The setting for these two anime are very similar, revolving around school-based gun battles. Stella Academy has a slightly lighter feel to it because it doesn't feel as serious because the use of air-soft but the feel of the battle excitement were the same or even better. The focus was on teamwork, tactics and STYLE. On the stylish movie type moves and exciting stunt-like teamwork and tactics.
Besides the gun and school setting the animes also share the humorous feel to it. Moreso I'd say in Stella Academy because of clash of a general view that such air-softers are too hardcore and a bit weird compared to enjoying the excitement of battle. Both Upotte and Stella Academy capitalize on the main characters being girls to make the comedy funny and slice of life in some respects. I also would have to say the characters in Stella Academy seem more funny because the character's interesting personalities and the comedy it creates.
If you enjoyed Upotte!! you'll love this lighter more humorous version with a similar school setting. If you enjoyed Stella Academy, you'll enjoy the familiar focus on combat school events and excitement watching the girls battle each other. read more
In both series, there are cute girls armed with guns and skills to take out opponents in matches. As such, expect action involving guns in tournament like battles.
Then, there are rivalries and friendship established through these matches.
Both series also takes place at a school life setting (Stella Academy forStella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³ and Seishou Academy for Upotte!) where there's comedy and some drama. If you enjoy action packed battles with a lighthearted tone, both series are worth a try.
Now that you've seen a military moe show done the wrong way, here's a military moe show that doesn't quite get it right either, but it comes close enough.
C3-bu has a storyline, a light and a dark side, and is a bit confused as to what it is. Not a fan of the art style, or the voice acting for that matter, or the storyline, or the characters. But if C3-bu were just a little more on the decent side of things (not saying that it was there to begin with), then it would be Upotte.
Upotte, like C3-bu, is a show that revolves around the genre of "military moe". Girls with guns fighting each other is the basic concept. It doesn't push a storyline as heavy as C3-bu, instead focusing more on the historical and technical aspect of the guns (in other words, Upotte is like educational television). What C3-bu lacks is what Upotte picks up correctly, and while Upotte is not quite as perfect as other shows focusing on the military moe genre (and trust me, there are better shows out there), Upotte would be a step up from the aging runaround of Yura running around in a circle trying to reach Victory Lane and Sonora attempting to make a move on any one of her clubmates. Not confused, the art style is cute enough, and the characters aren't as forgettable. And Rento isn't there to give you that sharp spike in your eardrum every time she speaks (her voice was that annoying).
Don't expect this show to have the potential of spawning a second season, but if you're also a gun nerd, there's a likely chance you won't be disappointed. read more
Military weapons! Even though the characters in Upotte!! are guns, the characters in Kantai Collection: KanColle are warships . If you are interested in anthropomorphic characters that are training to become useful weapons in the field of battle, then these are for you.
Both feature beautiful weapon girls with decent amounts of fan-service and tolerable plot. It's of my opinion that Kancolle is the better of the two considering it has an entire video game lore behind it, the plot is just more immersive. The two have a similar feel to it though.
* Both anime deals with weaponry/military vehicles...
* Both are ” Cute Girls doing War things”
* Both animes have mostly ”only girls” cast..
* Competitive schools.. weird rules..etc
* Both have not very awesome character designs
Both have characters that are anthropomorphic representations of countries (Hetalia) or guns (Upotte!!) and take on the stereotypical mannerism and cliches of said countries often with humorous results.
Young girls using guns, the differences is that 'Gunslinger Girl' is more of a realistic kind of anime with a darker-themed story-line while compared to 'Upotte!!?' which is more of a light-hearted, upbeat, and competitive kind of anime.
Main characters (female) are physically personified into human form, but are still in actuality weapons. Upotte!!- firearms. Aoki Hagane- naval vessels.
Upotte kind of played off the characters are weapons (Upotte!! tries to pass it self off as more of a high school/slice of life series). Where AHnA fully accepts & uses it to as a plot point (AHnA tells us repeatedly Iona is a submarine & is more willing to accept it's an action/battle/adventure series).
AHnA is only two episodes in at the moment so I'll try to update it further into the series.
Both have girls with guns fighting, although in Upotte, the girls are guns and in Angel Beats, they are not. Both have some good humor in it, but Angel Beats swings more to the romance side. I highly recommend people who saw Upotte to watch Angel Beats.
Another 4 girl ensemble, although upotte has a more serious tone, (not by much), has a story and the characters have more background, and it has actual action. FNC reminds me alot of Akarin, the way they are. Yuru yuri is more comedy and slice of life than anything, but the characters are all enjoyable and every episode is entertaining. So if you like one, i recommend the other.