What happens when authority and consequence are removed? When the inmates truly run the asylum. On the spaceship Ryvius there are those who would fight for order, and many more who would fight to destroy it. Love, hate, anger, greed, avarice, and perhaps hope are the fuel for the Ryvius, and only one can save those who call it home...
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.
Character driven dramas that explore the actions and psychology of groups of youth in high pressure, life threatening situations. They also share science fiction settings and intense, stylized combat with giant mechas.
Infinite Ryvius is a post-Evangelion show and the influence is obvious. Both delve into very dark territory through a sci-fi narrative full of action and battles. Unlike many series with the same premise of kids fighting with giant robots, Eva and Ryvius display believable reactions from their realistic cast. More than anything there is a certain disillusionment that often is missing in anime, it brings these titles together.
When the oppressive Kingdom suddenly conquers the planet Kibi, a group of space cadets are stranded aboard the spaceship Amaterasu. With no money or power, the crew is funded by the Space Channel TV station… for a price. For though they are given the money to buy the Amaterasu and battle the Kingdom, Shinon and the rest of the cadets must also become reality TV stars, allowing the network to dictate how they look, how they fight, and how they react when faced with the horrors of death. For the cadets aboard the Amaterasu, the battle has just begun...
Both anime feature young cadets who operate a spaceship that was abandoned by its crew. The cadets must defend against an entire enemy fleet throughout various encounters.
While both anime require considerable suspension of disbelief, Starship Operators is significantly more plausible than Infinite Ryvius. If you found the plot and interpersonal relationships of Infinite Ryvius too unrealistic, but are intrigued by the notion of a spaceship operated solely by cadets, give Starship Operators a chance.
Despit their different approache, both shows have a similar setup. A group of students gains control of a high-tech warship due to some unforseen event and now they have to deal with it.
At a typical elementary school in Japan, yearly chores are being distributed. Yuri and 3 other students are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the alien hats for the year. Alien hats?! Yuri's sentiments, exactly. Despite her misgivings, she and her classmates must round up stray aliens that have escaped from a crashed spaceship -- with the help of the alien hats, of course.
If what you are looking for is another anime in which the rules of human society are questioned, try Alien 9. Growing up equals losing your heart and crying doesn't help as nobody hears you. This anime is full of symbols, starting with the "hats".
In the distant future, aliens called Victim destroyed all the worlds of humanity except for Zion. In this desperate time, young boys of the space colonies are sent to GOA to learn how to, and compete for the right to, pilot the fighting machines designated as Ingrids. These child pilots are assisted by EX -- a special power, and by female partners who repair the Ingrids. However, to save humanity, exceptional candidates are needed, and two new students, Zero and Hiead, motivated by their desire to succeed and burning rivalry, may be the human race's last hope...
At first you might not think Candidate for Goddess and Infinite Ryvius have much in common other than both being sci-fi. However both deal with children being thrust into something that changes them and forces them to "grow up."
The year is After Colony 195, and mankind is in the midst of a seemingly endless ongoing war between the Space Colonies and the ones who created them: the people of Earth. To give the Colonies the advantage, five mobile suits called Gundams were created. Equipped with enhanced technology and extremely talented young pilots, these are the ultimate machines of war. While Relena Peacecraft pleads for peace, Heero Yui leads the Gundams into the battle with Earth to attain it. As their personalities and visions clash, their goal is the same: freedom for all and peace at last.
If you liked in one of the series any of the aspects mentioned here, you might like the other.
Both have children as main characters who get involved in a situation that by far surpasses what they are able to do.
While trying to survive (Infinite Ryvius) or trying to accomplish what they believe in (Gundam Wing), they are labelled terrorist and make enemies out of those who they belong to or those who they want to protect.
Both series share politics and human emotions/actions as themes, even though in different scales: Gundam Wing is more focused on the philosophy of politics and human ideals, while Infinte Ryvius is more focused on lack of rules and human behaviour in extreme situations.