When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Both series are light-hearted comedies (although they get serious from time to time). Despite the differences they feel somewhat similar to me.
The differences include: the different settings (Nadesico takes place mainly in the space while Gurren-Lagann is situated under and on the ground), different set of characters (Nadesico is mostly one boy and many girls, while Gurren-Lagann has two male characters and two female ones).
Both series have a leading character who is more manly than a certain other well-known mecha series ^_~, lots of action, and a bit of romance and pathos.
There are some series which are serious, some series which are comedic, and then there are those who use seriousness as a comedic element. Martian Successor Nadesico and Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann are both examples of the later. From their transformation scenes, to the battles, to what it means to be a man, both series are a delight of entertainment quality. If you loved one, you will love the other.
Kamina and Gai from these two series are EXTREMELY alike, from the nonstop gar to the respect the other male main char has for them. I'm shocked this rec isn't made more frequently, definitely a good pairing.
The final test of Hibiki, Dita, Meia, Jura and their friends on the Nirvana draws near as the battle with their enemy's mothership approaches. In order to triumph, Hibiki will have to discover his true self, and the pilots will have to build a comradery strong enough to deploy their ultimate weapon...
Miisfits who pilot spaceships and mechas, while fighting mysterious aliens/enemies who use AI-controlled ships. If you liked one the other is most likely up your alley , though Vandread is more serious while Nadesico has more humor (so you will most likely end up liking one more then the other, but which one depends on you.)
Many very unique people tossed onto a spaceship, with their fighting mecca's, all to save earth from invading enemies. Tonnes of laughter to be had with each fun filled episode. If you liked one you'd surely like the other.
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!
Both are wonderful parody anime with a nice story of their own to go with making fun of other anime inbetween. Excel Saga makes fun of pretty much all genera's where Nadesico focuses more on Space and Mecca's. If you liked one check out the other.
Sousuke Sagara is far from the average high school student - not only is he highly trained in military tactics, he puts his knowledge to use in every single applicable situation (and even those nonapplicable ones.) So, when confronted with high school, he tends to turn average high school experiences into off-the-wall adventures. Love letters become terrorist threats and field trips become commando operations; his survival depends on the watchful eye of his best friend and classmate, Kaname. Together, they may just make it out of high school alive...
Fmp? Fumoffu has both the mecha and the comedy that one would like to see after watching Nadesico. The romance element is in there too and both series have parts that make little to no sense.
Strong female leads, intelligent yet clueless male lead, mecca's, and a little bit of romance tossed in makes these two anime unique to each other. If you liked one check out the other.
Puni Puni Poemi is a spin-off of Excel Saga, the classic lampoon of all that is anime. It takes the daughter of two Excel Saga characters and puts her through parodies of shoujo, shounen, ecchi, hentai, and everything in-between. This eccentric show is the "Scary Movie" of anime: younger viewers need not apply.
Martian Successor Nadesico and Puni Puni Poemi are series which lampoon standard anime sterotypes. PPP lampoons the 'magical girl' stereotype, while Nadesico makes fun of various anime series. PPP is a little more over the top than Nadesico, but both are amusing and recommended to those who enjoy lampoon type anime.