Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.
Long ago there was a battle between angels and humans, which ultimately ended with the angels’ retreat. Twelve thousand years later, the angels have become active again and have begun harvesting humans for nefarious purposes; and only the pilots of the ancient mecha known as Aquarion are able to oppose the angels' tools of war. The pilots have special powers, but the secret to defeating the Angels once and for all lies with the reincarnations of the two beings who defended humanity against the Angels in the past: Apollonius, an Angel who turned his back on his kind in order to protect humanity; and Siren, his human lover. Only Apollonius can awaken the true strength within Aquarion that is needed to defeat the angels; but who is the reincarnation of Apollonius?
Sousei no Aquarion and RahXephon both bring out a male lead and with a very ackward background. As you watch the male lead (Appolo/SNA or Kamina-kun/RahXephon) you see the harships the character faces with being the only one able to pilot this strage mecha warrior that can save the world from a overpowering force.
If you saw one anime and enjoyed it, then watching the other will be an excellent idea.
Both RahXephon and Aquarion are ridiculous, over-the-top parodies and satirizations of the Evangelion-type mecha genre. The main difference is that Aquarion knows it's a parody, whereas RahXephon is an unintentional self-parody.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
RahXephon shares a common theme with Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, in that both series are in the 'Super Robot' genre, with pilots that aren't the typical whiny teenager roles. Just don't expect Gurren Lagann to be quite as deep as RahXephon is.
If while watching RahXephon the only thing you could think of was why all the characters are so weak-minded and unreasonable (except perhaps for Megumi) and why the life in general sucks so bad, then you might like something more positive that the mecha genre has to offer. TTGL is exactly that: it is still about big robots and their pilots who have problems bigger than the robots, yet the heroes are indeed heroes, everyone is doing their best and failures are not the only thing you get to see.
Do not be confused with names: Kamina from RahXephon is pretty clueless and emotional; Kamina from Gurren Lagann is a bit of a poser with strong ideals - he is incomparably more decisive.
Dolems are called gunmen in TTGL.
Forty years ago the citizens of Paradigm lost all of their memories, and live their lives without any knowledge of their past, or any hope for the future. Roger Smith is a man who performs the much needed task of negotiator in Paradigm. He provides his services to the wealthy with the help of a peculiar android named Dorothy and his mechanically inclined butler Norman. When greater evil arises, he calls on his magnificent relic of Paradigm's past, the Megadeus Big O. With Big O at his side, Roger Smith may be Paradigm's only hope of surviving in this new world without memories.
Just one reason: more Konaka goodness°°°/!
A tad more seriously and thoroughly: if you enjoyed this show, it is quite likely that you were enthralled by its intriguing, deep and stimulating script, so give this other show a try, as we are talking about the same scripter here!
Can the same scripter be a sufficient element to favour any show?
Imho, yes. At least if it's about some big shot like Konaka or few others that we are talking about.
Such a capable artist doesn't limit his part to providing a top-notch script: his genius pervades the whole work and other elements like the soundtrack, the fluidity of animation and even the directing become merely instrumental in conveying deeper meanings.
RahXephon and The Big O are both post-Evangelion anime, which means that they contain mechas, symbolism, religion and such. You could try watching one if you liked the other, but keep in mind that RahXephon is the better one of those two
Mari Wakatake is the sole survivor of an apparent island tsunami disaster that took place five years ago; she has been raised and schooled by her grandmother from that day. But now, she has been sent off to a boarding school in order to grow and make new relationships; and it is there that she meets Senkouji Hagino, a mysterious girl who is liked by everyone – everyone except for Mari. But Mari soon discovers that Hagino is not what she seems to be, and as Mari struggles to figure out Hagino and fit in at school, an alien race is maneuvering in the shadows for their conquest of an unsuspecting Earth. Little does Hagino know that she herself holds the key to the truth of Mari's past, as well as the key to her future.
While Blue Drop lacks the mecha elements as RahXephon, both have a stifling quality to remove you from your comfort zone: Aliens have made contact, and they're hostile.
The theme of oppression and futility rings clear in both as humanity struggles against a superior force with superior weaponry.
In the early 21st century, the emergence of an incurable condition known as B-cell growth led some of the affected to become "Sleepers" - people put under stasis until a cure could be found. Yuji Kaido is one such Sleeper who awakens, several decades later, to a horrifying new reality. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating everything - and everyone - in sight. Now, all Yuji can do is escape from the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, and make their way towards Second Earth: mankind's new home in space.