Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
The year is 2062; man is able to lift heavy objects into space by using a massive elevator that spans from the planet into the heavens. The world is split into two superforces, one of which controls the elevator - causing tension between both sides. Kei Katsuragi is a Second Lieutenant for the Freedom Space Corps, and his mission is to destroy the elevator. But when something goes wrong with the Space/Time oscillation bomb, Kei is caught in the blast and tossed into another dimension. He awakens in a strange new world where he's caught in the middle between the Emaan, a nomadic people who rescues him; and the Chilam, a military force who want to capture Kei for their own unknown reasons. Kei must now journey to find a way to restore time and space, try to make his way home, and avoid being caught by the Chilam army.
Ever notice that when your wisked into an alternate world everyone is after you for your special "abilities"?
Ok, maybe you don't, but the protagonists in both of these titles do!
Both have the main star, sent to another alternate world in which epic struggle is happening.
It also helps that both titles involve some unorthodox mecha designs.
Yamato Akitsuki has recently moved to Tokyo, and in order to maintain his less than wealthy lifestyle, he currently works at his aunt's bathhouse. While walking by the school one evening he sees a girl by the name of Suzuka practicing the high jump, and is instantly in love. Even better is the realization that Suzuka lives next door! Determined to prove himself worthy of her affections, Yamato decides to join the school's track team and show her what he’s got, but things won’t be so easy; for Suzuka has a love interest of her own, and it isn’t Yamato...
Ever wonder what Escaflowne would have been like if all the magical/fantasy elements were sucked out? I know I never have but if I did I would get Suzuka. A school girl who wants nothing more than to excel at her sport of choice but romantic feelings start to slip in the way. These 2 are so similar in that aspect so if you liked one at least check out and try the other. Escaflowne is WAY better.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Both series have giant sword wielding mecha, but more than just that. Each has a magnificent story line, that will leave you wanting more each episode. Both tales are out of this world, (literally) with a hero that defies all odds. If you liked one, you would definitely enjoy the other.
The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...
Tsubasa Chronicle has many different types of fantasies in one. Similar to Escaflowne there is a group who travel to find the truth about who they are. The characters in Tsubasa are similar in that way. They want to become stonger as well. These are some of the characteristics the two anime share. There is also a bond that grows stronger and stronger with the characters.
In a far and distant future, men and women have become mortal enemies. Each living on seperate planets, an interstellar war is being fought between the two very different peoples. Hibiki, a mere 3rd class worker, finds himself in the middle of a huge space battle, facing the nemesis of mankind: Womankind!
Both anime are based on an unexpected meeting between two characters who have different lifestyle, and on an unexpected love too, but Vandread is mainly based on the relationship between characters male and female characters, in both of them, there are great mecha fights, so if you liked Escaflowne and if you like funny situation, you would like Vandread too.