Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
Kinda of the same plot template. The main character which is the boy(Gundam) or the girl(Angel) both enter a current trend of buying these lil models or figures and fighting other people with them. It even follows the same start with the guy or girl both winning their first fight. But then they get challenged by a champ and get defeated by them. Thus motivating them to beat the champ.
Overall its the same concept of being able to build your own mech and using it to prove that its strong or the best. In terms of story Angelic layer is much more enjoyable in the way the approach how the technology came about. Other than that, they are both enjoyable if you like the concept.
Plawres is a highly competitive fighting sport, where remote controlled miniature robots duke it out in a ring. When the bratty Sanshiro and his friends from school enter the contest with their robot, Juohmaru, they take the Plawres community by a storm with their fantastic start. But as their reputation grows, they are forced to face one challenger after another. To cope with the new trials they encounter, Sanshiro must continually improve his skills in programming the robot and hone his fighting instincts and tactics. With the help of his friends and relatives, only the sky is the limit for Sanshiro and Juohmaru!
When I saw Plawres Sanshiro the first thing I thought was; Oh, an earlier version of Angelic Layer. Sanshiro is from the early eighties while Angelic Layer is from this century and the 20 years of development is rather obvious when it comes to animation, characters and plot. But the main element is still the same in both these anime: the little robots that battle it out inside of an arena, and the people that love the game.
If you liked Sanshiro take a look at Angelic Layer to see what modern anime can do to a story. And if you liked Angelic Layer take a look at Sanshiro to see how it all started.
While Angelic Layer is targetted at girls & Plawres Sanshiro is targetted at boys, the two series are otherwise very similar. Both involve kids who build toy robots/dolls to duel with, in both cases one of the kid's parents is closely involved with the games & wants to use the robots/dolls to make artificial limbs. In both cases the robots/dolls are lifless outside of the arena, but seem to come to life when thrown into the arena (and even the process of throwing them into the arena is nearly identical).
Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!
Both series involve intense combat, battling up to the top. Misaki and Ryoma both have to step out of their parent's shadows to make their own successes. Both have a mostly lighthearted feel, until the fight/game begins.
I'm glad to see Prince of Tennis as a recommended series for viewers who adored Angelic Layer like myself. Prince of Tennis is tournament-based and fairly episodic despite a linear narrative. It also has a cast of characters with unique skill sets and backgrounds. Morever, the main male character, Ryoma Echizen, always has his eyes set on his objective much like the Misaki you know and love. If you liked Angelic Layer, I highly suggest checking this series out for size.
Nanoca Flanka is a genius inventor who has been sent to the seaside town of Tristia, in order to help revive its troubled economy. Wanting only to invent new gadgets and work on Tenzan, her battle golem, Nanoca is just itching for a new challenge when one is thrown her way: compete in a golem competition for fame and glory! Winning will not be easy -- at least, not if Panavia Tornado, her self-proclaimed rival has anything to do with it! Can Tenzan and Nanoca steal the show, or is their winning streak finally at an end?
Both Angelic Layer and Tristia have the same kind of style where the human controls the doll/golem. Angelic Layer has more of a storyline, though.
In a world where everyone connects to an online network, pudgy Haruyuki Arita can't seem to catch a break. Constantly bullied, afraid to face reality and paranoid his two childhood friends pity him, the teenager uses online games as a way to escape his problems. But things change one day when Haruyuki's beautiful upperclassman Kuroyukihime approaches him with a mysterious time-decelerating program known as Brain Burst - there‘s just one catch. To keep the ability, he must defeat other Brain Burst wielders in Accel World, an exclusive, virtual MMORPG, and the newbie player will need all the help he can get. Eager to prove he's not a pathetic weakling, Haruyuki joins forces with Kuroyukihime to challenge fierce competitors and discover just how incredible Accel World and he truly are.
The game within the anime makes me directly think of Angelic Layer, using avatars in the shape of puppet made me think of that.
Accel World is a more mature take on the idea of a fighting game while AL is more kid oriented, i enjoyed them equally yet i felt more conscerned with Accel World.