In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
It is actually scary how much Last Exile and Laputa are alike. Both take place primarily in the air, and have a young boy and girl who set out to discover the truth about some mystical castle/air stream. In both cases the boy's primary reason for trying to do this is due to his father. And of course in both anime they have the usual baddies after them in giant airships.
Yet the way the stories are told, the outcome, and the central plot are really different. The settings are the same, and you will probably like one if you like the other. But due to the different plots and storytelling you'll be surprised by both and you won't feel like you're watching the same thing over again.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Last Exile are both set in a retro-futuristic world. Castle in the Sky is also a steampunk anime. In Last Exile, on the other hand, coal is not the main source of energy, yet some elements in the setting and the general atmosphere of the anime bear resemblance to steampunk.
Those two steam punk anime are similar from both the plot point of view and the character designs. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other one too.
Both Last Exile and Laputa are "Flight" anime, involving airships and biplanes, and they generally follow a similar premise: flyboy + mysterious girl + unknown past.
Both Laputa and Last Exile take place in fantasy worlds in which air ships and legends control the skies and all below them. Last Exile has more characters and is more visually complex than Laputa, but for a now-older movie Laputa's animation is beautiful as well. In both, we follow a teenage boy and girl as they make friends, allies, and enemies in an effort to learn about and affect their mysterious worlds.
Last Exile and Laputa share a similar world concept, similar story concepts and even some other random things that make you stop and think "hey, that's just like..." And while at a glance this would make the much newer Last Exile seem like a rip-off, they are actually so different in other ways that such a claim just can't stick.Both are based in a retro-future type setting heavily focused on airships, with the common goal of seeking out a mysterious floating castle. But Laputa takes a lighter and sometimes comedic approach, while Last Exile presents itself as a serious story. Both are very well made, with interesting and detailed worlds, endearing characters, and enthralling stories.
While watching Last Exile, I felt the same way as when I watched Castle in the Sky. They both revolve around a world filled with flying machines, and the first episode of Last Exile is almost exactly like when Pazu and Sheeta were finally entering Laputa. If Castle in the Sky was an anime show, this would be it.
Both of these anime take place almost exclusively in the sky, and involve the search for an ancient, flying treasure. With interesting flying technology, and airship battles, the anime are very similar. Both also involve a young girl as the catalyst for finding the ancient treasure/fortress, and a young boy who flies in the memory of his father.
If you love flying, flying machines, or floating fortresses you'll love both these series. Both are rich in amazing flying designs as well as great aerial battles.
The scientist who flooded the world of the future and created a mutant species in the images of animals is looking to finish what he started, and the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 must stop him at all costs. But first, they must try to recruit the best sub pilot that ever lived: Tetsu Hayami.
The same character designer was involved in both of these great series, Last Exile and Blue Submarine No.6. One thing that does catch your eye immediately is the animation: While Blue Sub 6 was more of a 2D and 3D integration experiment (not to forget that this series has some years behind it), the technique has been optimized in LE and it looks simply great. Both of these series have an interesting plot with new things happening all the time. A lot of things are being revealed as the shows move along. They focus a lot on the characters and their way of handling themselves during the times of war and many other situations as well.
First of all, both anime series share the same fathers: Gonzo as production company and Range Murata for charades.
While AnR was Gonzo's "hello world" in the mainstream animation industry and featured the first rough attempts to use CG and LE makes a far better use of it, both of them have common themes, like the militant fellowship among the main characters and the ecologist message they conveys showing what a resource as simple as water is can be crucial to substain human life.
Simply, both of those are made by Gonzo and have similar CGI. They also give a similar feel and have this awsome character design by Murata Range. If you liked one of those shows (or you like Murata's work), you should watch the other too.
Both share people "randomly" getting involved in a fight to save their world. Both stories are deep and engaging. Animation style are very simliar as well. Check one out if you like the other.
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
These shows demonstrate amazing storylines and a shared "industrial era" feeling mixed with a fantasy world. Both are beautifully writen and animated with many characters that you can easily fall in love with.
The pair of close kids who've lost their parents and are out facing the world trying to prove themselves is a theme that both Last Exile and Fullmetal Alchiemist share. Also Alex Rowe (captian of the Silvana) and Roy Mustang (flame alchemist) share a likeness...but that just might be me. Also the animation is quite similar, although Last Exile relies more on computer generation in many scenes. However Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely a better anime, so Last Exile may be a step down...but if it's the other way around, enjoy! See!? The cup is always half full!
Last Exile and FMA gave off a really similar feel- the two orphaned teenagers who grew up together striking it off on their own, becoming entangled in the military, meeting similar types of people, the conflict between various factions of people, as well as the technology in the two series looked pretty similar. Additionally, they're clearly intended for the same audience, so if you liked one, check out the other.
Both of these anime involve a a wide cast of characters and some interesting technology (automail and van ships). Both are set in an industrial-age like setting, and both are are excellent adventure stories. The main characters are a duo of youngsters that follow in the footsteps of their parents.
A young duo in search of a legendaric object, one by choice the other by chance. The protagonists both excel in their field desite young age. Throw in some cool technology and epic scenes, and at least I am sold!
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.
Both Scrapped Princess and Last Exile involve a great world that is mysteriously closed off, yet it contains clues to a greater "outside". The story in each is set against the backdrop of an imminent war; enemies and friends are made on both sides. There is a power to be discovered and the decisions the main characters make about it will affect the rest of the world.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...