When deadly asteroids threaten Earth, an elite team of interceptors--the Meteor Sweepers--are formed. Now, rookie pilot Honjou Mikaze and her three friends are caught up in tumultuous events that may expose a sinister conspiracy and put the fate of the world into the hands of a few young girls...
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!
Both Rocket Girls and Stratos 4 are about girls that go to outer space. If you liked the CG in one, then you'd surely enjoy the CG in the other.
Both feature high school girlsand going into space. RG does it through a start-up space program looking for a lightweight astronaut. S4 does it through needing eager pilots to shoot down meteorites. Though the plots differ, as does the overall focus, they still will appeal to people who like a show aimed at space, and feature enough similarities in tone that I feel people who like one, would enjoy the other.
One is about girls who wants to go to space, the other is about girls who ends up in space.
Rocket girls is lots of fun, while Stratos 4 instead has action and suspense.
Both have surprisingly good backgrounds in reality, both technical and physical, despite normal artistic license.
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...
The fact that there's an obvious plot similarity is enough to recommend these two for each other; even the way the plot is handled is similar! The stories become intense but not overly complex, and there's a great atmosphere that draws you in. The characters are emphasized. Stellvia and Stratos 4 are, without a doubt, must see anime!
Somewhat similar story, aircraft and spacecraft, Stellvia is lighter while Stratos 4 has a far more serious undertone and more focus on character development.
The Watcher’s Nest has escaped the final experiment via the "Exodus" emergency procedure to Earth… or have they? Forced to anchor to the moon to avoid colliding with the earth, they discover the world to be surrounded by a time barrier. And on earth, time is running amok! Different eras of history appear on the planet, but with only 2 constants: the presence of a Ghoul’s specular and Kureha Misaki. Can Major Lyar, Kiri, Commander Woerns and the crew unravel the mystery of the time barrier, Misaki and the Ghouls to escape this warped reality, and find their way home?
Very different, but also very alike.
Both are "girls saves the world", though in very different ways. Stratos 4 works hard to be reasonably realistic while Divergence Eve instead goes for more mythical qualities.
Both also have a much deeper and larger plot than you think. And creepier.
Teenage girls, high tech weapons, save the world... Both of these anime have a lot in common. Stratos 4 has a little more realistic premise (aliens notwithstanding), shoot down meteor fragments to save the world.
Infinite stratos is a bit more science fictiony, with personal mechs, and what might as well be magic. Both start off fairly similar. Protaganists going to school, learning to operate the high tech equipment, deal with personal stuff, things like that.
IS is a little different in that there is a romance/harem thread to go along with it, Stratos 4 lacks both the Harem completely, and no real romance to speak of.
While different, if you like to see Teenage Girls (and a guy in IS) fly planes and mechs and save the world, if you like one, I highly recommend checking out the other.
After years apart, childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman reunite as rival pilots, each showcasing an experimental plane for the military. But their mutual love for longtime friend Myung threatens to spin their already tense feelings out of control! Now, each battles to secure Myung's affections, but even more dangerous than their own dark secrets is a clandestine plot involving superstar singer Sharon Apple that threatens all of humanity!