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The film entitled Haibane Renmei is centered on the life and experiences of Rakka. The film starts just after Rakka the young Haibane is born. It comprises principally of two different scenes. The first scene begins when a young girl falls from space downwards with a raven in her hand. The raven struggles to catch the girl and stop her from falling but fails to do so and decides to fly away.

The second scene comprises a group of female Haibane who find themselves in a small room where a large follicle. They decide to clean the environment in the room so that when the follicle opens up it will have clean and healthy surroundings. The follicle finally opens up and a female Haibane emerges from it which looks exactly like the girl in the first scene who fell from the sky. The several other Haibanes take her to a special room and all of them take good care of her.

The other Haibane females decide to name her Rakka as is the tradition of the Haibane. Later, they give Rakka an aura for her to put on after which she goes through a painful period as her wings start emerging. The leader of the female Haibane called Reki takes care of Rakka during this painful transition period in her life. All the Haibane including Rakka and Reki move to another house which they call the Old Home.

As Rakka grows up, she starts learning the rules and limitations of the Haibane. Rakka finds out hidden truths about Reki and the reason why she is so nice to everyone. At the end Rakka discover two follicles falling from the sky and calls out to her friends to get them.

Haibane Renmei is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on October 9, 2002.

Where do I stream Haibane Renmei online? Haibane Renmei is available for streaming on Fuji TV, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Haibane Renmei on demand at iTunes, Crunchyroll online.

Fuji TV
1 Season, 13 Episodes
October 9, 2002
Anime, Drama
Cast: Akiko Yajima, Junko Noda, Fumiko Orikasa, Eri Miyajima, Kazusa Murai
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Haibane Renmei Full Episode Guide

  • Reki steals away in the night, but Rakka tracks her down, determined to save her tortured friend. An outburst of hurtful words from Reki brings tears to Rakka eyes, but will they be enough to make her give up hope?

  • The Passing of the Year Festival has arrived, and time is running out for Reki. Making peace with the dwellers of Abandoned Factory may be her only hope for finding the forgiveness she desperately seeks.

  • Rakka learns more about Reki's past during a visit to Abandoned Factory, the co-ed living quarters for wayward Haibane. Later, a disturbing revelation from the Communicator causes Rakka to fear the worst for her friend.

  • Bits and pieces of Reki's tragic past are revealed in a flashback, and Rakka visits the Communicator to return his staff and accept her unusual punishment for touching the wall.

  • After Togas rescue Rakka from the well, she is drawn to the city walls by the phantom sound of Kuu's voice. Her decision to touch the forbidden barriers leads to an encounter with the Communicator.

  • Rakka's fragile emotional state and blackening wings drive the young Haibane to follow a crow deep into the Western Woods, where she discovers the secrets of her cocoon dream.

  • Rakka - still mourning the loss of Kuu - is distraught to discover black spots spreading across her wings. Ashamed, she obsessively cuts off the diseased feathers until Reki puts an end to her self-mutilation.

  • With winter approaching, Rakka begins looking for a room of her very own. Kuu is quick to offer assistance, but her flickering halo and sudden disappearance raises concern among the other Haibane.

  • A day spent working at the library leads Rakka to search for the long lost secret behind the beginning of the world. Meanwhile, out in the street, Reki is harassed by a cruel male Haibane.

  • Rakka continues her search for the perfect job by hauling trash and fixing broken timepieces with Kana, an opportunity which affords her a rare look at the city walls from a lofty vantage.

  • Rakka begins to explore her surroundings: an abandoned dormitory called Old Home. As she grows stronger, her new friends slowly introduce her to the rules and regulations of a Haibane's second-hand existence.

  • A young girl dreams of falling endlessly, only to awaken inside a giant cocoon. Upon her hatching, mysterious beings known as Haibane seek to ease her transition into this strange new world.