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!
Half a year has passed since Sousuke Sagara took up the job of protecting Kaname Chidori and has started living like a normal teenager for the first time. A former child soldier, his view on the perils of everyday life is highly unconventional and in frequent need of violent adjustment; Kaname can only hope her endless assault will eventually get him used to normal life. But a shadow looms over their happy days as Sousuke's employer, the private army called Mithril, is attacked by a new unknown enemy. Suddenly outgunned, can Mithril afford to keep one of their best playing around?
Eureka Seven and Full Metal Panic both feature some cool looking mecha with super powers, and ship that carries the mecha and crew around. Both have as their subject matter groups of mercinaries or revolutionaries that seek to make the world better by fighting those who seek to disurupt the peace. The romantic element of both is quite similar and can bring out a laugh in those who enjoy watching males act awkwardly around females.
In the distant future, the human race is on the brink of destruction. Mankind, which now drifts in space aboard a massive, technologically-advanced base known as Avalon, is poised to launch one final, desperate attack against its enemy, the alien race Hideauze. It’s during this battle that Ledo, a mecha pilot, is thrown into a wormhole and sent to an unfamiliar place: Earth, the lost birthplace of humanity said to have turned to ice long ago. Having been saved by the inhabitants of the Gargantia, a fleet of ships that traverses the now-flooded planet, Ledo must come to terms with these primitive people with their backwards language and technology, learn to communicate, and try to find a way back home to his place in the sky.
Both series explore a futuristic world with mechs and adverse living conditions where humanity must learn to get along with an "alien" threat that they fear and don't fully understand. The protagonists are very different, but both series introduce you to a large cast of diverse and likable characters who help to support the protagonists through hard times.
Also explored are the themes of human modification and an extreme submission to authority, showing the development of the protagonists in how they must find who they truly are, and what they are fighting for.
If you liked one, you will definintely enjoy the other.
In the near future, the outbreak of a terrible disease called the Apocolypse Virus places Japan under the military rule of a global organization called the GHQ - a group tasked with checking the spread of the virus and administering vaccinations. Apathetic high school student Shuu Ouma lives in Tokyo, spending his days editing videos and trying to be left alone. But things change when he meets the beautiful pop idol, Inori, who is on the run from GHQ soldiers. While trying to save her from her captors, he acquires a mysterious power called the Void Gene that allows him to pull items or weapons from anyone under the age of seventeen. Now, Shuu must decide whether to join the efforts of the well-funded radical terrorist group "Funeral Parlor" and fight against the GHQ, or shrug off his newfound power and resume his normal life - assuming that either the GHQ or Funeral Parlor's charismatic leader, Gai, will let him.
While the resemblance between these anime is not so striking at first, believe me when I say they have a lot in common: kid joins terroristic group led by a stubborn young man of great ambition and meets mysterious girl with superpowers. Ancient conspiracies and mecha are also pretty important in both (though the mecha element is way heavier in ES). Many characters seems to have some counterpart in the other series, and have some problems with their development. Oh, and both start getting weirder as the end draws near.
If you liked one, try out the other.
In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...
The studio Bones said that they created Eureka Seven in homage to Gunbuster. The two are very much linked in the background plot. There is an external evil alein force in or on Earth and young people have to stop it. Just watch Gunbuster and you will see the reseblence.
In the year 2049, teams of giant robots battle the field and race to the finish in the most popular sport in the world, the Immortal Grand Prix! The rookie Team Satomi thinks it has what it takes to win big and get the gold, but plenty of obstacles and opponents stand in the way. Amongst others,Team Black Egg has an invulnerable defense; Team Sledge Mamma plays dirty; and Team Velshtein is undefeatable. In the high stakes arena of the IGPX, can the hotshot Takeshi and his team of miscreants manage to win the ultimate fame and glory?