So what's like Giant Robo or Patlabor?
Not that they're alike at all, I'm really asking for two different reccomendations.
First of all something that's like Giant Robo. a vaguely similar set up would be nice (agents trying to save the world) but keeping the same tone of the show is also important. High production values, over the top, action packed, fun and with an overall epic feel.
Examples of what I'm looking for include Read or Die OVA and The Big O
Secondly if you can think of something similar to the the first Patlabor OVA and movie. I'm not so much interested in the real robot aspect, but the dynamic of excellently realised characters in their workplace.
I suppose my first move should be watching the rest of the franchise, however I saw the second movie and found that the tone had completely changed and it was now a verbose, half-baked, unplausible lecture in political science. So I'd appreciate if someone who had seen some of the other works in the patalbor franchise could say which of them are the most similar to the first two.
an excellent example of what I'm thinking of would be Planetes.
All suggestions welcome, any help appreciated.