In a world known as Soul Shell, floating islands are mankind’s only protection against falling into oblivion. The power of the song is able to heal wounds and create miracles; a power that the young Aurica can’t seem to master. After his ship crashes, Aurica finds herself in the company of Lyner, a fighter who desperately needs to return to what’s left of the sky. Together, the duo set out to find an engineer who can repair Lyner’s ship; but monsters are afoot! With shifty engineers and fire-breathing beasts in their way, can the two manage to stay alive?
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Although one is a film and the other is barely 25 mins long, these two share some key central themes. Both worlds consist of lands on multiple levels - cities on the ground and in the air too, and both boast a boy-girl pairing for the adventures ahead, as well as flying craft, journeys of self-discovery, and some good ariel action scenes.
In both stories, the main boy & girl characters have a very innocent feel about them, but their desire to prove themselves and to protect their friends on their journeys of discovery will challenge their ability to remain so.
Interestingly, the two stories come at the 'floating islands' idea in slightly different ways - where one story tells of the search for a fabled floating city, the other concentrates more on how the main characters can return to their floating islands after falling from them at the beginning of the story. This allows the two to tell slightly different stories, but based around some of the same ideas, and the very fact that a lot of the action takes place in the air allows for some great action scenes in both cases.
Just be aware that Ar Tonelico, unlike Laputa, does not give any kind of closure to the story and is therefore widely seen as just an add-on to the popular PS2 game.
Both of these stories focus around someone that falls from the sky and into a different "world" that is close, yet far away, from their own. If you like the boy tries to save girl from a scary new world type stories, both of these should work well.
As an orphan whose life is in the hands of space pirates, Coud has had no choice but to survive on bravado alone. He has nothing to live for until he finds Ren entombed amongst the treasures in the pirate ship's hold, and awakens her. In addition to being mysterious and beautiful, Ren can transform into a battle sword to help Coud fight and prove his strength -- but with this strength comes the bitter realization that power alone is not enough. Now, in a race against time, Coud must endure betrayals and fierce battles as he struggles to return Ren to her home, before it's too late...
Both anime follow the story of a young and careless boy who pair up with a girl with magical power. Songs play an important role in both, being the way magic is activated. Both also take places in a fantasy world filled with monsters and advanced technology. Also, the relationship between the main characters is a focal point in these two series. And lastly, both are quite funny.
However, keep in mind that Ar Tonelico is only an OVA which serves as a presentation of a videogame (and thus its plot is extremely simple). The game has even more in common with Elemental Gelade, but that's another story. Anyway, if you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other!
One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
Using the winds and air currents as their favorite mode of transportation, both Naussica and Laina live in worlds where fantastic and abnormal creatures reside, and where many different cultures and opinions will oppose our protagonists at every turn. Although keen warriors, Nausicaa and Laina also show a softer and more compassionate side too, that assures us that they are fighting on the side of justice and right.
Huge creatures will stand in the way of their progress, and the sheer scale of these fantastical beasts is very impressive, and a good majority of these are variations of flying beasts. The amount of ground to be covered in both quests will mean that the use of their flying machines will be critical. Yet in the case of both these Anime a unique and special ability (singing in Ar Tonelico and communication with creatures in Nausicaa) may prove to be the key to changing the tide of the battle.
Roan and Yuufa are two travelers in the world of Ragnarok, a place filled with magic, swordsmanship, quests, and of course, Porings! Armed with plenty of spells and potions, the two set off on a journey to find fame and fortune with newfound friends Maya the item-seller, and Takius, a mage who is determined to find the "truth". But with so many harrowing adventures ahead of them, will there be enough heal spells to go around?!
Both series revolve around young girls who fight using the power of songs and as expected they both have fantastic soundtracks. Story wise the two shows aren't really similar due to Ar Tonelico being a single OVA based off of an RPG but fans of the OVA/game should check out Symphogear; while Symphogear fans should test out AT's ova and possibly move onto the original game as both series carry the same theme that any conflict can be solved with words alone.