Far, far away in a distant time, there is a tribe of people called the Golden Tribe who have the ability to create stars and foretell the future. They gave out a warning to those who have yet to mature: 'Move.'. Three tribes answered their call: the Silver Tribe, the Bronze Tribe, and the Heroic Tribe. Soon after, the Golden Tribe encountered a crashed ship in which only a baby human known as Age survived; they named the child's race the Iron Tribe and assigned one of the few living members of the Heroic Tribe to protect him and his race. Now, in a distant part of the galaxy, humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the other tribes. With only a prophecy to go on, they set out to the deepest depths of space to find their savior named Age -- humanity's last hope.
When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...
Both set in space, the middle of a war between the humans and an unknown alien race immediately starts the similarities in these series. While Nadesico takes the path of comedy, and weaves a story that while funny still creating serious moments, Heroic Age, does the opposite creating serious moments with parts of comedy. Both tactics work and if you enjoy the space adventure of one ship against an entire fleet, then you'll definately enjoy watching both of them.
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
What Heroic Age and Pandora Hearts have in common are mature, responsible protagonists with a special and well designed universe. For Heroic Age, that universe is one filled with monsters with the power to destroy a world, inter-stellar warfare, and space opera drama in a grand SF adventure. For Pandora Hearts, the setting is Alice in Wonderland complete with a uniquely Japanese look at the matter, with a dual dimension setup to divide one world from the other.
For those that loved the deepness and character strength present in Oz Bezarius and the cast of Pandora Hearts, surely you will also come to appreciate the great design work on the cast of Heroic Age. It works the other way as well.
Long ago there was a battle between angels and humans, which ultimately ended with the angels’ retreat. Twelve thousand years later, the angels have become active again and have begun harvesting humans for nefarious purposes; and only the pilots of the ancient mecha known as Aquarion are able to oppose the angels' tools of war. The pilots have special powers, but the secret to defeating the Angels once and for all lies with the reincarnations of the two beings who defended humanity against the Angels in the past: Apollonius, an Angel who turned his back on his kind in order to protect humanity; and Siren, his human lover. Only Apollonius can awaken the true strength within Aquarion that is needed to defeat the angels; but who is the reincarnation of Apollonius?
A lot about these two animes is similar. The themes are similar--the human race is fighting to protect themselves. The aura is similar too, you get the same feeling watching them. The protagonists are both 'barbarians' that suprise people with their power. There are differences, as with most animes, but I think that you'd like one if you liked the other.
In the year 2199, unrelenting attacks from the planet Gamilus have forced all life on Earth into underground dwellings and raised radiation levels to near-toxic levels. The only way to clean up all this harmful radiation is by using the Cosmo Cleaner, which the Queen of the planet Iscandar has generously offered to humanity. Unfortunately, Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, but Earth only has one year before rising radiation levels make it uninhabitable! The only vessel capable of making the journey is the Yamato - a spaceship equipped with advanced technology and modeled after the famous WWII battleship. Can the crew of the Yamato make it to Iscandar and back before the extinction of all life on Earth?
If you liked Heroic Age's quest like mission plot to save one's people, Space Battleship Yamato utilizes a similar plot avenue.
If you like to see portrayals of both sides in a conflict between humans and aliens, Heroic Age has a couple of unique examples of alien life whereas Yamato 2199 has a more understandable enemy in the beginning.
There also seem to be tributes to Yamato's technological devices in Heroic Age, even though Heroic Age utilizes the space giant/mecha paradigm more while Yamato is more similar to the SDF Macross super fortress.
The depth of character building is also similar in the sense that each show has people who have to grow into and maintain duty and military responsibility for others while accomplishing a mission. In Heroic Age, the romance is a very central element, but in Yamato 2199, it's a subtext that serves a more supporting role.
“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.
The main hero of both Heroic Age and Trigun is a goofball, but when it comes down to business he gets it done. It also seems that Age and Vash always know what they are doing even if they are laughing or goofing off. I would recommend both to anyone who asked me.