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Old 2011-06-06, 19:31   Link #1
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Saccharine but not insulting

A friend of mine suffers from vivid and disturbing dreams and has been recommended to watch something, well... nice, before he sleeps. He's not a fan of mahou shoujo or moe and most of the shows I find deeply comforting (Kanon, Clannad, ef) go through hell and back to get there.

My gut instinct was recommending CCS, but there isn't much other series I can think of that he wouldnt' be put off by. Any help?
In my world far removed from the actual
Safe in my small amorality capsule
I cruise far aloof of the other world's flaws
Hiding behind tinted glasses and doors.
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Old 2011-06-06, 20:14   Link #2
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How about Aria the Animation (not to be confused with Hidan no Aria)? It's about as comforting and laid back a series can possibly get with charming characters, gorgeous scenery, and all around gentle atmosphere that makes even the simplest things beautiful. There's virtually no angst in it either.

I'd also recommend Tamayura, which is pretty much the spiritual successor to the above and has a similar charm.

I hope they can help ease your friend's mind.
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Old 2011-06-06, 20:19   Link #3
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I totally second Ken's suggestion - the Aria series jumps immediately to mind too.
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Old 2011-06-06, 20:37   Link #4
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I third the Aria series.

You could try watch Sora No Woto, does have a bit angsty moments towards the end but over all it is also very calming series.
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Old 2011-06-06, 21:19   Link #5
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Once you get past the first episode, I found that Cross Game always left me with a peaceful feeling.

K-On is the only other one I can think of. If you just decide to ignore the moe and instead focus on the nostalgia I think it's much better.

Cross Game - A Story of Love, Life, Death - and Baseball. What more could you want?
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Old 2011-06-06, 21:20   Link #6
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I like Sketch Book for this one.
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Old 2011-06-06, 22:13   Link #7
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I'll 4th Aria...

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Old 2011-06-07, 04:33   Link #8
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Nexting Aria. It's the best relaxing series ever.

I'd also say Chi's Sweet Home, but it may be too girly.
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Old 2011-06-07, 06:25   Link #9
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Something like Tentai Senshi Sunred, Gintama or Excel Saga would be good, if he likes slapstick comedy...or if the style doesn't suit the occasion, try Genshiken, Spice and Wolf, Angel Beats! or Toradora! .
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Old 2011-06-07, 09:31   Link #10
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How about Moshidora?

Also the currently-running Showa Monogatari is a nice slice-of-life story about Japan in 1964. It has that nostalgic atmosphere that infects many anime shows aiming to reach adult viewers.

Cross Game is too complex a story to be accurately described as "saccharine," but it might meet your friend's needs anyway.

If your friend has any interest in music, particularly classical music, I'd recommend Nodame Cantabile as well.

One other option is Bartender. The episodes are self-contained, and they usually have an upbeat ending. The stories might feel a bit too "old" for someone your age, though. Often they concern people in their forties and older and touch on subjects like lost love or dreams unfulfilled.
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Old 2011-06-07, 13:41   Link #11
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Old 2011-06-07, 22:43   Link #12
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If he likes cats, Chi's Sweet Home, and the sequel Chi's New Address are a must IMO. I used to watch them when I could not sleep, they are so soothing.

Soothing I found also Binbou Shimai Monogatari. It is about 2 girls though.
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