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As the sole member of a club dedicated to helping others, do-gooder Madoka Kyouno didn't hesitate in helping save a girl from drowning one day. But little did she know that she actually saved an alien named Lan, and that soon, Madoka herself would be in the pilot of a giant mecha...
In both the protagonists are female and end up becoming involved in outer space warfare. If you like one try out the other, they have a similar feel to them.
Both of these shows are about a school girl who is suddenly put into a situation in which she must pilot a machine. Both take place in a futuristic setting, and both involve interplanetary activity. If you like the idea of students being dragged out of school in order to fulfill a sci-fi mission, watch either one of these.
Made by the same anime director and actually released at the same time, both being series that thrust teenage anime girls into a plot where they must balance science fiction action with their 'normal' school life (and adventure can never be an excuse for bad grades)... that one show is about space pirates and the other is about mecha fights feels almost incidental.
If you enjoyed Moretsu Pirates, I think there's a very good chance you'll like Rinne no Lagrange.
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
At the time of this recommendation I've only seen 4 episodes of MP, but regardless, if you are enjoying the school life in space elements of MP, check out the vastly superior Stellvia.
They're both really similar in that they involve High School kids making a life for themselves in the future of Space. Stellvia is about Space around Earth, whereas MP is about places beyond Earth (albeit centers around a planet similar to Earth). I think anyone who enjoys one of them will find charm in the other as well.
In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
These two are actually very similar.
Both series have large casts consisting mostly well-written, believable girls.
If you enjoy the fun science-fiction with spaceships, colonised planets and the like of one of these shows, you are sure to love the other.
Kiddy Grade is the show this reminded me before I even started it, and even afterwards, it still resonates. It's not as deep as and has less action than Kiddy Grade but it follows a similar formula such as smaller story arcs, dual life, keeoing it light/not too heavy, more action near the end, etc. The two leads are simiar as well. If Kiddy Grade was a subgnre, then I would say this show would fall into that same subgenre.
When 14-year-old Tsugumi discovers her ability to transform into a weapon, she decides to enroll at Death Weapon Meister Academy, or DWMA. There, she hones her skills, and practices with other weapons and the meisters who wield them.
These two shows contain a group of upbeat girls in a school environment, but all the interesting (and sometimes serious) action happens outside of school. Interesting, quirky characters, and lots of fun--if you liked one, there's a good chance you'd like the other.
Upbeat comedy mixed with action the main focus in both, they simply have the same atmospheres.
Both have memorable casts, with plenty of stand-out characters. In both shows the majority of the characters are female.
Both have school settings, where the school itself is slightly odd. (This is caused by the sci-fi / fantasy setting.)
If you like one you should check out the other.
When the oppressive Kingdom suddenly conquers the planet Kibi, a group of space cadets are stranded aboard the spaceship Amaterasu. With no money or power, the crew is funded by the Space Channel TV station… for a price. For though they are given the money to buy the Amaterasu and battle the Kingdom, Shinon and the rest of the cadets must also become reality TV stars, allowing the network to dictate how they look, how they fight, and how they react when faced with the horrors of death. For the cadets aboard the Amaterasu, the battle has just begun...
Call it somewhat of a hunch, but regardless of the plots not being similar I think you may like one if you liked the other (albeit SO is far superior of the two). At least in the first 4 eps of MP, there's plenty of similarity in the strategic (to varying degrees) elements, and both take place in space and involve young adults.