Tenkuu no Escaflowne, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Recommendations
Deconstructions of their respective mecha subgenres, they explore the concept of human will: its manifestation as power to control, create, overcome, and bring about apocalyptic danger.
Well, first of all is the out of this world mecha action, more present in Gurren Lagaan. The sound tracks in both of these shows is fabulous. The two anime give off the same kind of feeling. The characters are all mulit-dimensional and deal with real life emotional and traumatic situations. There is also romance in both (more so in Escaflowne, by far) which adds to the story :). They are 26 episodes each and while Gurren Lagaan is much newer they are both worth watching!