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.
It is the year 3287, and the countries of Roxche and Soux-Beil have been feuding for one hundred and thirty years. In the country of Roxche, the young air force pilot Allison has just reunited with her childhood friend Wil; and together, they are about to embark on a grand adventure. Whether it's ending the war between the countries with the help of a legendary treasure, traveling into hostile territory, or helping restore a princess's right to the throne, Allison and Wil will complete their missions with kindness and honor.
It would be near impossible to not make a recommendation for this pair, so here goes. Last Exile and Allison and Lillia are damn near identical in many ways. Their stories are both remarkably similar (though A&L is more of a slice-of-life journey than the plot-heavy Last Exile), the animation is similar, and the free as a bird mood and feel is also very alike. If you liked one, it's almost impossible you'd not like the other.
At last, a new anime has finally come that resembles the world of Last Exile and its characters. If you really enjoyed Last Exile, you won't find anything more similar to it than Allison & Lillia in which their land is also divided by opposing countries, and two extraordinary kids who fly through the skies must find the treasure that would bring peace to their world.
Allison and Lillia is what you get when you take Last Exile and make everything dull. If you are just looking for a show about pilots doing what they love and traveling through the skies they are a great match. If you need something slow Allison and Lillia is best where if you want something more compelling and awesome Last Exile is the better choice.
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
If you liked Last Exile, I guess you'd like also Escaflowne because both of them have a great steampunk setting and similar characters (such as Dio/Dilandau and Lavie/Hitomi).
Escaflowne is a bit less steampunk than Last Exile (though it's baroque mecha were a nice touch), but both of them have huge and impossible flying machines, a similar palette, intense battles, adventure, and everything else you loved about the other.
One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
Nausicaa may be a lot older that Last Exile, but these are two of my favourite anime. If you liked Last Exile for its 18th-19th century feel and its 'dream of the sky' attitude, then this is definitely up your alley.
In both anime, the inhabitants struggle with wars due to the destruction of parts of the world. The characters find themselves becoming major players when it comes to halting conflicts. Also, Nausicaa is a full length film as opposed to Last Exile which is a TV series. If you liked Last Exile, try Nausicaa.
Liked those weird flying things in Last Exile, both small ones and big ones? Yes? Then go ahead and watch Nausicaa, and you'll see where did ideas for some stuff in Last Exile came from. Nausicaa is similar to Last Exile on all layers, including (but not limited to) the medieval feeling, the flying things, parts of the scenario, and the apocalyptic feel.
Wonderful feeling of a flight is a basic component of both "Nausicaa..." and "Last Exie". Style, atmosphere and mood - they are not identical in these titles, but they have a lot in common. And if you liked steampunk-like open skies of "Last Exile", you'll sure like the ecological tale about the Forest, planes and princess. Vice versa.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Now and Then, Here and There and Last Exile take place in worlds that are scourged by war and under the bane of harsh climacteric conditions. In both cases the horrors of armed conflicts are depicted, NTHT focusing much more heavily on the drama and violence while LE takes a more subdued approach. In both there is a tyrant who oppresses the people and children who must face up to terrible ordeals. While NTHT is considerably less lavish than the very sleek LE they deal with the same issues, with the main character in both being drivem to help an apparently helpless female while trying his best not to compromise his ideals.
Both Last Exile and Now and Then, Here and There portray children who get involved in the wars of the grown-ups. Both have a skillfully crafted story and many well-rounded characters with depth, charisma and different, individual motivations - some of them hidden, some of them conflicted.
While LE is perhaps more romantic, NTHT is more tragic. Both are wonderfully dramatic though, with intense scenes that give you goosebumps and maybe make you cry a little.
In the world of Daikuuriku, all children are born female; but once they become a young adult, they may choose which sex they will become. In this world which is at war with itself, the women of Simalacrum find themselves charged with the task of piloting the ancient machines known as Simoun in hopes of turning the tide of war. Though originally simple ceremonial machines, the most gifted of pilots can turn the glowing "ri maajon" of their rituals onto their enemies and obliterate them from the skies using these Simoun. However, it takes a special bond between two highly gifted girls to successfully pilot a Simoun. With the toll of blood and pain that these previously innocent girls are taking, how many will be able to carry on, even knowing that they are the only real thing standing between freedom and subjugation of their land?
Want an anime featuring fantastic flying machines pitted against each other in exciting mid air battles that will decide the fate of not just a single civilization but possibly even the whole world? Want all of this depicted in a heart-thunderingly detailed and visually stunning style? AND do you want this to be tailored into a compelling storyline that is just as fascinating as the artwork at hand? You could only be talking of either Last Exile, or Simoun.
Simoun and Last Exile place a great emphasis on lavish flying machines and on war. In both there is a technologically advanced nation that has the upper hand and a series of others that must struggle in a very harsh environment. Technology is mixed with a sense of mysticism that takes a religious turn in Simoun while it remains essentially vague in Last Exile. Simoun has a shoujo-ai element that is absent in Last Exile, yet on par with the theme of flying both series develp their cast through several trials.
If you found the ambitious, alternate world plot of Last Exile enthralling, then Simoun should be your next stop. Though the all-girls affair has heavy yuri overtones, both series share the same thematic content and approach to telling a war story.
Simoun's melodramatics bring a little more emotion into the equation, but if you're looking for more anime about teenagers striving to hold to their ideals while the world around them descends into war, then it's one worth checking out.