Zone of the Enders: 2167 Idolo (2001) wasn't just another anime series, it also had a different storyline than the video game. This gave it its own unique storyline. It starts out about a father trying to get by James Links. Early in his life he married an alien from Mars named Rachel; they fell in love having two children, Noel and Leon. At the start of the story; everyone believes that Rachel is dead. James wasn't on speaking terms with his kids either. Once they are reunited; James is tries to prove to his children that he's more than a worthless earthling. Through his failures and triumphs you get to see a very neat outcome.
After a short reunion with his children and an added guest, Dolores an, "orbital frame," they embark on a journey to find the missing family member Rachel, to whom they had heard, was dead. Through their journey they will be chased as fugitives, betrayed, and meet some amazing characters. Some of these characters even join them, such a feisty reporter, who by the way later becomes an important person in the story. Every character in fact has their story that are each developed extremely well by writer; Shin Yoshida ("Karas: The Prophecy," "Witch Hunter Robin" and many more). This includes the antagonist of the tale; he is developed so that one could see even his point of view. For the record, even though I watched this dubbed in English it was still translated in a professional manner.
With Dolores's awesome "orbital frame" strength and powers; James Links is able to battle every obstacle except for the battle of getting respect from his kids. However, throughout the story one could see that they stayed a family and in fact become a closer and stronger unit.
If you allow it you might fall into the spell of these characters; especially the bleeding heart father who cares deeply for individual life and shows compassion when most people would not. The show was funny, fast paced, but sometimes slow all and all it's definitely worth seeing all twenty six episodes once.