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?
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 only real connection between FMP: TSR and Escaflowne is the realistic mecha combat. If you enjoyed FMP TSR's mecha combat, then you'll enjoy Escaflowne as it also has realistic mecha combat.
There's something special about Full Metal Panic: there aren't very many anime series out there like it. It doesn't fit perfectly into a "mecha" genre because the story isn't entrely based around the machines. Most of the story revolves around comedic love/school drama. That aside, Escaflowne is probably the most similar anime I could recommend for FMP. While Escaflowne is primarily fantasy in setting, the psychological, love, and internal/external conflicts are extremely similar in nature. Escaflowne, like FMP focuses heavily on character relationships and their reaction to the mecha. Neither series is ONLY about mecha. Both titles are also extremely balanced between love drama, action, mecha, etc. FMP and Escaflowne are both titles I consider to be in a completely different league of anime.
Gene Starwind and Jim Hawkins make a living on various jobs and bounties. While waiting for their ticket to hit it big time, a mysterious woman named Hilda leaves them with a key to the puzzle of finding a starship of great power, known only as the Outlaw Star. What are these long lost spaceships and what is the Galactic Leyline?
Outlaw Star is a lot like FMP! TSR. Both have a good story, but don't get too deep and stick mainly to the action. Next to all the action there's plenty of humor to keep people interested, and there's even a bit of romance.
FMP has a bit more comedy, but both have some great fights and an atmosphere that just sucks you in.
If you liked Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, I bet you might also like Outlaw Star. Outlaw Star has excellent humor and funny scenes that make these two very comparable and, of course, they both have really cool battle scenes also.
So fasten your seat belts and prepare for amusement!
Tenchi Masaki lives a quiet life helping his grandfather at the temple. Quiet, that is, until he accidentally unleashes a strange and beautiful space pirate from her 700-year-old prison. Things rapidly get worse for Tenchi when the royal princess Ayeka, cute Sasami, ditzy galaxy police agent Mihoshi and scientifically insane Washu crash land in his back garden to join the mayhem. Will Tenchi be able to shake off the unwanted romantic advances of these women, and what secret does his history hold?
Both series have comedy and action with a little bit of romance. Also in different ways but they have characters adjusting to new surroundings which makes for some good comedy. So if you liked the comedyand afction in one you'd probabaly enjoy the other.
Each of these series focus around a rather popular male in surroundings unfamiliar (be it location or people). There is also a few similar plot points derived from this set up.
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
Code Geass and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid both skillfully mix mecha with supernatural. Compelling stories with plenty of action and jaw dropping moments. Both protagonists are calm and collected on the battlefield, but always seem to get into trouble when facing girls off of it.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
If you enjoyed the awesome fighting scenes in Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid you're going to love Cowboy Bebop since it's full of them. Trust me, this reason is big enough to make a recommendation. ^^