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...
Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?
Peace Maker and Stratos 4 are anime where the characters are the main priority. With a similar slower-paced flow and a good story, the feeling I get from these two is very similar. The story in each is kept interesting and is less oriented at younger viewers, yet it doesn't go deep enough to shake them off completely. I'm pretty sure you'd like Peace Maker if you liked Stratos 4 and vice versa.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
Garbage cleaners of the orbits and meteor sweepers, protectors of earth doesn´t sound much alike?
They´re not, but both put a lot into reasonable realism and character development.
Both also have far more serious plots going on. Planetes is more fun and drama, while Stratos 4 is action and suspense.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...