Both give the viewer a creepy feeling due to their slow pace and dark atmosphere. There is very little dialogue so it leaves their story open to interpretation, and many believe them to have religious undertones.
They are quite old and the art is similar, with rather realistic character designs and strange yet beautiful backgrounds at times.
However, Serial Experiments Lain is an anime where technology is almost omnipresent, while Tenshi no Tamago is a movie that takes place in a world that seems not to have any. But despite these differences, I think their mysterious side makes them really similar.
Similar artwork, both anime rely upon silence to generate suspense and gives a surreal and meaningful nature to the show. Both display different perspectives of humanity and question it in a thought provoking manner.
Both anime feature:
-Bleak, melancholic art styles which reflect the overall mood of the anime quite well
-Extremely unique, enigmatic presentation
-Heavy use of symbolism
-Cryptic dialogue which often aims to make the viewer think rather than answer their questions
-Superb exploration of many interesting themes
Both of these are darkly themed, extremely unique, thought-provoking experiences with vaguely defined plots, requiring you to piece together the elements of the story to form an interpretation of what it all means.
Both rely on aesthetics and atmosphere to tell most of its story and it's philosophical message. They both share dark undertones and a somewhat bleak (black-grey) colour gradient and can only be appreciated and enjoyed if you try your best to understand them.
Both are relatively short, bleak movies that contain very little dialogue. They both have a dark and surreal atmosphere, with imagery that seems to have many metaphorical and nearly unperceptible meanings. In other words, you won't find much of a coherent story here, and if you do, it probably won't be the same story that other viewers get.
Both have sublime themes and eccentric artwork. In contrast for both sheer artistic prompts, Nekojiru-sou is fast paced, vivid, and has a lively ambiance; while Tenshi no Tamago is slow-paced and has the noir-theme, bleak atmosphere.
Both titles can be consider (in some way) as a classic , "must-watch" anime. Those surreal stories focus on life, death, sense of existence. Slowly, patient atmosphere, fantasy elements, journey - both animes intrigue in similar way
Heavy symbolism that can be interpreted in several ways? Check!
Visually different from the norms of anime? Check!
Christian undertones? Check!
Complex enough to almost necessitate re-watches? Check!
In short, Angel's Egg and Night on the Galactic Railroad are incredibly similar in themes and visual approach. They both cause insane amounts of discussion (are they intelligent and symbolic or just incomprehensive for the sake of it) and if you liked one you're likely to enjoy the other. Unless you mind strong christian symbolism that is.
Two surreal concepts, transport us into dark worlds that hide a relationship that develops over time. Everything started because an object that is appreciated by the protagonist (A drink in Cossete, An egg in Tenshi), which keeps within himself, his own hope to change what is their world.
Very similar atmosphere and gothic imagery, revolving around a mysterious girl and her circumstances. Both try to intrigue the viewer by uncovering the worlds and characters mysteries, with Cosette being more on the nose and Tenshi no Tamago being more symbolic. Both have good, eerie soundtracks that fit the mood of the stories very well.
Both anime have heavy doses of symbolism, religious imagery and a unique, dream-like atmosphere.
The setting in both anime appear to be based off of an old European city, and the location is largely abandoned in both (moreso in Angel's Egg than in Haibane Renmei).
They really try to make you think, to the point of looking for biographies of their respective directors to search for possible connections. Heavy on the symbols, less so with the metaphors. Interpretations of both may go in completely different directions, with much depending on the viewer.
these films are both hugely symbolic;They both require some good thinking afterward. They share an "epicness" (in their scale) about them that I don't want to spoil. I think they are nicely animated, and the color pallets are also oddly alike.
Both films have many subversive and psychological elements to the presentation. There's also an underlying religious theme within both.
Angel's Egg has more of a gothic style to it, however... while End of Eva has more of a traditional 90's art style.
Though they are completely different anime's, I couldn't help notice a few similarities:
Dark fantasy settings, extremely Surrealistic with some bone-chilling orchestra. The story features only two characters, a girl and a mysterious man sharing an uncanny bond between them
Both anime's are 'experimental', created more for the sake of art rather than entertainment
1001 Nights specializes in the surreal and will make you feel like you're tripping hard on acid during its short, but sweet 24 minute runtime. It featues three different animation styles: regular cell animation, sketch animation on paper, and these weird motion tween moments, and it all looks incredible.
Tenshi no Tamago features a lot of dark, gothic architecture and symbolism. The movie has little to no dialogue and is very slow but still manages to draw you into its world with its amazing character design and beautiful background art. Oh, and the music is really freaking good.
If you're an art maniac looking for something that's a bit more "out there" with its art direction, then both of these are a MUST watch! Oh, both are also made by the same character designer behind a lot of the Final Fantasy games: Yoshitaka Amano! read more
Both are movies that are watched more for the sake of art and direction rather than for scenario and characters.
Both their artstyles are one-of-a-kind among anime and can appeal to people who value aesthetics and would rather extract their own meaning or message from an anime.
Their differences: 1001 Nights is much shorter, focuses on VERY fluid art/animation shifts and blends symphonic music plus surrealism well, but with zero dialogue. Angel's Egg is much slower-paced and longer, but actually features dialogue and has spectacular background art. Its artstyle is much more bleak and symbolical, with lots of religious themes.
These two anime share a strikingly similar atmosphere. Surreal, dark, otherworldly sci-fi. The settings are post-apocalyptic, lonely wastelands where the characters wander with little to no dialogue. But when the characters do speak, it's most likely an esoteric line that ties into a deeper overarching theme. Casshern Sins features inserts of streamlined fight sequences throughout, but otherwise, both anime's pacing are a contemplative slow burn, accompanied by gorgeous music and artwork.
Both rely heavily on symbolism (especially religious) and require you pay close attention to fully grasp what is actually going on. The journey through a wasteland of sorts is present in each. The art style is also, at times, quite similar.
Angel's egg and robot carnival's "presence" not only have the same art style and music, but take place in in a world of technology. Both have odd girls with the same wavy hair even though one is a robot. The over all feeling of angel's egg is so close to that of robot carnival that it would almost fit with the other shorts. (besides the fact they aren't on earth and no robots that I know of.)
Episode 4 - Presence has a very similar tone, odd and creepy. It also has a big emotional charge with almost no dialogue. Even the animation and the music reminds me to Angel's Egg. If you liked Angel's Egg surely you will like this short concretely, maybe you find interesting some other short of this film.
Both have a dark atmosphere, animation at some points are similar but in most angel's egg is better.
If you liked Vampire hunter D then you should like angel egg. if you liked angels egg you should at least give vampire hunter d a try.
Similar dark, gothic themes. Similar art styles (although Angel's Egg is more impressive). Similar relationship between a quiet, brooding character and a young, naive character.
The big difference is that Vampire Hunter D is more focused on action while Angel's Egg is more focused on it's atmosphere.
Before trusting this recommendation, One should be noted that this recommendation is based on my subjective interpretation of these two pieces of abstract work. So, it may not be works for you if your interpretation about the works doesn't allign with mine at all.
Comparing Inaka Isha with Tenshi no Tamago is like comparing physics with mathematics. While the nature of both works express the similar idea, one of them can be said having a higher abstraction level than the other, judged based on their visual presentation. Both anime express the inner conflict of the respective authors related to different ideas.
In Inaka Isha, Franz Kafka express the dillema of the main character regarding his job as a doctor. The conflict arises between the side of the character who feels the need to do his job as good as how society expects him to with the other side of the character who feels helpless considering many factors could influence his ability and the low self-efficacy and self-esteem he has, especially related to his job. This idea is expressed through the main character who usually thinks too much, reasoning the choises that he could choose and rationalization of the choises when he faces a situation that requires or seems pushed him to make a decision.
In contrast, Tenshi no Tamago uses a different style of visual presentation. The inner conflict that is presented in the show is the inner conflict of the "third character", the true character who is not shown in the show, the author. Different from Inaka Isha, the idea that is expressed in Tenshi no Tamago is related to the inner conflict about faith in God. Girl presents the idea of the side of character who wants to believe in God blindly without thinking, and Boy presents the idea of the other side of character who looks for the truth.
Take a side the main idea, both anime are surreal and using so much dark colors, describing how depressing the world in the shows are - the main theme/idea of the respective works. Not only that, both anime share the same type of aesthetic, the background art and characters that talk more than the dialogue in the shows itself, expressing the idea that they try to convey. There's also a contrast between the two when it comes to how the background artwork and characters' action "speak" in the both show. In Tenshi no Tamago, those two elements play as a visual methapor without any exaggeration, while in Inaka Isha, the exaggeration is real. Like, it may disturb you when you see the head of the doctor become bigger.
If you liked one of these works, I am confident in saying, you most likely will like the other one.
But there's also a chance you will be disappointed in trusting this recommendation, especially if you care alot about visual. Because even though the artstyle in both shows are similar, the way they are presented/animated in the both shows are so different. read more
If you enjoy surreal world and thought-provoking yet somewhat confusing plotline of La Maison, then you'll find a lot more of that in Angel's Egg. You can not only give your brain a 90-minute workout, but you can look at some nice eye candy as well.
Both are just oozing with visual symbolism with a number of similar themes shared between the two. While Angel's Egg is clearly an original work, Adolescence of Utena exists within the framework of the series upon which it's based.
A young girl must travel through a darker, fantastical landscape with the help of a male deuteragonist. Their bond is the central relationship, and thus, it is important to their respective plots. ‘Spirited Away’ features a heartfelt message and an interesting 'mirror world' with numerous memorable characters whereas ‘Angel’s Egg’ is more bleak and bittersweet in its tone with minimal dialogue between its two main characters.
These anime feature a great attention to detail to capture their respective gothic aesthetics and religious allusions. ‘Vampire Hunter D’ focuses more on horror with its vampire conflict whereas ‘Angel’s Egg’ is more bleak and surreal.
Mamoru Oshii Films
Female protagonist (Main character)
Philological subjects and tones
" At the end the main character also "goes into" its reflection and becomes a new, more mature being."-some person on reddit.
Both anime take place in a strange world (Now and Then, Here and There is presumably Earth near the death of the planet, Angel's Egg is...something else).
Both revolve around a mysterious, mostly mute girl carrying an object that may or may not alter the fate of the world. Both also have a staff-carrying boy who tries to convince the mysterious girl to put the object to use. Also, in the few instances where you see technology, expect it to be some sort of military technology (like a tank).
They both look like a nightmare. The artistic style of both is similar, the tone is tetric, melancholic and of dark characteristics. Both are surprisingly pure and makes you think with the small details of the various symbols of the story. Both have a nostalgic atmosphere and full of emotional fragility.
It should also be noted that they are relatively similar in their style when telling the story, they do not take you by the hand or pretend to help you understand the different ideas they have. After all, that is your task as an observer of the art that these works have. Do not expect something simple to understand, just let them take your breath away. read more
Angel's Egg is a lot more "deep" than Tortov Roddle, but both of them transport the viewer to a fantastic and surreal world. If you enjoyed the sights and sounds of Tortov Roddle, then you will love Angel's Egg for its artwork alone.
Utena is a shoujo, whilst Angel's Egg is a gothic trip. Both are heavily symbolic and beautifully animated fantasy anime. Anyone who likes going on a brain-cell required ride down psychology-dementia lane will love these two.
Dios from Utena reminds me a lot of the Man from Angel's Egg, they are both very mysterious and I am not sure if I love or hate them.
Chicks and eggs.
Before I see myself out, some similarities (+) and differences (-):
+ Is it a literal egg or a metaphorical egg? Does is matter which is it?
+ Egg symbolism.
+ Quiet female protagonist.
- Angel's Egg takes itself a lot more serious and is more of an art piece, whereas Kokosake has a traditional narrative structure and tells a simple story.
- COMPLETELY different atmosphere. Polar opposites.
- Very different settings.
They're nothing alike, but maybe you just want to watch anime featuring eggs for some reason. I'm here to help.
Eggs, heavy-handed symbolism/philosophising, dark atmosphere, and I guess depending on how in interpret it (in Angel's Egg) both deal with rape and the loss of innocence.
There aren't exactly that many anime films/series that key in on the theme of eggs and their uses as an allegorical device as strongly as these two. So if you've watched either and though 'yes, the take-away message here is eggs and moody lighting, i want more of that', then the other is 100% for you.
Mardock Scramble (hohoho) is a lot grittier despite the eggcellent selection of truly awful puns, it's quite gorey and brutal. Angel's Egg is just as dark, if not darker, but more atmospheric and not as character orientated. read more