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Seven schoolchildren have a recurring collective dream in which a team of alien scientists on the moon gather data about Earth. Seeking each other's company, they begin to suspect that the dreams are really suppressed memories of their distant past lives. Past relationships replay themselves, as teenage Alice Sakaguchi is desired by eight-year-old Rin, while he in turn is pursued by the mature woman Mokuren. But love is not the only thing that survives reincarnation, as the members of the group discover that their former incarnations ended in tragedy-a tragedy fated to repeat itself.
One of a glut of mid-1990s lunar reincarnation stories, but it is far more mature than the populist Sailor Moon and better executed than the shoddy Bounty Dog. This emotive tale of love, loss, and anger echoing through reincarnation was based on a manga serialized in Hana to Yume by Saki Hiwatari, whose other manga works include A Favor of the Devil and Tower of the Future. Only a fraction of the 21-volume original would fit into the anime, and the story was compressed further into a 100-minute "movie" edit concentrating on the Alice/Rin relationship. There was also an animated music video, comprising eight tracks of the wonderful Mizoguchi music that featured guest contributions from Yoko Kanno. Though released before the series to publicize it, the video actually contained some footage of later chapters and the manga's conclusion, unseen in the anime series proper.