The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...
In the future, humanity has extended its reach into space; and to help future generations adapt to the new environment, special children are genetically engineered and trained. But when the alien Wulgaru army invades the solar system, mankind is forced to use these evolved youngsters as soldiers on the battlefront. Izuru, Toshikazu, Tamaki, Kei and Ataru are a group of such soldiers who, due to their consistently terrible grades and bumbling maneuvers, are referred to as the “Failure 5”. That is, until they’re called upon by the Global Defense Force to pilot special mecha to combat the threat. Now, can the gang grow as a team and protect the human race against such a fierce foe?
Both of thse shows are about kids joining the military and learning to pilot giant mecha suits in space. The animation/character designs are very similar, and the overall feel of the shows are the same. If you enjoyed one, you'd no doubt enjoy the other as well.
I have to say... The overall feeling I had watching both anime is the same, they are both incredibly good mecha anime. I will recommend both anime to anyone who likes either and if you haven't watched any of them start with the classics (just saying). Back to topic, they are both mecha anime who star teens fighting a war in MSGS you see action on earth and outer space and in GKMP you see more action in space. Like I said, overall feeling, it's almost like one was inspired by the other.
In the year 1945, the most terrible creatures in existence visited the earth: bug-like entities soon to be known as Phantom Beasts. In that time of peril, mankind joined together to expel the threat, only to find that conventional weapons were useless and further damaged the earth. It is now 1999, and the student-wide draft has changed the lives of thousands of teenagers across Japan. While unwillingly fighting in an endless war that started before their births, one group of friends will experience the tragedy of death and the bittersweet joy of love as they struggle to survive.
Obviously, both are mech-based shows. However, both of these shows differ from most other 'mech' shows in that they focus far more upon the characters' relationships with one another than on the wars and political situations. Gundam Seed obviously has more well-developed characters and a more involved plot, being over four times as long, but fans of either show should like both.
In the future, Earth is split into three factions: Dorssia, an empire bent on world domination; ARSUS, a military alliance; and Jiro, a collection of neutral states with colonies across the galaxy. On one such colony, Haruto Tokishima lives a carefree life at Sakimori High, where his greatest concern is mustering the courage to confess to his childhood friend, Shouko. His idyllic life is broken, however, when a team of Dorssian super-soldiers, led by the enigmatic L-elf, assaults the colony to retrieve the 'Valvrave', a mobile suit secretly being constructed there. In the resulting chaos, Haruto watches as Shouko disappears within a laser’s blast; enraged, he climbs into the now accessible Valvrave, and defeats the Dorssian army after forsaking his humanity to the machine. Haruto pledges to protect the colony, but can he come to terms with what he's given up to gain such power?
If you like Gundam SEED then you might like Valvrave. Both use teenaged mech pilots, both feature space colonists, both include the protagonist finding a superweapon and using that weapon to secure the safety of his friends. Thematically and story structure are similar... frankly there are too many similarities to list them all in one rec.
In both shows the main focus is on teenage characters and their involvement in political and military struggles between two or three fractions. Both shows are about teenagers piloting mecha, and both of them have some solid action. The general themes, setting and cast are very, very similar, so if you enjoyed one there’s a big chance you may like the other.
After being threatened by extinction at the hands of alien invaders called the Zentradi, humanity undertook the task of guaranteeing itself a future by launching fleets of colony ships into space. On Macross Frontier, one such fleet, high school student Saotome Alto's life is changed forever: the fleet is suddenly attacked by unidentified creatures while he is performing aerial stunts for a concert by the wildly popular idol Sheryl. Alto quickly finds himself in the cockpit of a new-model fighter struggling to protect Ranka Lee, a young girl he met only hours earlier, from the invaders' swath of destruction. Noting his performance during this incident, the S.M.S. Skull Squadron private military company invites Alto to join their organization, where he continues protecting his friends and Macross Frontier.
Not only that the anime are both mecha based but the characters of these two series are unique in their own way and have their dificulties and hapy times.
The storylines also have similarities like people that don't live on earth anymore!
The main characters have diferent personalities but when it comes to loved one or other inocent people getting hurt they both go all out dispite their diferent personalities!
Both Macross Frontier and Gundam SEED are both mecha based, with enough room for character progression and complex (love) relationships.
The characters in both series are confused about why they fight and who their 'real' enemy is, until the path they must take is revealed before them.
In both series music also plays a role to convey feelings, although in Macross music plays a much bigger part.
Centuries ago, humanity carelessly ravaged the Earth’s environment, forcing them to leave and form a colony elsewhere. To prevent the same mistakes from happening again, they allow a supercomputer to run their lives. Children are genetically engineered and at the age of fourteen take ‘adulthood exams’, a process whereby the supercomputer ensures they are suitable for membership in this perfect society. Those who pass have their memories erased and are guided into the next stage of their life; those who fail are immediately destroyed. Jomy is a boy about to take his adulthood exams, but things go terribly wrong when a man wreathed in light interrupts the process. He is a Mu -- an aberration, a new generation of human with extraordinary powers usually detected and eliminated by the supercomputer. This man tells Jomy he too is a Mu and introduces him to the Mu society. They are a rebel group in hiding from the oppressive human regime, who live in the hope that they will find a life of peace on Earth some day. Can Jomy leave behind all that he has known, come to terms with his awakening powers, and help the Mu return to their beloved Terra?
At first glance it's mecha here, espers there - nothing in common? Well that's wrong impression. Both shows put a great deal of focus on showing the relation between fewer in numbers but phisically superior race ( Miu in Terra e, and Coordinators in Gundam Seed) and whether they can grow to understand each other, and end conflict. Both show some impressive space battles (even though one show them with Mecha, and other with Ships vs Espers). Finally through at least first half of both we are faced with "one ship escaping from swarms of enemies" situation.
There is a very fun an interesting theme that is present in both series.
Both series have a protagonist who is whisked from his home and forced to go against his own people. Along the way the character is shown both pros and cons of the two peoples and emotionally grows throughout. Also, the two animes throw lots of psychological drama at the protagonist as well.