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...
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...
Shirase Akira is a genius hacker who has earned the nickname "Battle Programmer Shirase" (or BPS for short) for his incredible talent. From saving corporations to global security, BPS is always willing to help a hand -- for the right price. But for skills like his, money is not an option, so be sure to have specialized computer parts, sold-out tickets, or huggable life-sized cat girl posters to spare! With BPS in charge, no computer is safe! That is, if he can manage to stop being a complete slacker...
This is a bit of a strange recommendation to make, but I honestly believe if you enjoy one, you will appreciate the other.
Both have a slightly older animation style and similar characters thrust into a military role to help save the world. There are reasonably short arcs in both, that mean you can pick them up and put them down as necessary.
The flow of these shows is also quite similar, and there are some brilliant comedic moments to both. Highly recommended.
Meet Tanaka Oji: lead guitarist of a hard rock band in his youth, now an aging salaryman who has all but given up on his old dreams. Trudging through a boring day-to-day life, he gets a rude awakening when his musical talents are once again called upon — to save the galaxy from invaders, no less... but with age come responsibility; he has a family to look after and can’t just give up his day job, no matter how hot and blonde the reason. The time has come for a decision; will he once again try to live out his dream and rebel, or conform to the demands of society?
In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with great beasts called Filth Monsters, a glimmering dome protrudes from the wasteland. This is Zuellni, a mobile city unique for having a consciousness in the form of ‘electronic fairies’. Moreover, Zuellni is an academy where the next generation of powerful Heavens-Blade wielders gather to pit their strength against each other in inter-platoon competitions. Nina Antalk, military student and leader of the 17th Platoon, is intent on recruiting only the best; thus, when mysterious Layfon Alseif transfers to the academy, she instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone, and unknown powers beyond the academy taking an interest in Zuellni, Layfon joining the team is only the start of all their troubles.
Two completely different decades spawned two very different shows with two very similar casts. The relationships and dynamics of the groups in each is what drives the shows forwards. I think if you enjoyed one show filled with action and the occasional laughs, you will love the other.
Sakurazaki Suzuo has recently returned to his hometown of Nakasora City, eager for a part-time job; yet none can be found. After a series of heroic events, Suzuo finds himself in the company of a young girl who offers him a bargain he almost can’t refuse: wear a “toy” belt, developed by the intergalactic Otankonasu Company, and be the hero of the universe! With no money in sight, Suzuo has no choice but to accept, but he has no idea what he just got himself into! The belt transforms him into the justice-wielding Dokkoida, and he must now work for the Galaxy Union Police Department, arresting galactic criminals with his 108 deadly blows. As if things weren’t bad enough, the defeated criminals have a habit of donning a secret identity and moving into his apartment complex, causing much mayhem and hijinks. Transform, Dokkoida! Save the universe with your suit of strength!