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Haibane renmei 

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A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

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Yoshitoshi Abe
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryô Hirohashi Ryô Hirohashi ...  Rakka 13 episodes, 2002
Junko Noda Junko Noda ...  Reki 13 episodes, 2002
Eri Miyajima Eri Miyajima ...  Kana 13 episodes, 2002
Fumiko Orikasa ...  Hikari 13 episodes, 2002
Kazusa Murai Kazusa Murai ...  Nemu 13 episodes, 2002
Hunter Mackenzie Austin Hunter Mackenzie Austin ...  Hikari 13 episodes, 2002
Erika Lenhart ...  Reki 13 episodes, 2002
Zarah Little Zarah Little ...  Kana 13 episodes, 2002
Carrie Savage ...  Rakka 13 episodes, 2002
Karen Strassman ...  Nemu 13 episodes, 2002
Kumiko Higa Kumiko Higa ...  Dai 9 episodes, 2002
Ai Tokunaga Ai Tokunaga ...  Hana 9 episodes, 2002
Rachel Hirschfeld ...  Hana 9 episodes, 2002
Jessica D. Stone ...  Dai 9 episodes, 2002
Masumi Asano ...  Shorta / ... 8 episodes, 2002
Miyu Matsuki Miyu Matsuki ...  Child / ... 8 episodes, 2002
Tsugumi Higasayama Tsugumi Higasayama ...  Child / ... 8 episodes, 2002
Karen McCarthy Karen McCarthy ...  Shorta 8 episodes, 2002
Akiko Yajima ...  Kuu 7 episodes, 2002
J-ray J-ray ...  Kuu 7 episodes, 2002
Michael McConnohie ...  Communicator / ... 7 episodes, 2002
Josh Phillips ...  Hyoko / ... 7 episodes, 2002
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ...  Hyoko 6 episodes, 2002
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ...  Communicator 6 episodes, 2002
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Storyline

A girl with no name falls from the sky and finds herself in a very mysterious land, where nobody remembers of their previous life. In this land, angel-like beings, ash wings, have formed a society and live in harmony with the people of the town, helping them out. Later on, the girl gets a name--Rakka--grows a pair of wings and receives her own halo. Rakka is now an ash wing, too. While the new place seems to be like heaven for Rakka, she soon finds out that everything is not as easy as it might look. Why did Rakka become an ash wing, and what is the mystery behind her new home? Written by Scientiiaa

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ash Feather Federation See more »

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Radix See more »
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Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The final volume and complete collection of the series carry a 12 rating in the UK for 'moderate sex references'. This is because of a trailer for Ikki tousen (2003) that is contained on the final disc. The show itself has a PG rating. See more »

Quotes

Rakka: She's been blaming herself all this time. Why is it only Reki that can't be forgiven?
Communicator: Why do you think YOU were forgiven?
Rakka: It's not because I forgave myself.
Communicator: That is correct. No one is able to forgive themselves. However you had the bird. Someone believed in you, and stood by you.
Rakka: By recognizing one's own sin, you can't help but go around in circles if you're alone.
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Delightful
15 July 2005 | by Twinsen61See all my reviews

Haibane Renmei is one of the most beautiful, original and meaningful animes. A young girl is born from a cocoon in an old building inhabited by Haibane, angel-like beings, without knowing anything about the world she has just entered and about her past. Very soon she learns that she is a Haibane herself, makes new friends and starts to explore the surroundings. She also gets a name: Rakka. In the first episodes we follow her as she gets to know the other Haibane and some nice people in a nearby town.

It all looks quite peaceful, relaxing and a bit childish but as Rakka learns more about herself we begin to understand there are quite a few similarities between our life and that of the Haibane and a significantly darker and deeper tone kicks in. The whole series begins to reveal itself as a metaphor without losing in the process a driving force that has nothing to do with sterile intellectual analogies. The creator, Abe Yoshitoshi, has a message to tell but he does it with such artistic talent, emotional intensity and subtlety that you can fall in love with the series even if you notice its flaws. Haibane Renmei is for the child in every one of us who is still charmed by a wonderful Christmas tree even if he has reasons to believe there is no Santa.


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