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?
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
Although at first glance you'd think Gurren Lagann and Haruhi have nothing in common, I'd argue otherwise. Both have a ridiculous amount of energy that you can't help but get caught up in. Kamina and Haruhi are two characters that are nigh unforgettable; they demand all of your attention whilst on screen (and even off screen). Both shows also have a bit of tongue-and-cheek tributes to their respective genres - mecha for Gurren Lagann and high school for Haruhi - and are filled with stereotypes that are so outrageous that you can't help but love them. If you enjoyed one, changes are you'd enjoy the other.
At first glance one would think that both shows have no resemblance or relation whatsoever, in fact they're not of the same genre. But both shows leave you with a new view on reality, a different angle so to say. If you relish shows that open your eyes to posibilities about our reality, this show will add another concept to ponder on.
Akiyuki lives on post-war Sentan Island, always rushing between the demands of his separated parents and his friends at school. But his carefree days come abruptly to an end when his school bus suffers an explosion, the first attack to plunge Sentan back into war. Akiyuki lives to find himself turned into a Xam'd, a mysterious creature, by the suspected cause of the explosion. Engulfed by Xam'd, Akiyuki is eventually saved by a red-haired girl, Nakiami, only to find himself torn away from those he loves. Now he must work to control and understand the creature within him, all while searching for his family and friends in a world steeped in the secrets and chaos of war.
Aside from the battle action in overpowered mech/monsters, both TTGL and Xam'd offer a lot more than what they present on the surface. With philosophical tales interwoven with the moralistic tales of friendships, both are engrossing shows that will appeal to viewers who love a little more intellegence than normally shown in a shounen romp.
Fans of one should definitely try the other, as the fantasy action is quite similar.
These shows both have a lot of action with rather deep stories, offering a rather emotional feel to an otherwise action driven series.
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
This may seem like an odd connection, but the end of each series seems very similar: Humanity fighting for its chance to create its own destiny against a seemingly unstoppable force that requires all of them working together to overcome, in a very... odd place.
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
Alright, let's be clear that these anime have nothing in common where plot or animation style is concerned. However, let's assume you've just finished watching Tengen Toppa and you are desperate for more of that epic 'FUCK YEAH!' feeling, where inspirational characters fight monsters, kick super arse, and generally save the world. Well, Berserk has all of that and more. It is a high fantasy series rather than a sci-fi, and it has lots and lots of gore, but it has more depth and more pumped-up action than you could shake a stick at. Seriously, avoid the post-Tengen-Toppa boredom. Watch Berserk.