Otaru Mamiya is just an ordinary teenage boy living on Terra 2: a planet inhabited by only men, on which women have been replaced by lifelike yet emotionless robots called 'marionettes.' But his life changes forever when he meets Lime, a spunky marionette with the mind of a child and--amazingly enough--the emotions of one as well! Soon, the demure Cherry and the outgoing Bloodberry join him as well, but he'll need all their help if he is to stop the evil Faust, ruler of Gartland, from taking over their beloved kingdom of Japoness!
Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...
In Chobits, Hidaki finds Chii who is a persocon (or a human robot). This is somewhat similar to what the marionettes are in Saber Marionette J. Of course, Chobits has some great comedy, just like SMJ.
Saber Marionette J and Chobits are both series that start out with a jovial, buoyant atmosphere scattered in with some ecchi moments, but later on shed their masks in favor of a more sci-fi, multi-layered story. They both deal with the lifelong question on the difference between humans and machines, and give out fascinating answers.
While the first is more intelligent and thought-provoking, fans of one series will undoubtedly like the other as well.
Kazuya Saotome is an electrical engineering student with a passion for computers, building his robot squid, and programming. One day he receives May, a hand sized cyberdoll, in a package from Cyberdyne Co. as a revenge tactic planted in a CD from his rival. With a little help from May to clean up his act, he may even be able to win over the heart of Kasumi, his landlord's daughter.
Hand Maid May is another anime where a guy gets surrounded by female robots and is supposed to better his life, and eventually save the people he cares for. Sound familiar? Yeah! If you liked Saber Marionette J, you'd like this one too.
For fans of Saber J, I'd definitely recommend checking out Hand Maid May. It's a little bit sillier, but then again if you like Saber J, silliness probably won't be a major problem.
Keiichi Morisato is just your average college student until one day, fate interjects as he makes a call for take-out food. Unknown to him, he reaches the Goddess Help Line, and contacts a goddess named Belldandy, who grants him a wish. Thinking it to be a joke, Keiichi wishes for her to be his girlfriend 'forever'.
Both Saber Marionette J and Ah! My Goddess have a similar theme; and there is also a similarity in the fact that one guy gets surrounded by 3 goddesses who help him become a better person. Of course, he isn't saving the world, but at least he has 3 females. Still yet, if you enjoyed one of these series, you'd probably like the other.
Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?
I'm not sure exactly what about Saber Marionette J reminds me of Love Hina; maybe it is the fact that they are both, on some levels, coming of age stories about a regular guy, maybe it is the fact that the main female characters drive the story (not to mention male characters into the air with their fists). They both end up being romantic comedys with a similar feel. I am pretty sure that if you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.