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?
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
If you like themes like angels, mecha, saving the world, friendship and love development then definitely both series are for you.
They do not share that much as far as setting is concerned since in Escaflowne it is a somewhat fantasy realm, whereas in Aquarion we see a relatively sci-fi oriented universe.
Still, in both shows we have people (and otheworldly beings) with superpowers striving to save what they believe is worth saving while dealing with their own problems. Characters are somewhat similar (Silvia from Aquarion vs main heroine from Escaflowne and their male counterparts).
I hope it didn't turn into a lame excuse for a review. ;-)
The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?
well fate stay night is more magic and aquarion is more angels and mecha they both have fighting in them and hint at romance. the two main male charictors both have the same fel to them and do things their way. if you liked one you'll defenetly like the other.
In 2042, the Earth avoided destruction at the hands the invaders known as the Minesis with the aid of its newly created God-Soul Mecha. Most of the pilots' lives were lost, causing the Earth Defense Force to create many teams of new God-Soul Mecha in preparation for the return of the Mimesis. However, when people once thought to be dead are found inside the bodies of the newly defeated Minesis, friends become enemies and new feelings clash with the old. Can the pilots of Earth's best defense against the Minesis keep their personal lives out of the battle long enough to save it?
Sousei no Aquarion takes itself too seriously. As a modern interpretation of the super robot sub-genre, it fails to capture what made the anime of the 1970s so much fun. Even as a satire it's not very funny.
Godannar, on the other hand, knows exactly what it is. The series embraces every genre trope, from the thundering soundtrack to the ridiculously named attacks, with hot-blooded passion. Sprinkled with a dash of fanservice, Godannar does an admirable job of emulating the old school of mecha. Sure it's campy, but that's half of the fun.
Far, far away in a distant time, there is a tribe of people called the Golden Tribe who have the ability to create stars and foretell the future. They gave out a warning to those who have yet to mature: 'Move.'. Three tribes answered their call: the Silver Tribe, the Bronze Tribe, and the Heroic Tribe. Soon after, the Golden Tribe encountered a crashed ship in which only a baby human known as Age survived; they named the child's race the Iron Tribe and assigned one of the few living members of the Heroic Tribe to protect him and his race. Now, in a distant part of the galaxy, humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the other tribes. With only a prophecy to go on, they set out to the deepest depths of space to find their savior named Age -- humanity's last hope.
A lot about these two animes is similar. The themes are similar--the human race is fighting to protect themselves. The aura is similar too, you get the same feeling watching them. The protagonists are both 'barbarians' that suprise people with their power. There are differences, as with most animes, but I think that you'd like one if you liked the other.
In the 22nd century, many countries are at war with each other and the world itself is steeped in chaos. In the midst of the battlefield, a secret organization which holds the powerful Dancougar Nova protects the balance of power by protecting the weak and defeating the strong. Facing the battles to come are Dancougar Nova's four new pilots: a racer, a narcotics inspector, a salary man, and a homeless person. Together, they will endure endless battles; but can they uncover the true purpose of the Nova and the truth behind their employers before they succumb to the travesties of war?
Somewhat glossy mecha titles which both involve a team of mecha pilots, and a mecha that forms many machines into one larger hero-bot.
There is a similar beast to fight every week, and a few mysteries in each. If you liked one, you might want to give the other a go.