Haibane Renmei - Free Bird (Vol. 3)
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(Dec 16, 2003)
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Despite the new bond that forms between Rakka and Reki at the end of the second volume, Rakka's instincts are still to isolate herself from others whenever she faces emotional pain. She feels that she does not belong in this world. The kindness that she receives from the other Haibane at Old Home and from the people of the town only makes her feel unworthy and guilty. She wishes that she could just disappear. She nearly gets her wish when she becomes trapped at the bottom of a dry well. There she finds the key to her cocoon dream. As a result, Rakka learns (and finds out that she needs to learn more) about the nature of sin, of forgiveness and of atonement, but not before she breaks a cardinal rule of the Haibane Renmei.
In the tenth episode, there is a flashback to Reki's birth as a Haibane and the relationship between her, Kuramori and Nemu. It is a bittersweet story about how Nemu and Reki became true friends under the loving protection of Kuramori. Also, the episode contains an important revelation about the wall that surrounds the town.
The Haibane Renmei series is beautiful animation telling an engaging story with characters about whom the viewer will truly care. If you have not seen this series, you are denying yourself a great treasure.
One would expect this tale of angelic creatures to be a bit lightweight and fluffy, but it is the exact opposite. The tale has a bitter-sweet turn to itself as it weighs the grief of departure against the promise of transformation. That change is always a little death. While the Haibane live special lives in the town's social matrix, they live them as real people. Squabbling, sharing, adventuring and growing - sometimes joyful and sometimes sorrowful.
In these three episodes Rakka's story, which has been a main focus comes to a head. Depressed by the loss of Kuu, a friend who flew over the wall, and haunted by the dream of someone making a sacrifice for her, Rakku struggles with her own guilt and dismay. Even as this reaches for an unexpected resolution, Reki, her mentor, moves into the center light.
Reki and Rakka are both sin-bound, haunted not so much by a deed in their past as they are by their own feelings about their actions. And, because of this, holding back from making the passage. But Rakka is a young girl who can seek forgiveness. Reki, however, is already a woman, so far unable to deal with the core of her problems, and now facing a time limit beyond which a haibane cannot remain.Read more ›
This is a very beautifully done 13 episode anime drama. At first I was a little surprised by the unique animatoin. After getting used to it I came to love the beautiful artwork. The music is equally stunning in this series. It fits the mood of the story perfectly. All of the voice actors also do a great job. The plot of this anime is very unique. I've never seen a story quite like this before. It has lots of emotion and drama. There is no action, but it doesn't matter. It has a very relaxing yet deep plot. This anime is a keeper. A great buy for a muture anime fan.
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The gentle and appealing story develops further in this third collection, episodes 8-10 of the original series. As before, this takes place entirely inside the walled city. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by wiredweird
You can find my review for the boxed set, which I recommend buying. Here I'll just be brief and say that if you like Anime with a meaning and a message, you must watch Haibane... Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by theskeptic