In the year 200X, World War III began. Special bombs destroyed parts of cities such as Tokyo, leaving decimation in their wake. Decades later, ground zero in Tokyo – an isolated section known as the Black Spot – remains an enigma. Its residents known as Needless possess strange powers such as the ability to control fire or telekinesis, and are constantly hunted down by Simeon, a large pharmaceutical company with sinister motives and Needless of their own to do their bidding. Young Cruz is part of a resistance to fight against Simeon and its Needless figurehead leader, Adam Arclight; but after the resistance is brutally killed by Simeon’s minions, he finds himself saved by a motley crew: Professor Gido, scantily-clad Eve and badass Blade. Together, the gang fends off Simeon’s attacks and tries to discover the truth behind the corporation’s actions. What is Simeon really after, and why do they desperately want to find Fragments?
Gene Starwind and Jim Hawkins make a living on various jobs and bounties. While waiting for their ticket to hit it big time, a mysterious woman named Hilda leaves them with a key to the puzzle of finding a starship of great power, known only as the Outlaw Star. What are these long lost spaceships and what is the Galactic Leyline?
Despite the difference in age, Outlaw Star and Needless share many traits that will appeal to similar audiences.
First, there's the futuristic setting in both, with common devices such as highly developed robots.
Secondly, the two are wacky, hyperactive, stylish shows which narrate the story of a quaint group of people traveling together for their convergent goals.
The characters work great together - albeit they're usually arguing or doing antics, you can tell there is a strong bond of trust amongst the members of the gang that needs no words. Some of them don't have memories of their past and intend to recover them during the journey.
There is also this strong sense of freedom on each of these anime which makes the experience all the more enjoyable in a funky, laid back manner. Besides, they won't bore you to death with hackneyed morals such as ''Do not kill your enemies no matter what''. It's to kill or be killed here, and that is taken for granted to great effect.
Last but not least, the protagonists, Adam Blade and Gene Starwind, are both the embodiment of badassery and will surely be loved by the same kind of viewers.
If you watched either of them and you liked it, I can't stress enough how much you should give the other a try.
Welcome to the Little Garden, where people band together in like-minded clans, parallel realities intersect, and the truth of stories comes to life! The masters of this world host the Gift Games, in which extraordinary prizes may be won and lost by gods, spirits, monsters, and people of extraordinary ability. One dwindling clan has lost even its own name in the Games, and seeks new talent to make a comeback. Black Rabbit, a games referee, has brought Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe, three individuals with unique abilities, to this world to help return this clan to its former status. For the struggling clan, the stakes have never been higher; but are the newcomers just out to make a name for themselves, or will they really help the clan succeed?
Both anime involve people that have one special power of some kind (Gifts or Fragments) which they use to fight. Both are very colorful with great fight scenes and a deservingly-cocky main character. Despite only one power per person, characters in both have a multitude of different ways to use that power that makes it seem like they have more than one, so to beat them opponents have to figure out exactly what that power is. The main character's power in both is also pretty ambiguous giving them insane amounts of power that can do multiple things (more so in Needless though). There's also a bit of ecchi in each but MUCH more in Needless, while Problem Children is more fantasy and magic. Fans of one will probably enjoy the other as they're similar, both very short and very good.
At St. Mihailov Academy, strange things are happening. Not only did the dean disappear, leaving his daughter Tomo and adopted daughter Mafuyu alone, but girls in the nearby city are being killed by an unknown foe. However, the blades begin to fly when a Russian boy named Sasha arrives. He is a Qwaser, a person able to manipulate the elements after ingesting Soma, breast milk, and he’s not the only one. Soon Tomo and Mafuyu find themselves in the middle of a battle between two groups of Qwasers whose goal is to protect or steal the Theotokos of Tsarytsin. With more allies and enemies arriving, who will survive the assault?
In the land of Kuruda, warriors with magical powers and incredible fighting skills battle for the ultimate prize: the title of Sevaar, the strongest warrior in the land. Elle Ragu, nicknamed Shadow Skill, is the newest Sevaar to emerge, but that doesn't make her life any easier. Teaching her "little brother," Gau, how to be a warrior, fending off assassins from other kingdoms and thwarting enemy invasions is hard enough, but her biggest challenge will be paying off her drinking debts!
If you liked the mindless fighting and action in Needless, check out Shadow Skill. While not entirely similar in plot, while watching Needless I had a distinct feeling about Shadow Skill - I think mostly because of the superpowers and fighting. Regardless, try it out.
Asuna Harukaze is a girl who loves tennis to the point where she practices her swings with a pitchfork while working on the family farm. At school she is a member of the Soft Tennis Club along with the enthusiastic Kotone, food-crazy Chitose and bizarre yet talented Kurusu. With a big tournament approaching, the girls are taking practice more seriously than ever, but with Asuna’s strange and perverted logic surfacing at every turn and Chitose’s inability to win a single match, can the club emerge triumphant and make it to the nationals?
Maybe this recommendation is kinda strane (fighting and superpower vs soft tennis sport anime), but both series are quite similar.
First - You can never predict, what will happen next, because gagsare totally unpredictable.
Second - Big ammount of fanservice.
Third - Characters in both series sometimes are acting cool, but it's only their fake side. Most of them are unbelievably dumb and they often are making themselves idiots...
I've enjoyed Needless, now I'm watching Softenni and, hell, I LIKE IT!