In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
Arika Yumemiya is a poor yet energetic girl who has come to the city to become an Otome – a female warrior with the power to match an entire army. She quickly befriends her irritable fellow student Nina Wong and Princess Mashiro, the queen-to-be. With the help of her mysterious benefactor and abundant natural talent, she’s able to overcome the trials of everyday life in the competitive Garderobe Academy, but darker schemes are afoot. How will her new friendships fare, when secrets of the past and present are brought forth to spark a fight for the crown, and more?
Kiddy Grade and Mai-Otome feature a similar style of storyline. Both series spend a good number of early episodes with their characters just living out their normal lives - well, as normal as being part of a superpowered soldier organization can be. At some point, though, the time comes when the protagonists get unceremoniously booted from these lives. They must then embark upon a rogue battle against both former friends, as well as new enemies, to reclaim them. The two series may use different styles to tell these stories, but they are alike enough at their core to make each a solid bet for fans of the other.
1st: all the things Cetonis mentions are correct, and also do Kiddy Grade and Mai-Otome share that the protagonists are female, look quite young and the superpowers are artificial: we're dealing with a science fiction.
So liking one means at least considering the other.
Both are about girls with superpowers in a sci-fi setting and both spend many episodes in the beginning on showing the characters' normal life. As such they both begin with a mix comedy, friendship and action. From there they to continue to amuchdarker plot, which has been built up to during the comedic part.
Guided by a star only they can see, a group of maidens known as HiMEs have begun to gather at Fuuka Academy. These young women have been endowed with dangerous supernatural powers that they can use to their heart's content, but there's a price: to wield them, they must put their most important thing on the line. Now, in the midst of school work and friendships, they find themselves caught in the midst of strange conspiracies seemingly related to the terrifying monsters that attack them. Is the power of the HiMEs strong enough to save themselves and the ones they love?
With a few big plot twists, the story of Mai-Hime and Kiddy Grade changes just when things get boring. The characters are pushed into new roles constantly and this provides a very nice twisting story. Aside from that both even have some action to offer as well.
At first glance the two seem quite dissimilar. However, even though their genres are different, they have similar tones. Both are light-hearted shows which turn dark halfway through. The cause of the swift in tone is, in both series, caused by a dark conspiracy.
Both shows have similar characters.
If you like one you should check out the other.
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.
When watching either Kiddy Grade or Scrapped Princess, you might begin thinking to yourself, "This is some pretty weird stuff". You'de be right by thinking bother are a little odd, but hey what anime isn't?!
Kiddy Grade and Scrapped Princess share a common thread of the main characters trying to find their roots. Both of Kiddy Grade's heroins and Scapped Princess's leading lady struggle to remember their past and while trying to do so are forced to overcome many frightening situations.
Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.
While Scryed and Kiddy Grade might seem to be worlds apart, both are fanastic series about people with superpowers, and involve the question of whether or not they are being exploited. Scryed definitely has more of an action feel (with no fanservice), whereas Kiddy Grade is a space epic. Nonetheless, I think you'd enjoy both.
Besides the similarities in visuals, Kiddy Grade and s-CRY-ed have many other points of endearment. Like the fact that both anime are about super-powered teens. Also, both anime are more action-based then story-based, meaning that these anime are more for those times when you're in the mood for some explosions ;). However, there are parts in both series when something happens that causes you think about human nature and morality. So if you're in the mood for a lot of action and don't require that deep of a storyline then these anime are for you.
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
Stellvia definitely has less (aka no) fanservice, and has a more lighthearted plot all the way through; but both it and Kiddy Grade have a fantastic mix of serious and "fun"/character development moments. In addition, the musical soundtracks REALLY reminded me of each other. This is important to me, because I rarely am drawn to anime OSTs, but both Stellvia and KG's really stood out.
The style, atmosphere and animation of both Stellvia and Kiddy Grade is VERY close. The "fresh" feeling you get when watching each episode is also very similar. Also, considering they are out in space and whatnot makes them close too. If you liked one, you would probably like the other, despite popular belief that KG sucks (I didn't think so).