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Lupin III Special 14: Episode 0: First Contact

Lupin III Special 14: Episode 0: First Contact
  • TV Special (1 ep x 95 min)
  • 2002

Lupin, a thief on-the-rise in NYC, has acquired a mysterious treasure called the Clam of Helmeth -- originally stolen from a crime family by his now deceased friend. Jigen Daisuke, the fastest draw in the American underworld, has been hired to return the treasure to its owner, and quickly takes the idea of killing Lupin to a personal level. Also hot on Lupin's trail is the swordsman Ishikawa Goemon, who also has his own agenda of stealing the treasure. Chronologically, First Contact is the story of the Lupin gang's first encounter.

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Bebop uses a lot of the same archetypes that can be traced back to the Lupin series. Lupin is just Spike as a wannabe womanizer and jokester. Faye is almost exactly like Fujiko. Jet and Jigen both are trustworthy friends and have black beards. There is action and excitement in both.

Macross Plus

Macross Plus

After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!

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Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop take place in a future where Earth as we know it no longer exists and mankind took to the stars in an attempt to survive. However, neither describes the plight of Earth's former inhabitants nor tells of an operatic battle against an alien race. Instead, Macross and Bebop are gritty character-driven series about individuals trying to find their place in an ever expanding universe while carrying the weight of their past.

Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop share various traits including a multi-cultural milieu and Yoko Kanno's eclectic score. If you like your anime with a dash of Americana, you can't go wrong here.

Melty Lancer

Melty Lancer

Melty Lancer is a futuristic tale of terrorists and genetic manipulation. After being disbanded 5 years ago, the 6 women who make up the special forces team called Melty Lancer have been reinstated -- being led, this time, by a suspicious character. The crew of Melty Lancer must race against the clock to solve the mystery behind Iyenesco, and in turn, to save the world.

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Melty Lancer had the same sort of smooth bounty hunter air to it. I preferred Melty Lancer because it had lots of sci-fi in it, as opposed to a futuristic world that looks really close to ours, with rickety spaceships.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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If you were drawn to the cool outer-space feel of Cowboy Bebop, you may enjoy Gundam Seed as well. There's a lot of deep outerspace combat, and exploration.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

The Year is Cosmic Era 73, two years after the end of the war between Earth and the PLANTs. Peace had finally been achieved thanks to efforts put forth by both sides, but it was not meant to last. When rebel Earth Forces soldiers infiltrate the PLANTs and steal ZAFT's new prototype Gundams, it's up to Shinn Asuka and the crew of the Minerva warship to hunt them down and retrieve their mobile suits. With the war now back in full swing, will Shinn and the others find a way to restore peace?

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MrAnderson
In space, nobody can hear your mecha explode. Throughout both of these great space epics, there are some really kick-ass mecha battles that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Another interesting connection between them is that a lot of the character development comes from the pasts of the characters. In both shows, the main characters have a dark past--something that they've lost, or a heavy burden they now have to carry. If you enjoy space animes with action-packed battles and exteremely interesting characters, you'd do good to give these two a try.