Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Thor and Rai are twins who live on an advanced space colony called ‘Juno’. Things take a nasty turn one day when they are kidnapped by the Federal Army’s Special Forces and abandoned on the hostile prison planet Chimera. A cycle on Chimera consists of 181 days of scorching heat and 181 nights of below-freezing temperatures – not to mention it is populated almost entirely by carnivorous plants. The convicts on Chimera have found only one means of survival – reverting back to the law of beasts. For the strong-willed Thor adjustment comes naturally; but for his naive and weaker brother Rai, things do not go as well. Thor must now use all his wits, strength and courage to endure life as a member of Chimeran society, rise above the rest, and take the only ticket off this planet: becoming the Beast King.
Both of these shows have characters who are thrown into an unfamiliar world where they are forced to fight to stay alive and grow up way too fast or die. What is unexpected is that they both show similar things that would happen if these events actually took place.
Have you ever been sick and tired of the world we live in? So much, that you've tried any means possible to escape it? Zed shares the same feelings as we all do. In the smog ridden, and sunless world of Calm, people manage to scrape by on the bare minimum. Fed up with living in this hellhole, Zed looks for an outlet to another world. Beating down and smashing every door in his sight, he hopes that if he believes strong enough, his gateway will open -- open to a place beyond his imagination, and where his life will have meaning. After finally being transported to another world full of nature and endless battles, Zed soon comes to realize that his life of purpose has just begun.
Both 'Kiba' and 'Now and Then, Here and There' offer up an eclectic bunch of cultures, all trying to share the same world, yet trying to win as big of a part of it as they can. The dystopic feeling and general melancholy of the main characters and those they come to know has a very similar feeling - although the latter is much more gritty of a reality check.
When Luda was a young boy, he was taught about the powers of the wind from his father, powers he would someday inherit. The tranquillity of Luda and his sister Ansa's lives was finally shattered when a young woman named Agahali, under the command of Lord Zanark, destroyed their village and killed their father, for he possessed the power of the wind which could destroy their kingdom in the sky. With nothing left to lose, Luda must now act quickly to destroy Zanark and his father's murderer with his newly discovered power of the wind.
Landlock and Now and Then, Here and There have similar animation styles and themes. Both feature a war where the ruler will exploit any resource to win, even kids. Now and Then, Here and There is longer, and has more social commentary, while Landlock is more geared toward entertainment, but I think if you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
These two anime are far different in terms of plot, overall aims, time and place - so why watch the other one? Well, if you were drawn in by the underlying political nature of these anime, the dissolutions of naivety or grandeur, the evils of men and the power they abuse to manipulate others - than I highly recommend you view the other for a similar high-quality experience of these themes.
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.