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.
This is a story that follows Elk, a boy blessed by the spirit of fire. When Elk was a child his village was destroyed by a dark force that now seeks to plunge all humanity into chaos, by releasing the great darkness that is sealed within the Ark of the Spirits. Elk, along with Arc the chosen hero of the spirits and the brave crew of the silver noah, fight for the hope of all mankind.
In a world that is trying to cope with artificial soldiers left over from the war, Agate Fluorite transfers to the prestigious Cluster Edge Academy – a recognized starting point for leaders of the past and the future. He’s naïve, optimistic, and from no apparent background; but more than that, there’s something very different about Agate: he has the power to make “miracles” happen. Meanwhile, the artificial soldiers working with former Cluster E.A. student Chalce rebel at news of his death. Led by Chalce's younger brother Chrome, they attempt to destroy the remaining artificial soldier plants and take on the military in his name. In their journey to understand and become human, they cross paths with Agate and his new Cluster E.A. friends, and are pulled into the havoc caused by the military who want Agate's power. It is only a matter of time before one side discovers the truth behind Agate…
Both Last Exile and Cluster Edge are set in an alternate and fantastical universe. A good action/adventure romp, featuring kids being thrust into a military encounter and fighting to keep the world as they know it.
Both have some interesting air-ships, although Last Exile has much more visually stunning animation. There are also some morally difficult questions posed, meaning these shows are definitely better suited to a more mature audience.
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?
Both of these anime evolve around a rebellion against a tyranical government. While chess is only shown a couple times in either anime, it seems to play a major role in each. (Lelouch's battle strategy and the episode titles of Last Exile) Both anime also involve some pretty interesting technology and airships.
On the night of a full moon, the orphans Yu and Ai sneak off to a closed subway that turns out to be a gateway to another world. There, they encounter two unlikely companions: a woman named Risa, and a mysterious fellow who can summon spirits with the gun on his arm. Together, they travel through this strange new world of magic and mystery, cactaurs and chocobos.
Weird rec but bear with it. Last Exile has a lot of Final Fantasy elements to it, weather it be music, animation, or style. This is more a gut rec if you liked one you'd probably enjoy the other.
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.
Last Exile and Full Metal Panic have a similar feel to them in regards to the combination of action scenes and character drama. Full Metal Panic involves fighting in robotic machines, while Last Exile is centered around warfare in the skies, but both have well developed characters and interactions, not to mention friendship and relationship drama. If you like either series for its plot tension, it's safe to say you'd like the other.