If you liked the Full Metal Panic! anime, the Anime-Planet community thinks you'd like:
It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.
Full Metal Panic and Chrno Crusade have the same structure and feeling: They kick off with some action, comedy, light-hearted stuff, but farther into the anime, things turn more and more serious at the same time, as the underlying plot becomes more and more visible. The themes themselves are very different but I'd like to put it like this: Chrno Crusade has a theme of the past, whereas FMP has a theme of the future, and they are both just as captivating.
There's two main reasons for this recommendation:
For one thing, the relationships between the two main leads (Chrono/Rosette and Sousuke/Kaname) have a similar dynamic. Although Chrono's personality is quite different to Sousuke's once you get down to the nitty-gritty, the pairings follow a similar formula of a quiet, protective outcast falling for the strong, hot-tempered girl he's supposed to protect.
Also, the series both have a mix of comedy, romance and drama, which gets darker and darker as the series builds. In general the tone of CC is much more cynical and sad in the end, but otherwise the balance of emotions are similar in the two.
It's not a sure thing you'd like one if you like the other considering the different settings and plot, but if you enjoyed the above in either series, the other is worth a try.
For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!
Both FMP and DNAngel mix humor, romance and action (and a lot more) together in a way that keeps you interested, without having to watch too much of one thing.
The male protagonists in D.N Angel and Full Metal Panic have a similar personality, being extraordinarily different from the people around them while still trying to live a normal life and fit in. The action is what keeps both of these stories going while mixing some romance in too.
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
AD 2019: the giant mecha known as LINEBARREL falls to Earth, grabbing the attention of the anti-machina organization JUDA. Before JUDA can arrive on the scene, an unfortunate accident occurs: LINEBARREL crashes into Kouichi Hayase, a weak and frail pushover of a boy. Waking up underneath a beautiful naked woman, Kouichi discovers that he now possesses great power and can summon LINEBARREL for his own purposes. All Kouichi has wanted is to become a hero of justice and hold his own, instead his childhood friends Yajima and Risako fighting his battles for him – and now he finally has that chance. With LINEBARREL's power, Kouichi becomes cocky and aggressive, lashing out at those he cares about most; and as a 'hero of justice', Kouichi must find his new place in the world and protect himself from two organizations who want their hands on LINEBARREL.
Much like Full Metal Panic this anime has a lot of mecha action, the main characters are students, and theres a hint of romance and humour.
Both of these shows have mecha of course, i think they give you the same kind of feeling watching them. Also, for the most part, the romance in both shows are one sided, in full metal panic, sousuke is oblivious that the girl likes him, and in kurogane no linebarrels, the guy likes the girl but the girl just finds him disgusting. I think everyone that likes one would easily like the other. =)
Both of these anime where the main character gets some kind of awesome mobile suit. Also the main characters also are a little retarded, not the same kind but retared none the less
Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
While it might seem weird at first to recommend FMP for RahXephon, the idea popped into my head based on the fact that while though they both have mecha, they also have a very large storyline apart from the major fighting machines. Full Metal Panic and RahXephon are alike in the fact that the characters have lives and stories outside of fighting.
Both anime's bring together a strange male/female duo whose relationship gets strange as the truth is revealed about the abilities and responsibilities of the characters.
The mecha fighting is similar though the animation is worlds apart. So if you enjoyed the type of story that one anime brought to the table, you are sure to like the other