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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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 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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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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The series is based on a six-volume doujinshi series by Yoshitoshi Abe which was never officially published. See more »

Quotes

Rakka: Reki has been acting a little nervous lately.
Communicator: The fact that her Day of Flight has not arrived is weighing heavily on her mind. And yet, she silently hopes that it will never come.
Rakka: I know. It hurts me a lot to see her suffering like this, but... I still don't want her to go away.
Communicator: She is still lost in the dark. Rakka... you had the bird come to you, enabling you to fill in the missing pieces of your memories. However, Reki has no one. She must face the darkness on her own. It is a trying ordeal.
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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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I suddenly realized why Haibane is great
23 November 2007 | by novaj5See all my reviews

While skimming through the series again, I just realized what makes Haibane Renmei such a great work.

Haibane Renmei doesn't tell you the answer. It lets you question, ponder and contemplate about it.

"Starting an important question in life and letting it maintain in you."

... that is why Haibane Renmei is a great work. There is no meaning nor need for an answer. The answer would only become a mere piece of knowledge if you simply tell someone. It is something you should go through all the experiences and realize for yourself. Having the question and keeping it will be the starting point which evokes you to find the 'real' answer.

* p.s. * There is a type of a question -somewhat a strange oxymoron-isque question- Buddhists throw at someone when the question of 'truth' is sought after. The way to go through this question is just to keep questioning it in the head ALL the time, even when you're asleep. Suddenly, all the dots will be connected and the answer will just pop up in the blink of an eye, like 'ah, that's so obvious...!' The basis theory behind it is on the assumption that you already know everything, it's just that you haven't 'realized' it yet. Haibane Renmei makes you do that.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ash Feather Federation See more »

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1.78 : 1
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