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?
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
Mai-Otome and Angelic Layer have one obvious thing in common: both are shoujo anime that have decent fights in them. But my main reason for recommending them for each other lies in the characters: they give off a familiar feeling, and I think they'll be liked by the same people.
Both Angelic Layer and Mai-Otome deal with the hard work of a girl who at first seems to have no talent, but later becomes a great fighter with some training. The underlying philosophy of these anime is the same, and typically Japanese.
Angelic Layer and Mai-Otome are shoujo series revolving around girls who fight hard and work hard to achieve their own goals.
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...
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.
Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.
Each of these are series with a lot of comedy but very series undertones. They revolve around a cast mixed up between those that realize what is going on in the world and those somewhat oblivious of it. Finally, the girls in both series seem to be trained for fighting, but wishing for peace. Finally, the world considers what came from the past to be simply advanced relics of forgotten technology.
Mai-Otome and So-Ra-No-Wo-To are series that deal with a war type of situation with all of the characters wanting peace. Both series have a comedic aspect to them, however, the underlying threat of a war is always looming overhead.
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...
Both begin with a girl who really does no know what she is doin, but knows why she is trying. A wholesome heartfelt story of a young girl discovering herself while she battles all that is set before her.
Like Mai-Otome, Stellvia centers around a young girl determined to follow her dreams. While she does not seem to have any particular skill, there is something extraordinary about her that others are inexplicably drawn to.
Much to her delight and surprise, Haruka was selected to become an "idol." Little did she know what she was getting herself into; rather than singing and dancing, she actually is employed by a secret organization that protects the Earth from "drops" (falling fragments of the destroyed moon) using giant robots called "iDOL," piloted by girls called "iDOL Masters." As she meets new friends and tries to adjust to this new life, a hostile organization that also utilizes iDOL emerges and attacks her in an effort to capture her iDOL, Imber. Can Haruka accept her new responsibilities, get along with her new peers and Imber, and do her part to protect the world?
Two shows that feature girls as the main characters, having top weaponry at their disposal trying to save everyone. The plots feature similar elements, like the element of betrayal.
These anime are so similar to each other, for the first few episodes I genuinely thought Idolmaster was an official sequel to the Mai-## series. Similar characters, story line and even the artwork is very much like this one. If I had to choose, though, I'd watch Mai-Otome sooner than Idolmaster.