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In the year 2010, an environmental disaster has decimated the human population, leaving the remnants struggling to survive. Out of these rose an oppressive and wealthy ruling class, the Logos, who live comfortably in their special economic zones while the majority of humanity struggle and suffer in the ruins of the past. Two men, Katsuragi Jo and Tsurasawa Hitoshi, desert their military unit 'Phantom', taking with them a mysterious little girl. Why did they side with the resistance they once helped suppress, and what’s the significance of this innocent young girl?
Both Full Metal Panic! and Innocent Venus center around the protection of one girl and feature mecha units that they use to fight. Both of the girls develop a "love" for their protectors. Although in Full Metal Panic it's a romantic type love, while in Innocent Venus it's more of a father-daughter type love. Innocent Venus is a little more serious than FMP!, but there are a few characters in Innocent Venus that provide some comic relief. If you liked one, then you should give the other a try.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Last Exile and Full Metal Panic have a similar feel to them in regards to the combination of action scenes and character drama. Full Metal Panic involves fighting in robotic machines, while Last Exile is centered around warfare in the skies, but both have well developed characters and interactions, not to mention friendship and relationship drama. If you like either series for its plot tension, it's safe to say you'd like the other.
In the near future, Mars is covered with oceans. Within one of its cities, Gram River is just another kid trying to survive in the slums, until he finds himself right in the middle of a pirate attack! After nearly drowning, he finds himself aboard the pirates' ship, and is faced with a decision: be killed, or stay and fight alongside them. And thus, Gram joins the pirate crew in their quest to find the legendary treasure of Mars, but they aren't alone in their search. Now, while being hunted by the military, bounty hunters, rivals and even a few old friends, they search the seas of Mars for clues...
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Although FMP and FLCL do not have a lot in common in terms of plot. Both series contain a lot of humour, action and mecha of course. It's not that they are similiar but they share the same kind of atmosphere, at leat in my opinion. Well, you never know until you try it. So go ahead, I'm positive that you will like it!