While transporting bio-weapon lifeforms, Agent DD, member of an alien police force, is forced to crash land on Earth. Amidst the chaos of the crash, a bio-weapon escapes and DD is forced to fight it, while accidentally activating a Liberus, a liquid battle suit. Tsubasa, a shy girl, unwillingly comes into contact with the Liberius and is thereafter forced to fight for the survival of Earth.
At a typical elementary school in Japan, yearly chores are being distributed. Yuri and 3 other students are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the alien hats for the year. Alien hats?! Yuri's sentiments, exactly. Despite her misgivings, she and her classmates must round up stray aliens that have escaped from a crashed spaceship -- with the help of the alien hats, of course.
Alien Nine and Figure 17 both tell the tale of a young girl who ends up having to join with a symbiotic life form and defend a given area from aliens. Each follows the development of this girl as she attempts to come to terms with the new life this means for her.
Although Alien 9 is a much more in-your-face kind of headf**k, there is definitely something dark about Figure 17.
Alien 9 features a group of schoolgirls forced to team up with some frog like alien hats to defeat some nasty extraterrestrisal baddies. Figure 17 is a much more developed show, and focusses on the relationship between the main schoolgirl and her battle alien.
Both shows have a sugary sweet exterior, with a very dark inside. Don't be fooled be the cutesy animation style, be prepared for some sci-fi/horror.
They have a very similar theme of little girls fighting aliens. Although, Alien Nine has kids a little older while Figure 17 is much more appropiate for little kids. But yet, the characters have appretices to help them fight aliens on their adventures and conquer their fears of aliens or enemies.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Haibane Renmei and Figure 17 are essentially about overcoming emotional withdrawal and learning how to connect with others. In both cases the main character is faced with a new environment and must learn how to adjust as well as how to gain self confidence. Forging bonds and dealing with loss are at the core of these two series, even though Figure 17 has a strong sci-fi element that is absent from the highly mysterious Haibane Renmei. In both series the pieces of slice of life are priceless and blend perfectly with the rural atmosphere that makes for lively sceneries in Figure 17 and lush settings in HR. These are very bittersweet and highly emotional efforts that share a lot of themes; fans of one are likely to enjoy the other.
As scientists explore a new form of energy on the moon, an experiment gone awry brings the lead scientist's life crashing to a halt. In a freak accident, his daughter Kurau is engulfed in the energy and becomes the mysterious entity known as Rynax; a pairing that endows her with new superhuman abilities and a new personality. Years later, Kurau is using her unique powers to make a living as a bounty hunter, but the corporation has not given up on this new form of energy and will stop at nothing to find her. Now, Kurau must protect not only herself, but her Rynax "pair" named Christmas, a soul mate more precious to her than life itself. Can Kurau and Christmas find peace for themselves and the Rynax?
I'm not sure what it was about Figure 17 and Kurau that reminded me of each other -- but they definitely feel the same. Both involve otherworldly beings who integrate with society in some way, and have a deep sense of character development and self growth. Both, as well, deal with sci fi elements that blend nicely with the overall story. If you liked one, try out the other!
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
Life continues as ‘normal' for Birdy and Tsutomu. Though they still co-exist in the same body, Tsutomu is able to focus on his studies while Birdy keeps up with her celebrity job and Federation Investigator duties. However, things become more complicated when a transport ship housing prisoners connected to the Ryunka incident is hijacked. The aliens on board escape to Earth and blend in with the human population, and it's up to Birdy to capture them unharmed and escort them back to headquarters. Yet Birdy soon discovers that there are other forces involved, and it'll take everything she's got to bring these criminals back alive!