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In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Mecha mecha mecha... and main characters that while quiet and dysfunctional still manage to save the world before breakfast. Secret organizations are definitely the best, and always necessary when dealing with mecha topics, and these are two of the best ones out there. Especially good is the tone difference between these two animes, as neon genesis generally tends to be serious (with the exception of pen-pen and misato) while FMP provides frequent and healthy doses of humor (gotto love that paper whip thing of chidori's)
Neon Genesis is quite close to Full Metal panic because of the fighting scenes and the main charcters being male nearly children. Sousuke and Shinji have some things in common too, both are very obidient and extremely good at what they are doing. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a lot more serious though while Full Metal Panic has much comedy in it.
Evangelion is the ultimate mech-robot anime. If you liked Full Metal Panic's crazy mech designs, and excellent capabilities, you will be drooling when you see what evangelions can do!!!!! A picture of this anime got stuck in my personal dictionary next to the term "eye-candy."
To some extent, FMP! is a parody of NGE. If you ever wondered where the author of FMP! took his ideas from, then NGE might be the answer. The number of references is big, but I'll limit myself to mentioning characters and mecha. If you liked FMP! you should watch NGE, because it will help you understand more of the jokes in FMP.
Both series are meccha, have great humour design and music. Where Evangelion defeats FMP is:
-the story is better
-it combines humor and action in just one serie
If you liked FMP you'll love Evangelion
In the future, Tokyo has fallen victim to syndicates, trigger-happy people who run rampant and other groups who don't like to follow the rules. In response, an organization called RAPT has been created, whose goal is to maintain their definition of "peace". In the underground, however, science involving humans and powerful mechanics is progressing at a steady phase, but for what purpose? Meet our four angels who know how to kick butt and raise hell whenever it's needed. Their motto? Shoot first, talk later. Their mission? To make the seemingly impossible possible, of course...
Both FMP and Burst Angel are about mecha action without the light shows that Gundam provides. For you mecha lovers, you can't go wrong with either one.
Another action/mecha series with a streak of comedy to it. BT is no way near FMP! but there is a lot of mecha action in both of them, of if u are a mecha fan its worth checking them both out.
Both of FMP and Burst Angle are great for the mecha fan. Both do a great job of mixing in comedy and action. Although the storyline aren't the same both have great action scenes.
I really enjoy a show with a good storyline, plenty of action and some likeable characters. Both FMP and Burst Angel feature these in aplenty. Not usually being a mech fan, I found myself engrossed in giant robots battling away, as this is not the main focus of either series.
If you enjoy all of the features listed above, I really recommend the above shows as something a little more interesting than most.
Lots of comedy? Cool mecha action sequences? Mercenaries and secret organizations dealing with conspiracies and various underworld affairs? You will definitely find these aspect in both FMP and Burst Angel! If you liked one of them then you will enjoy the other one as well.
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
Full Metal Panic and Black Lagoon both deal with similar organisations; independant armed groups that kick asses of bad guys. The characters are well flawed and benifet from each others company. On the action side both have some seriously cool fight scenes that will blow one, if not two of your socks off.
Both the organizations these series are centered around (Mithril and Lagoon) are armed groups for hire, centered around characters with believable flaws, and amazing fight scenes.
I can't believe no one has said it yet, well not more bluntly at least. One of the main reasons I enjoyed FMP! and Black Lagoon so much is the particular relationship between the two main characters, Chidori and Sōsuke on one side, Revy and Rock on the other. The sexual tension between them is palpable !
Why are their relationships so similar ? Because both characters in each series obviously develop feelings for each other but neither one of them can confess them, due to the fact that they're all emotionally retarded, Sōsuke being socially inept, Chidori being a tsundere, Revy being a sociopath and Rock being… Rock. Also both couples have the same composition : one normal person and one gun freak/badass.
There are other similarities but I wanted to stress this one in particular. As for the differences, Black Lagoon (adapted from a seinen manga) is more violent, though FMP! gets darker and more violent in the second season.
Two sets of unlikely couples:
Kaname Chidori and Rokuro "Rock" Okajima are more or less normal compared to their overly violent respective partners Sousuke Sagara and Revy.
If you find these sorts of pairings to your liking, these shows are for you.
Besides the fact that one of the female characters in black lagoon looks a lot like one of the characters in Full Metal Panic and both remind me of the other, there are mercenaries and the main character is thrown into a situation he isn't really trained for and sometimes has a hard time fitting it. For Rokuro, he left his ordinary job and joined a group of mercenaries....except he hasn't even used a gun before and his personality doesn't quite fit. Sagura on the other hand is a mercenary who is ordered to attend school undercover as a body guard for a female student...except all he knows is the battlefield and adapting to a normal school life just isn't something he is quite cut out for. Both characters struggle in their new positions with some friends?? to help them along the way...
The Nation of Gallia has always remained neutral in conflicts and has only gone to war to defend itself. However, as war flares between the East Europan Imperial Alliance and the Atlantic Federation, Gallia is soon targeted for its abundance of ragnite ore, a versatile and hugely valuable material. The Civilian Militia is soon called into action, and Welkin Gunther - son of a legendary war hero - is named leader of Squad 7. Under his command are the headstrong and practical Alicia Melchiott; the sharp-tongued Brigitte Stark; the grizzled veteran, Largo Potter; and Welkin's adopted sister Isara, whose Darcsen heritage means she faces prejudice, even from members of her own squad. With the rest of Squad 7 and the mighty tank Edelweiss, they must do their best to defend Gallia.
Valkyria Chronicles and Full Metal Panic! are two animes with different story plot but they are all set in a war time and both of them have a strong female character and a protective male character.Of course they have their own differences but they r very much alike and im sure that if you like one of them for sure you will like the second
Each of these series are comedies based around conflict, with a tsundere character that comes to find that they are much more important to the war effort than originally thought.
The time of war can break people or make them out to be heroes, this is the test for the main characters in Valkyria Chronicles and Full Metal Panic. While the male leads strive to protect their female counterparts, the females rise to the top to win out in victory.
I'm not sure anything can beat Full Metal Panic for awesomeness but Valkyria was close for me.
Both series do cliff hangers really well. Every episode advances the plot a little more and the pacing is a nice steady run to the end.
In my opinion, the love interest angle in Valkyria is also similar to FMP. Shy heros paired with strong female protagonists. Welkin reminds me of Sousuke in that they are both men of few words who are strategically minded. This isn't labeled as romance, but I think it was a significant character development arc and part of the story.
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.
The two main male characters from FMP and Suisei no Gargantia are similar in that they're members of the military who find themselves in situations they are totally unprepared for. Whether it's Sagara navigating school life without the use of guns or grenades, or Led coming to terms with living in a society totally unlike his own, both shows show us what it might be like to make a military-to-civilian transition.
Similar protagonist relationship and personality, both are based on individuals who are out of thier comfort zones.
The similarity between the 2 are striking, both military background with exclusion to all other things. There is small difference in mecha design. But a female companion whom they interact with is what changes their perspective to some better place. The main difference would be that full metal panic is more of a comedy where Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is more serious dealing with moral issues
Both of these anime feature a boy that has only known military life trying to communicate with a girl that has never been in the military. Talk about miscommunication errors. With giant mechas, big fight scenes, and a great cast of military and non-military personnel, these two anime should become allies in your watch list.