Ikari Shinji is a junior high student who has the unenviable task of having to save the world every once in a while. Called into the service of NERV by his estranged father, Shinji has to pilot a giant mecha known as “Evangelion” to combat the recurring onslaughts of mysterious beings known as “Angels.” As Shinji struggles to come to terms with his own role in society and with his father, the battle against the Angels becomes more and more costly. In such times of desperation, it seems that Shinji’s father Gendo and NERV have secrets that could affect the fate of all humans.
Based on the manga by Kishiro Yukito, Battle Angel (or Gunnm as it is known in Japan) is the story of a girl named Gally who is found in a giant scrap heap. A benevolent cyberphysician, Ido, takes in her body and is shocked to see that she’s still alive. He revives her, only to learn she knows nothing about her past. However, in a moment of panic, Gally discovers that she has latent fighting abilities; in fact, she knows “Panzer Kunst,” an old and powerful fighting style that has since been lost. Gally reckons with her new identity and wants to become a Hunter-Warrior, but Ido vehemently opposes that idea. She also has to cope with her body, which is more metal than flesh, as she develops feelings of affection for a buy named Hugo.
In 1988, Tokyo was destroyed by a powerful new weapon. World War III follows, and Japan is left to rebuild from the ruins. Neo Tokyo is a city that has risen from the ashes near the crater that used to be Old Tokyo. In the streets, life can be harsh, with biker gangs running rampant and the youth difficult to keep under control. Kaneda is the leader of such a gang, and in a chance encounter, his friend Tetsuo gets injured and is taken away by the military. When Tetsuo returns, he seems to have gained some unnatural abilities, as well as the desire to prove that he’s better than everyone else. When Tetsuo gets violent and betrays Kaneda’s gang, the fight becomes personal.
The Wings of Honneamise (hoh-NAY-ah-meez) is set on an alternate earth in the kingdom of Honneamise, which has just begun exploring the possibility of sending a man into space. The general public thinks such an endeavor is fruitless, and the government wants to use it to lure a rival nation into war. Shirotsugh Lhadatt, a directionless slacker, has been part of the space program. After the death of a colleague and a meeting with Riquinni Nonderaiko – a young girl with a strong faith in god – he is inspired to see the space program succeed. However, a series of major setbacks tests his faith in this vision.
When the urban city-state Paro attempts to sabotage the dams of the costal city Itha, the two states go to war. Although their respective leaders, Prince Jill and Princess Ahnas, love each other, neither side wishes to surrender. Jill continues to fight out of a sense of duty to his people, while Ahnas fights to protect the citizens of Ithas. Meanwhile Izu, a farmer who dreams of becoming a hero, is recruited by Paro agents to sabotage Itha’s dams once again and flood the entire city. He takes on the assignment, hoping to make a name for himself, but is forced to leave behind his lover Marin.