Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - Recommendations

Alt title: Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both are excellent political sci-fi mecha serieses. They also have similar colour-schemes e.g. pink-haired princesses, bright uniforms, colourful chunky mecha. But with the superficial aspects aside, the strong themes of injustice, superiority of one nation/race in relation to another, and the paradoxes and pains of freedom fighting make these anime virtually siblings. I would say Code Geass handles the complex issues e.g. 'when does freedom fighting end and revenge begin' with slightly more intelligence. This is shown particularly in the differences between the protagonists: Lelouch (CG) is a far more complicated character than Kira (GS). But overall, I would say at least in the beginning, one will remind you very much of the other.

Roxas Roxas says...

Beyond simply featuring mecha, both shows address many similar themes, such as racism and the value of human life versus strategic gain. The motivations of the main characters are also largely similar-- they fight largely in order to protect those that they care about, though their means and approach do differ.

aboumonkey aboumonkey says...

If you enjoyed the political clashes in Gundam Seed you will enjoy the complex political background in Code Geass. Apart from both shows featuring mecha they both have two friends as main heroes who, due to political circumstances, become rivals and are faced against each other to protect those for whom they care about or their beliefs. Another strong point of Gundam Seed is the mecha designs and battles which I think are far better and more fluid than Code Geass.

Cetonis Cetonis says...

Both Code Geass and Gundam Seed are mecha anime based around two protagonists who are best friends on opposite sides of a war. Kira and Lelouch are both traitors to their own kind, and both conflicts are of the nature that the two sides are neither entirely good nor entirely evil. Although Seed is more action-oriented and Geass has more of a philosophical side to it, if you liked the base concept of either of these you should enjoy the other as well.

YPaladin YPaladin says...

Besides the obvious similarity in the use of giant robots, both Geass and Gundam SEED place these epic battles between titanic machines against a political and moral background. The greatest similarity lies in the parallels between Lelouch and Suzaku's relationship and Kira and Athrun's.

If you enjoy watching two best friends placed on opposing sides in a war, then this is a series for you.

Sevoth Sevoth says...

Both revolve around a war, in which two best friends are pitted against each other. Throughout the two series, questions of morality and war are explored.

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

In Gundam Seed and Code Geass there is a very indefinite line between good and evil. Which side on this war is right? The two main men of each series are friends from school, but enemies on the GIANT ROBOT battlefield. If you liked these uncertainties in this anime, you should absolutely watch the other.

rareitemhunter1 rareitemhunter1 says...

Reccomended for fans of Giant Mecha!! Who doesn't love angsty (and somewhat insane) teenage boys fighting battles of political and physical heights?! These anime are not only about fast paced head to head mecha battles and saving the world; they're also about the drama within teen life!! If you like one, you're sure to like the other.

MasterXC MasterXC says...

Both Gundam SEED and Code Geass use the mecha theme to create the main fighting scenes, but of course Gundam takes place mostly in space while Code Geass is on Earth.

If you like Gundam SEED, chances are you'll like Code Geass too, or vice-versa. Both take on a military-like tone, and also go into detail about military strategy, making it easy to get into. The main difference is the primary characters in respect that none of the characters in Gundam SEED have "supernatural" powers.

It's a great anime to watch, especially for all the mecha fans out there :)

neoji neoji says...

I would recommend Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Gode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion because both Animes contain the same style of fight scenes, warfare and awesome Sci-fi robot fights.

hollowknight hollowknight says...

has a great story and always keeps you wandering what will happen next. has just the right amount of action to keep you wanting more.

Yunarea Yunarea says...

Beyond that both animes are a Mecha share many similarities in its history.

Two friends faced each other on two different sides during a war.

Mechas as a resolving tool for confrontation.

Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!

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.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

People with special knowledge are making mobile suits - coordinators and whispers - which are far stronger than normal mobile suits. Though it's not my thing, Gundam SEED and FMP are a must see for any mecha fan.

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Number one thing that both share are the Mobile Suits with which the main characters fight. In both stories a young male is the main character who fights for what he thinks is right, both find pain and love as they try to make their way through life. But Full Metal Panic has much more Comedy in it than Gundamn Seed, though at soem times the story gets rather serious.

bebe4styll bebe4styll says...

For the mecha lovers these two might be great choices! First of all, you'll find robots in both animes, but more importantly, robots that are greater than the regular ones, robots that are specially made for the greatest pilots . Second of all, these pilots, the protagonists, go through a series of changes, especially psychologically, changes that help them be better , stronger ,and have a clearer mind . It's the characters' evolution that is one of the things that make the two so good. In addition, you might like the love stories that create along the way, the help the boy gets from his loved one and the feeling of protecting the weak from evil. MSGS and FMP are both worth watching!

rusty0 rusty0 says...

Awesome mecha battles, is more needed to be said?

Also, relationships are a big focus for both.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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.

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vick01 vick01 says...

Both Evangelion and Gundam Seed have a main character who struggles, fights, and takes lives. He is reluctant to fight at first but after more and more battles take place, he realizes he must fight. Both of the series focus on character development, so if you love the characters in one series you will have to watch the other.

theonewinged theonewinged says...

Both shows are very emotional and dramatic. In both shows the main characters often become very depressed and deal with problems such as the death of someone they love or their friends.

LovelyWickedDescet LovelyWickedDescet says...

I'm not adsactly sure why but Kira reminded me so much of Shinji. May-be its cause of the pain and suffer they are being put through while having to fight enemy forces and keeping the people they care about safe. Also while trying to keep themselves from going insane. Both are a weapon used by the people they work with control machines to help with defeating the enemy. (Gundam and Eva.)  I can't say that you'd like it or not, but I can say is that if you liked Gundam Seed then you may just like Neon Genisis to.

oddin oddin says...

I think that the series are similar, not only because they are about fighting mecha, war and the tears with it. The characters are fighting with all they have and in the same time they going through internal dilemmas that this fight is necessary.

Looking at the heroes we see that they are young, they fight to protect someone. Take for example Kira - Shinji, both are the main characters they don't want to fight but they doing it because they want to protect. Both are struggling within them "Why do I have to fight ?" The storys of each series is with a group of heroes there are fighting for freedom and justice in a chaotic world full of injustice and war.

Although there are differences between the shows and that is making it worth to watch both series. When you liked one you will like the other :)

RahXephon

RahXephon

Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.

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vick01 vick01 says...

Both RahXephon and Gundam Seed have a main character that has to deal with fighting in a war that he wanted no part of. Both series have emotional conflicts and problems that the main character has to deal with due to fighting battles, and females who fall in love with the main characters. If you like one series you will like the other.

buzzlebee buzzlebee says...

There are two elements that make these two anime similar to one another.

1. They follow the same theme of the main character being practically an entirely different race and having to coexist alongside his peoples' enemies. It creates an protagonist that is truly alone on a extremely deep and emotional level.

2. Really great mecha battles. Really REALLY great battles. Not just lightsabers and guns and big intergalactic space explosions, but battles with a purpose and a meaning. Basically they're not just mecha fanboy fodder.

stingreis stingreis says...

While Gundam SEED has much more politics in the story line, they both incorporate a strong boy who wants to live a normal life, yet is forced into strange war, that troubles the boy (Kira in G SEED, and Kamina in RahXephon) The story really shows the hardships that the male lead encounters and the menal anguish of battle.

With love all around, and mecha fighting tearing thing apart... these anime's are very similar. If you like one, you'll like the other

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

In both series, the main character is taken out of his normal life after meeting an older women (the onee-san type) and they are made too fight in a war even though that is the last thing they want to do in order to protect their friends. Also, they both do their battles using very powerful and unique mechas.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

The year is After Colony 195, and mankind is in the midst of a seemingly endless ongoing war between the Space Colonies and the ones who created them: the people of Earth. To give the Colonies the advantage, five mobile suits called Gundams were created. Equipped with enhanced technology and extremely talented young pilots, these are the ultimate machines of war. While Relena Peacecraft pleads for peace, Heero Yui leads the Gundams into the battle with Earth to attain it. As their personalities and visions clash, their goal is the same: freedom for all and peace at last.

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Gooz Gooz says...

If you were into Seed for the giant toaster ovens of doom, Wing is one of the better Gundam series and a must watch show.

sublime sublime says...

Huge mecha and intergalactic fights. Romantic angst coupled with huge space battles. Some excellent characterisation in Seed as well as an amazing soundtrack.

Lothar Lothar says...

Although Seed and Wing are set in different universes, the similarities are numerous. Both feature entire universes in war, huge fleets and loads of meccha action. They show how friends are thrown against each others in the horror of wars. The characters are well made and you feel for them throughout the shows. If you like on of them, you'll enjoy the other one as well.

The Vision of Escaflowne

The Vision of Escaflowne

Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.

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Dullshimmer Dullshimmer says...

While on the surface these two anime may seem very different, under the surface are elements that connect the two together. In many ways both are about the horrors of war, and look at war through the eyes of inexperienced youths (Hitomi and Van in Escaflowne and Kira and co. in SEED). There is also a focus on relationships in both, although I would say that Escaflowne places a greater emphasis on that, and that SEED is focused more on action. To further complicate relationships, both feature a main character struggling with a loved one being on the enemy side. Not to mention that both anime involve mecha battles, but the style indicates the background of the anime (fantasy in Escaflowne, space in SEED). While fans of one may not like the other given the setting and slightly reversed emphasis, giving it a try may produce good results.

DaMidWestNinja DaMidWestNinja says...

Gundam SEED is diffrent from Escaflowne in many ways but simmilar in so many more. They both are mecha but do not just focus on combat and action. They both go deep into charaterization and have charaters that you get attached to. Gundam SEED is focused on science fiction instead Escaflowne which seemed to have much more fantasy. Over all if you enjoyed Escaflowne definitly check out Gundam SEED and vice versa.

norco norco says...

Escaflowne and Gundam Seed are similar because they both contain plenty of mecha action without sacrificing character development. Gundam Seed  does have some romance but not as much as Escaflowne. I think that if you enjoy action but still want a good story then you should give this one a try.

Buddy Complex

Buddy Complex

When a giant robot suddenly attacks the city, a high-school student named Aoba is saved by a classmate who’s piloting her own mecha. After accepting an offer to join the alliance she's is a part of, Aoba is thrust into the middle of high-flying robot warfare!

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MidnightDT MidnightDT says...

Agreed the more I watch of Buddy Complex its starting to remind me a lot of gundam seed. Very similar scenarios, plus the mechas, even the music is similar. 

LinguisticFanatic LinguisticFanatic says...

There's very much a Gundam feel to Buddy Complex, which I expected considering the studio that's producing it.  I feel that Aoba is a much stronger lead mentally than Kira was at the beginning.  He does have his introspective moments, and slight pitty moments, but nothing nearly as bad as Kira did in the first half of the series.

Buddy Complex, so far, is your generic mecha series, but I haven't found that I really care all that much because I'm having fun with the show.  Plus the central piece of battle music will get stuck in your head.

Zaig Zaig says...

Both of these revolve around a character who suddenly has to pilot a mecha out of nowhere - yet miraculously understands how to do it without formal training - and fight against a friend in a war on the opposing side. The drama created from this, including the small amount of romance, make both quite similar.

Gunparade March

Gunparade March

In the year 1945, the most terrible creatures in existence visited the earth: bug-like entities soon to be known as Phantom Beasts. In that time of peril, mankind joined together to expel the threat, only to find that conventional weapons were useless and further damaged the earth. It is now 1999, and the student-wide draft has changed the lives of thousands of teenagers across Japan. While unwillingly fighting in an endless war that started before their births, one group of friends will experience the tragedy of death and the bittersweet joy of love as they struggle to survive.

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Roxas Roxas says...

Obviously, both are mech-based shows. However, both of these shows differ from most other 'mech' shows in that they focus far more upon the characters' relationships with one another than on the wars and political situations. Gundam Seed obviously has more well-developed characters and a more involved plot, being over four times as long, but fans of either show should like both.

kaz kaz says...

Throw a bunch of confused teenagers together, and add in mecha -- this formula shouldn't be all-too-unfamiliar to anime fans, but each series differs in the various nuances. Gundam SEED uses a well-known franchise to deliver this formula with a slightly different angle, focusing more on love triangles than on a galactic struggle.

Fafner

Fafner

"Are you there?" This is the question that the aliens always demand before they attack. The quiet island of Tatsumiyajima is secretly the last line of defense against mysterious invaders. In a quiet and rustic villiage, children were raised without any knowlege that they were born to pilot the Fafnirs, giant robotic war machines of terrible powers that are the only thing that can defend all they hold dear.These children's struggles will be the only thing that can hold off an enemy that attacks both our bodies and our sense of identity...

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DistMan DistMan says...

While the theme itself isn't similar there are a lot of things which are. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.

GodsDragon GodsDragon says...

Gundam Seed and Fafner are both based loosely on a plot of a bunch of high school kids getting caught up in a war, piloting giant robots, and trying to overcome many obstacles. If you liked one you should also greatly enjoy the other.

Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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Animedreamer240 Animedreamer240 says...

Other than the common theme of mecha and military combat, a huge similarity between Gundam SEED and Eureka Seven are the characters. Both series allow drama to arise based on the character's personal issues, quirks, and personalities that just can't mix. Characters go through phases of hate, jealousy, and confusion until the goal before them is finally clear.

crater86 crater86 says...

Both of the series are based on a scale of war and within that war are those that fight for a reason they cannot understand. They search for a reason to fight. They find that reason to fight in the protection of those they care for. A similar idea behind both series just a different way of getting it across.