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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 28 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Haibane Renmei: Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
Haibane Renmei is one of my favourite anime series. It is other-wordly not only because of the setting of unspecified location but also because of the souls of the characters. A lot of Japanese anime authors love classical European settings. A friend noted that probably what looks and feels exotic for the Japanese is not so for us who live, or at least can live, in settings it is modelled after. However, what I noticed is that this anime feels exotic to us for the opposite reason: characters make it such. They have definite Japanese traits and group dynamics, which draws the European viewer's attention to interpersonal relationships, which this work is a master of. The best adjective perhaps is enchanting. It draws you into an enchanted world.

If you want to categorise Haibane Renmei, it belongs to the "drama" and perhaps "piece of life" category. The basic setting also suggests the "science fiction" or "fantasy" label. There's no adventure (no character leaves the town), war (fights can only be shouting matches), or open use of magic in it (even though some elements can be labelled as magical realism).
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2011 22:19:57 BDT
E. J. Brown says:
Hi, thank you for the beautiful comments on this DVD series - I'm going to buy it and see if I like it too. I've just recently watched Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit series (on to the second part now) and I absolutely adore it. As this anime is also a peaceful and enchanting series, please may I ask if you can recommend any other beautiful anime's without violence, bloodshed or teenage angst? Thank you and God bless!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2011 20:19:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2011 20:24:05 BDT
Tiberius says:
Thank you for asking for my recommendation. I think there are two anime series I can bring up here. I like them very much for their philosophical nature. I hope you won't find you too slow and repetitive as some critics do. One is Kino's Journey (Kinono Tabi) Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection [2003] [DVD], which is a journey through failed worlds. And the other one is Mushishi Mushi-Shi - The Complete Collection [DVD], which is a journey through a mythical Japanese Middle Ages. Kino's story may sometimes get violent, but it is not the leitmotif of the story. It's more like classical science fiction. In Mushishi, the violence is more or less on everyday peace time level. (The movie version is nowhere near the anime.) I know you may already be familiar with these ones because they have been on Amazon's stock for a while, in which case let me know and I can try to make some fresh recommendations.
I have checked their availability: amazon.com still has a few copies of each.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2011 16:50:11 BDT
E. J. Brown says:
Hi, thank you so much for your kind recommendations. The two animes you have provided sound absolutely wonderful, I have added them both to my rental list and look forward to seeing them in due course. I've recently seen Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and found it be inspirational, enchanting and beautiful. Have you seen this? I'm sure you will enjoy it too.

If you have any further recommendations, anime series or films that are similar in nature to the one's you have suggested I would be ever so grateful.
Many thanks again for taking the time to offer your help and recommendations, you have been most kind. God bless!
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