The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
Akira is a long movie, Bubblegum is a series; both are highly futuristic with lasers and explosions.
More importantly, the stories are complicated and convoluted with characters being very slightly more important than the action. At points both are confusing, but each are quality works that many have enjoyed thoroughly.
Both of these anime have great cyberpunk combat in a futuristic, post-crisis Japan. Similar setting, similar great fight scenes, and similar "politics" in many ways, too.
In both Akira and Bubblegum Crisis, we're talking dark, gritty plots about futuristic dystopian Tokyo. We observe society's ugly side as disorder reigns and governance goes to the dogs. Mainly, Akira tries to go for a grandiose assessment of the evolution of the human psyche, while Bubblegum Crisis tackles the more topical issue of technology gone bad via girls with guns. But both deliver on action, action... and motorbikes!
The WWWA, or 3WA as it is affectionately known, is dedicated to one thing: The prosperity and well being of all the peoples of the Galactic League. The Dirty Pair are Kei and Yuri, the 3WA's top crime division female operatives with a 100% clean-up rate. The problem lies in the extreme collateral damage they cause to people and property in the single minded pursuit of their duty; including, if absolutely necessary, the wholesale destruction of cities, continents and even planets! No-one is safe, whether it be criminals, rogue robots, crazed computers and more likely, innocent bystanders!
Whether or not it's full body armor or spandex, Dirty Pair and Bubblegum Crisis focus on crime-fighting women that do things their own way. Both have a classic animation style and are enjoyable still to this day.
If you like sci-fi women kicking ass and staying peppy, I would recommend Dirty Pair. Kei and Yuri would fit right in with the Knight Sabers.
Both series feature a lot of action, explosions, kickass female leads and they both take place in a futuristic setting, although the particulars of each setting differs. And lest I forget: they're both overloaded with music (often incredibly catchy), color schemes, animation and general feel that just reeks of the 80's. I leave it up to you to decide whether this is a good thing or not.
If you liked one of them any, some or all because of this I strongly advies you to check out the other.
Rally Vincent and Minnie May are twogirls with a lot of fire power. When they are not busy managing their gun store, they are working as bounty-hunter duo the Gunsmith Cats. Rally's incredible gunslinging skills and Minnie's obsession for big explosions make the GunSmith Cats a deadly force, and every task an adventure.
More Kenichi Sonoda's goodness and, while I'm fully aware none of these projects ended up with a decent anime (at least compared to what they deserved), I can't help recommend them to every fan who wants to watch enjoyable stories with this likeable charades that now seems so retrò...
Kinda nostalgic, I guess...
All Tsutomu used to care about was studying for his upcoming high school entrance exams - that is, until a series of events led him to Birdy, a hot-headed Federation Officer. Now, not only do Birdy and Tsutomu have to work together to defeat Christella Revi and her evil plans, they have to share the same body while doing it!
Very different settings, but both feature a lot of similar themes. Both feature a lot of top notch action, sci-fi elements (way more of this in BGC, cyberpunk included), and very strong female leads. Birdy herself could probably take on the whole squad of Knight Sabers! Both shows also balance in the action and plot with a good deal of humor and it works really well. All topped off with really top notch production values, these are really good examples of classic OVA's.
In the present, Japan is under assault by murderous creatures known as Aragami whose origin and purpose remain unknown. The fate of Japan and the world itself lies with one young woman named Momiji who bears the burden of the Kushinada -- the one who must be sacrificed to silence the Aragami forever. With the help of Mamoru Kusanagi (a human and Aragami hybrid), and an agency filled with firepower-toting bodyguards, Momiji must use her Aragami-sensing powers to help save mankind; but will she ultimately have to lose her own life to save the lives of so many others?
Although the storylines are not the same, the feeling of both of these series is quite similar. The idea of each follows some "creature" trying to take over a town where a group of special powered humans must save the day. Unlike Bubblegum Crisis, Blue Seed doesn't have any power suits, but it does have organically empowered super-humans with incredibly destructive powers.