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.
Both Animes start quite slow, and carry on calm and relaxing, but have got a very deep meaning about them. As well, both have got a theme you could call "talk about philosophical life and meanings". A bit exaggerated, but they still definitely have got a special meaning. The Ending is quite open too, nothing really ever happens particular, but still both have got that little, special sparkle, that's rare to find in an anime.
Both have a calm and slightly ominous atmosphere, make good use of muted colour palettes, and are chock full of metaphor. Kino no Tabi is episodic and more focused on giving a different message or making a different point each episode while Haibane Renmei is built around character interaction and drama.
I found these two series quite alike with their philosophical themes with an emotional story and an insightful main female protagonist. Although slow paced, both of their stories are intriguing and unique that explores subjects that can be emotional for viewers.
Both series also made me think about life and death occasionally that also deals with themes like redemption and forgiveness.
Both series takes an approach in a dream like environment with an insightful depth exploring questions that we often so much around the world. I also found two female protagonist in both series quite similar in several aspects especially in their independence and personalities.
Both series are quite beautiful as well that takes journey of its own. read more
Both anime have a very similar feel in terms of storytelling and both contain many philosophical and thoughtful undertones, like Kino's Journey Haibane Renmei is very unique and intelligent, and will make you think deeply after every episode. While the plot may be different at the core you will find many similarities, it is safe to say that if you enjoyed Kino's Journey you will definitely enjoy Haibane Renmei.
Kino's Journey feels very similar in tone to Haibane Renmei. They both share a sort of thoughtful, dreamlike melancholy, though Kino's Journey has a little bit more action. They're both slow-paced, mature shows that pose philosophical questions and make you want to think. Kino's Journey is one of the few shows that really captures the same sort of feeling as Haibane Renmei.
These are two quiet, philosophical Slice-of-life anime, which mainly center around humanity and our lifes. They have the same kind of atmossphere and tone and are both open-ended, even when the story is over, with a message that slowly unfolds to the viewer.
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.
Similar premise, very different execution.. Haibane takes away the comedy, action and some cuteness factor in order to bring more deepness to the premise setting, but both anime can leave you wondering the same questions about life purpose, and death.
Similar in both is by accepting yourself(regret) or atone your sin of your past before death you will be free from that world. Born to other world where they had to do work and live on with other people a.k.a citizen of that world.
Angel Beats! and Haibane Renmei have similar concepts, as both are centered around characters who are in a purgatory-like setting. While Angel Beats! has more comedy and action, Haibane Renmei takes a much more serious tone, and also likes to leave things up to the viewer to interpret. Liking one of these shows does not necessarily mean you will like the other, but it is worth trying.
Imagine having found yourself, to an unknown world, as if a lucid daydream not to be awakened. The rejection and self-denial is nigh, as the individuals, Yuzuru and Rekka, slowly identify with their pasts and gradually accept the truth, within the labyrinth of both worlds, the "afterworld", and the real world. Haibane Renmei, an astute yet nostalgic series that carries an abstract, yet distinct air of suspense to it; Angel Beats, a fulfilling adventure in an alternative (afterlife) world to slowly depreciate and disintegrate as reality steps in. Both attempt to carry a complete and touching plot, with a natural flow in Haibane Renmei; while Angel Beats takes upon an aggressive, and relentless spirit towards the truth. read more
Both anime explore the concept of "Afterlife", and features the characters being trapped in another world due to their regrets from their past lives. Both characters are required to find peace within themselves to be finally set free.
Haibane Renmei is much more serious and complex, while Angel Beats! is a lot more comedic and action-packed.
+ Different interpretations of the afterlife for a group of people who appear to be adolescents despite not being human
+ The wall in Haibane Renmei is similar to how the world just ends outside of the high school in Angel Beats!
- Angel Beats has action and much more vivid animation (granted it is 8 years younger) than Haibane Renmei which has a much calmer yet eerie atmosphere throughout the show
Do you want more great stories like Angel beats! with greater meaning? then don't look any further! If you haven't watched Haibane Renmei, I highly recommend watching it as it may bring new and greater meaning in your daily lives.
Seemingly unassuming slice of life shows which eventually take a more dramatic, sinister twist. The settings in these shows are fascinating and mysterious, and play a huge role in the story, as much as the main characters themselves.
Similar setting: an isolated, ancient outpost near a small medieval town with odd traditions.
Similar style: cheerful slice-of-lifeish with periodic depressing points.
Similar focus: characters and their pasts.
A friendly, yet initally immaturely self-centered protagonist: check
A highly respected, yet sometimes moody leader who takes the protgonist under her wing: check
A motherly and sedate character: check
A mechanically-inclined character: check
Sora no Woto is just Haibane Renmai with a K-ONesque art style
Both are series that have a LARGE, and more complex universe, that... really only serves to accent/fuel the actual purpose of the series: The unbreakable bonds formed through identical circumstances.
Both also have some fine art and have a legendary composer(ironically, both composers are primarily known for one or two specific series).
They both start off with simply creating their own peculiar aura as well as setting up their own way of life. It isn't until later when those commonalities serve more as an obstacle than a stimulant.
They both have wonderfully sweet casts.
Sora no Woto's world is touched upon more than Haibane's. Less mystery in that department. Still, character mystery, in addition to secondhand character growth is present. Complementary enjoyable side stories are here too. Admittedly, the topic is a bit darker.
Haibane's world serves as one BIG allegory or theory. Nothing is really answered about those things as they serve to assist with the character's ensuing destinies. The powers that be all also a bit more in control, though with better, purer intentions. Haibane's soundtrack is also more of a home-run than Sora's. Lastly, Haibane's functionality is sooo differently well done that it earns the title of "classic". read more
If K-on similar in music motives and character design, than Haibane Renmei is similar in atmosphere.
We have small closed society inside the city. Platoon 1121 is honorable part of towns life, but they aren't part of town itself. Same as Graywings honored within the city, they are outcasts in peaceful world.
The beginning of Kanata's and Rio's relationships resembles Reki's and Raka's.
And of course we have this quiet sensation of something hidden, but it is not dangerous, but simply unknown.
Very similar art style and characters, has the same atmosphere of a peaceful, secluded town in a very unknown world. The only key difference is that Sora no Woto tends to open it's world a bit more, while the Haibane world is only limited to both people and locales inside the wall. In fact, I was quite surprised that the two series weren't made by the same person. 0_o
Sora no woto is setting is a post-war era where the previous humanity was nearly wiped out. Very little culture and knowledge seems to have survived. Throughout the series you just try to piece together what's the world is like from the main cast daily interactions.
Similar to Haibane Renmei, it is some what of a mystery as to what the world around them is like. A female main character joins an existing group of characters to learn their way of life. Each episode is structured like a slice of life genre, and also the entire cast is female. You can expect character development to unfold slowly with each episode. You have a bunch of cute/moe moments but the over arcing story is rather tense.
Sora no Woto does have some sad moments, but I wouldn't call it a tear jerker like how Haibane Renmei built up to. But overall I think you would see similarities you might enjoy in Sora no Woto. read more
While both are essentially atmospheric slice of life series with a focus on world-building, there are some key differences. The contrast between the serious and the lighthearted is more dramatic in So Ra No Wo To while Haibane Renmei's tends to be subtler in all aspects. Furthermore, the post-apocalyptic setting of So Ra No Wo To is beautifully tangible and chillingly possible with the story taking place in a colorful town littered with cultural relics from our own world while Haibane Renmei's magical realist universe is more allegorical in nature with fantastical elements alongside the mundane.
Ultimately both series are wonderfully paced atmospheric pieces that forgo plot in favor of letting the characters explore and guide the viewers through meticulously crafted environments. read more
Both series have a similar atmosphere of slice of life with character drama. Haibane Renmei has more thorough theme exploration whereas So Ra No Wo To has more varied character interactions. Both series start off quite slow but have fantastic endings.
Mainly, the atmosphere of both 'Haibane Renmei' and the 'Aria' series is extremely similar for their overwhelming calmness. Also, the plot of both are somewhat similar in that both characters are in a certain type of organization and are striving to become a 'useful' member of that organization.
If you liked Haibane Renmei, then there is a 90% chance that you'll love the Aria series
(In my case, it was so ^_^)
These two slice of life animes are similar in the calm atmosphere both have
The characters kindness and in some way the peaceful worlds are also something alike
While Haibane is more melancholic, Aria is more effusive. However, in both series you get a warm feeling in every episode
Haibane Renmei and Aria are both rather slow-paced "iyashikei" (healing) slice-of-life shows with a hint of melancholy that concentrate more on relaxing the viewer instead of trying to make them laugh.
Lain is made by ABe who also made Haibane Renmei.
I personally believe Haibane Renmei is the better of the two, but it is still worth the watch.
Both have a lot of mystery surrounding it with soul searching elements.
If you want something more philosophical and experimental in terms of art style and ideas, I recommend Lain.
These anime share the same weird atmophere. The stories are mostly slow and in the end, you will probably still have lots of questions. The story lines aren't always similliar, but they are both about a girl who doesn't understand the world.
Both series were created by Yoshitoshi ABe, as as such they both share similar art and even atmosphere. However, Haibane Renmei is less dark and has a much simpler plot that doesn't rely on interpretation from the audience. If you liked most of the aspects from SEL, but aren't looking for as much of a mindfuck or experimental anime, this is the series to watch next.
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.
Haibane Renmei and Denno Coil may seem very different at first glance, HR taking place in an environment deprived of modern technology while DC focuses on the borders between reality and the internet but the spirit of both shows is remarkably similar. Both deal with young female leads who must learn how to adjust to unusual circumstances surrounded by mystery in a world where things are not as they at first may seem. The original take on this theme is enhaced by thoughtful moments and a subdued but very lush artwork. What truly seals the deal in establishing a kinship between the two titles is the relationship between two young girls: a certain emotional healing takes place in HR and DC, providing excellent character development through and through.  read more
In both these series, the ultimate conflict involves an emotionally damaged girl having to come to terms with her past trauma through the help and friendship of another girl. The latter parts of both series have a similar mood.
They are both about young people coming to trust others and move on from the past. Endearing, believable cast of characters combined with a surreal setting that both warms and chills the viewer, makes these two more similar at heart than any other series that are recommended.
Small, personal stories of drama and exploration set in a fascinating, "big" setting. Both are likely to leave you wanting to find out far more about the world they take place in than is revealed while following the footsteps of only a few people in it and their limited viewpoint. Dennou Coil is soft sci-fi; Haibane Renmei is spiritual fantasy.
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).
The premises of both series are, at their most basic level, very similar, if not identical – a cast of predominantly female characters are essentially “reborn” into a new way of life, with no recollection of who they were previously. The girls in both series experience similar emotional and existential dilemmas. In general, these are series in which drama and atmosphere take precedence over action.
These two shows deal with similar themes, including mortality and the loss of memory. The girls in both have a gentle innocence about them, though Gunslinger Girl's are marred by their purpose as tools. Excellent series to compare and contrast because of this.
Minus the occasional action in Gunslinger Girl, these series have a very similar tone and cast of characters. Gunslinger Girl and Haibane Renmei are more soft and subdued series, where the quiet moments are often the most powerful.
Tranquility, gentleness, melancholy, and philosophy carry these two anime that have a firm understanding of how an anime can wield atmosphere to its advantage. Both are pensive, slow, and beautiful, and they share a similar art direction.
A rather mellow and relaxing atmosphere is present in both of them, only ocasionally broken. They more or less focus on getting the viewer to reflect upon oneself, without coming off as pretentious or intrusive. While Mushishi is definitely not to be marathoned, one can do so with Haibane, as matters presented in the latter usually require a little more thought than the former.
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 shows are based around a group of characters that are living in a seemingly utopia, which have rules that should not be questioned. One common rule is that their stay is limited within some kind of a barrier/wall. They are shown to have some privilege compared to other groups in both series. As they enjoy their utopia they both have an atmosphere of a mystery and that something is missing. The main characters of both shows show less fear to find out what is actually going on, and try to unfold the mystery. If you liked one show, it is very likely that you will like the other.  read more
Both shows are characterized by their inexplicable mystique, philosophical nature and simple but masterful style of art. As each show progresses, the plot thickens and more questions need answering - the difference between the two? Shinsekai Yori answers said questions in full, while Haibane Renmei leaves everything to the viewer's interpretation. Both are modern masterpieces, and require a certain type of viewer to fully appreciate them. Not recommended for those who dislike slow starts.
Evoking awe, wonder, and suspense, Haibane and Shinsekai share similar atmosphere: mysterious, beautiful, often tranquil (especially in Haibane) but vaguely ominous. Neither has a setting too willing to reveal its secrets. Both are set in a society of "anachronistic" technology, arcane rules, and enigmatic authority.
And both carry a sense of foreboding fueled by the sudden disappearances of characters.
While both carry philosophical underpinnings, Haibane tends to focus more on a personal level in contrast to Shinsekai's social commentary. Shinsekai also tends to be more action-driven and a bit darker in tone.
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.
Where Madoka features Magical Girls, Haibane Renmei feature the Haibane or Charcoal Feathers. These two series explore some of the more intricate parts of human nature through a fantasy setting, and the general development of their plots are very similar. Worlds that at first seem to be utopic suggest more melancholic truths, while cute and likable characters deal with heavy existential questions and are forced to make difficult choices.
+ A group of girls who are put into a rough situation where they must work together
+ They look similar to normal humans, but are no longer human
+ Plenty of drama
- Haibane Renmei is calmer with more of eerie mood throughout whereas Madoka Magica has more obvious dark aspects
- Madoka Magica is a magical girl show while Haibane Renmei is an "afterlife" one
At first, both series start with a slow pace but then they both start to get darker and deeper. however, madoka magica takes the turn faster.... both series also have similar atmosphere... you should watch this anime if you haven't, it's awesome. :)
Both of these series are dramas with supernatural elements that have an emphasis on the relationships between compelling female characters. They both start out innocently enough and both have unexpected dark twists. Haibane Renmei is more peaceful and episodic, whereas Madoka Magica is much darker and more suspenseful. Each anime has its own strengths and weaknesses. Madoka has a stronger cast of characters, better writing, and is much more addicting. However, Haibane doesn't really need to have an epic plot that will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat to stand on its own. Haibane's atmosphere, symbolism and character interactions are nothing short of magical. I like to call Haibane "the subtler Madoka" because I found a lot of similarities in the relationship dynamic between the two most important characters in each series. Either way, both of these series are nearly equally matched terms of how they will move you emotionally. If you're looking for something more dark and tragic, try Madoka. In the mood for something more uplifting? Try Haibane. Absolute must watches, the both of them! read more
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.
Zettai Shounen has a slow, melancholy pace, unexplained or slowly explained phenomenon, and mystery with some connection to an unclear past. I'm not crazy about the character art but gets the job done but the background art combined with minimal dialogue and a natural sound track that includes bird songs and insect noises works very well. The summer arc conveys the slow, heavy, hot, sun bleached, dusty feel of August and the winter arc the quiet chill of winter as the story oozes forward. Not for every one but worth a look if you enjoy the mystic.
The genres of these two shows are slice of life with a few supernatural/fantasy quirks added. A plot later does reveal itself. The two start off with a very similar atmosphere of a sleepy peaceful town and a newcomer to that place. If you can stand slow pacing, these two are great. Along with a similar atmosphere, the music is also very similar. I can't stress this enough. I had to actually check if they had the same composer but they are different. Both soundtracks are very great. Also, if you were alright with either one of the two shows endings which left a few unanswered questions, you'll be alright with the other as well. They have satisfying endings. read more
Haibane Renmei and Zettai Shounen are slice-of-life stories that chronicle the main characters' progressive movements throughout each episode. They have similar pacing with a natural feeling of serenity.
There are phases of supernatural involved as both series have a lighthearted tone. Throughout both series, issues are explored and mysteries are unraveled.
The soundtracks for both series are also smooth with a calm background.
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.
Both of these anime deal with self discovery. But while Haibane Renmei is about learning who you are to move on and liberate yourself, Colorful (Movie) is about learning who you are to reorient yourself in life. They're each other's antithesis on the same subject.
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.
These series both left me speechless. Not in a cliche, "beautiful wonderful" way, but just in the sense that I really didn't know what to think. It's an ambiguous melancholy that walks directly between intolerable and enjoyable, so I assume that one who enjoyed the unique atmosphere crafted by Haibane Renmei would certainly enjoy the universe presented in Simoun.
Both detail a fairly large cast (of largely girls), with significant religious imagery and touching coming-of-age stories and rounded out conclusions that leave the right questions in your head afterwards.
Both shows evoke emotions, have subtle character development and take place in astounding settings. Haibane is darker though, while Aria is way longer, features a bigger cast and is episodic for most part (requires the two previous seasons).
Both Aria the Origination and Haibane Renmei are slice of life, with themes of growing up and a strong melancholy undertone. Both also have beautiful art and settings inspired by Europe, though Aria's is Italian and Haibane Renmei's is Central European. Haibane Renmei is not as sweet and happy as Aria, and it uses fantasy elements where Aria uses sci-fi elements, but both shows are beautiful, moving, and use combine slice of life stories with great art and likable characters.
There isn't exactly an abundance of subtle animes. Most of them are very loud and with little to no subtext. Characters, I've noticed, are prone to holding speeches about absolutely everything they think and feel. Spice and Wolf is the only other series I've seen apart from this where I felt that everything wasn't spelled out for you, and so, while they aren't very much alike story-wise, they are similarily quiet but effectful.
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.  read more
same art style and same atmosphere. both are a little mysterious because Haibane Renmei deals with angels while Niea Under 7 deals with aliens. Both also deal with human behavior and such. Niea Under 7 is like the comedy and less serious version of Haibane Renmei in my opinion.
The heroines feel very alike, in both appearance and behavior, and the series are developed in a slow-paced slice of life manner. The stories speak about the hidden, magical (but not necessarily happy) side of things.
While Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto is about magicians, Haibane Renmei is about angels.
Both are slice-of-life series, with something fictional and fantastical (magic in Someday's Dreamers, and the Haibane in Haibane Renmei) existing in a mostly "regular" world.
Both series have a relaxing, calm atmosphere, and the female protagonists of both have fairly similar personalities and demeanour.
They also have a vaguely similar art style.
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.
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.
OK, here me out here, Of course these two anime are completely different in terms of plots, for me these two anime will present you with a range of different emotions and within the end will leave you with a very happy feeling which you get from only good anime, they both tell tales of the start of something awesome to the end of something with both having a very melancholy feel at times.
Both shows have similar character archetypes and interactions. One won't find many similarities in terms of plot or setting. But the way that the characters are portrayed ultimately gives one similar emotions that can best be described as "a warm fuzzy feeling."
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.  read more
Characters wake up in a strange world with only dreams of their previous selves. Slow-paced slice of life as they live and work together. No clear goals. Artistic. If you like the low-key feel and mysterious setting of Grimgar, you will very likely appreciate the more widely known Haibane Renmei. Note, however, that there is no fighting at all in Habane Renmei
It has a similar feel to it. In both we have a group of people gathered in some unfamiliar place, which seems a bit off for them, with no recollections of the past.
In both at one point or another their pasts start catching up to them.
And in both the characters must get to work as soon as they get there in order to survive.
Also both have this warm, yet melancholic and for some reason uneasy feeling about them.
Both are very unique.
Both deal with what happens after death and a purgatory of sorts.
Both made me cry.
Both have a dark and serious tone.
Haibane Renmei is the more melancholy of the two where as Death Parade has a bit of humor.
Both are shorter in length and packed full of content and sad moments.
Both are good at making you care about the characters and what happens to them.
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.  read more
While in many ways opposite in terms of execution, the similarities in symbolism, introspection, character exposition, and a feel for mystery in world development give these two comparable goals and create a sense of familiarity between one another.
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.
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.
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 ^^
In Haibane Renmei and .Hack//Sign, both protagonists find themselves transported to a new world and learn how to connect with other people. Both series have a very similar atmosphere and overall tone. Both are very dreamlike, calming, and poignant. They are also both slow-paced, mystery anime with a fantasy setting. Both do not rely on action scenes (.Hack//Sign has some, but not many).
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.  read more
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.
Both very calm and soothing stories that play on very quiet notes, but therefore hit so much deeper than its loud, noisy cousins. Additionally, both have a plain, but therefore beautiful artstyle that fits the tone and themes perfectly. Both are for adults - in a good, not sexualized or overly bloody manner.
The stories are completely different but both anime have slow developing plots which get intense as the series progress. They both start out seemingly innocent and by the end you go "whoa!". There is also an underlying supernatural element to them which is not as overpowering as you might imagine.
Watch them for the story.
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.
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.
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.
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 read more
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.
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. read more
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.
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).
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.
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. read more
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.