Top 10 - Best Mecha Anime That You Can Watch in 2018
What Is Mecha Anime?
Mecha anime is a genre of Japanese cartoons that focus on robots. The tone of mecha anime tends to be epic, with large-scale battles between robots, although the tone can range in seriousness from dramatic to quite comedic. Some mecha anime shows and films feature robots that are almost like superheroes (this sub-genre is known as the super robot), and some feature robots that are piloted by, and therefore of secondary importance to, humans (a sub-genre known as a real robot).
The Top 10 Mecha Anime you need to see!
Here are the top 10 mecha anime I think everyone should see, even if they aren't a big fan of mecha since some of them are masterpieces of the whole industry overall and deserve the place in top 100 anime ever created. This is my opinion so feel free to disagree with it and if you have any shows I should add, please leave a comment and I will check them out.
10. Full Metal Panic - Both Seasons
Well, the first one is good old Full Metal Panic, I did notice that new people aren't aware of this excellent series because it was so long ago that it aired, which is a shame because I do consider it a classic and must-see for every mecha anime fan. The battles are just amazing and epic not to mention there are no lightsaber or beam weapons, the plot is funny, sad and twisted all at once which I like when series do that. I hope that the new sequel that will come out hopefully in 2019 won't ruin this series for me because this is one of the childhood memories that I watched on Animax. At least I think it was Animax or something like that, but anyway, watch this mecha anime!
The characters are impressive in this series, and I mean really, they god great chemistry together. I don't think I hate even single one of them and I hope they will bring back the old cast for the new sequel. I didn't read the novels yet, so I have no idea what will happen next or if it's even with the same cast, but if they give me Full Metal Panic without Chidori, then I will get mad.
The animation is nothing special, but this is old anime so don't expect too much, but the music is pretty good and memorable especially some song is still stuck in my head to this day and that wants me to play them right now.
PS: after you watched the main series, jump into Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, it's not mecha anime, but it's one of the best comedy anime I did ever see, it's comedy gold, and you will love it if you liked the main series and the main characters.
Full Metal Panic AMV
9. Eureka Seven - Don't waste time with the sequel
I saw a recommendation in the comments section about Eureka Seven, so I watched the anime in 4 days, and I was amazed because for 50 episodes in never felt like dragging on and I couldn't stop myself and go from episode to episode, but I wish I did finish at the first season. Don't miss this anime just because it's a little old and the protagonist is 14 yearly old kid. It's not perfect anime, and it got its shortcomings, but they are overshadowed by how the plot is intriguing, characters are amusing and overall it's something mecha fans should see and don't get put of by it having 50 episodes because when you are watching this time fly by.
I'm especially happy that Someone in the comments recommended Eureka Seven to me since I would probably skip this series in favor or something newer, but after watching some AMV from Eureka Seven I knew I should give it a try and it it was worth the time. Now I pass on the recommendation to you! <3 Nirvash
The sequel Eureka Seven AO is terrible, and it's supposed to be a continuation of this franchise, but I like to think it doesn't have anything to do with the main series or that it didn't exist and was never made. You would think that once they decided to make a sequel to anime like Eureka Seven, they will make sure it's worth to see, but no even I had a hard time finishing it.
To wrap it up watch the original Eureka Seven series, but don't bother with the sequel because you won't be missing anything and I guess I will still watch the new movies and hope it's not something that will make me want to revisit this list.
Eureka Seven AMV
8. Suisei no Gargantia
I liked the setup of Suisei no Gargantia or let's call it Gargantia, even though it didn't deliver on everything I wanted or was hopping from it like most of Gen Urobuchi shows; I still liked it enough to recommend it and put it on this list at number 8. I think the show would benefit a lot if it were 24 episodes or split -cour instead of 13.
The second half is the weakest part of this anime and drops it from masterpiece level to just sufficient. The producers shouldn't just try to make it too dark too fast without proper build-up and ignore all the world building they could do with the stunning visuals and animation. I wouldn't mind even if they spend a few episodes on Chamber flying around the earth and looking at cool stuff and discover something crazy.
The plot really isn't the strongest point of this anime because if you are expecting that it will be Ledo vs. aliens then you will end up being disappointed what we get instead is Tin-can vs. Tin-can ending and it wasn't that bad, but the premise definitely had much more potential than this since it was one of my favorite styles where humans leave the earth and are engaged on a galactic battle with monsters call Hideauze and if they want to survive they need to win this war.
I wonder if the anime would be much more interesting if he never got transported far away from this conflict and it all took place in space.
I still need to say watch it, it's not 10/10, but it's pretty short, and it has some good mecha battles and robot that obliterates pirates what more could you want?
7. Gurren Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or just Gurren Lagann is must be in any top 10 mecha anime list because without it it wouldn't make much sense, would it? Formerly I almost forgot to add it, but I'm glad I did since I did get hinted about it from one of the best Gurren Lagann AMV I ever did see, you can check it below. If you summarized this anime with one word, it would be galactic! I don't think there is even anime out there that can out-do Gurren Lagann in the scale of everything it did. It was definitely one of the most talked-about, watched, and highly-rated mecha anime out there
If you ever questioned whether you should watch it, the answer is an emphatic yes! I'd recommend it as a must-watch for any fan who likes grand action sequences, an epic soundtrack, and a good story with unique animation and battles that get into insane proportion since it's robots throwing galaxies at each other like candies.
The fun feels and energy and some drills this will put you through is something else that is hard to find in anime today. I thought that it looked too much silly and wanted to skip on it because it's not short series, but once you get to know the characters and setting you will become deeply invested in the story.
So in the end, if you want something that will leave you craving the next episode after episode and make you feel, then give this a try. And the ending of this series is something that is worth watching just for the Mecha battles, and maybe you will even become a real man when you take on the teaching of Kamina!
PS: You will cry few times ^^
Fight he power!
Gurren Lagann AMV
6.Gundam Seed and Seed Destiny
I really love the story of Gundam Seed from the first moment, and usually, the story isn't the strongest point of mecha anime, but sometimes it can be a big surprise when you realize how great it 's and that you want to watch it through to the end. I think this is my favorite conflict in all of Gundam series I did see so far and it's sad that destiny didn't follow up on it.
The animation and art is another strong point of this series; the characters look great especially Lacus, The mecha is unique and seems like something that can build one day, and even the battleships are gorgeous. If I said which Gundam I did like the most, it would be X102 Duel Gundam, and I know most people probably loved most Strike Freedom.
The OP and ED in this show are just super awesome and convey the mod and emotions perfectly for this kind of anime, and it's still one of the things I will watch today from time to time on youtube.
The characters are the pretty big reason why I liked the story so much, they all have a genuine personality, and it look like sunrise did a lot of thinking when crafting them. I think the favorite character would be Lacus and her singing.
I think if you will watch this and I do recommend it then you will end up liking it even though the second season of Gundam Seed didn't do much justice the first one it's still a good watch and worth your time.
This anime is actually not my first, but it's definitely something that great me to watch anime a lot more when I was little, and I know it got flaws, but it will always be 10/10 for me.
5. Macross Frontier
Along with Gundam, Macross is probably the second most well-known mecha franchise out there even though not so much in the west, and Macross Delta didn't help it much I still like Frontier a lot, but it is likely you have seen this or at least heard about it. What I fancy the most about Macross Frontier are the mecha designs, animation, and the epic space music battles.
I wonder if the other Macross series are worth watching, but Delta kind of ruined my motivation to check out the rest, so if you think there is another Macross that is worth looking at please leave a comment with your recommendation, I would love to check it out.
Macross Frontier AMV
4. Evangelion - Watch both the serie and movies
You can either watch the new movies that are still not completed or the old series, but honestly watch Evangelion I's the most popular anime ever. I don't even know why I love this anime so much and why no anime after still managed to make me feel the same. If it's the characters because I can relate to Shinji and I love Asuka or the super EVA battles especially in the movies or just the whole concept of the anime and the heavy Judeo-Christian references and symbolism not to mention I still don't get the ending.
This anime is the first I ever did see, and I remember I was shocked when I saw the Angels and Tokyo-3 skyscrapers moving underground when the angel's attack and not to mention the episode when EVA goes berserk was just something I will never forget. If there is one reason why so many people don't like Evangelion it would be Shinji, but for me, it's the opposite. Evangelion is exceptional thanks to Shinji. Shinji Ikari is one the most believable and genuinely sympathetic character ever shown in anime.
People often complain that he is annoying, but for me, it's just believable and genuine reaction to what is happening to him. I don't even know how many times did I listen to the Evangelion OP in a row, but if it's not the most played anime op ever that I know what is. The design of Angels is another wonderfully unique part of this series when I saw this first time it did feel differed that anything else I saw before that. If you never saw Evangelion before then watch the series first, then jus to the movies because I think that is the best way to experience EVA.
The best Eva
3. Gundam 00 - Skip the Movie
The first season was fabulous, and I had high hopes for the second season, and I'm pleased they didn't drop the ball like I was scared they will do. I liked almost all the character in Gundam 00 and even the new ones from the second season weren't too bad, but if there is one thing I hated it would be Louise and Saji since I still don't get why they were even in the anime in the first place. I think the story would be much better if they didn't bother with the subplot of those two characters, but oh well.
The character that left me with best first impression was the new Lockon even through the old one was excellent as well, and I'm glad he had a lot of time on screen since I would trade him for Setsuna any time as MC. The romance wasn't half-bad either bad it's not something that I did watch the anime for.
The ending was pretty well-done, or I would like to say that if I didn't watch the movie, seriously don't bother with the film if you aren't interested in aliens in Gundam and want to remember this series with a good ending that will leave you be satisfied.
The animation is everything you expect from Gundam, and the mecha battles are enjoyable and entertaining to watch. I liked especially Exia Gundam battles. The Soundtrack is pretty average and sadly nothing that I will remember for longer than a few weeks even though the op and ed themes are excellent.
If this had only one season, I would not put it on number three spot, but with the second cour, it did become massive mecha anime that will be remembered as one of the better Gundams and not another Gundam Age.
Gundam 00 AMV
2. Code Geass - That ending is epic
It's not that often you can say that sequel is even better than the first session and ending for the series delivered everything you wanted from it and much more, but that is what Code Geass did and is legendary for it. I don't think many people didn't hear about this series or the ending, but if you didn't don't spoil yourself and watch it. It's worth it, and there is nothing better than watching anime like this without spoilers.
The characters are the best about this anime since they are almost all developed and interesting. There are a lot of them, but even some mirror characters get proper development and backstory. I liked most of the vi Britannia family and Lelouch and CC.
It's quite lovely to see that the story started as I want to avenge my mother and create a world where my sister can be at peace and happy. It turned into world domination conquest with a lot of twists and turns that leave you to be wondering what will happen next because you don't know what is happening anymore.
The animation and art are pretty good, but nothing too much outstanding, but it does the job. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is freaking cool and I still listen to it sometimes. The mecha battles are fun to watch, and Lancelot design is so high that I did buy a model of it.
What I'm scared is that I heard they are making another season and I'm scared that they will ruin probably the best ending in anime I did ever see, but we need to look at how will they handle it. It won't stay number two if Sunrise will ruin that ending and I don't know if sunrise is so desperate for money that they need to make a sequel for the one anime that doesn't need it.
Code Geass AMV
1. Winner - Gundam Unicorn
I think this is my favorite Gundam series from the universal century timeline so far. I don't think it has any problems to rival even Gundam Seed or Zeta Gundam in popularity since Gundam seed is old now and Zeta is even older. I watched this series because my brother did recommend it to me, but I was not sure if I should watch it since I head it does reference a lot to some older Gundam shows, and honestly, I didn't see that many of them even though I want to watch them all. The soundtrack and animation alone make it worth watching, but the plot, characters, and everything else is as well, but the waiting for next OVA was something I'm glad people don't need to experience now.
I did watch other Gundam series like both seasons of Build Fighters or Blooded Orphans, but overall this is the best Gundam series for me in recent years and, maybe ever. I'm not that big of Gundam fan, but I did still enjoy this epic ova series, despite that and I recommend it even to people who never saw any Gundam series because this is the one that will make you watch the rest and be interested in Gundam story. The strongest point of this show is the animation, I don't remember the last time I saw something that looked this gorgeous, the space battles in full HD are something that I will never forget, and the soundtrack is fitting this kind of anime.
PS: the biggest drawback of this series was the waiting for next ova, but now you can watch them all at once, so I really can give it 10/10 and full recommendation to watch.