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.
Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.
Both Last Exile and Wolf's Rain have the same sort of weird flying ships and a mysterious girl who is the key to some sort of secret. Most remarkably, the Guild in Last Exile gives a similar feeling to the Nobles from Wolfs Rain. I might have missed something, so check it out yourself.
Both of these anime feature a a group of people searching for some ancient legend, and a young girl is the key. Both anime also feature an opposing force that attemps to reroute the group at every turn. While the cats are very different, both anime are beautifully animated and have enjoyable soundtracks.
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!
Eureka Seven and Last Exile both involve a lot of military air combat and flying ships in the middle of an intense war. Both anime have very appealing character designs, beautiful animation, and a wide variety of characters to attach to. Renton and Eureka from Eureka Seven best resemble Claus and Lavie from Last Exile--they are an unusually skilled team who are all about uniting the world, yet they are just kids. Holland, the leader of the Eureka 7 crew, best resembles Alex Rowe, the leader of the Last Exile crew. If you watch the english dub, they even have the same voice actor!
The character development is amazing in both series'. I felt as if Tatiana later on in Last Exile was a direct resemblance to Eureka, while Claus also looks and acts similarly to Renton, too. Emotions are crazy among characters revolving around Claus and Renton and there is a TON of military combat in the skies, ship-to-ship battles, and baffling story developments that keep you guessing.
Each of the main characters are searching for themselves and the resolve to come to terms with their families history, which is also tightly intertwined within each plot and this also pushes them forward giving them a reason to move forward.
Is it possible for Claus or Renton to live up to, or perhaps, surpass their fathers as they pursue their ultimate destiny of reforming their worlds?
Though differing in technological standpoints, Eureka Seven and Last Exile are a good fit for each other. Whether it be Renton and his passion for lifting or Claus and his Vanship fervor, both series' main protagonists end up on a rogue craft seemingly designed to play right into their loves. But all is not well in the skies, and the vibrant crew as their companions aim to make right the wrongs of the world.
Both of these anime involve a young man wanting nothing more than to fly in the sky (either with a van ship or riding the trapar waves). He ends up fighting against a government that has little concern for its people, on an airship piloted by a group of skilled individuals. The young man quickly becomes one of the more skilled pilots of the group, showing that he follows in his father's footsteps. At the same time, a young girl is introduced as a catalyst.
Both Last Exile and Eureka Seven have this theme, where a young boy leaves home and joins a (flying) military ship. In both cases adjusting to the new environment is not easy. Because of this theme those two anime feel very alike. Of course, there might have been some other reasons for that as well, like the fact that some characters are somewhat similar. Anyway this recommendation is based on that feel. If you thought that previously mentioned theme is interesting in one of those two anime, then you probably should check the other as well. Story wise those two anime do differ, but I think its more interesting that way.
P.S. For some reason both of those shows feature some Polish themes. Although there not that many of those themes and they are not important story wise, it's certainly worth mentioning.
Akiyuki lives on post-war Sentan Island, always rushing between the demands of his separated parents and his friends at school. But his carefree days come abruptly to an end when his school bus suffers an explosion, the first attack to plunge Sentan back into war. Akiyuki lives to find himself turned into a Xam'd, a mysterious creature, by the suspected cause of the explosion. Engulfed by Xam'd, Akiyuki is eventually saved by a red-haired girl, Nakiami, only to find himself torn away from those he loves. Now he must work to control and understand the creature within him, all while searching for his family and friends in a world steeped in the secrets and chaos of war.
Each anime deals with a character who finds themselves aboard an airship. Not only that, Mail delivery and smaller fighter ships are important in each. Learning to live and work among a crew of people totally different form where the character grew up is important to both Last Exile, and Xam'd: Lost Memories. If you like one you will like the other.
They are both very unique shows, featuring a well thought and intriguing world that bring a very original feel about them. Whether it's the airships in LE or the humanoid weapons in XLM you can really feel, that it's not just another "fight-powerup-fight again" type of story. Both animes manage to skillfully mix some Shounen cliches with darker, often melancholic mood cause by the nature of their created worlds. If you like one, than you should also like the other.
I'll say this once and again - Last Exile is one of my all-time favorite anime series. Why, you ask? Well, for these reasons in particular: (1) sense of wonder, (2) realization of an interesting landscape and universe, (3) character development through relationships, and (4) grave drama. It's for these four reasons that I believe a fan of Last Exile would also enjoy Xam'd (or vice versa). Spin the wheel and give the pilot episode a whirl. I promise you'll fall hook, line, and sinker.
I believe that both Last Exile, and Xam'd: Lost Memories share grand scheme similarities. Both series involve flying ships, and play out in similar fashion. The key difference is that Last Exile plays out as individual character plots, revolving around flying, whereas Xam'd plays out with a "lesson about humanity" plot, and revolve around something else entirely. Both main characters (Claus, and Akiyuki) play similar hero roles as well to me. They don't necessarily want the responsibility they have been given, but they slowly come to terms with it, and truly shine as heroes in their respective stories.
Both set in worlds where a war is in the background, both Xam'd and Last Exile involve airships as a large part of their complex plots and settings. If you like the unique world of either show, you'll find that the other is similarly interesting.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
If you loved the artistic nature of HR, you would like the art in LE (or vice versa), as it is similar. The plots are also related in that they involve young adults discovering who they are and what role they serve in the larger world around them.
Both series were very entertaining because they constructed an entire culture within the plot. But aside from beautiful scenery, these anime don't have very much in common. You will certainly find both worlds of Haibane Renmei and Last Exile enthralling.
As London prepares for the first World Expo, the young Ray Steam receives a package containing the Steam Ball, a small and incredibly powerful engine containing hyper-pressurized steam. Developed by Ray’s father and grandfather in America under the supervision of (and funded by) the O’Hara Foundation, the Steam Ball could prove to be an asset to civilization or a great danger. But after Ray finds out that the Steam Ball must not fall into the O’Hara Foundation’s hands, he sets forth on a mission to keep the item safe and away from those who would use it to fuel a brutal war...
The steampunk attitude and semi-apocalyptic future present in both will draw fans of one work to the other.
While Last Exile, being a long run series and not a feature film, has a stronger character development and overall more complex storyline, Steamboy appeals to the same public for it's marasma of social topics, young characters and animation quality.
Even when timelines and overall locations are very different, you'll find recurring topics in both of the works, giving you a topical deja vu of sorts.
Aircrafts and giant machines that run completely on steam, a struggle against the government, children on the run. Last Exile and Steamboy are two steampunk action shows that have all of the above plus some great animation.
Both Exile and Steamboy are about as archtypically steam-punk as it gets. While Exile is a good bit better, the elments of Victorian esque, steam powered action in both are incredibly fun and perfect for any fan of the genre.
If steampunk is your thing, either of these titles is sure to delight. With plenty of machinery, government conspiracies, moral and ideological conflicts, and young main characters caught up in it all, these are both a must-watch for genre buffs.