In a far and distant future, men and women have become mortal enemies. Each living on seperate planets, an interstellar war is being fought between the two very different peoples. Hibiki, a mere 3rd class worker, finds himself in the middle of a huge space battle, facing the nemesis of mankind: Womankind!
When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...
Let's see and check for similarities...
Band of complete misfits on a spaceship? Check! Girl completely obsessed with clueless boy? Check! Them vs. everybody else? Check! Giant robot battles? Check! Lots of jokes mixed with action? Check!
And I fear I could go on for quite a while like this. I somehow can not imagine if you like either Nadesico or Vandread that you will not enjoy the other (or if you hate one show you somehow will love the other).
The stories are different enough to not seem like a repeat, but the formula and the general gist of the shows are the same. They are truly sister-shows.
Miisfits who pilot spaceships and mechas, while fighting mysterious aliens/enemies who use AI-controlled ships. If you liked one the other is most likely up your alley , though Vandread is more serious while Nadesico has more humor (so you will most likely end up liking one more then the other, but which one depends on you.)
There are so many similarities in both Vandread and Nadesico: plausible science fiction, a harem style theme, and love. A recommendation in words does the two no good.
Nadesico is a total must watch for any Vandread fans. Both series take place in a futuristic space world and involve male heros who must save the day while fighting off the ladies. Obviously, many hi-jinx ensue and rest assured Vandread has plenty of those.
Many very unique people tossed onto a spaceship, with their fighting mecca's, all to save earth from invading enemies. Tonnes of laughter to be had with each fun filled episode. If you liked one you'd surely like the other.
Vandread and Nadesico follow a ragtag team as they battle it out with sinister enemies, mixing comedy, romance and drama all in one.
If you liked Vandread or Martian Successor Nadesico you will like the other because they both involve suspenseful space battles. As well Both have comedy elements and utilize Mechas to fight in space.
Both stories are taking place in outer space, with a group of young people, each fighting for their important purpose. They show how team effort can overcome tricky challenges, but also let us take a look at how the crew is living everyday in their battleships, far away from their home, and the interactions between the members of it. Interactions which can be funny, romantic but dramatic as well. Along with flashy mecha battles, both titles are a treat.
In the future, babies are no longer born - they're grown. The crew of the newly developed spaceship Bilkis has been sent to investigate a mysterious "ring" that has shown up in Earth's orbit. Hand-picked through careful gene selection, the crew covers the area of skills needed to complete the mission. Except for ensign Mika Seido, whose gene-type is "white" - undefined.
Vandread definitely comes to mind when thinking of Geneshaft. The two share many similarities including both taking place in a future where men and women are separated and are discriminated against for reasons that make up their very being. Both also contain a great deal of CG, and have a combination of lighthearted events and drama. I think you'd like one if you liked the other, though keep in mind that Vandread has a much more comical feel than Geneshaft.
Both Vandread, and Geneshaft can be described as follows: a misfit team formed from the start with a select crew, and a Wild Card of hope. Forsaken from their homes, they must cleave a passage through space against an unknown attacking force, as they cope with the ideals of their communities. They must also learn what it means to exist, on their path to discovering themselves, and saving humanity.
Both muse on the structure of their respective societies: Vandread on the relationships between men and women, and Geneshaft with the ideology of "production-line" humans.
I believe that if you liked one, the other will interest you with its similar background, yet distinctly different outcomes. These similarities and divergences are spawned from the production of humans through machines. It's as if they met, looked at each other, and then decided to go down sibling roads...
In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
Aside from all the big boobs in both of these series, you will like the fairly good action and the overall plot. Kiddy Grade doesn't really have much of a plot until the end, and even then it's still weak compared to Vandread. I will say that the style and feeling of both series is quite the same, although Vandread has humor and Kiddy Grade really doesn't.
If you like the combination of fanservice, space-theme and adventure but still want a nice storyline and somewhat likeable characters, then there are few anime other than Kiddy Grade and Vandread to watch.
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
Both Stellvia and Vandread are two space epics of sorts that center around stories that seem lighthearted and basic at first, but ultimately spiral into something much, much more serious (though for Vandread, this change doesn't occur until the 2nd season). In addition, both contain a healthy mix of comedy and character development, in addition to plenty of darkness and sadness. If you liked one, you'd probably like the other; though I preferred Stellvia's "kids in space" theme a bit more than Vandread's "men and women = ecchiiiiiii" theme.
Stellvia has very similar art style to Vandread. Even though it wasn't done by Gonzo, it has that feeling. It's another space comedy dealing with ships, mecha and the end of the world.
If you enjoy space anime then you might want to check out Vandread and Stellvia of the Universe. Both of these anime start out in a happy atmosphere, but as the series progresses it becomes more serious. They both have a good amount of comedy mixed in but Vandread tends to have a bit more ecchi. :P
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 FMP and Vandread have two parts to them: a mecha part (Vandread has great CG here) and a comedy part (where a guy comes from another world and meet girls for the first time, leading to hilarious situations). Check it out, you just might like it.
Full Metal Panic and Vandread are extremely similar in comparison. These two series excel at literally placing the main characters worlds apart from each other. Not only do their differences confuse them, but it also allows them to draw closer to each other. In terms of giant robots and explosions they're all here, as well as some humor placed around the different perspectives the characters see. The only real difference between the two is that Vandread hosts a variety of different ladies in Hibiki's harem while Full Metal Panic focuses on the development of Sousuke's relationship with Chidori.