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.
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
Claymore has a very similar medieval setting. Both Escaflowne and Claymore feature unnatural abilities, but have swordplay, damage, and injuries that make them feel more real than ever. You should watch Claymore because it gives you the same reminiscent and fantasy feel that Escaflowne does.
Emotonial fights, high fantasy feel, and lots of swordplay. The epic feel of both these anime and emotional storylines drive them into solid storylines.
Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!
Superficially, one can easily spot differences between Eureka Seven and Escaflowne e.g. one is sci-fi, the other is fantasy. However, their interpretation of that ancient them of 'love conquers all' practically makes these two anime sisters. In both, the world's survival depends upon the ability of the protagonists to acknowledge and deal with their feelings. Not to mention that both anime have an intriguing angle on the mecha/pilot relationship, where the mecha is not just a cool-looking weapon, but a key symbol in the characters’ exploration of their feelings. Both are also epics, with vast world settings and explosive fights. If you like an effective mix of mecha action and love against an epic backdrop, you'll like both these anime.
If you liked one of these series then you'd probably like the other because each series deal with worlds in which the villain is trying to recreate the world by extreme means. Each also has mechs but unlike in other series where you may get an episode with hundreds of mechs in a single episode in these series they deal with much smaller numbers at anytime but in each case always having a few really strong enemy mechs that stay around of several episodes if not the entire series. Each series also deal a lot with romance that builds up over time instead of the characters annoucing their love for each within the first couple of episodes giving it a somewhat more real feeling.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
If you like anime epics, then you should find something to like in both series. Amazing to watch, both of these series are.
Maybe it's because I watched them almost back-to-back, but Escaflowne and Gankutsuou reminded me an awful lot of each other. Both start with a naive young (and mostly useless) teenager getting pulled into an unfamiliar world (in regards to Escaflowne, that should be taken literally). Both have some mystery, some action, oodles of characters (many who are prone to scheming and/or other bits of nefariousness). Also, there are very few other places you'd be likely to see such baroque mecha.
Evergreen would be a peaceful and prosperous place – if it wasn’t under siege by bandits. Most of the inhabitants have already been killed or driven off, but among the ones remaining is Wendy – a young girl who is intent on finding her kidnapped brother. As the outlaws bring their full arsenal to bear, including one of the dreaded Armor war-machines, the fate of Evergreen looks sealed. However, a slim hope appears in the form of the wanderer Van, who possesses extraordinary martial skills and even an Armor of his own. But Van has motives and goals of his own, which don’t necessarily involve saving besieged towns...
Both Gun x Sword and Escaflowne are centered around an unwitting young girl, who gets herself caught up in a fantasy world of mecha and in the protagonist's search for revenge. Although inheritly different, if you liked one, you should check out the other.
GunXsword and escaflowne are much alike in ways that they throw an innocent young girl into a world of war and chaos. Both of these great series feed from a great mysticism of the world and how everything works along with personal struggles that push the main charecters to achieve there goals, wheather it's for revenge or for personal gain. if you enjoyed one series you will deffinitly enjoy the other. both are action packed with a great story line.
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Escaflowne is a bit less steampunk than Last Exile (though it's baroque mecha were a nice touch), but both of them have huge and impossible flying machines, a similar palette, intense battles, adventure, and everything else you loved about the other.