All is not as it seems on the part civilian, part military Aries space station. While visiting tourists or a fresh batch of cadets are just business as usual, a terrorist group planning an attack and a mysterious woman constantly getting "lost" in forbidden areas of the station is not. Soon enough, the regular life on the station comes to a sudden stop as different factions face off in its narrow hallways. And as the battle rages, the masks people wear are torn down. Unexpected alliances and bitter betrayals, love and sacrifice; nothing brings out people's true nature like war.
Kaede is a devoted high school student who lives with her adopted brother Rin. She holds a quiet confidence that one day, when Rin finally starts showing interest in sex, he will make the obvious choice and turn to his loving sister. But what Kaede wasn’t counting on was the lords of heaven and hell coming to Earth, wanting Rin to mate with their nubile daughters! Rin, like any teenager would, takes full advantage of his newly acquired harem; but how long can he keep up his carefree, boxed-lunches-on-the-rooftop lifestyle, as the horde of girls on his tail grows?
If you are looking for an anime with about as much fanservice, drama and minor action as Shuffle, then Soul Link is good for you. Inversely, Shuffle would be just as good for the same reasons. Plus, they're both based off of a game.
Aika Sumeragi is still in high school, but having already earned her C-class salvager's license, she has no need for career counseling. While Eri, the class president, takes a dim view on Aika advertising her services at school, she seems to have no qualms about hiring her herself on behalf of the school's Treasure Hunting Club. A girl named Karen has mysterious tattoo which contains a hidden clue to the whereabouts of something unknown, and after packing their short skirts and panties, the club sets out on a journey to discover the answer; but not everyone on board is who they seem to be. Aika's first job is turning out to be far more serious than she originally thought; and thus, her illustrious career as a panty-flashing secret agent begins!
In the year 2197, mankind has developed a method of traveling light-years in a matter of seconds, by opening a passage to a parallel universe where matter can travel infinitely fast. These openings have given an alien force, called 'Ghouls', the means to enter our universe. After a brutal attack, a group of new pilots are called in to help with the fight. But can they survive the Captain's brutal training long enough to defeat the Ghouls and protect the station?
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.
Survival, military or academic training...
Both main characters are stuck in a nasty scenario and they have to find a way to resolve it, by means of survival. The difference between the two series is that in one series the main characters are on familiar ground while in the other series they are lost in unfamiliar and unsafe ground. Another difference is the animation style.
I would seriously recommend one if you liked the other.
The Nation of Gallia has always remained neutral in conflicts and has only gone to war to defend itself. However, as war flares between the East Europan Imperial Alliance and the Atlantic Federation, Gallia is soon targeted for its abundance of ragnite ore, a versatile and hugely valuable material. The Civilian Militia is soon called into action, and Welkin Gunther - son of a legendary war hero - is named leader of Squad 7. Under his command are the headstrong and practical Alicia Melchiott; the sharp-tongued Brigitte Stark; the grizzled veteran, Largo Potter; and Welkin's adopted sister Isara, whose Darcsen heritage means she faces prejudice, even from members of her own squad. With the rest of Squad 7 and the mighty tank Edelweiss, they must do their best to defend Gallia.
While being seemingly different from each other, I thought Valkyria Chronicles and Soul Link had the same type of emotion to them. Both have tragic aspects in them. While Soul Link is in a space type of setting and Valkyria Chronicles seems more like a past time setting, each has an element of fantasy to them.