Juan "Johnny" Rico lives in a time when humanity is on the verge of a war with a relentless, invasive enemy: the Bugs. Against his parents’ wishes, Johnny enlists with the armed forces and is placed with the Mobile Infantry, where numerous hardships await him. Meanwhile, Johnny’s friend Carl also enlists as a researcher, and Johnny's love interest, Carmencita, is acting as a pilot in the navy. Collectively, these friends will try to stay alive while fighting an endless struggle against the enemy.
In the early 21st century, certain people are exhibiting signs of B-cell growth, a condition that is incurable. Yuji is one of these, who chooses to become a "Sleeper" -- a person who is put into stasis until a cure can be found. The tranquillity of Yuji's sleep is interrupted 15 years in the future, in a very different world. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating its resources, and.. human beings. Now all Yuji can do is escape through the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, towards Second Earth... mankind's new home in space.
While This recommendation may seem a no brainer on one level, there is more in kind between Starship Troopers and Blue Gender than first seems obvious. Both stories resonate on a human level of the battlefield. Jhonny Rico's struggle and shock of true battle with the bugs mirrors the sheer terror and displacement that Yuji feels when he is thrust into a bloody future War that he has no real stake in save his own survival. While Jhonny loses his innocense in one way (the more conventional but not any less jarring shock of wartime), Yuji loses his in another (A more literal way due to the societal norms of the future brought on due to the war with the Blue). Both stories also follow a love interest that whileat first is unrequited, more develops over time in a way that serves the story without taking center stage. Both very recommended for any Alien bug Vs Humans with mecha drama lovers.
The Invid, the arch-enemies of the defeated Robotech masters drawn by the proto-culture left in the SDF-1, have invaded Earth and taken full control, and the entire world has been occupied. Humanity has either been killed off, enslaved or left to drift. This is the sad setting Lieutenant Commander Scott Bernard finds himself in when he, together with the others of the Mars base, returns to Earth. The Mars forces try to retake the planet, but are no match for the Invid, leaving Scott as the only survivor. In an attempt to continue the fight, Scott starts to assemble a band of freedom fighters, and fights the Invid wherever he can. All of this in the hope that one day, Earth can be retaken.
War in the future is rarely a beautiful thing. In the case of The New Generation Saga of Robotech and Starship Troopers, both series draw you into the human element of what really happens in War. While Starship Troopers shows the 'fresh meat' aspect of what it is like to be a true grunt soldier, The New Generation: Robotech completes the picture with what a soldier without an army can do. Do you continue fighting? True strength and mettle on the battlefield can be seen in Jhonny Rico and the ensemble cast of TNG: R. Jhonny and Scott Bernard also have to deal with loss and what it truly means to take the reigns of leadership when there is no other choice. Great battlesuit mecha action in both as well.