Shogo was an average teenager who worked at McDonalds, drove a motorcycle and hung out with his friends – until one day, his friend Shingi showed off a prototype motorcycle called 'Garland' and was killed by secret agents attempting to steal it for themselves. Shogo escaped with the bike and his life. The next day, there is no indication that this ever happened. Shingi is reported as overseas for special training; but secret agents are staking out Shogo's apartment and are still hunting him down! Eventually the conflict comes to a head and Shogo discovers that Garland is able to transform into a giant robot – how can this be? With these new developments, Shogo must discover the purpose of the conspiracy and the secret world around him.
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
A rebellious youth with his futuristic motorcycle soon finds himself at odds with the government (being dangerously close to secrets they'd rather keep that way) and in these action-filled works full of 1980s cool our hero may end up challenging reality itself or something... anyway, fun, memorable and explosive watches.
Hikaru Ichijyo is a fighter pilot who lives onboard the Macross -- a spaceship that is under constant attack by the alien race Zentraedi and stranded light years from home. After rescuing pop star Lynn Minmay during an enemy raid, the two seem set for a whirlwind romance; but separated by fate, he finds himself in the arms of another woman. When it is discovered that Minmay's singing may be the only thing that can prevent a galactic war, Hikaru must set out to find her once again, and make the most difficult decision of his life: the love that got away, or the love he currently holds dear?
First off it has the same character designer, and many of them are eerily similar to Macross, but that is only one of the similarites
Action, a romantic story weaved in, and transformable mecha. Also a pop idol singer EVE is in Megazone 23 and Minmey a pop singer idol is in Macross.
Also it is movie length like Macross DYRL
Everyone is excited about the prospects of the awesome new tank-busting Madox battlesuit -- everyone except for lieutenant Kilgore, who has suffered defeat upon defeat during prototype testing. His opportunity for revenge comes swiftly, however, as the truck carrying Madox-01 suit suffers an accident, dropping the war machine into another truck owned by mechanic Sujimoto Koji. Unable to resist the temptation of playing with this new toy, Koji unwittingly becomes locked in the suit and is now hunted by the military, including Lt. Kilgore himself!
Megazone 23 and Metal Skin Panic centre around a guy who stumbles upon an advanced combat suit and is chased after by the government as a result. Combat suit action scenes ensue. While Megazone 23 has a much deeper plot, both series are enjoyable, and seeing as how they are both short, it is easy to check out one if you enjoyed the other.
Set in the 21st century on a recently terraformed Venus, Venus Wars is the story of a war between two opposing nations, and the effect it has on a group of teenagers. Dark and gritty, with an air similar to that of Akira, it focuses on coming of age during the midst of a planet's devastating war.
Motorcycles. The 1980s. A sci-fi future. J-pop. An angsty teen dragged into a conflict, and his relationship with some girl. Some decent animation for the period. Venus Wars is darker and grimier then the slick, Macross-esque sheen of Megazone, but either OVA title serves up a comprehensible plot with a side order of sci-fi action.