Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually-seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he's none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu's archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn't matter as long as they get the job done... right?!
Well, both of these series are shounen. Work as team, discover brand new adventure, even the main characters are similiar. Simon and Natsu often say a similiar phrase, an encouraging phrase. Also, both of them have their own attractions. Mecha for Gurren Lagann and magic for Fairy Tail. Moreover, among the adventures they had, a slight romance genre was tucked there. Like Kamina and Yoko, or maybe Erza and Jellal. I'm sure you'll like both of these series.
Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.
Both Full Metal Panic! and Gurren Lagann have a mixture of mecha and comedy. They also have plenty of action, drama, and even a little bit of romance. While the storylines are different and Gurren Lagann is a bit more over the top than Full Metal Panic, if you like one you will probably like the other.
Tetsuro was orphaned at a young age when his mother was killed by Count Mecha. He dreams of one day earning, or stealing enough money to board the Galaxy Express 999 - the intergalactic train that would take him to the robot planet, where he could cast away his humanity in his quest for vengeance against Count Mecha. Tetsuro soon finds a shortcut towards his desires when he meets the enchanting Maetel while running from the police. Tetsuro finds himself drawn towards this woman that eerily resembles his mother, especially when she offers to take him on the Galaxy Express 999 with her. So begins Tetsuro's intergalactic journey to fulfill his wishes, whatever those wishes may be in the end.
Both are epic sci-fi adventure yarns, wherein an orphaned boy becomes a man and fights against the powers that be of the universe. They can be more than a little ridiculous in concept, but I think their likeable characters and general excellence endear them to the viewer.
Ancient cave paintings left by the Super Paleolithic people tell of a great disaster befalling the people of Earth, when the evil Kyokka space empire will come to destroy all that we know and love. Humanity’s only chance lies in the prehistoric schematics for a super battle robot called Gekigangar 3! But even such a weapon is futile if there is not courage, love, and friendship among the brave humans fighting for peace and freedom! At least that’s what the crew of the Nadesico cruiser expect when they go to see the Gekigangar 3 marathon at the theatre…
Both series have manly male characters, action-packed (yet unrealistic) mecha battle scenes, and a bit of pathos. If you liked either of these two works for the above reasons, you will definitely like the other one. There are of course differences, mainly caused by a different format: Gekigangar 3 is a short supplement to Martian Successor Nadesico, while Gurren-Lagann is a standalone series, so the story is deeper in the latter.
In the near future, a small team of scientists have solved the world’s energy problems with the Shizuma Device. While the development of the device was hampered by a chilling disaster, the device is now viewed as the ideal power supply; it is clean, recyclable, and can be used to power every device imaginable. However, the terrorist group Big Fire has found a way to recreate the disaster that was triggered during the item’s development, in every Shizuma Device around the world. It is up to InterPol, a group of justice specialists with extraordinary powers, to stop this nefarious plan and save the world with the help of their trump card known as Giant Robo and the young Kusama Daisaku, the crux of the robot’s power.
If Gurren Lagann is one of the best modern examples of both shounen and mecha genres, Giant Robo comes to my mind as the other ultimate: something that was created very long time ago (Yokoyama Mitsuteru created this manga in the 1960s). TTGL is the top of mecha/shounen evolution, GR is the root of it all.
The Giant Robo is a show that is surprisingly pleasant to watch - it is definitely not advised purely for its historical value. Even modern otaku can fully enjoy the plot, the character designs and of course the giant robots.