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Toward the Terra

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Five hundred years ago, mankind abandoned Earth after the devastation it caused on her soil. For efficiency, and to make sure not to repeat the same mistakes, men are now grown in test tubes and have their minds reprogrammed at the tender age of fourteen, so that they may better function in society. The central computer known as Universal Control manages the system, destroying those that deviate. And amongst these humans is Jomy Marcus Shin, a young man who is about to be dubbed a traitor once they discover he is a Mu, a monster with telepathic powers that will disrupt their way of life...

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Toward the Terra TV TV 2007 Same Franchise Both the Toward the Terra movie and TV series are based on the original manga. The movie more closely follows the manga, while the TV series introduces a large amount of new content and character development.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
To Terra 1977 Original Manga Between the Toward the Terra movie and TV series, the movie is the closest adaptation of the manga, though it does introduce minor changes.
Name Role
Masami SUDA Character Design
Hideo ONCHI Director
Masaru SATO Music
Keiko TAKEMIYA Original Manga Creator
Chiaki IMADA Producer

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Toward the Terra sothis 5.5/10 Aug 6, 2005

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Must Watch List (2013) AkumaSama 38 Mar 15, 2013
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They Were Eleven

They Were Eleven
  • Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
  • 1986

Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...

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Kids have to take a test... IN SPACE! And things go wrong.

Alright, I'd be stretching it to say that the actual plots of these films are that similar, but they're both space opera movie yarns from the 1980s - and while Toward the Terra is far too much of a aprawling epic for its own good, or indeed coherency, They Were Eleven depicts a smaller but far more effective scenario. If you're looking for another old school space opera kick, look no further.

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As They Were Eleven is FAR superior, this is a one-way recommendation. Both titles are classic shoujo sci fi stories with similar old school artwork and character designs. Beyond that, the plots are similar at all, but if you appreciated the style and tone of Toward the Terra, check out the far more cohesive, far more interesting They Were Eleven.

Akira

Akira
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1988

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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While these two anime might not seem similar in plot, they have a similar undercurrent - a young person who suddenly is granted a strong and dangerous power, and must rebel against the dystopic society he has grown up in. Both are older, gritty titles that feel very rushed and truncated - in Akira's case it actually is, while in Toward the Terra's case, it's a straight adaptation of a manga which feels equally rushed. If you liked the feel of one, you'd probably like the other.

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Banner of the Stars

Banner of the Stars

Three years have passed since the Four Nations Alliance declared war on the Abh Empire. With both sides decimated by the first encounter, the lull in violence has provided enough time to build fleets massive enough to span the entire galaxy. Just before the Abh complete preparations for their conquest, however, the Alliance launches a pre-emptive strike, forcing them to take the defensive. Now in command of her own ship, Lafiel is assigned to the fleet as a destroyer captain, and eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove herself as a true Abriel. But when a new class of enemy ship appears on the front lines, the tides quickly turn for the worse. With her vessel now little more than cannon fodder, her dreams are turned into a desperate race for survival - can she and her crew survive amidst a battlefield of endless death and destruction?

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The second installment of the CotS trilogy seems to be a good recommendation for those who liked Toward the Terra for its seemingly expansive sci-fi plot. Granted, it has a different sort of feel, but you might appreciate it for the style of the story and characters involved.

Dallos

Dallos

Decades ago, the moon was colonized and turned into a mining colony whose profits benefited Earth and its people. A generation has passed and the workers are now treated as slaves -- forced to work in the mines under the rule of earth-born men, with many of the young people having never been to the land of their heritage. The time has come, however, for a rebellion to take place: to command Earth to hear their pleas; and afterwards, the moon and Dallos, the moon's god-like structure who silently sleeps and protects its inhabitants, will never be the same...

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I'm not sure what it is about Toward the Terra and Dallos that make me think you'd like the recommendation. The animation style for sure, with space drama involving workers and the normal people? I'm not sure, but I have a feeling you'd like one if you liked the other.

Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone

Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1980

In the distant future, humans are no longer born, they are grown in test tubes and raised by robot companions until adolescence. Determined by genetics and skills at birth, each new member of society is trained for a specific job, from living as a noble to becoming a lowly pilot. For one young man named Godo, his quest for independence will send him across the stars and beyond the reaches of the phoenix, the only creature alive that can help breathe life into the dying Earth...

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If futuristic sci fi movies are your thing, Toward the Terra and Hi no Tori 2772 aim to please. I enjoyed HnT quite a bit more, but both have a very similar feel and style that you'll appreciate.