The year is 2062; man is able to lift heavy objects into space by using a massive elevator that spans from the planet into the heavens. The world is split into two superforces, one of which controls the elevator - causing tension between both sides. Kei Katsuragi is a Second Lieutenant for the Freedom Space Corps, and his mission is to destroy the elevator. But when something goes wrong with the Space/Time oscillation bomb, Kei is caught in the blast and tossed into another dimension. He awakens in a strange new world where he's caught in the middle between the Emaan, a nomadic people who rescues him; and the Chilam, a military force who want to capture Kei for their own unknown reasons. Kei must now journey to find a way to restore time and space, try to make his way home, and avoid being caught by the Chilam army.
Sho Zama, an up and coming motorcycle racer, has been whisked away to the world between shore and sea, Byston Well. The world of Byston Well closely resembles medieval Europe with one exception: it contains giant robots called aura battlers. Brought to this world by the power hungry Drake Luft because he possesses the rare gift of aura, Sho is forced to fight in a war between two warring nations as an aura battler pilot. Can Sho find a way home, and what of the continually-expanding conflict?
Both shows feature two guys from the outside world getting pulled into an alternate dimension, where they wind up piloting mecha on opposing sides of some local war. The featured hero in each tale joins up with a small group of fighters with a small transport craft and helps defend them against the attacks of their much more numerous foes. (Which is only fair, since the attackers are at least as interested in the hero as they are in the group he's with in each show.)
Anyone who watches both of these series will definitely start feeling deja vu.
Kazuki Yotsuga is able to see things that others can't; in his visions, giant robots battle it out in the streets, causing massive damage in their wake. Though his visions have made him an outcast from the rest of his peers, they have attracted the attention of Ken Sanada – a physicist who believes Kazuki’s visions are a gateway into a parallel world! He places Kazuki into one of his inventions and accidentally sends him to the parallel world in his visions, where he finds himself in the middle of a war for control of the world! Kazuki must now become a pilot of one of the robots in order to join the fight for peace, all the while trying to find his way back to his own world…
Let's see here. Similarities of the titles...
We are in an alternate world - Check
Got a war going on and our protagonist is right in the middle - Check
Did we mention the main guy has to pilot a robot yet? OK, then Check.
Seriously, if your looking for a similar title you could not go wrong with Orguss, if you saw Dual, or Dual if you Saw Orguss. Orguss is just a little older in animation.
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.
Ever notice that when your wisked into an alternate world everyone is after you for your special "abilities"?
Ok, maybe you don't, but the protagonists in both of these titles do!
Both have the main star, sent to another alternate world in which epic struggle is happening.
It also helps that both titles involve some unorthodox mecha designs.
A strange spaceship crashes onto the island of South Ataria, throwing the world into disarray over its fate. Thus begin the Unification Wars, a worldwide war that eventually unites the planet under the governance of the United Nations. Now, a decade later, the reconstruction of the crashed alien craft – dubbed "Macross" – is complete. However, on the day of its christening, the Macross unexpectedly fires and destroys several approaching Zentradi spaceships. The last hope of Earth, the Macross, begins to wage a lonely war; but what hopes can one ship have when facing against an entire alien race?
Macross and Orguss share virtually the same key staff, from director, to character and mechanical designers, to composer, to writers, etc. And above all they have a similar vibe with some serious drama here and there tossed in with a little fun comedy at times, and you'd almost believe they're set in the same universe. All in all Orguss feels like it makes a better unofficial sequel to Macross than any of the official sequels Macross ever got.