Two major world powers have constructed the most dangerous weapon on earth: Tactical Armor (TA), an elite fighting mecha with extreme agility and fighting strength. Yushiro Gowa is the top TA pilot and captain of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, an orginization that uses the TAs to try and bring honor back to Japan. Yushiro must make a hard decision and face the truth about his past and the secrets of the Gowa family, who will use their adapted spiritual powers to summon Gasaraki and unleash terror on all of mankind.
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.
There's some similarities in that Gasaraki is also a mecha anime with lots of flighting and the mysteries about the mecha. The robot designs are utilitarian, get's right down to business and kicks a lot ass. The pilots are also unknowingly involved in a large plan that is revealed as the series goes on.
Both Neon Genesis and Gasaraki use mecha as a backdrop for their story in a less conventional way. The mecha are more than what you would normally expect. The plot revolves a lot about discovering what they actually are about.
Simple put both these anime are mech anime but with a deep meaning behind them, which to some may be confusing but to others will truly entertain them with the intense plot and characters with there deep rooted backgrounds and family relations.
This is by far the closest anime to gasaraki in the whole term of alike. alot of the characters has similar attitudes in this anime that resembles the character buildup of gasaraki.
Evangelion and Gasaraki are Similar in a lot of ways, especially the spiritual themes and conspiracy plotlines
In the civil war-torn country of Uddiyana, the photographer Saeko Shirasu took an image of a flag which captured the hearts of people around the world. With the help of a planned and UN-backed peace agreement, this symbol of peace was to usher in a new era for the people of Uddiyana - until it was stolen just before the historic day. Now, Saeko has been sent to cover the activities of SDAC - a group who has been charged with retrieving the flag and combating armed factions throughout the country. With the help of her camera, Saeko will document the struggles of the SDAC and its secret robotic weapon, the HAVWC.
Although their plots differ significantly, one of the strengths of both Gasaraki and Flag is the melding of the mecha genre with a sense of "real world" politics and military structure. Both series take place in a near-future where mecha are a new and game-changing addition to the military landscape, and they tend to be shown as fallible and experimental pieces of equipment, rather than the omnipotent, gravity-defying super-weapon. If that "real world"-feel appealed to you in one of these series, you will probably enjoy that aspect in the other.
One word... Realism. These two anime are both very realistic in their approach to the subject; third world nations at war and those involved. Although there is a decent amount of metal action for Mecha fans, its not over the top, Gundam style, and not too little that it leaves you dissapointed. i enjoyed both shows very much.
Following the events of the first Patlabor movie, after a terrorist attack on a bridge in Tokyo, the whole country of Japan is in an uproar. The Japanese government suspects an attempt by the Americans to destabilize them, but in reality has no idea who is behind the attack. The only clues they have is of a secret organization called the National Defense Family, and the destruction of a United Nations Labor Unit. With time running out, the government calls upon Captain Goto and the Police Labor Force Division 2 to fill in the missing pieces...
Aside from both focusing on Mecha, both also focus on a more political and social side to the story. Action isn't the most important thing going on. It's the political and social backdrop that both series -in my opinion- revolve around.
Gasaraki and Patlabor share many of the same thematic elements to their plots. Both mix action elements with mecha, and story elements with political confusion. Their stories have a rhythm of slow tense scenes, punctuated by short mecha combat. Also their grounding in realism is seen not only in the designs, but the characters.
In the early 21st century, the emergence of an incurable condition known as B-cell growth led some of the affected to become "Sleepers" - people put under stasis until a cure could be found. Yuji Kaido is one such Sleeper who awakens, several decades later, to a horrifying new reality. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating everything - and everyone - in sight. Now, all Yuji can do is escape from the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, and make their way towards Second Earth: mankind's new home in space.
A world torn apart by a war that faces a new terrible weapon, the Tactical Armour. Both anime's have been done by the same author so you know the quality ;)
Mecha's are realistic and have a real good technology output that gives it that... 'realistic feel' that lacks in many other anime.
For me it's a must.
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.