In the year 1996, the space race between the US and the Soviet Union has spread to Mars. The Cold War still continues and there is an ever-increasing chance of full scale war between the two super powers. Meanwhile, on Mars, the student-run "Cosmic Culture Club" arrives at a UN base; but before the kids get a chance to settle in they find themselves under attack from an unknown force using giant mecha! The UN base is quickly laid to ashes and only a handful of survivors remain, but the attack is repelled thanks to the efforts of a renegade mech pilot, Eiji. He is a defector from a race called the Grados and he comes with a warning: the Grados are coming to destroy humanity! He has stolen their most powerful mecha, the SPT-LZ-00X Layzner, and offers to help Earth – that is, if he can convince the people he just saved that he is telling the truth!
The Dancouga team prepares for its final showdown with their arch-enemy Zorbados. The team has to travel to the strange dimension of the alien invaders to once and for all save the earth. Fighting on the home-grounds of the enemy will take all their strength and cunning. The Dancouga will have to fight its way to the strange alien red dimension before it can start its final assault and assure the safety of mankind forever.
If you enjoy the old mecha shows it might be interesting to watch Blue Comet SPT Layzner and Dancougar: Requiem for Victims. The animation style of each has that old feel, and the same clumsy mecha. This recommendation is based simply on the matter of look & feel.
Top tier 80's Sunrise (wait, isn't that everything they did in the 80's?)... Both shows are heavy sci-fi, pitting a handful of average, ordinary, untrained characters together in the midst of unexpected warfare. These groups of completely inexperienced characters have to fight and bond together as one whether they like it or not so they can make it out to simply see themselves through to another day. Both take the mecha aspects fairly serious, with simulations, heavily detailed information, training, etc, tons of attention to detail and realism. Vifam might be a little more humorous at times, but it certainly knows when to be serious, as Layzner also has it's realistic funny moments between the characters interactions. These shows really give you a sense of danger and desperation, you'll fear for the worst when people get thrown into a fight they want nothing to do with. The sense of progression in both is excellent, as each episode passes, characters develop, grow, and learn new things, making it a great experience. These aren't just shows to watch, they're a journey to see through.
Jeanne is a lieutenant in the Southern Cross army of the planet Glorie, but she cares more about having fun, fashion magazines and a good night out than discipline – not to mention her fascination with a good hot shower! But when a mysterious alien force called the Zor arrive, Jeanne's recklessness and blatant disregard of orders prove very successful on the battlefield; and in no time she finds herself as commander of the 15th Squad. The fighting soon turns grimmer as humanity is heavily outnumbered and cut off from the home world, and its technology is dwarfed by the Zor. Jeanne and her squad now must defend their new home in any way they can and find out whom these mysterious aliens are, and what secrets they may be hiding...
Animation-wise both Southern Cross and Blue Comet SPT Layzner look quite similar, especially in character design. They also have the same slow old feel that older anime have. In terms of look and feel these shows come quite close to one another.