This story originally began as a dojinshi by Yoshitoshi ABe but was never completed since the anime series took over. The series consists of 13 episodes and came out in 2002.
The story opens with a girl falling through the sky with a crow that is trying to stop her fall but isn’t able to and flies away. In another scene a group of girls (all with small wings on their backs) come across a large cocoon in a old room, they all seem very excited by this discovery by preparing the room and cleaning it up. Shortly the young girl you see in the falling scene comes out of the cocoon and the others take care of her lead by Reki an older girl. They give the young girl the name Rakka which means falling since that is what she remembers from her cocoon dream. She is presented a halo and soon goes through a traumatic experience of having her wings come out of her back in a stressful bloody scene.
Rakka begins to learn about where she is staying, they call it “Old Home” and many girls and small Haibane children live there. There is also another group of Haibane that live in another part of the town they live in. They all are part of the town of Glie that is surrounded by large walls, the people that live in the town are kind to the Haibane. Rakka learns that there are several rules that they must follow and that the rules are inforced by the Haibane Renmei, an organization that watches over the Haibane.
Rakka learns about the other girls in Old Home and works hard to find her place in the town by visiting the others at their jobs. She grows close to the others and begins to settle in this new life while at times still troubled by something she cant remember from her past one.
This series is fantastic, I’ve watched it around 5 times and have shown it to several of my friends. It is simple and yet intriguing with several very stressful and sad parts. It pulls your heart and you cant help but want to know all the secrets in the Haibane world.
Have you watched this series? What did you think of it? Who was your favorite character? Tell me in the comments!