One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
In a world where most of the planet has been taken back by Mother Nature and Tokyo has become the world's largest "Jungle-opolis," a young girl named Kuniko has to lead the Anti-Government group known as Metal-Age against Atlas, a powerful and pristine city of wealth and technology. Gradually, Kuniko begins to question whether or not Atlas and its people are really cruel; only when she and her guardians infiltrate Atlas does Kuniko truly gain perspective. Why is the government so set on letting the lower city of Duomo live off of scraps, when the tower city of Atlas has more than enough room for everybody?
Both take place in a grim future where mankind's abuse of the environment has created a toxic, jungle-infested planet that is difficult to survive in. Both are centered around a young girl who seems on a higher level than the people around her, a peace-loving but adept fighter
These anime are about two young female protagonists with mad fighting skills, battling other humans and trying to survive in a toxic environment filled with giant, poisonous plants. They deal with a very similar premise: that human beings will eventually destroy the environment through their meddling, and the world will fall into resulting chaos. If you dig one, check out the other.
In a land filled with magic and mystery, two rival kingdoms are readying for war: Isa, the beautiful water-laden city, and Paro, the industrialized wasteland. Windaria follows the tale of two sets of lovers: Marin and Izu, a young pair of farmers who are devoted to one another, and Ahanas and Jill, princess and prince of the rival kingdoms. With war approaching, these star-crossed lovers will experience the true depth of tragedy as they struggle to survive.
Akiyuki lives on post-war Sentan Island, always rushing between the demands of his separated parents and his friends at school. But his carefree days come abruptly to an end when his school bus suffers an explosion, the first attack to plunge Sentan back into war. Akiyuki lives to find himself turned into a Xam'd, a mysterious creature, by the suspected cause of the explosion. Engulfed by Xam'd, Akiyuki is eventually saved by a red-haired girl, Nakiami, only to find himself torn away from those he loves. Now he must work to control and understand the creature within him, all while searching for his family and friends in a world steeped in the secrets and chaos of war.
The first five minutes of the very first episode of Xam'd gave me an overwhelming Nausicaa vibe, and the feeling really hasn't diminished with successive episodes. I guess the most obvious similarity is that both feature a heroine who flies a single-person light aircraft and grows things in jars and is tough yet deeply compassionate, to the point of defending or weeping over creatures others would think of as monsters. Also, there's lots of airships and goopy stuff and morally complex war stuff and a cute animal. Basically, if you like Nausicaa, be sure to check out Xam'd. If you like Xam'd and you've never seen Nausicaa... have you been living under a rock? It's a classic!
Xam'd feels like something that could have been produced by Studio Ghibli, Nakiami could have been Nausicaa in another life and Akiyuki is vaugely reminicent of Ashitaka from princess mononoke later in the series. However it isn't just the Characters that are similar, the art of xam'd and the story would also be right at home in a Ghibli Movie so if you like studio ghibi movies you'll feel the same way about xam'd and visa-versa
In a world where mankind is at the brink of destruction, one lone scientist has concocted the means to save it: bioroids. These artificial humans coexist with humans in the city of Olympus, under the watchful eye of the supercomputer Gaia -- to stabilize society. The military strongly opposes their use, however, and the elite soldier Deunan may hold the key to saving both the human race and the lives of the bioroids. Teamed up with an old friend, Briareos, Deunan must race against the clock to discover the secret of the Appleseed before countless lives are tragically lost...
While at first the two anime movies may seem completely different (i.e. animation style/music/cyber-future v. polluted-future), they have some underlying similarities.
First, there is an important, and very strong (physically and mentally) female character.
Second, both stories are set in a time when the near-destruction of the world has occurred, and people have had to built a society around that devastation.
Finally, the main character must race against time in order to prevent another danger brought about by the human race itself.
Both movies convey messages that are profound and warn against the sins and mistakes of human beings.
In a world known as Soul Shell, floating islands are mankind’s only protection against falling into oblivion. The power of the song is able to heal wounds and create miracles; a power that the young Aurica can’t seem to master. After his ship crashes, Aurica finds herself in the company of Lyner, a fighter who desperately needs to return to what’s left of the sky. Together, the duo set out to find an engineer who can repair Lyner’s ship; but monsters are afoot! With shifty engineers and fire-breathing beasts in their way, can the two manage to stay alive?
Using the winds and air currents as their favorite mode of transportation, both Naussica and Laina live in worlds where fantastic and abnormal creatures reside, and where many different cultures and opinions will oppose our protagonists at every turn. Although keen warriors, Nausicaa and Laina also show a softer and more compassionate side too, that assures us that they are fighting on the side of justice and right.
Huge creatures will stand in the way of their progress, and the sheer scale of these fantastical beasts is very impressive, and a good majority of these are variations of flying beasts. The amount of ground to be covered in both quests will mean that the use of their flying machines will be critical. Yet in the case of both these Anime a unique and special ability (singing in Ar Tonelico and communication with creatures in Nausicaa) may prove to be the key to changing the tide of the battle.