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Drama
« on: August 27, 2011, 07:42:52 am »
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Post a reply here with your favorite Drama anime titles along with a short description (and screencaps :D). Remember to read the Guidelines and tips before continuing.

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This is the section where dramatic anime belong. Romance or ecchi might or might not be part of the show, but drama is a primary component.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2011, 07:45:48 am »
Ano Hana
Full title: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
<We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day>

Drama, Supernatural, Slice of Life
MAL - Download




Ten years ago a group of six kids played together as the "Super Peace Busters". One girl died and the other five changed and drifted apart. Since then, Jinta Yadomi (Jin-tan when he was the leader of the SPB) became a shut-in, regularly ditching school. The show begins when he is suddenly visited by the ghost of "Menma" (Meiko Honma). At first, Jinta believes Menma is a hallucination, but he is unable to ignore her. In addition, she can only interact and be seen by Jinta.

This is my favorite anime of the year so far and one of my favorites of all time. While the characters start out somewhat unlikeable, that only serves as a base state to show their change and growth over time. I also love all the little subtleties of glances and gestures where not all communication is done in words.

It's an original anime, not based on any manga or game, from Fuji TV's niotaminA time block. The show reaches into you and twists your emotions at times. Because of it's impact, the ED song will have a place on my hard drive for a long time to come.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011, 10:18:02 am »
Eve no Jikan
<The Time of Eve>

Sci-Fi, Drama, Slice of Life
MAL - Downloads:1080p, 720p




In a future Japan, robots with Asimov's three laws have been used for years. Humaniform androids (distinguished by the holographic ring above their heads) have recently come into accepted use, but with much political opposition. Most treat them as household appliances except for a belittled few with more empathy nicknamed "android-holics."

The Time of Eve is an underground cafe with one primary rule: No distinction between robots or humans is allowed. While investigating his family android's anomalous location files, a high school student and his friend discover this cafe.

This independent project was made by the creator of Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language. If you've seen and liked either, then enjoy the treat that is the Time of Eve. There are many things to love about this show. First, it explores just what it means to be a person - quietly, thoroughly and well. There is not much action but a lot of thought is involved along with beautifully detailed visuals. Finally, as a long-term S.F. fan, I'm happy it uses Asimov's laws accurately and well.

It originally aired as a six episode OVA and later re-released as a single movie with a few new scenes. The dl links are to the movie. Drama seemed the best location for this one - while a new Sci-Fi thread would be equally valid.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2011, 07:52:58 pm »
Planetes

Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space
MAL - Torrents: 1080p, 720p, 480p




In the late 21st century, a collision with space debris causes tragedy on a sub-orbital passenger liner. Cleanup of the myriad debris in Earth orbit becomes a priority. A small space debris collection department of a huge company gets a new member and this fun and funny story gains delta-vee.

While the buildup is slow, Planetes does a great job of introducing you to the characters and the system of 2075, while keeping you laughing along the way. The show alternates between serious and humorous elements while the plot balances multiple threads in both large and small scales each episode. It's one of the best ever shows about realistic life in space, but is still excellent entertainment even for those who are not fans of hard science fiction.

Don't start this show right before you need to sleep though, as the "just one more episode"s might keep you from sleeping at all that night. ;)



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Re: Drama
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011, 05:14:32 am »
Sora no Woto
<Sound of the Sky>

Drama, Military, Sci-Fi
MAL - Torrents: 720p BD, 480p




At first glance this looks like "K-ON goes to war." The character designs are similar, but the story is different: Kanata joins the military to learn how to play the bugle, inspired by a figure from her past. She is posted in a sleepy little town called Seize on the outskirts of the empire. She arrives in the middle of the town festival which highlights the legend of flame maidens protecting the city from a huge winged demon. Kanata and four other women man the fort at empire's edge in this post-apocalyptic future.

This was the first show in an initiative to make original anime unrelated to previous shows, manga or games. The visual style is beautiful and the slowly revealed world history was great. The trumpet renditions of Amazing Grace are haunting and raise goosebumps when integrated with the rest of the story. The DVD specials were also great fun with one a lighthearted romp and the other a good epilogue. Overall a great show and well worth the 14 episodes of time to watch them.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 02:52:23 pm »
Asatte no Houkou
<Living for the Day After Tomorrow>

Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural
MAL - BakaBT torrent





Be careful what you wish for! You might get it.

Hiro (28) and his adopted sister Karada (12) now live in a small Japanese town. Four years before, Hiro was studying in Boston with his girlfriend Shouko. He went to Japan for a relative's funeral and despite a promise to return, broke up with her - after many months of silence - by airmail: He didn't mention that he suddenly had an orphaned little sister to raise.

Shouko arrives in town hoping for a fresh start in a place where she doesn't know anyone. She meets Karada praying at a roadside shrine and explains about the wishing stone there. Hiro stumbles upon the pair, they all go to the beach to meet friends and drama ensues. Later that night, Karada and Shouko happen to meet again at the shrine, unhappy with their lives. A wish is suddenly granted and their ages swap: Karada becomes 24 and Shouko regresses to 12. Then they have to figure out how to live with the results of the wish.

This quiet little 12 episode show may be slow paced, but it has some great character development, quite the unique story and is plotted very well. The show has pretty watercolor-style visuals, good music and good animation for it's 2006 vintage. The TV release was 4:3 but the DVD rips (linked above) are widescreen.
The two sources are the reason for the different aspect ratios of the screencaps.

Edit: It had been years since I'd seen this, so I marathoned it right after finishing the post. It was just as awesome as I (vaguely) remembered. :D Although now I need to download the DVD rip to archive the widescreen: All I had on my HDs was the TV release.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 05:53:08 am »
Nitaboh

Drama, Historical, Music
MAL - Torrent





Nitaroh loses his eyesight during an illness as a boy. He inherits a shamisen (a Japanese three-stringed banjo) from his mother and learns the basics from a blind traveling player. Later, when orphaned, Nitaroh sets out on his own to try and make a life playing music - unprecedented for a male of his social class. With support from friends and facing some tough opposition, he develops his own style of playing, breaking free from the drone-like sound of established shamisen monks.

While the basic story is small town boy does good in music, this feature film is set against a backdrop of the cultural changes in the Meiji era. The characters featured are also unusual for a story in this time frame - it isn't about displaced samurai. Despite its 2004 release date, the art is lovely and realistic with smooth flowing animation. The plot moves slowly and surely and the shamisen music is amazing, making up for the so-so background music at other times.

It's a good use for a couple hours of free time.



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Re: Drama
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2013, 12:34:51 pm »
Kokoro Connect

Comedy, Drama, Other, Romance
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Downloads: Rori, 720p batch torrent (1-13TV, 14-17BD), Doki release posts 1-5BD (480p/720p/1080p), 6-13TV (480p/720p)





Five high school students are in the meting pot of the Cultural Research Club. Out of the blue their personalities suddenly begin to swap between themselves at random (for short periods). They suffer many strange phenomena at the whims of an mysterious being called Heartseed/Balloon Vine. The five struggle to keep their sanity and friendship.

While there are may be many tropes used in this show, the strong characters, great plot and stellar voice acting all take it to another level of excellence. It's a favorite I've watched multiple times and inflicted upon many friends. :D



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