Haibane Renmei

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4.4
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  • 13 out of 13 people found this review helpful:
    An Anime Masterpiece
    I own this show on DVD, and am happy to see it available for Crunchyroll viewers to enjoy. I typically watch it in English (also excellent, by the way), but am currently enjoying it on Crunchroll in the original Japanese for something new.

    Haibane Renmei is in my list of top ten anime of all time. It's a short, sweet (sometimes bittersweet) story that feels allegorical in nature, but does so ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Beautiful, contemplative, intense, and strange.
    This series kind of spoiled me, and I've never found anything else quite like it. A mixture of mystery, fantasy, slice-of-life, and drama. Simple, but beautifully made. There's basically no action and no romance, but it's stuck with me more than almost any other anime. It gets much more dramatic and tense about halfway through, but you'll know after the first episode whether it's your bag or not.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Can your friends save you?
    A very different anime series, with a much more European, sedate, and patience than you'd expect for this allegory about death and friendship. I think the show does a good job not showing you too much: you're getting a peak into this world for a very short period of time, and many potential storylines in the past, the future, and outside the walls are left to your interpretation. Also, the ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Absolutely outstanding.
    Honestly, I'm both open and a bit picky when it comes to watching Anime. I have to be in the right mood, and it has to have certain elements to keep me interested.
    This one is absolute gold. The story is fantastic, the animation is gorgeous. Love it!
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Aboslutely beautiful
    Haibane Renmei is worth the watch. It is beautifully drawn, the music is haunting, the story is profound and yet light-hearted.
    It is a show to make you ponder what is would be that is holding you back and needs to be healed in your life.
    Take the time to watch this.
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  • What is this? The cure for Grave of the Fireflies.
    Want a synopsis? Click the spoiler tag.

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  • 'plot-building' focus as well as character focus, and very relaxing.
    I say that this has 'plot building' instead of world building, since the most intriguing parts are of what the haibane are. And other parts of the world are implemented to help the haibane attributes interact with the world. But besides one scene, the haibane are almost never interacted with. We never get to see what the other people think of the haibane, or even got to have any real friends ...
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  • One of the few anime Masterpieces
    Haibane Renmei is solidly slice-of-life. Not one thing during the series explodes, nor are swords ever shown. The slow-paced story lurking underneath though is exquisite and emotion filled. There is a great deal of symbolism thoughout this series.

    If action is the only thing which keeps you watching, or you need the main storyline to be obvious by the end of the first episode, avoid Haibane ...
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  • Haunting in a Beautiful Way
    This show will leave you with far more questions than answers, but the journey will have been worth it. Having seen this show a few times now, I'm only now starting to comprehend its true depth. There's seriously a lot of metaphor and symbolism to unpack here, and it's difficult to catch it all, even after multiple viewings.

    Just don't expect a traditional narrative arc. What you get instead is ...
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