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Old 22-01-2007, 10:24 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Haibane Renmei

Has anyone seen this anime? If so, does it have a point?

I rented disc 1, episodes 1-4, and so far there is not much in the way of a continuing story. The Haibane are angel-like creatures, mostly kids and teens (there are two who I guess are in their 20's), who live among humans near a small town. The series shows the day-to-day life of a "newborn" named Rakka. So far, it is mostly kid stuff -- except for a few "damns" in the dialog and one bloody scene where Rakka's wings sprout from her back.

My inclination is not to rent the rest of the series. Any reason why I should?
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Old 23-01-2007, 03:03 AM   #2   [permalink]
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IMO it's a very good series, and it's certainly not "kids stuff," but it takes a long time to get going and really isn't for everyone. If you generally don't care for slow-paced symbolic series, or don't pay attention to artwork, you will probably be better off skipping the rest of the series and moving on.
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Old 23-01-2007, 04:46 AM   #3   [permalink]
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Yeh, even at the end you wont get a really overt explanation for everything. Though you do get a bone. I too generally have no time for subtle anime these days, but it was a nice anime.
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Old 24-01-2007, 08:39 PM   #4   [permalink]
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I posted basically the same message on another board, and the response was 9-1 that I should stick with the series. I will rent disc 2 and see how that goes, but it is not available at my local Netflix distribution center, so they are not shipping it out until tomorrow from somewhere else. I won't get it until Saturday at the earliest -- probably Monday.
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Old 24-01-2007, 09:28 PM   #5   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by MeMyself
I posted basically the same message on another board, and the response was 9-1 that I should stick with the series.
Maybe I didn't make it clear, but I really liked Haibane Renmei. It's one of my all-time favorite series.

But, again, it isn't for everyone -- it's very slow paced and complicated. If you just saw the beginning as "kids stuff," it's probably not your type of show.
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Old 27-01-2007, 06:59 PM   #6   [permalink]
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This show is one of my top 10 anime series, one of the best character driven series I've seen in a long time. If Studio Ghibli had ever released a TV series, Haibane Renmei would have been it (though it is darker than most of Ghibli's output); there is no violence, no over-the-top comedy or battles, in fact there is very little 'action' in it what so ever, but the character development & intriguing storyline shines through. There is no 'plot' in the traditional sense of the word, but that's one of the things that makes this series so unique & compelling IMO.
A fantastic series, though it's not a show that will appeal to all anime fans as the melancholy nature of the series & lack of 'action' may bore some people.
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Old 29-01-2007, 03:50 PM   #7   [permalink]
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Yes, Haibane Renmei is one of my very favourites, as well, but it definitely isn't for everybody.
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Old 30-01-2007, 12:20 AM   #8   [permalink]
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Well, I finally got disc 2 (episodes 5-7) from Netflix. You are left with a slight air of mystery, but overall NOTHING HAPPENED! I like character driven animes, but with Haibane Renmei NOTHING HAPPENS! I don't mind there being no action provided I get a good story, but here NOTHING HAPPENS!

I'm skipping the rest of the series. It just does not hold my interest.
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:43 PM   #9   [permalink]
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Not everyone will like everything
It does pick up though and is a decent series.
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:58 PM   #10   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by MeMyself
Well, I finally got disc 2 (episodes 5-7) from Netflix. You are left with a slight air of mystery, but overall NOTHING HAPPENED! I like character driven animes, but with Haibane Renmei NOTHING HAPPENS! I don't mind there being no action provided I get a good story, but here NOTHING HAPPENS!

I'm skipping the rest of the series. It just does not hold my interest.
People say the same thing about Lost in Translation, but I assure you and them that they're wrong. Plenty happens, it just isn't shown directly most of the time.
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Old 30-01-2007, 11:19 PM   #11   [permalink]
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hmmm ... looking for a good series to sink my teeth into ... and netflix has it
hmmmm.
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Old 30-01-2007, 11:31 PM   #12   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by Hiigaran
People say the same thing about Lost in Translation, but I assure you and them that they're wrong. Plenty happens, it just isn't shown directly most of the time.
I got over half way through the series. When do they start?
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Originally Posted by MeMyself
I got over half way through the series. When do they start?
From what i gather ... the reviewers from netflix seemed to either love or hate the fact that the "action" was based upon the subtle happenstances that occur during a "normal" situation ... this series is not the typical action genre ... it seems to appeal in the same way that a quiet conversation with friends has, as opposed to the lure of a no holds barred rock concert.

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This anime was very enjoyable for me and a nice break from more the more stereotypical animes that are out there.
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This is one of those series that I don't feel afraid to label "masterpiece." For some reason, I always got very relaxed when watching this show. It's just so cool and easy-going, yet has such an engaging story. It's just a work of art, plain and simple.
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