Kakumeiki Valvrave, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Recommendations
Tragedy, harsh reality, and overcoming obstacles await the main character(s) in both Cross Ange and Kakumeiki Valvrave. If you enjoy watching character development when facing a reality check, then try the other. Plots are completely different.
-If you have zero tolerance for fan-service, Cross Ange is NOT for you-
Both have previously civilian characters who are suddenly thrown into war. The plots are well written and deep with many mysteries to be revealed. Both titles gained a lot of attention (negative) for having shocking elements and plot developments. They are exciting, definitely very dramatic (some say over the top) and borderline parody. For this they have been called "train wrecks" and so bad it's good. However I like both of these shows very much and I see the aforementioned qualities as positive aspects that make the stories that much more interesting and engaging. Oh yeah, both are mecha
They're both original anime by Sunrise. Both have a rather ridiculous but well-written story. Cross Ange has more of a focus on character development while Valvrave focusses more on action.