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?
Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!
If you like Innocent Venus' themes of a post-apocalyptic world, injustice between haves and have-nots, and the struggle of the few against the machine of the state, then you should try to see Eureka Seven. It has all these themes and more, on a more epic scale, in a more fleshed out world, with a great mix of action, drama, and humour.
Both anime have a unique idea about mecha, and involve a strange girl being hidden from a government which seeks to weaponize her.
In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with great beasts called Filth Monsters, a glimmering dome protrudes from the wasteland. This is Zuellni, a mobile city unique for having a consciousness in the form of ‘electronic fairies’. Moreover, Zuellni is an academy where the next generation of powerful Heavens-Blade wielders gather to pit their strength against each other in inter-platoon competitions. Nina Antalk, military student and leader of the 17th Platoon, is intent on recruiting only the best; thus, when mysterious Layfon Alseif transfers to the academy, she instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone, and unknown powers beyond the academy taking an interest in Zuellni, Layfon joining the team is only the start of all their troubles.
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
When watching Innocent Venus I found many aspects of the show similar to Code Geass. Both animes involve revolts within Japan and characters fighting for human rights. The protagonists are both hunted down by the government and the animes involve fight scenes using mechas.
Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.
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.
Evergreen would be a peaceful and prosperous place – if it wasn’t under siege by bandits. Most of the inhabitants have already been killed or driven off, but among the ones remaining is Wendy – a young girl who is intent on finding her kidnapped brother. As the outlaws bring their full arsenal to bear, including one of the dreaded Armor war-machines, the fate of Evergreen looks sealed. However, a slim hope appears in the form of the wanderer Van, who possesses extraordinary martial skills and even an Armor of his own. But Van has motives and goals of his own, which don’t necessarily involve saving besieged towns...
I got the same feeling from watching both these anime's, I quite enjoyed them both really much. I highly recommend if you enjoyed one you should try the other.
They are a mecha/Military anime, So if your completely against mecha this will not be suited for you.