept thinking '"wait, this can't be right. Wasn't he much younger? And where did that creepy pedophile teacher go who's so into lingerie?" And then I realized my mistake... "Oh wait," I thought to myself." That's not Chobits, that's DearS."
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.
They are both "Think Pieces"; each feels reflective in its own way, on its own subject matter. Overall it is the tone of Kunio Kato's creations that are similar to Mushishi to me and I would recommend one to a fan of either.
The feel for the film, the music and even moments of the story itself feel similar to one another. They each deal with solitude and loss and finding something you have hope in.
Like all three anime of its kind (Juuni Kokki, Fushigi Yugi, Seirei no Moribito) this one focuses on a strong female lead. Actually ALL the females tend to be strong in this anime. And yet the men play their parts wonderfully and are not left in the background.