Hitomi wanted to just disappear from her life. The track club -- her best friend -- her parents -- she wanted it all to just...go away. While contemplating suicide, her wish is fulfilled by an unlikely savior: a man named Folken who brings her to his world, Gaea, to unlock the powers of the legendary Dragon, Escaflowne. But there are those who would stop at nothing to foil his plans, and chief among them is Van, the last warrior of a noble clan. Caught up in this epic struggle, Hitomi must find herself before she can find a way home.
Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
The Escaflowne movie took a small part of the series and magnified it to a degree that unsettled many Escaflowne fans (including myself, at the time). The result is a film that is much, MUCH more angsty and sorrowful than the original series. Because of this rather jarring transformation, the people who enjoy the movie and the people are in two distinct subgroups. Even if recommending sequels wasn't looked down on here, I still wouldn't recommend the two together. Anyway, with the rather noticeable turn towards a more downbeat note, the movie becomes very close to Now and Then, Here and There. Both shows are essentially artistic twists on the rather popular alternate-world archetype, and both end up being fairly depressing.
Both series are about a person going to a nother world. While in "Escaflowne" it's about a girl going to a world where she is thought a goddess, in "NaT,Hat" it's about a boy that goes to a world to help a girl that really is a goddess. Both have the main characters personal drama made evident during the show, "Nat, Hat" a little bit more. If your older you may enjoy "NaT, HaT" more and if your younger the other way around. If your at about 15-16 both are cool :D
It is not just that these are movie retelling of respective series, but both are changed quite drastically.
I would say, that if you had not seen the series that connected the movie, you would not need to.
Both stories have a girl who is the major key to the story. There is a romantic notion in both, and the animation in both are of high movie caliber.
If you liked one, you would most likely enjoy the other.
Edward Elric disobeyed the laws of conservation by committing a taboo in alchemy, and for that his body and soul are no longer a part of his world. The parallel world where Ed now exists is a place where science replaces alchemy. After two years of studying, Ed plans to find a way to use science and once again defy destiny to reunite with his brother Alphonse. Meanwhile, Al is left without memory of his journey with Ed, but is determined to once again master alchemy and retrieve his brother from The Gate. But are these goals even obtainable without leaving a path of destruction and chaos in their wake?
Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.