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Haibane Renmei


Alternative Titles

English: Haibane Renmei
Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Thursdays at 02:28 (JST)
Studios: Radix
Source: Other
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.051 (scored by 57,658 users)
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Ranked: #4822
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #497
Members: 142,705
Favorites: 4,240
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Synopsis

Born from a cocoon in the village of Old Home, a young Haibane—a being with a halo and small gray wings—awakens to a world she does not understand without memories of her past. Named Rakka for the dream of falling she had while inside the cocoon, she soon becomes accustomed to life in the strange town. However, there are strict rules for the Haibane, such as being forbidden to leave the village or go near the walls surrounding it. These, along with mysterious disappearances of their kind on their "Day of Flight," begin to unsettle Rakka and the others since they know almost nothing about their own kind.

Haibane Renmei tells not only Rakka's story but also of those around her, as they live their lives with no memories of the past while trying to break free from their former pain and ultimately find salvation.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Reki
Main
Noda, Junko
Japanese
Rakka
Main
Hirohashi, Ryou
Japanese
Kuu
Supporting
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese
Kana
Supporting
Miyajima, Eri
Japanese
Nemu
Supporting
Murai, Kazusa
Japanese
Hikari
Supporting
Orikasa, Fumiko
Japanese
The Communicator
Supporting
Ooki, Tamio
Japanese
Kuramori
Supporting
Hisakawa, Aya
Japanese
Hyouko
Supporting
Suzuki, Chihiro
Japanese
Midori
Supporting
Mizuno, Manabi
Japanese

Staff

Ueda, Yasuyuki
Producer
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Director, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Omori, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director, Key Animation


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"Blue Flow" by Heart of Air




More reviewsReviews

Apr 25, 2010
Siarus (All reviews)
This is the most striking anime I've ever seen. The care and imagination that went into every aspect of the show is remarkable, but due to the slow, gentle nature of the series I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, if only because this isn't a typical anime in terms of plot. The suspense is subtle -- difficult to spot if you're watching it for the first time -- and builds up over half of the series. Haibane Renmei starts off languid and mysterious, and it tapers off just as languid and mysterious, and every episode seems to reveal more questions that never get answered. Even read more
Apr 14, 2008
TheCriticsClub (All reviews)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a large number of anime fans have encountered Yoshitoshi Abe or the shows he’s created and worked on, nor would I be wrong to say that he has gained a strong fanbase for his beautiful art and creative vision. Many people were turned off by the gritty confusion that was Serial Experiments Lain (one of his previous works), but there were a still few willing to dive into Haibane Renmei despite the previous title's flaws. In his debut as a writer, Yoshitoshi Abe envisioned and penned an anime series that quietly tugs at the heart and that read more
May 7, 2014
Fleure (All reviews)
An endless fall; a young girl wrapped in white abruptly descends from the skies. A weightless haze lucidly embraces her. A dream too real, a fall too sudden; awakens she, from a strange trance and finds herself confined in a vessel that’s all too familiar in place that’s all too peculiar. A craft in the form of a cocoon holds the enigmatic maiden—a strange rebirth is to take place. The inhabitants of the building in which the cocoon swiftly lies, await in great patience for the arrival of the girl in white.

Thus begins the hauntingly decorative tale of “Haibane Renmei”

Instantly, “Haibane Renmei’s” inquisitive read more
Jan 19, 2009
TrenchKamen (All reviews)
This is truly a stand-alone work in terms of originality. ABe did not self-censor and allowed the full weight of his intuition and dreams to direct his hand, and the result is a beautiful, ethereal, archetypal world fully-realized and yet deep enough to retain mystery. The show does not explain everything, even the most important aspects of Gile, and that feels okay. We can see in this fantastic world what is in our innermost hearts, and our intuition fills in so many of the gaps. Few stories manage to do this so well.

The story manages to blend soft, yet interesting, aspects of slice-of-life with haunting read more

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