Sho Zama, an up and coming motorcycle racer, has been whisked away to the world between shore and sea, Byston Well. The world of Byston Well closely resembles medieval Europe with one exception: it contains giant robots called aura battlers. Brought to this world by the power hungry Drake Luft because he possesses the rare gift of aura, Sho is forced to fight in a war between two warring nations as an aura battler pilot. Can Sho find a way home, and what of the continually-expanding conflict?
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
So one moment your a normal person living on Earth, then next your in a fantastic land in the middle of a war?
Both of these titles are similar in nature due to the whole fantasy element, but also more so for the mecha, which resemble medieval Armor. Dunbines look a tad insect like, but still hold on to that European Dark Age look.
The year is Universal Century 0087, and mankind has yet to be liberated from Earth's gravity. Seven years since the end of the One Year War, tensions between the Earth Federation and the space colonies continue on the rise. The police actions of the Titans, the Federation's military arm in space, fuel anti-Earth sentiment throughout the colonies and give rise to the Anti-Earth Union Group. Kamille Bidan, a young spacenoid from Space Colony Noa, soon finds himself in the middle of this armed conflict and behind the cockpit of the Titans newest weapon: the Gundam Mk-II.
Of all Tomino's non-Gundam works, Aura Battler Dunbine is probably the closest thing to basically being another Gundam, a medieval Gundam perhaps. Above all a lot of the characters and the general tone of the show feels closer to Zeta rather than the original Gundam series and others, so if you enjoyed the grimdark storytelling through Zeta and are a fan of Tomino's style, then definitely check out Dunbine. Oh and yeah, both are "Kill Em' All" Tomino for the record.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
If you liked either of these shows, you got to watch the other!
Dunbine was the true father of NGE: Anno always admitted he was a huge fan of Tomino and the similiarties among the shows are countless..
Biologically based mecha that common weapon can't hurt, as they are covered by barriers powered by something metaphysical and that they can only penetrate among themselves; a lead mecha pictured in violet; insect-like mecha-design; similar characters like Ciela Lapana and Rei Ayanami (luckily there's no Shinji in Dunbine :P) and so on...
When Jojo and Jirulu decided to go exploring in a series of caves, they found much more than they expected; for the duo inadvertently stumble across the legendary Iron Giant Galient's resting place! Though initially incapacitated by a blinding light, Jojo awakens in a trance and enters Galient – but what’s even stranger is that he somehow understands how to pilot it! How is this possible, and what is the connection between the mysterious Hirumuka and the lights which were seen during Galient's awakening? Can Jojo solve these mysteries, while also fending off the army of the tyrant Mardoul?
Both Aura Battler Dunbine and Panzer World Galient take place in a vaguely Medieval fantasy setting with sprinklings of futuristic technology, and of course mecha. The battles are often on a very large-scale, and feature regular soldiers fighting alongside powerful mecha. Both of them have forces at work which are not really magic, but also play a signifigant role in their respective worlds.