Planetes, Rocket Girls Recommendations
Both are slice of life, both are about space travel.
There are some fundamental differences between the two series, naturally, since Planetes is geared rather towards the seinen/josei public, while Rocket Girls rather aims at shounen, but both feature women as important, irreplaceable members of space development.
The degree of realism in Planetes is a bit higher than that in Rocket Girls, but this does not diminish the fun of watching either of the series, in my opinion.
That said, both have also very good animation
Two shows about a more contemporary, realistic, unglamorous side of space travel. Their protagonists generally do mundane jobs in Earth's orbit and work for departments with few resources and even less respect, although they all wind up getting involved with larger adventures by the end of their stories. Both shows have similar aesthetics and senses of realism but also veer into wacky comedy from time to time. Rocket Girls clearly has more of a moe influence, but other than the character designs of its leads and their ages (and generally age-appropriate personalities and behavior), one could easily see the two series taking place in the