Space is rarely seen in anime, and even some anime whose plot revolves around space are not always serious, as they frequently include cheap humor or make light of a supposedly intense scenario. So in this article, we will be going through some of the intense and serious sci-fi space anime that will likely give you chills.
Mutta Nanba and his younger brother Hibito witness a UFO flying toward the Moon. This impressive and unusual phenomenon leads both siblings vowing to become astronauts, with Hibito aiming for the Moon and Mutta, convinced that the eldest brother has to be one step ahead, for Mars.
Now an adult, Mutta has lost his job and is presented with an opportunity to catch up to his younger brother when the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, commonly known as JAXA, accepts his application to participate in the next astronaut selection. Despite self-doubts about his prospects, Mutta is unwilling to waste this chance of a lifetime, and thus embarks on an ambitious journey to fulfill the promise made 19 years ago.
In the 26th century, a lethal disease known as the Alien Engine Virus has arrived on Earth. Mars in the present is overrun by creatures known as “Terraformars,” incredibly powerful and intelligent humanoid cockroaches that mutated from those originally sent to the planet.
The Annex I team, consisting of a hundred men and women genetically enhanced with characteristics of powerful organisms from earth, has been sent to Mars on a mission to find the cause of the virus. However, they did not anticipate the species’ remarkable ability to adapt.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
For over a century and a half, two interstellar states have fought for control of the Milky Way. The Galactic Empire is an absolute monarchy ruled by Kaiser Friedrich IV and an entrenched nobility. The Free Planets Alliance is a representative democracy led by a corrupt High Council.
Yang Wen-li of the Alliance uses his tactical prowess to navigate around his leaders’ incompetence. Reinhard von Lohengramm, a minor noble and High Admiral of the Empire through his strategic brilliance and his sister’s position as the favored concubine of the Kaiser, dreams of conquering the galaxy and uniting mankind under his iron fist.
Fan Hyurlick, architect of Tytania’s first defeat, is the target of a galaxy-wide manhunt as his own side betrays him. Now Fan must not only save his own life, but somehow turn the tables on opponents who have whole worlds to command. The Empire of Valdana holds the future of most of human space within its iron hands.
Valvrave the Liberator
Humans began living in independent galactic colonies in the 71st year of the True Era. The world is divided into two parts: the Atlantic Rim United States and the Dorssia Military Pact Federation. A third faction, Japan and the Oceanian Republic Islands, coexist peacefully and economically. They maintain their neutrality in the face of their militant neighbors.
This one isn’t as serious as I would like, but the humor is acceptable and not distracting, and everything else is above average.
Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan raised by his aunt. He’s had a voice in his head for as long as he can remember, but other than that, he’s a normal boy. A strange creature follows him home and teleports him to another world full of fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, informs him that he could be a candidate for the force.