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Little Forest
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Non Non Biyori
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They are both iyashikei, slice of life series full of peaceful, growing feelings about girls in a country town living the "small town life". Non Non Biyori is more a coming-of-age, moe/cute-girls-doing-cute-girl-things series though while Little Forest, a manga about a city girl who moves to the country to cook and live off the land, focuses on agriculture, cooking, and self discovery. It would be nice to see an anime adaptation of Little Forest.

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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
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Little Forest
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They are both iyashikei, slice of life series full of peaceful, growing feelings about girls/androids in a country town living the "small town life". YKK is one of the most wonderful, peaceful manga/anime series I have ever encountered. It is absolutely one of my favourites and I have watched it multiple times to remember those peaceful,contented feelings. Little Forest, a manga about a city girl who moves to the country to cook and live off the land, focuses on agriculture, cooking, and self discovery. The small town moments of it, along with the organic, get back to nature aspects really bring about the iyashikei, slice-of-life feeling that reminded me of the first time I read YKK. <3 It would be nice to see an anime adaptation of Little Forest.

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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
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Nagi no Asukara
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While Nagi no Asukara is more of a school tale romance and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a slice of life, iyashikei the feel of a town by the sea is so strong for both of them that the ambiance reminds me of each of them. The beautiful end theme of Nagi makes me feel like I am walking through Alpha's world.

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Kidou Senkan Nadesico
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Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman
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Nadesico makes several very direct references to Gatchaman - most notably in the beloved anime of the crew, Gekiganger. There is lots of wonderful symmetry between these two shows. It you enjoy one, it is likely you will enjoy the other.

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Airy Me
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00:08
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Both are hand drawn in pencil and are emotionally driven ellipsoidal animations with a series of repetitions eventually coming to a kind of explanatory crescendo. However 'Airy Me' has a kind of oblong narrative that tells more of a story than '00:08' and it centers us to our childhood Ōtomo Katsuhiro roots. It also uses the background music as a abutment for its narrative rather than just having it be there for no reason. If you are interested in one, you will likely find value in the other.

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Shoujo Kakumei Utena
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Kill la Kill
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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! ^_^

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Iblard Jikan
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Hoshi wo Katta Hi
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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.

Hoshi wo Katta Hi is the second short animation to be lovingly crafted and by Inoue and was directed by Miyazaki Hayao. The music is composed by Yuriko Nakamura & Norihiro Tsuru and it is lovely! The art style is very different from Iblard Jikan and takes on the usual Miyazaki style. This is somewhat regrettable (how rare to hear one say such a thing!!!) as I feel something of Inoue's vision for the piece may have been lost with this decision.

Both films are certainly worth one's time and attention though as each contains beautiful dreams.

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Kujira no Chouyaku
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A Piece of Phantasmagoria
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They both belong to the dreamy Tamura Shigeru Studio and have a surreal quality of story-telling think pieces with heart.

Phantasmagoria consists of fifteen 5-minute shorts and each is a delight.

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Kujira no Chouyaku
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Iblard Jikan
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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.

The art and animation styles are very different for each, which is a nice contrast. Kujira no Chouyaku is a world of bright, bold blocks of colour (usually mono-colours), with emphasis on line and shadows (I recommend it to fans of graphic novels and comics), while Iblard Jikan is set in the style of a Sureal-Impressionist painting due to the amazing style of artist, Naohisa Inoue who created the paintings used for the animations.

I think those who love colour, art, and music will love each of these animations.

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Aria The Animation
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Non Non Biyori
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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.

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Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
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"Bungaku Shoujo" Memoire
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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.

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Ouran Koukou Host Club
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Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge♥
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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!

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Andersen Douwa: Ningyohime
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Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Mori wa Ikiteiru
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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.

Similar to World Masterpiece Theatre films (Anne of Green Gables/Heidi/et cetera) & Belle & Sebastian.

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Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge♥
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Kuragehime
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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!

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Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
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Clannad: After Story
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One of the stories in Clannad: After Story bears a striking resemblance to what might have been the after story of She & Her Cat.

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Inaka Isha
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Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten (1993)
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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.

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Tenshi no Tamago
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Inaka Isha
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Same starkness of scene and incredible music in both. If Inaka Isha were Noh, Angel's Egg would be Kabuki produced by Yoshitaka Amano.

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Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
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Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo
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Both are cute magical girl shojo with positive messages. Lots of transformation sequences!

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Chobits
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DearS
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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."

Same basic concept minus the awesome/crazy teacher added for a laugh track. Chi is a bit more cute than Ren Ren though... but other than that it could be almost the same anime (it even has a panties shopping episode). Both are fun and purposefully endearing, but I felt Chobits was a bit more mellow. If you like one it is very likely you will like the other.

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Haibane Renmei
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Aria The Natural
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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.

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Mushishi
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Tsumiki no Ie
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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.

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Tenshi no Tamago
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Andersen Douwa: Ningyohime
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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.

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Saiunkoku Monogatari
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Seirei no Moribito
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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.

The premise is also similar in the aspect of secret bodyguards. But this is more a sense of feel to the animes - they just have that similar quality that I tend to find appealing in the other two as well. This genre of anime has a wanderer feel to it, but also a kind of strength. Not unlike Miyazaki Hayao's Princess Mononoke (more for the characters of Lady Eiboshi and Ashitaka than for Mononoke Hime).
You just feel that you are on some epic journey with them and already I CARE about these characters.