I watched the first DVD of the anime Phoenix today, and I was really impressed! The series is divided into multiple different stories, and the beginning of the second one struck me-- I've seen this before! o.o It's very similar to the visual novel Saya no Uta!
It was so similar that I had to Google and see what the deal is. o.O But nothing came up in English. I saw this on the Japanese Wikipedia page for Saya no Uta, though:
Can anyone translate this exactly? I think it says that Saya no Uta was written as a homage to Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga, but I can't tell exactly...
Saya no Uta used to be my favourite VN (before Steins;Gate anyway), and I thought it had a very unique idea that fascinated me~. I'm pretty shocked now knowing how Tezuka had it first! (The Phoenix manga was written in 1967-1988)
In case you're wondering what the similarity is, here are some spoilers! ^^