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...
In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...
More than the shared mecha theme, Stellvia and Gunbuster are similar in that both have a relatively humble female protagonist battling singlehandedly against forces of immense scope and importance; the notion that the character is being swept away by events that are beyond her control can be felt in both series. Also, the two anime share a kind of heartfelt sincerity that has so become so rare in today's anime.
In both series you can see High Scholl girls piloting an unique big mecha in space, overcome there fear and save the day so the human kind can still exist in the future
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!
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!
After a thousand years of expansion, humans became involved in an alien war that would be decided by a contest of physical strength. Though the alien race was physically superior to humans, mankind prevailed, ushering humans into a new era of physical fitness and competitions. In the present, Akari Kanzaki has entered the training facility University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty, a title reserved for only the most physically fit. Join Akari as she faces fierce rivals and tough competitions in an effort to become the best of all the Battle Athletes!
These two feel extremely similar. In Battle Athletes and in Stellvia there is a special prep school where girls play the main part of the story (more so in Battle Athletes though). In both anime there is a lot of competition between the top-ranked students, resulting in a lot of tension and room for good character development. Not to mention that both take place in space. These are very, very alike despite being classic versus unknown anime.
Battle Athletes and Stellvia both center around a young girl who is admitted into an academy. While one is a sports academy and one is a flight academy, they are both set in space and the competition level is very high.
In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
Both Stellvia and Kiddy Grade have a strong plot with the same environmental setting: space. These two somewhat reminded me of each other.
When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...
Nadesico is like stellvia, only much better. The story is much more engrossing with better character development and plot. Stellvia is a fun watch but it fells like it is missing something. That something Nadesico has. Nadesico is the story of a group of people on a private war ship caught between a war between Earthlings and Jupiter's lizards. This may be a comedy, and a very funny one at that, but if you pay attention you just may learn something about governments. Oh yea and the same guy made both series. enjoy