The Best Episodes of Haibane Renmei

End of Summer/Rain/Loss

#1 - End of Summer/Rain/Loss 8.14

Season 1 - Episode 6

With winter approaching, Kuu gives Rakka a coat and helps her choose a room to live in. Kuu thanks her for the influence she has been, and Rakka notices that Kuu's halo is flickering. The other Haibane tell Rakka about Kuu's history of trying to imitate her older companions. As night falls, it starts to rain, and Kuu is nowhere to be found.

Directors: Kenichiro Watanabe
Trash Day/Clock Tower/Birds That Fly Over the Wall

#2 - Trash Day/Clock Tower/Birds That Fly Over the Wall 7.87

Season 1 - Episode 4

Kana tells Rakka not to feed the crows, because they are the only creatures who can leave the city, and if they get too comfortable, they might stop doing so. To explore her own job options, Rakka accompanies Kana to work in a clock tower in the center of town. This, she learns, is the highest point in the city, but the walls around it are higher still.

Directors: Jun Takada
Cocoon/The Dream of Falling from the Sky/Old Home

#3 - Cocoon/The Dream of Falling from the Sky/Old Home 7.78

Season 1 - Episode 1

A girl dreams she is falling, and semi-angelic beings discover a large cocoon in their home. The girl wakes up inside this cocoon and breaks out of it. The winged people introduce themselves as Haibane, name her "Rakka," and give her a forged halo. One of them, Reki, stays with her as ash-grey, feathered wings grow from her back in a painful way.

Directors: Tomokazu Tokoro
The City and the Wall/Toga/Haibane Renmei

#4 - The City and the Wall/Toga/Haibane Renmei 7.73

Season 1 - Episode 2

Rakka's new companions take her into the town of Glie. She learns that most of the people here are not Haibane, that Haibane can only own things humans have stopped using, and that they are required to work. The wall around the city and countryside keeps everyone in; only the Toga can come and go freely, and only the Communicator can speak to them.

Directors: Itsuki Imazaki
Scars/Sickness/The Coming of Winter

#5 - Scars/Sickness/The Coming of Winter 7.67

Season 1 - Episode 7

Rakka refuses to believe Kuu will never return from her Day of Flight, and sickly black spots begin to appear on her own wings. Depressed, she goes to town alone and is approached by Hyouko, a Haibane from Abandoned Factory who asks about Reki. Reki gives Rakka medicine for her wings and tells her about the Sin-Bound Haibane and about her own past.

Directors: Itsuki Imazaki
Library/Abandoned Factory/The Beginning of the World

#6 - Library/Abandoned Factory/The Beginning of the World 7.63

Season 1 - Episode 5

Rakka goes to work with Nemu at the library. There she meets Sumika, a kindly pregnant woman who is interested in Rakka's perspective as a newborn. Nemu tells Rakka about an old, unreadable book called The Beginning of the World. Rakka learns about another group of Haibane, both male and female, living in Abandoned Factory on the other side of town.

Directors: Koji Yoshikawa
The Bird

#7 - The Bird 7.33

Season 1 - Episode 8

Rakka continues to hide her wings from the others. Reki helps her move Kuu's bed into her room and they talk about the wall around the town. They take the children to buy winter clothes and a human girl tries to touch Rakka's wings. She flees into the Western Woods, led by the crows, who take her to an old well where she learns about her cocoon dream.

Directors: Takahiro Omori

#8 - Temple/Washi/Pancakes 7.00

Season 1 - Episode 3

Hikari takes Rakka to the temple of the Haibane Renmei, where the Communicator approves her as a Haibane and gives her the notebook with which she can make purchases. Later, she helps Reki with the children at Old Home, and spends time with Kuu, the youngest of the older Haibane. They walk around town and visit the bakery where Hikari works.

Directors: Hiroshi Kimura