The year is T.C. 4767. Four thousand years have passed since humanity abandoned its birthplace, the planet Earth. Beset by the hostile alien Gnosis, mankind is now scrambling to find ways to defeat this threat to their existence. The development of KOS-MOS (a specialized android with amazing capabilities) by Vector engineer Shion Uzuki was one response to the threat, But when their ship is destroyed by the Gnosis, Shion and her companions find themselves thrust into the middle of a battle with no clear sides...
Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.
Mari Wakatake is the sole survivor of an apparent island tsunami disaster that took place five years ago; she has been raised and schooled by her grandmother from that day. But now, she has been sent off to a boarding school in order to grow and make new relationships; and it is there that she meets Senkouji Hagino, a mysterious girl who is liked by everyone – everyone except for Mari. But Mari soon discovers that Hagino is not what she seems to be, and as Mari struggles to figure out Hagino and fit in at school, an alien race is maneuvering in the shadows for their conquest of an unsuspecting Earth. Little does Hagino know that she herself holds the key to the truth of Mari's past, as well as the key to her future.
Mix together one part alien invasion, one part government cover-up, and just a dash of girl-love and you have the makings of a rampaging anime. Though short, the action hardly ever stops. (Though when it does stop for a moment it's so the girls can have a little face time.)
In the year 2065, life on Earth is almost extinct due to an invasion of creatures known as "Phantoms." Only a few cities remain in the midst of a wasteland, which are shielded by barriers that the spirit-like Phantoms cannot cross. While the brilliant scientist Aki Ross and her mentor Dr. Sid want to find a way to peacefully end the conflict with the Phantoms, the military would prefer to fire a space cannon to eradicate the mysterious life forms from the planet – though Earth might be destroyed in the process. In a race against time, can Aki and Dr. Sid find a solution before the cannon is fired?
Shion Uzuki and Aki Ross are two science-driven ladies who, as part of a team, will have to use force along with intelligence in order to combat the mysterious life forms that plague their universes, as well as combat threats from people supposedly on their side.
Their enemies are quite similar in that not much is known about them or how they appeared, and the story is driven largely by the quest for this information. These entities have almost ‘ghost-like' qualities so you can be sure that you will not be seeing the usual kind of gunfights, and both plots follow similar ideas in terms of how best to deal with this threat. Both Anime also feature a ‘super-weapon' - a beam type cannon with the potential to cause massive damage, but violence is not always the only option.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
In the future, the human race is being invaded by strange creatures. To survive, humanity must seek protection in the form of highly-evolved weapons. In both Evangelion and Vandread, the emphasis isn't on the action, but rather the story and plot development. The only letdown in Xenosaga is that if you haven't played the games, there will be some loose ends.
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!
In order to survive, our heroes must fight strange creatures which threaten their existence. Well-animated space battles show us how well futuristic weaponry works against the foes. Vandread has more of an emphasis on fighting, but it's something that can't be neglected in Xenosaga either.