Michiko to Hatchin

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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?

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anon32 anon32 says...

Simon is a digger in a damp, underground village with no hope or future, but he is inspired by the appearance of a brotherly figure Kamina who shows him that there is a surface beyond his enclosed world. Also, Michiko to Hatchin borrows the catchphrases "Who the hell do you think I am?" and "Believe in me who believes in you" from Gurren Lagann.

Gungrave

Gungrave

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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valondar valondar says...

Loners who haven't quite rubbed gangsters the right way, shootouts ensue, and people are in search of their past. There's a lot of drama and stylish bloodshed packed into these little series.

Granted, both of these anime have flaws in their story construction, though it's unfortunately far more prominent in Michiko, whose story is basically the flaw of the series, rather than Gungrave, which - despite some bumpy turns - is ultimately completely satisfying.

Sisters of Wellber

Sisters of Wellber

Thief Tina Lothar came to steal a golden statue, but what she got instead was a princess. Royal Rita was arranged to be married to the prince of a rival kingdom in order to avert a war that would crush the country of Wellber, but after being forced at knifepoint to perform unsavory acts, Rita stabbed her husband-to-be and fled with her newfound-ally Tina. The king of the rival kingdom demanded a public execution of Rita within a time limit or face their cannons of war; so the duo, along with the AI tank Count Gyrano de Borgerac, now set forth to the neutral country of Greedom with a petition that may stop the war. Tina is acting as Rita's bodyguard and has reasons of her own for traveling to Greedom: the man who murdered her parents has been spotted along the way. With a bounty on Rita's head and danger at every turn, the pair must do everything in their power to reach Greedom alive.

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kissmetgen kissmetgen says...

Both series are about certain women who have dangerous day jobs which involve escaping with their lives and toting big guns.  Nothing can stop them from protecting the ones they love. No matter what the job these women complete it. If you liked one then you will surely like the other.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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kissmetgen kissmetgen says...

Both series are about certain women who have dangerous day jobs which involve escaping with their lives and toting big guns. Both with heroins get inolved in issues beyond themselves and begin searching for a answers. No matter what the job these women complete it. If you liked one then you will surely like the other.

The Rose of Versailles

The Rose of Versailles

Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Michiko to Hatchin and Rose of Versailles have it all- rampant desperation and gang/mob violence within impoverished neighborhoods, strong, likable, well-developed adult female leads, action scenes, romance scenes, scenes about everything in-between, a setting other than japan (how novel!), and they don't pull their punches and romanticize the plot. The world isn't wonderful and perfect for everyone, and these two series do an excellent job of portraying that.