In search of answers, Yukari Morita travels to the place where her father had abandoned her mother seventeen years ago on their honeymoon night. When she reaches the Solomon Islands, an unlikely sequence of events occurs and her fate becomes intertwined with that of Solomon Space Agency. She meets Isao Nasuda, the director of SSA, who happens who be quite the opportunist. Nasuda is willing to help her find her father, but at a price: doing a simple job, pressing buttons -- something even a monkey could do! Little does she know she'll be piloting Japan's first manned rocket into outer space!
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
Though Stellvia is far more futuristic, both it and Rocket Girls follow a small (or large) group of young people as they learn how to become better astronauts/pilots. Stellvia is WAY better, but fans of one would definitely at minimum appreciate the other.
Stellvia and Rocket Girls are both space/sci-fi anime with enough similarities to each other to merit a recommendation. Both anime revolve around girls who train hard to become better in their respective fields (pilots in Stellvia and astronauts in Rocket Girls). Stellvia is a more futuristic (and dramatic) series than Rocket girls, but i believe both may still appeal to the same audience.
Though they have quite a few differences, namely that Stellvia is much more 'futuristic" and RG is much more modern in terms of the technology and accompanying plots, both feature high school girls, in space. Rocket Girls will appeal to those who are interested in the technology and a realistic show about the topic. Stellvia is more fantasy, and "Save the earth" oriented, but I feel that fans of one will likely enjoy the other, so it earns a recommendation from me.
While Rocket Girls is more "modern" and Stellvia is more futuristic, both of these series feature some common elements. In both, the mains learn how to become better astronauts, make friends, with some comedy thrown in.
If you liked one, the other may be for you!
When deadly asteroids threaten Earth, an elite team of interceptors--the Meteor Sweepers--are formed. Now, rookie pilot Honjou Mikaze and her three friends are caught up in tumultuous events that may expose a sinister conspiracy and put the fate of the world into the hands of a few young girls...
Both Rocket Girls and Stratos 4 are about girls that go to outer space. If you liked the CG in one, then you'd surely enjoy the CG in the other.
Both feature high school girlsand going into space. RG does it through a start-up space program looking for a lightweight astronaut. S4 does it through needing eager pilots to shoot down meteorites. Though the plots differ, as does the overall focus, they still will appeal to people who like a show aimed at space, and feature enough similarities in tone that I feel people who like one, would enjoy the other.
One is about girls who wants to go to space, the other is about girls who ends up in space.
Rocket girls is lots of fun, while Stratos 4 instead has action and suspense.
Both have surprisingly good backgrounds in reality, both technical and physical, despite normal artistic license.
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.
Planetes is way more mature and way better on all levels, but it's hard to deny that fans of one would at least appreciate the other. Both are almost slice of life at times with a varied cast of characters, and plenty of problems that arise in space.
Both series aim for some decent realism, both have some drama as well as some comedy(Planetes more of the former, Rocket Girls more of the latter).
Both are simply good series with a focus on space.
Luna is an orphaned girl with dreams to attend a prestigious academy. After her celebrated acceptance, the class embarks on a field trip to see a world being colonized first-hand. However, in the middle of the journey, a storm overtakes the space vessel, causing a pod with Luna and a small group of students to be jettisoned into a gravity well -- stranding them on a planet far from home. Now, with monsters at every turn and supplies running short, the group of strangers must do the only thing they can -- survive.
Both series have strong young people testing their limits as they face tremendous, sometimes deadly challenges. Rockets Girls' characters choose to face them, while Survive's characters are forced to face them. But in each, the characters help each other succeed and stay sane.
It might seem like an odd recommendion. These anime are vastly different in terms of animation style, focus, plot, technology, and so on. But at the same time, they both feature teenagers, and space. RG does it through trying to send teenagers to space with a realistic, modern-era space program and the accompanying hardships. Planet Survive does it through stranding some teenagers on a planet, and detailing their attempts to survive and more in depth, sci-fi stuff later on. I enjoyed both, and I think you might too.
Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.
These two anime connect partly by being broadly mech-related, but more truly through their vibrant humour and character development. Yukari's journey of self-discovery is not a million miles away from Kaname's, and maybe even Sosuke's. Bright, clear animation and an upbeat attitude; young pilots working with adults for realistic reasons; both of these anime are energetic and often laugh-out-loud funny.