Aria and Sketchbook share the slice of life genre. The pace of these two is incredibly slow and they are both very good, especially after a tiring day at work. I also noticed that cats play quite a big role in both of these. Even the company who animated these two is the same. The only major difference between these two would be the sci-fi found in Aria.
Both are slice of life anime with a very laid back and relaxing feeling and any Makino Yui fans should definitely check these out, she sings the OP in every Aria season and she sings the ED in Sketchbook.
Sketchbook ~full color'S~ was animated by the same company (Hal Film Maker) and shares several of the major creative staff, although the original mangaka are different. There's even a blatant, very hard to miss President Aria reference in the first episode.
Aside from that, though, both shows are similar styles of slice-of-life (iyashi-kei, to be precice), with Sketchbook slightly more comedic than Aria, and Aria slightly more sentimental than Sketchbook.
Firstly, both have the same creator as can be seen on the last episode of sketchbook. Both have a slow moving paste and is relaxing too watch, not too mention the overdose of cats on boths shows. The main character also is a little dense in both sides and lastly, they are both excellent Slice of Lifes.
They're completely different genres, but they are both episodic anime which has a mysterious calming feel. mushishi is more supernatural and deep with more drama, and aria is much more relaxed, however they have the same kind of strange indescribable feeling to it.
Mushi-shi is an episodic series largely carried by its masterful creation of atmosphere, leading viewers to be absolutely engrossed and immersed upon watching every individual episode, leaving them with a sense of awe and wonderment thereafter; the same applies upon watching ARIA. The intense and engaging characteristics that both series possess naturally hack into your biological reward system, yet perhaps paradoxically, all episodes are rather mellow and serene, not flashy, bold, and exciting. However, Mushi-shi has a largely pensive overtone in contrast to ARIA's largely sweet and charming overtone. Each standalone episode in both series are rich with thematic Aesops, philosophical/metaphorical/existential insights, and/or absolutely gripping mysteries, pushing you to crave more and more the deeper you get into each series. read more
For lack of a better description, both series are essentially about nothing, and yet you enjoy them anyways. They both contain a soothing pace, a beautiful and creative world, and are just plain relaxing to soak in. Slice of life at its best. And yes, I agree with the previous recommendation that scenery candy is delicious!
I immediately thought of Mushishi while watching Aria.
Both shows create a very relaxing fantasy world about characters with a passion for their occupations. The settings of the shows are further enhanced by amazing soundtracks.
Aria and Mushishi are two of the best shows you can watch to lighten up a rainy day.
Although these aren't similar in many ways there is one thing both of these shows do extremely well and it is: serene atmosphere. In other words both of these shows are extremely relaxing. Mushishi is slightly more "sinister" in some episodes while Aria is mostly just optimistic and enjoyable ride.
Meditation, spiritualism, softness, kindness. An stressful life can be difficult to handle: but these two titles offer a compelling way to just sit back and relax. Not too complex nor mindless, simply a watch that ensures you a satysfing moment and leaves you with a void after it ends. If one can acquire addiction to something: Aria and Mushi-Shi are the healthiest ones. Differences, though, are that Aria leans towards a far more "sunshine", moé Sci-Fi setting with an optimistc message; while Mushi-Shi is about metaphorical lessons of life, not afraid of being a bit tough when it needs to.
Great enigma aura.
Transient existance of human civilisation and human beings in Big Mystery Universe.
Slice of life in fantastic future world.
Drama plot is covered by comedy / adventure plot.
Many hidden facts about the world that are meant but not said directly.
Beautiful nature and music.
Girls as main characters.
YKK is more concentrated on mystery while Aria have more slice of life & kawaii.
Plot in Aria is much more slow paced.
However, the world in both animes looks stationary at the same rate.
These anime feature friendly, sentimental, and cute main characters in futuristic settings. There are a lot of shots of scenery in each, and the main characters both aim to make nice memories and see the beauty in life. The main similarity between these shows is the calm, nostalgic, and almost melancholic feel.
Main characters of those series work hard every day in their respective professions.
Alpha is working hard in the case, so when her owner returns, he would be proud of her.
Akari is training every day to became Prima Undine in Neo-Venezia.
Both series are calm and relaxing with no fast-paced action or drama. After completing them you would yearn for more.
If you watched and liked one of those, you would definitely like the other one.
School life or Business are basically hard. Have you been tired lately? Then these shows exist for you.
Both heals your daily stress. Vibes are calm, quiet, encourage. And there are beautiful scenery and places.
Plot is simple. Each female protagonist plays some kind of roles with their companions.
YKK's Protagonist, Alpha Hatsuseno. She is half of human and robot. In terminal world view, she works for little people.
Aria's Protagonist, Akari Mizunashi is member of Aria Company. She does her best for aim highest grade.
Both animation and characters development are so excellent. Especially Aria. You'll feel attracted by visual beauty.
Drama also great. It's not just general shows. YKK has profundity who know about vision.
In annotation, YKK is OVA series in two episodes. Aria is TV series in three seasons. Plus, two OVAs.
YKK is one of underrated shows, IMO. If you are Aria fan, You might as well check this show.
...Come on, Let's plunge unknown world. read more
-Emphasize finding beauty in mundane, everyday events and places
-Establish a serene, relaxing atmosphere that is, arguably, just as integral to the story as its plot or characters
-Feature charming, affable protagonists
-Take place in the future
It's quite clear that both these anime have the same director/author because of the atmosphere, setting, character, pacing, ost and in general pretty much everything feels similar.
These two anime series are a great example of slice of life, and while Amanchu shows a more real life example, Aria sure has its own strong points in this area.
So if you liked one of this series, you can bet you'll also like the other!
Aria and Amanchu! are both works of Amano Kozue. The animation is quite similar and both are Slice of Life anime. They share the same calm and relaxing atmosphere and have a female character with a particular passion as the main protagonist. Nature (especially water) and friendship are strong themes in both Aria and Amanchu!.
Slow-paced, episodic; happy-go-lucky main heroine, cute female friendship (plus yuri bait in Amanchu), pretty ocean sceneries.
If you're not a fan of the trope where a character gets physically abused by another for the sake of comedic relief, be wared that said trope is present in Amanchu.
Both series have a relaxed, sometimes whimsically magical atmosphere, with a strong focus on personal growth, interpersonal relationships and the passing of time. Lots of water in both, and similar music.
Just by watching one episode of each show you should be able to tell that same person is author of their source material. These are some of the most relaxing shows which focus on activities relating to water.
Main difference between these shows is their subject where Aria is focused on Gondolas while Amanchu is focused on scuba diving.
Both done by the same author "Amano Kozue".Both Amanchu! and Aria are relaxing,related to water(Amanchu is about diving while Aria is about rowing gondolas), and have the same director.The characters are sure not really similar to each other but there are two girls from Teko's flashback who share the similar VA(and somewhat similar appearence) as Aria's Akari and Aika.
both series are based of a manga by the same artist, they are actually so similar The OST, The characters and the theme of the ocean is shared between the two, If you like relaxing anime give this a try.
Slow paced series about girls learning to do something (sora: playing trumpet, aria: operating a gondola) in a fictional, fantastical setting. Both have an emphasis on that setting as well as quiet interactions between the main characters.
Both take place in futuristic versions of modern day cities. The main characters are learning something from their seniors and some characters are kind of alike. Also, there are very few male characters, who are not extras, in both series.
Plotwise: Both shows are about a main character being trained by a superior, and her interactions with the new world around her.
Characters: Both are primarily female casts, and every character in Sora No Woto bears a resemblance to a character in Aria. Also, where Aria has cats, Sora No Woto has an owl.
Setting: Both take place in imaginary worlds around cities where the people and land has a rich history and traditions. The difference here is that Sora No Woto has a wartime setting, where Aria does not.
Artwork: Beautiful backgrounds and landscapes, stunning visuals all-around.
Slice of life set in a sci-fi, future setting. Both series play off their own worlds very well, with a strong focus on interactions between the main character and the main setting of the anime. The characters also share some similarities, the most notable being Kanata & Akari and Filicia & Alicia.
They both give off very similar vibes, and if you liked one you'll probably like the other.
Aria the Animation is about a group of young female gondoliers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
Sora no Woto is about a group of young female soldiers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
There are heavy sci-fi implications on both shows' universes, but these seem to be secondary, and almost overlooked. Both stories focus more on the girls learning about their worlds, their trade, themselves and each other, while exploring and interacting with their surroundings. There's drama, but not necessarily conflict. Both shows provide the viewer with slow pacing, relaxing music, beautiful scenery, lighthearted comedy, interpersonal relationships, character development, warm fuzzies and the occasional sappy line.
The characters are almost a direct match to each other:
Akari/Kanata - they're both pure-hearted main characters, rather awkward about their skills, very friendly to everyone they meet, easily excited about new things and very prone to sappy lines. They both say "suteki" a lot.
Aika/Kureha - they're both bratty tsundere types, very perfectionist and quick to point out other people's flaws. They constantly act like know-it-alls, though deep inside they're just insecure and eager to please and impress their seniors.
Alice&Athena/Noël - Noël is the quiet, reserved and serious type, like Alice, but she can resemble Athena a lot in carelessness when she's tired. She seems to be naturally talented at what she does, using her impressive skills with little effort.
Akira/Rio - they're both "cool big sister" types who try to enforce strict discipline, though beneath their assertive attitude they care deeply about their juniors. They both confide and share a deep bond with Alicia/Filicia, who are closer to them in age and maturity.
Alicia/Filicia - for crying out loud, not only are they a complete clone in appearance and personality, they also talk in similar fashion and even share the same quirks. Even their names are remarkably similar. And they're both #1 ranking in their groups.
In Aria they have cats, which act as mascots and represent each company's president.
In Sora no Woto they have a owl, which acts as a mascot and represents their organization logo.
Having watched Aria first, and considering the chronological order, I suppose I can say that Sora no Woto is by far the closest thing to Aria I've seen so far. The major difference is that Sora no Woto might occasionally address some disturbing war related themes, which are completely absent from the slightly more lighthearted and optimistic Aria universe. But even these, while expected in a war setting anime, are actually very rare.
Also, in Sora no Woto, embarrassing remarks seem to be allowed! ^^ read more
Both series have fantastic element involvement yet at the same time are a piece of life shows.
The main cast are females and in both series the main character is going through training. The bigges part of attention is upon interection between main character and the world around.
The only real difference would be the fact that Sora No Woto is more dramatic and action based towards the end.
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.
+ Calm slice of life anime about a group of six girls working, living together, and helping people
+ The main character is the newest to join the group
- Haibane Renmei has much more drama and much eerier atmosphere
- Aria is about gondoliers and Haibane Renmei are about people who are similar to angels
While Haibane Renmei is notably more reflective, melancholic and cohesive than Aria, they still share so many characteristics that I'm actually surprised they are not on the top in their respective lists of recommendations.
Both are set in an isolated alternate world which is introduced trough multiple episodes, all of their prominent characters are female, main characters can be described as curious, complying and kind, both are mentored by a more experienced and respected woman which they adore. Episodic storytelling is also a shared trait between the two series, as is the slow pacing and delusive absence of coherent progression. The most apparent similarity is the constant alteration between various relaxing and mysterious settings. The overall impression differs, however. In Aria, relaxation and cheerfulness is emphasized, while the atmosphere of eeriness and mystery is more prevalent in Haibane Renmei. Even with that being said, it's remarkable how similar these independent series are conceptually, as we are talking about very unconventional concepts to begin with. read more
Both Tamayura and Aria are cute, slow paced slice of life animes. They're both about a group of girls doing their everyday things, if you like slice of life these are excellent for you.
These shows also have same director, Junichi Satou, wich might be the reason for the similar feeling they have.
Aria the Animation has just a bit some fantasy & sci-fi shades, when Tamayura is slightly more realistic, but both of these are really enjoyable and relaxing shows, so if you liked the other the other might be just perfect for you.
Aria and Tamayura both have a nack of just making you feel better about living. Both series are slower paced but have characters and stories that will make you glued to the screen. All the characters are very much likable. As a result, both series make you feel for the characters, through their ups and downs.
These two are one of those series where you wonder why isn't my life like this?! Both excellent series. Tamayura should follow Aria, however, and air again in more seasons.
Tamayura: Hitotose and Aria the Animation are slice of life series with a slow pace but colorful cast of characters.
The flow of both series is well balanced with comedy, drama, and some emotional scenes. Each episode stands on its own but presents a new style of presentation every time.
The main female protagonist starts off fresh as a newcomer but gains experience with life and with others as each day rolls by.
The director Junichi Sato is involved with both series so expect a similar style in terms of delivery and writing. All in all, Tamayura and Aria the Animation offers a tale of life that will lure you in with its unique elements. read more
Both are about the girl protagonist who moved to a new and fresh place (Aria - Aqua, Tamayura - childhood town), with a certain goal in mind in which their jobs/hobbies reflect on it. Plus, a group of girls hanging around each other as they do various things.
The pure side of the slice of life genre, both shows are episodic "Iyashikei" (meaning healing), in which they both convey a soothing effect to the audience (same director makes all the more reason why). They are very slow paced and despite nothing much happening in either, time flies by really steadily when you're into the shows' atmosphere and aura.
Their healing effect makes both shows give a very similar and comfortable vibe, although Aria focuses much more on the Iyashikei effect than Tamayura, and has a very different setting (it is on another planet after all). If you really enjoyed Aria for the soothing relaxation, I'm sure Tamayura is a cute addition. read more
Tamayura and Aria are both great examples of the iyashikei genre of slice-of-life anime,meaning that they try to relax the viewer instead of making them laugh like most other slice-of-life shows. They are both directed by the same guy, Junichi Sato I believe his name is, and they both star a group of girls as they go around through their everyday lives. Aria does have a sort of sci-fi/fantasy setting while Tamayura has a realistic setting, but besides that they're pretty similiar.
The main heroines of those series starts and ends each day with commentary about how wonderful and miraculous the life could be.
The story is slow paced, with very little action, and has occasional humorous scenes based mostly on characters reactions.
If you liked one for relaxing aspects, you would like the other too.
Very mundane slice of life series. If you are looking for relaxing and soothing atmosphere with genuinely innocent characters, these are the series for you. Heartwarming storytelling and scenic premise are both strong points of the series. Whether in Aqua or Paris, the daily discoveries of the characters and the magical relationships that they build are key to making these type of series enjoyable. Perfect after a long day of work and before sleep.
While neither are plot driven anime, both Aria and Croisee focus on aspects of life that we don't often take into consideration, giving a "magical" feeling about exploring the respective cities that they live in.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée and Aria the Animation shares an atmosphere that is not only similar but also brings a pleasant experience with its serene atmosphere. The characters are defined with innocence. The atmosphere is naturalistic. The slice of life experience is well presented that will make viewers feel as if they were there. Discoveries formulates the progressive movement of both series' story while maintaining a balance of its themes all the way through to paint memories you won't forget.
Aria the Animation & Ikoku Meiro no Croisee share a similar atmospheric feel that is fervently heartwarming and are pinnacle representations of innocence personified. Aria cools with its bright oceanic colours placed in an another-worldly representation of Venice, whilst Ikoku Meiro no Croisee spoils its viewer to a wonderfully subdued and layed back environment of royal early 19th century France. Both series build a haven of warmth that is comforting and beautiful to experience.
Both have an emphasis on gorgeous visuals soothing soundtrack and a warm calming atmosphere, They also take place in an unfamiliar place to the main character.
The two share the same sub genre of slice of life and both are equally enjoyable, if you like Aria odds are you'll enjoy this too.
Both of them are very relaxing shows with very joyful atmosphere, characters are lovable and the story is actually well written, with peaceful flow of the slice of life genre, not with forced ways which making both of them interesting and unique projects.
I've been to Venezia several times due to the ARIA saga and feel Yuru Camp got quite a bit of heritage. Its Nadeshiko is a girl who combines the likeness and silly nature of Mizunashi Akari with the enthusiasm of Aika S. Granzchesta and there is also a semi-autistic little girl a bit like Alice Carrol. Yuru Camp has the SoL, the CGDCT, the iyashikei, the scenery pr0n aspects, some celtic and some Choro Club like BGM (are they responsible or it just sounds similar to Aria BGM?) Generally Yuru Camp got all of that right, just like ARIA did, which is rare and already by the middle of 1st episode I was thinking that lake is sorely in need of a Servizio Gondole... read more
While Aria is about tour guides and Yuru Camp is about camping, both series focus on the daily lives of their characters, which ends up in the two having a very similar, enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere.
Also, it's a big coincidence that both have a wholesome pink-haired girl and a somewhat "serious" blue haired girl as protagonists.
Although they seem like completely different genres etc, they both have the same relaxed and calming quality to it. natsume yuujinchou is more supernatural, and though aria has its supernatural moments (the mysterious cats), it is more relaxing slice-of-life. however, after watching an episode, they both give you a nice warm feeling.
First instalments of many following seasons, so this is a rec for both franchises as a whole. Natsume and Aria are both the best that the slice of life genre has to offer, each with their own uniquely peaceful atmosphere and with supernatural story elements. Later episodes of Natsume Yuujinchou have a few instances of action and drama, but overall it is absent in both. Both series are episodic, and the relaxing feel in each series is heightened by their gentle music, with many memorable pieces of BGM. Both also have a cute cat mascot: Nyanko-sensei and President Aria.
Both have a calming and relaxing vibe which is perfect if you just want to rewind and watch some anime. The characters are well developed thought out the anime making all the character lovable and relate able. Furthermore, the world building in the both animes are excellent and makes you want to visit their anime world
Extremely high profile non-miyazaki slice-of-life anime that get many installment.
In one famous opinion piece about anime, "rowing a boat" is a coined term means slice-of-life anime with slow pace that watch the everyday life of bishoujo characters.
Both anime are rowing a boat. One is rowing in a utopia future re-make of classical Venice city, the other row a boat in a modern day Japanese high-school setting. Rowing-a-boat anime will be highly soothing or extremely boring depends on your preferences (of girls in the show or maybe settings.) Let's just say that rowing-a-boat is not new of a genre, but somehow only recently become highly-anticipated.
They're both slow paced slice of life that are rather episodic, and help you relax after a long day. No need to worry about drama in both of them, as they're both light-hearted anime about taking life as it comes, not rushing it.
Though Aria is more sci-fi based and about undines, and Hidamari Sketch is about art, they both showcase the fun in the process rather than the end goal. They're both revolved around a group of girls who are all pursuing a dream that they wish to achieve. Aria being an Undine, and Hidamari Sketch being an artist. Both have characters that are easily to relate to which enhance the experience of watching, while also feeling a connection.  read more
[TL;DR] Very slow-paced slice of life. If you enjoy one, you will enjoy another. If you don't enjoy Hidamari, you will "never" be able to enjoy Aria. For sure. If you don't enjoy Aria, then you'll "most likely" not be able to enjoy Hidamari.
(1) Slow - very slow-paced slice of life, not suitable for someone looking for serious/thrilling plot
(2) Peaceful - give you happiness if you take it slowly and calmly
(3) No fan service
(4) Non Androphobia - don't eradicate male's existence (though the main characters are females).
(5) Lesson learned. This depends on people, but for me Aria teaches me a lot of little stuffs about life. Hidamari Sketch, while does not offer as much, still gives me something to think about my life.
(1) Art. Aria's art is like normal anime, Hidamari Sketch is not. If you've seen other works from SHAFT (e.g. Monogatari or Madoka), it's similar to those, minus the fantasy part. If you haven't, then Hidamari is a great place to start familiarize with symbolism with less risk of getting freaked out.
(2) Yuri subtext. The Yuri subtext is stronger in Hidamari than in Aria. Though if you're not into Yuri, you might not notice it. Hidamari's Yuri subtext ain't that obvious for people who don't familiar with shipping girls.
(3) Humor. Hidamari has more sense of humor. It will give you a chuckle more than Aria.
Airheads enjoying little wonders of life at the same time changing moods of everyone they have met.Cute characters that are hard to not love.Also you can hear from time to time "ara ara" in the background.
Both series have tight sempai/kohai bonds between the main female characters. The three Rose families of Maria-sama ga Miteru are mirrored by the three rival Undine companies of Aria. Both series are light-hearted slice of life stories that never fail to make you smile and feel warm inside (but Marimite can get a little dramatic at times).
Also, funnily enough, both series follow the pattern of having a first TV season, a second TV season, and third OVA series, and then a fourth TV series! :D
The two are both character-driven series about a close group of friends. They share the same slow pace, wonderful character interactions, and heartwarming moments. The narrative structures are also somewhat similar: a trio of junior-senior bonds within its characters that are tested and proven throughout the series.
Both of these series are gentle, slow-paced, character-driven shows. Over the course of both series, you really get to know and understand every character, their motivations and their relationships with one another. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a little bit heavier on the drama and the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship than Aria, but they have a similar focus on passing the torch to the next generation, whether it's becoming Prima Undines, or Roses of the Yamayurikai council.
Both series are "healing anime" shows. They are calming, subtle, touching, and the day to day occurances in them are very realistic and very close to real life. You are not going to get fantastically animated fight or action scenes, giant mechs, crazy magic spells, monsterous demons or anything like that. Just very subtle, soothing "lighter side of life" moments. If you are a fan of these type of slice of life anime shows or just want to try out something different, you can't go wrong with either franchises.
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.
Aria was a great anime to help me relax and feel lively when things was going poorly IRL. After 2 years I've found NNB, which had the same effect on me. Both are slow paced, they dont overwhelm the viewer with intense feelings or thrilling affairs, but has something simple but important to say. Both are filled with love and kindness, they are like a hug. When I watch them I cant help but think: yes, this is how things should be.
Aria has a very similar calming atmosphere to what you would find in NNB, there are also 2 more seasons and 1 OVA which total to around 50 episodes. Aria has in my opinion one of the best conclusions an anime could have which is absolutely worth getting through fifty episodes for.
Avoid binge-watching as it is still largely an episodic series.
The pinnacle of SoL anime that deserves more popularity than it has.
Aria the animation has a similar feel to Non Non Biyori, they both give you moments that will warm your heart, they also help you relax because there's not alot to understand. I recommend watching Aria right before sleep and Non non biyori just anytime. And both series has a little comedic side altough Aria's humour is more lighthearted.
Both shows are by the same director, Satou Junichi. There's a lot of similarities, such as a lot of detail to the little things, and a lot of similar camera shots. Plus they're both slice of life shows at heart, and should be experienced by anyone who enjoys the genre.
Much more grounded than Aria, Tamayura similarly tells the story of young girls' personal growth, while delving into much more emotional themes of coping with loss, and discovering what kind of future you want to make for yourself. Atmosphere is also relaxed, and it makes you reflect on how brief and precious life is, how quick time passes, how things change, and how memories fade, but photos can preserve the beauty of each of these fleeting moments and emotions forever.
The similarities between these two are apparent; both are atmospheric, realistic and relatable characters, great humor and a touching side of coming of age. Both are directed and scripted by Satou Junichi, who i considered to be the genius in the Iyashikei genre. Both Fu and Akari share the same traits of being optimistic, caring about others, and goals they seek to accomplish. Both are very slow in pacing but it gives itself time to develop their characters steadily as possible. If you love the slice of life/Iyashikei genre and see its potential, both Tamayura and Aria are definitely a must watch for your viewing pleasure. The only difference is its own setting and plot; Tamayura follows Fu for her love of photography and set in rural Japan while Aria is more sci fi in its setting, taking place in man-made Mars or appropriately named Aqua. The plot revolves around Akari becoming a Prima Undine.  read more
Similar animation style and music (well it's the same studio ^_^).
Both Aria and Tamayura are soul-soothing anime that heal us from within with their endearing characters, extraordinarily uncomplicated storyline and a laid-back setting.
Both anime compel us to re-focus our attention on some of the subtle hues of everyday life that actually impart beauty to our existence.
Colorful visuals, pleasant music, lovable characters, and interesting premises of fantasy and nostalgia. Both are relaxing slice of life stories about cute girls with unusual occupations. If you enjoyed either of these, watching the other series is a must.
- Both anime are contain of All Girls group.
- Carefree Daily life.
- Loveable character.
- Slow And Calm Faced.
- Each Character from both tried to become better at something, Musician (K-ON) and Undine (Aria)
though here plot is not really something important, but the quiet atmosphere and the wonderful soundtrack from both make those are really good.
Lighthearted slice of life shows about a group of girls who all practice together but often get sidetracked (though not as much in Aria as in K-On). Good animation despite some strange facial expressions during comedic moments (especially in Aria).
Aria has more of a teacher/student relationship built up than K-On, but there is still one teacher in K-On who is somewhat similar to Akira in Aria.
While Shinigami no Ballad focuses on death and the effects of the lives of those after loved ones perish, and Aria focuses on life as a gondola boatsperson, both have very similiar aspects. The laid back slice of life, moral-of-the-story type anime makes both likeable. Personally, I prefered Aria, but both are decently enjoyable if you are looking to ease a day's stress away.
Both are slow, relaxed, sleep-inducing short anime of the slice of life genre and with basically no character development at all.
Even though Akari & Momo have opposite personalities, both of them come into contact with many people because of their work, and always try to help them.
People liken Konohana Kitan to Urara Meirochou, but the characters have much more similar personalities to that of the Aria cast, such as Yuzu's curious airhead nature akin to Akari's. Similar to Konohana Kitan, it is very episodic in nature, and revolves around the protagonist's discovery of the world they live in and the people in it, as well as getting to know the people working in the same profession - though the setting here is in a replica of Venice, recreated on the terraformed planet Mars in the future. On top of all that, the anime boasts an amazingly entrancing soundtrack that not only fits the setting, but almost brings it to life. read more
Both anime are calming and populated with kind, cute girls. The protagonist in both anime is an insecure, kind girl with very high emotional intelligence who just entered the workforce in a new professsion. Both series deal with both customers and colleagues of the same profession. Both animes have semi-episodic structure with recurring cast. Both anime are about personal growth and learning in the job. Both anime qualify for the Iyashikei (healing anime) genre.
At the core of these shows is relaxing atmosphere. They relay on presenting someone mundane activities with touch of supernatural. These shows follow mostly episodic structure, although Aria has somewhat more noticeable structure and goal.
Both Flying Witch and Aria (including The Animation, The Origination, etc.) are very calm and relaxing shows. The settings are very different but both series are about teenage girls starting out on new paths in life, and each show focuses on the small but memorable moments that make each day magical. Plus both shows have cats as important characters!
Umi Monogatari and Aria are both really relaxing anime. In addition both anime's have a soothing soundtrack, which helps enhance the setting. Umi Monogatari and Aria also have similar themes of friendship.
i know its weird recommending Aria to Isekai Shokudou but watching it reminds me alot of Aria.
the slow phase story, the characters, the beautiful scenery, making costumer happy, learning some of their background story. etc.
just the feeling to it is really similar.
if Isekai Shokudou is a cooking theme Aria is the touring counter part of it..
Slow, relaxing anime without a main story and instead it's episodical and focuse on interactions between the characters during their daily life. Both anime are about regular life of it's characters but with one element that makes the world different from our daily life. Isekai Shokudou mixes our world with a fantasy one while Aria is a futuristic show. Both are iyashikei.
They both have similar pacing with Usagi Drop being faster pace. Have comedy sprinkled in each episode also. While having different settings. The end of each episode always makes you feel good on the inside and enjoy life.
Both shows deal with a very serene and joyful heroine surrounded by caring friends. Many episodes in each show are slice of life drama with the protagonists meeting new people and learning more about the world and themselves through these rewarding encounters. Both shows have gradual, but steady and meaningful character growth. And last but not least, the two sweetest & kindest Anime heroines you will ever meet, Akari (ARIA) and Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess), great protagonists!
At first glance these two series might not look like they have much in common but the general atmosphere is very much the same, a feel-good slice of life with some comedy and drama along the way. It doesn't hurt that they feature similar (not to mention great) background music.
Both series are well written works which immerse you in their respective universes. Likewise, both make you care about the characters. I found myself cheering the cast of Aria on more than once, a feeling very few series are capable of producing.
I cannot recommend Aria enough if you've just seen Hanasaku Iroha. It is really the perfect follow up series. (It's not to bad by itself either ^.^)
Both shows have that relaxed feel to them, and they're both about a place where small miracles happen.
Kokoro Toshokan is a bit more story oriented towards the end of the series, but generally each episode is a stand alone story.
For those of you who like the kind of laid-back light hearted stories and settings, Kokoro Library is an absolute must. Both anime proceed slowly, but nevertheless shne brilliantly when making their point.
It's strange to express this feeling, but I trully enjoyed both shows. Sora is just like Akari a very optimistic girl who wants to do everything to realise her dreams together with the help of her friends.
Both shows are also full of touching moments and will result in some moments where u will have tears in your eyes ^^.
Although the setting in both show are both totally different (circus in KS and becoming an undine in Aria), I still recommend everybody to check out the both shows. They are very underrated pearls and you won't regret watching either of the 2.
In both series there is a group of beautiful girls about 15 years of age who are apprentices for some profession - in Aria it is undine (gondola tour guide) and in Urara Meirochou it is fortune-teller. All of the girls are also aiming to be the best in their given professions although their daily adventures are the main focus in both of these anime. In each anime there is also an onee-san character who is a bit older than they are and from whom they are learning (in Aria there are another 2 of those).
Urara Meirochou is much more moe and comedy oriented while Aria is more focused on atmosphere (a soothing one) and is a lot slower. read more
Both series are very atmospheric with beautiful and unique locations. They both have a very laid back tone, and they both focus on cute girls exploring their environments, albeit one as guides and one as wanderers.
The Similarities.. on both show.. are it's atmosphere.. Enjoying the broad wided.. view onto set of characters having a moment... of pandering soothening tone.. which.. every... details are either.. very in a calm manner..
When it comes to relaxing Slice of Life animes, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi and Aria comes to mind. While it is true that the former two are more closer to Mahoutsukai no Yome in terms of the themes they are dealing with (supernatural elements), Aria and MnY do share many similarities.
(This recommendation was made from my early impressions of the first 3 episodes of Mahoutsukai no Yome).
Both involve telling short, episodic tales on how life can be very beautiful should we view it in a positive light, allowing them to be great shows to ease our stressful minds that took a huge toll from our daily lives. As ugly as the real world may be, there are wonderful things to be discovered, and both shows did great to highlight these things.
When it comes to presentation, both are similar as well, utilizing beautiful scenery and landscape, as well as relaxing music as we indulge ourselves in the beautiful world both shows are presenting in. The worlds introduced are large and are full with mysteries, and both shows will guide you slowly and gently as you immerse yourself into the worlds.
Mahoutsukai no Yome may have slightly darker elements as compared to the pure Aria the Animation, as both our leads seem to have dark pasts surrounding them.  read more
These two series invoke a serene and peaceful feeling with a slow, gentle kind of story. While Someday's Dreamers contains magic, it's very minimal and not remotely battle-oriented. Both series are about the protagonists meeting and helping different people while learning more about themselves. They both contain valuable life lessons that are revealed to the viewers and the other characters within the series.
Their similarity is strikingly strong and if you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.
Barakamon is slice of life and an Iyashikei. Aria is the same, but the main difference between the two is Aria the animations over-arching plot is less integrated into the episodes, while barakamon has an over-arching plot. Though thats the big main difference between the two, if you want a calm, happy anime to make your depression go away, watch this, both are very episodic and slice of life and made to calm you!
Both shows set an extremely relaxing atmosphere for the watcher. Aria accomplishes this through its setting and soundtrack, while Girlfriend Kari goes with cute girls and and a veritable menagerie of seiyuu.
Neither show even ATTEMPTS to do drama or conflict. There is NO story to speak of. The comedy is light-hearted to the point where neither are really comedy anime. Both shows have weak continuity; you wouldn't miss out on much if you watched the series out of order.
At their cores, both shows are examples of iyashikei (healing) anime.
Although completely unrelated in setting, both shows give a very similar impression. They both offer a feeling of comfort, and deal with relatable issues many have gone through.
Aria might be a bit different in that it has uses much comedy, but overall, I think both shows have a similar tone and are trying to tell similar messages.
And they're both great shows if you like cats.
These shows have similar mostly episodic structures and they are extremely relaxing. They also have main characters who "tell stories" to some other characters which is referenced in similar way. Majority of their time is spent interacting with closest friends.
Although the genres are pretty different, both of these animes are really heartwarming pieces of slice of life. Each episode just makes you feel so calm and happy. Both Natsume and Akari go through every day helping others and learning more about themselves.
Both have the same relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Both can also be rather philosophical at times and have slight sci-fi/fantasy elements which fit the world naturally. Kino no Tabi is way better though, just saying.
watching Aria reminds of Mai-Otome same for reaching dreams that you really want, having friends that always at your side and the teacher/group/company are similar both are fun to watch and both have same ending :) if you watched both you will know (:
----> watch all the series to see ^^
Both Aria and Puchi Puri Yuushi are cute and heartwarming shows about friendship. Both focus on a group of girls at a similar age who explore their world and make precious memories. The girls in Puchi Puri Yuushi are actually older than those in Aria, but they haven't aged since they were ten and so look younger. Each girl has a non-human companion: a cat in Aria and a steward in Puchi Puri Yuushi. There is romance in both shows, but this is more prominent in Puchi Puri Yuushi. The romance aspects are cute and do not create much drama. There is little drama overall in both shows, though there is a bit more in Puchi Puri Yuushi. Both shows also have supernatural elements and comedy. One big difference between the two is that Puchi Puri Yuushi has a plot, while Aria does not. Both are definitely worth watching and are sure to make you smile. read more
Both series have a calm and soothing atmosphere, at certain moments touching serious and important topics (it should be noted that watch Kemono no Souja Erin is more anxious and it has a more specific storyline).
Also similar music and interesting characters, the main characters study throughout most part of the story.
The characters and their friendship develop trough learning a sport that has to do with water. They have a similar atmosphere. The main characters in both are cheerful and find enjoyment in everyday things, they are learning about the world the story is set in and they both have a calm, easygoing and patient person as a teacher. The theme of friendship is also present in both series, and there is a person who brings people together.
Maybe its not really similar and doesn't have many things in common, but I got the same heartwarming feeling when watching Planetes. Both also episodic. Aria is best to watch when you wake up in the morning, Planetes is best before you go to sleep in the night.
Both of these shows depict a day to day routine that contains the spice of mysterious supernatural happenings. In both, those mysteries are never totally resolved, leaving the viewer the freedom to imagine.
well, Lamune is a romantic anime while aria the animation has noting to do romanic, but there both .... well.... have the same relaxing theme to them, there is no complicated or twisted plots, they're both simple, easy to watch.
The atmosphere and calming nature of the story and pacing is practically identical between the two. While Aria does not deal much with spirits, it does deal extensively with human nature and understanding/remembering the finer things in life.
Both have a girl who left Earth to space trying to make her dream come true, along the way she meets alot of freinds and learn new things in life. they both feel like they are taken from real life Exp.
Aria the Animation has a feel in which relaxes the viewer. Both Aria and Clannad both give away that impression. Even though Clannad and Aria have different ideas, the given feeling of calm is the same, if you liked aria, and its sequels, you will probably like clannad
The same peaceful sensation will invade you as you watch these two series. While missing a plot, each episodic story is touching, original and has an unique sense of humor attached to it. While Aria deals with the link between Neo-Venecia and its citizens. tourists and Undine, Natsume definitely present a similar relationship between Natsume, the ayakashi and the humans....
Both series leave you with a cheerful and positive feeling.
Akari and Nadja have very similar personalities. They both like to help others and both can't seem to help charming everyone they meet. Both also have an optimistic view of life. If you enjoyed one I definitely think you would enjoy the other.
Both shows use detailed visuals and evocative music to create a European atmosphere (GsG is set in Italy while Aria's setting is based on Venice).
The two stories also feature female protagonists who are very much dedicated to their professions, and each one is accompanied by an authority figure. For some reason never given, their jobs seem to be open only to girls.
What's the difference between pure science and applied science? Half the population don't know before Googling it up.
Aria is an actionless twist from normal sci-fi genre which usually come bundled with action. Well of course Aria is chilled slice-of-life, but if that actionless, blood-deboiling moments make you overlook its sci-finess then you are not familiar with British soap. And yes sci-fi get along well with comedy, slice-of-life, romance, and actionless drama too. Sci-fi no longer serve purpose as a genre in 2011, it's more like a setting.
Denpa Onna is a sci-fi-less twist from normal sci-fi genre which usually come bundles with sci-fi elements. (Wait, what?)
Lets say most sci-fi anime are applied science and this thing is pure science. Other sci-fi shows are sci-fi because aliens appear in it. This show is sci-fi because people appear in it talk about aliens. Now that's the difference.
Without listening to dialogue (or in your case reading subtitles,) nothing is sci-fi about this. The show is viisually dominated by earthlings. And technically nothing extraterrestrial landed in this show just yet. read more
Japanese national standard of slice-of-life genre. Anime, manga, drama, or other form of fictional works, if it is slice-of-life, this is what it will looks like. Feature both super interesting and blatantly average lead characters to create contrast. Have some place they can gather or some activity they have in common to create conversation. Emphasize a lot on stuffs that ACTUAL Japanese people talk about, like season, weather and how's that guy doing. While both anime looks a lot different visually, I assure you, that if they are both a live-action TV show, they will give you the same reaction. Either OMG this is so laid back I love it or yawn I'm sleeping and it's not even dark yet. read more
These two anime have a similar calming atmosphere, detailed backgrounds, and an emphasis on friendship. Manaria is shorter and thus more limited in scope while Aria is much longer (and has sequels). Each is well worth the watch, however, for anyone looking for a soothing and quietly enjoyable series.
The main character in both series are young, confident women which want to become someone important in the future so they do everything to reach the top. Both series got climax and similar use of colors.
When you enjoyed Aria, watching Saiunkoku Monogatari will be a big pleasure.
While the overall content of these shows are relatively different, they have a similar vibe in that they both have a fairytale quality to them. Tutu is a very focused fairytale deconstruction, while Aria uses fantastical elements that bare comparison.
Artistically, the character designs have a similar look, and both are set in unique versions of otherwise historical settings.
Equally, Aria and Tutu are family friendly, with child suitable content yet enough depth for older ages. The overall feel is a positive and uplifting one.
They also share the same Director (Satou, Junichi)
Sasameki Koto has some shoujo-ai elements and is slightly more angsty at times, while Aria is lighter fare, but at heart, both series revolve around a group of girls making friends, having new encounters, and simply living life. Recommended for slice-of-life fans who enjoy a sprinkle of comedy and a dash of funny faces.
Well, if you like the kind of anime that combines comedy with a slice of life, then the Aria series is for you, though the themes are completely different, I found that it appealed to much of the same things... An extremely prevalent and light sense of humor, but is serious when it should be.