In the year 2016, a catastrophic incident at the Odaiba nuclear power plant contaminated the city with radiation and turned Tokyo into a ghost town devoid of life. 20 years later, Japan still struggles with the environmental consequences of that fateful day, and actively looks for survivors using Coppelions: genetically-engineered, radiation-resistant girls who scour the streets when SOS calls occur. With military support and funding to back them up, these young ladies continue to explore Tokyo and discover just who, and what, managed to survive.
It struck without warning one fateful day in Tokyo – a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked the city and caused massive devastation and death in its wake. Having taken her little brother to an exhibit that day, young Mirai and he find themselves alone and with no one to turn to – until a kind delivery woman named Mari promises to help them get back to their family. Now, the three travel the ruined cityscape and brave immense danger as they try their best to make their way home.
Coppelion and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 both deal with very tragic and severe disasters. Throughout the story, we see characters struggling to deal with the aftermath and trying to stay alive all while helping others that are in need. Coppelion is pure science-fiction while TM8.0 offers a quite realistic scenario of a natural phenomenon in our very own world, but if you're interested in this type of setting, you won't want to miss these.
Both Coppelion and TM8.0 are about large scale disasters and the logistics of the aftermath. Both stories revolve around people struggling to relate to each other, protect each other, and live together post-disaster. If you liked either, definitely check out the other.
These are both anime that feature cute teenage girl protagonists trying to survive and help others survive in a world that has been ravaged by disaster.
In Tokyo Magnitude the disaster is ongoing and focuses more on the protagonists survival, in Coppelion the disaster is over and focuses on the protagonists' efforts to pick up the pieces. However, both shows also have a strong element of drama involving the people the main characters meet along the way. Both anime have a tendenacy to dip into the melodramatic as well.
Tokyo Magnitude is the superior anime. It handles it drama and character development in a more emotionally satisfying and realistic way. Coppelion leans toward being more cheesy with the characters being a lot more one dimensional.
While both anime do focus more on the drama, they also both devle into the arena of diaster porn. If you want to see major cities destroyed or being destroyed in giant waves then both these anime fit the bill.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Genetically altered young girls are put into dangerous situations that forces them to mature quickly. The plots of the anime are quite different, but the characters make these shows a good match for each other.
Gunslinger Girl is much more serious with less comedy moments, but both shows have an atmosphere of despair.