Wars leech the life out of a country in so many ways. They consume lives and resources at an incredible rate, but what is worst is the way they eat away at hope. The Empire, which has survived the years of war, now finds itself with a new conflict to resolve: with the exception of the noble families that managed to hold their wealth during the struggle, its populace is made up of starving citizens and war-damaged soldiers. Section III of the army of the Empire was created to deal with this ongoing problem; however, their progress was been slow on all fronts. The citizens fear and distrust them due to their experiences with other soldiers, the nobles have no use for them, and the other branches of the military mock them for the ineffectual nature. LT. Alice L. Malvin of Section III Pumpkin Scissors won't be defeated, though, even if her newest recruit does have something unusual about him.
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.
Both Monster and Pumpkin Scissors are largely focused on social themes. If exposure of human nature and society are what you liked in Scissors, then Monster has a lot more of that to offer. The setting of Monster is even more realistic and specific: Germany in the early 90s.
A difference is that the main character of Monster doesn't try to take on the whole world; he's a mature, strong character, but realizes his limits. Monster features more adventure and more change of characters, but as well constantly develops a global mystery-related story arc.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
Pumpkin Scissors and Planetes seem to have a straightforward story at the beginning, but after a few episodes you can see that it is much more complicated. Although there is a big time gap between the time settings of these shows, the problems that the characters have to deal with are quite similar. On the top of that the main characters try to make the world (maybe space too ^^) a better place, even though no easy answers await them. If you liked one of these titles, you shouldn't be disappointed with the other.
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.
Honestly, there isn't much that connects Scrapped Princess with Pumpkin Scissors it terms of story, but for some reason they do feel alike. Main characters in both shows look quite similar and both shows have an interesting twist on firearms. If you liked one, the other might prove interesting as well.