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Top 10 - Best Mecha Anime that you can watch in 2017

Updated on May 23, 2017
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What Is Mecha Anime?

Mecha anime is a genre of Japanese cartoons that focuses 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 super heroes (this sub-genre is known as super robot), and some feature robots that are piloted by, and therefore of secondary importance to, humans (a sub-genre known as real robot).

The Top 10 Mecha Anime you need to see!

Here is the top 10 mecha anime I think everyone should see, even if they aren't 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 really aware of this awesome series because it was so long ago that it aired, which is really 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 light saber or beam weapons, the plot is funny, sad and complex all at once which I really like when series does that. I really hope that the new sequel that will come out hopefully in 2017 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 really awesome 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 really 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 are still stuck in my head to this day and that wants me to play them right now.

PS: after you are done with 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 really comedy gold and you will love it if you liked the main series and the main characters.

Kaname Chidori is Cute!
Kaname Chidori is Cute! | Source

Full Metal Panic AMV

9. Eureka Seven - Don't waste time with the sequel

I saw 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 stop 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 it's own shortcomings, but they are overshadowed by how the plot is really interesting, characters are really enjoyable and overall it's definitely 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 really glad that Someone in the comments recommended Eureka Seven to me since I would probably skip this series in favor or something more new, but after watching some AMV from Eureka Seven I knew I should give it a try and it it was really worth the time. Now I pass on the recommendation to you! <3 Nirvash

The sequel Eureka Seven AO is terrible and it's suposed to be continuation of this franchise, but I like to think it doesn't have anything to do with them main series or that it doesn't exists and was never made. You would think that once they decided to make sequel to anime like Eureka Seven they will make sure it's worth to see, but no even I had hard time finishing it.

To wrap it up definitelly watch the origianl 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.

I really like this mecha!
I really like this mecha! | Source

Eureka Seven AMV

8. Suisei no Gargantia

I really liked the setup of Suisei no Gargantia or let's call it Gargantia, even through 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 really think the show would benefit a lot if it was 24 episodes or split -cour instead 13 because the second half is definitely the weakest part of this anime and drops it from masterpiece level to just really good, they 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 visual and animation because I wouldn't really mind even if they spend few episodes on Chamber flying around the earth and looking at cool stuff and discovering old ruins that the old humans left behind.

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 disappoint 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?

This scene was amazing
This scene was amazing | Source

Chamber!

7. Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or just Gurren Lagann is must to be in any top 10 mecha anime list because without it it wouldn't make much sense would it? Originally I almost forgot to add it, but I'm glad I did since I was reminded about it from one of the best Gurren Lagann AMV I ever did see, you can check it below. If you would summarize 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! Really I'd recommend it as a must-watch for any fan who likes great action sequences, an epic soundtrack, and a good story with unique animation and battles that get into insane proportion since it's basically robots throwing galaxies at each other like candies.

The humor, feels and energy and some drills this will put you through is really something else that is hard to find in anime today, I was originally thinking that it look to 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 really something that is worth watching just for the Mecha battles and maybe you will even become a real man when you take on teaching of Kamina!

PS: You will cry few times ^^

Fight he power!

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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 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 are unique and look like something that can be build one day and even the battleships aren't bad. If I should say 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 pretty big reason why I liked the story so much, they all have deep personality and it really look like sunrise did a lot of thinking when crafting them. I think 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 thorough 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 is actually not my first anime, but it's definitely something that god 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.

Mecha Animes - Gundam Seed
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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 like 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 our.

Mecha Animes - Macross Frontier
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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 eva managed to make me feel the same, if it's the characters because I can totally relate to Shinji and i just 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 is actually the first Anime I ever did see and I remember I was totally shocked when i saw the Angels and Tokyo-3 skyscrapers moving underground when the angels 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 completely opposite. He makes the anime so great. Shinji Ikari is really 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 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 really 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

Mecha Animes - Evangelion
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Evangelion AMV

3. Gundam 00 - Skip the Movie

The first season was really well done and I had high hopes for the second season and I'm really glad 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 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 definitely the new Lockon even through the old one was great 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 really 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 movie if you aren't interested in aliens in Gundam and want to remember this series with good ending that will leave you be satisfied.

The animation is everything you expect from Gundam and the mecha battles are really fun 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 few weeks even through the op and ed themes are excelent.

If this had only one season I would not put it on number three spot, but with the second cour it really did become great mecha anime that will be remembered like one of the better Gundams and not another Gundam Age.

I'm Gundam!

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Gundam 00 AMV

2. Code Geass - That ending is epic

it's not that often you can say that sequel is even better than 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 really think there are many people who didn't hear about this series or the ending, but if you didn't don't spoil yourself and go watch it. It's definitely worth it and there is nothing better than watching anime like this without spoilers.

The characters are definitely 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 good development and back story. I liked most of the vi Britannia family and obviously Lelouch and CC.

It's actually quite nice to see that the story started from I want to avenge my mother and create a world where my sister can be at peace and happy. Yet, it turned into world domination conquest with a lot of twits 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 god, but nothing too much outstanding, but it does the job. 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 great that I did buy model of it.

What I'm scared is that I heard they are making another season and I'm really scared that they will ruin probably the best ending in anime I did ever see, but that is left to be seen how will they handle it. It won't stay number two if they ruin that ending and I don't really know if sunrise is so desperate for money that they need to make sequel for the one anime that doesn't need it.

Dual-sword Lancelot!

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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 kind of 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 watch that many of them even through I really want to see them all. The soundtrack and animation alone make it worth watching, but the plot, characters and everything else is really well done as well, but the waiting for next OVA was really 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 definitely recommend it even to people who never saw any kind of Gundam series because this is the one that will make you go watch the rest and be interested in Gundam story. The strongest point of this show is definitely the animation, I really 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 totally 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 one so I really can give it 10/10 and full recommendation to watch.

Mecha Animes - Gundam Unicorn
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Gundam Unicorn AMV

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    • A Thousand Words profile image

      A Thousand Words 5 years ago

      Great hub! Where's Eureka Seven??

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      Japo Vapo 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Well Eureka seven was good too, but these are just better :) if it was top 15 it would be there so maybe the sequel of eureka (Eureka Seven Ao) will do better.

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      A Thousand Words 5 years ago

      :O There's a sequel? You have made me a happy, happy girl.

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      Wrong 5 years ago

      You forgot Martian Successor Nadesico

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      A Thousand Words 5 years ago

      @ Wrong, I haven't watched that one yet. I always pass by it, is it good?

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      Japo Vapo 5 years ago from Slovakia

      I didn't forgot, but Martian Successor Nadesico isn't really something special, I would say 5,5/10 average

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Legend of the Galactic Heroes will always be the #1 mecha animu, imo.

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      Banagherlinks 5 years ago

      CORRECTION gundam 0079 is the true mother of all real mecha anime I can't believe that any of UC series including mobile suit gundam, zeta gundam, stardust memories, 08th ms team and char's counterattack is not here. The fact that unicorn is in the top list, which is practically under UC series. Although I'm a seed fan, seed is millions of miles compared to those what I've mentioned above. ( doubled on 00 ) I guess you didn't even bother watching or you have no idea about it. In short, this list is NOT RELIABLE and based from YOUR OWN POINT OF VIew. Guess you didn't even bother to research. Just do yourself a favor watch this and come again and tell which is the real TOP MECHA ANIME.

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      Banagherlinks 5 years ago

      You didn't even bother to add to the list the vision of escaflowne which is maybe considered one of the best mecha anime during it's time.

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      Japo Vapo 5 years ago from Slovakia

      First of all yea it's based on my opinion and it's even written in the first paragraph so it's normal you have a different list of top 10 Mecha Animes and to me it looks like you are just Gundam fan-boy. (nothing wrong with that)

      Only Gundam series I didn't watch yet from the ones you listed is Zeta Gundam.

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      Japo Vapo 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Vision of Escaflowne was pretty good and maybe it was one of the best Mecha Anime "during it's time", but it's year 2012 now.

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      Banagherlinks 5 years ago

      Nope I'm a fan of war and sci fi stories but yeah, some part of me is a gundam fan. Ok, I already know that it's 2012 but still, I thought that this list is about the top ten mecha animes of all time right? Now even with an older graphics I can still tell that escaflowne and the gundams that I mentioned earlier has a more decent plot compared to those listed above which makes them practically more famous and appreciated by fans. It's not all about the graphics or animation, it's the STORY, THE PLOT that still matters, if you're looking for a more decent show I recommend zeta gundam: a new translation it has three parts and best of it, it has some reanimated scenes, so yeah, it has a more presentable look. And the best thing about it, you can forget that this shows is intended for kids and barely focuses on the mechs instead. So yeah, a MATURE SERIES.

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      Gundamfanboy 5 years ago

      You're not serious when put full metal panic, 00 and seed in that list are you? Ok, as long as age is not there...... It's a good thing unicorn is there but I still doubt that it must be the number one..... When the likes of 08th ms team and zeta is out there......

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      SickeningCries 5 years ago

      Try watching Broken Blade it has a really great story to it!

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      buster machine 4 years ago

      you forgot gunbuster

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      J Antonio Marcelino 4 years ago from Illinois, USA

      Thanks for making this hub. I "hit a wall" as to what is the next Mecha Anime I should watch.

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      Techo 4 years ago

      SickeningCries is right, Broken Blade is a hidden gem among mecha anime be sure to give it a watch!

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      Just passing by 4 years ago

      Errr.. isn't it Voltus (Voltes) V or Mazinger Z was the mother of mecha anime? IMO :-)

      But to me, Code Geass is the winner.

      Cheers.

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      Meh 4 years ago

      The King of Braves: GaoGaiGar, Getter Robo, Kotetsushin Jeeg, The Five Star Stories or Mazinkaiser isn't here. This list is no bueno.

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      olo 4 years ago

      linebarrels of iron and zoids

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      Ayu Bi 4 years ago from Sorajima

      I am looking for a list of mecha anime to watch and this is just perfect.

      I also think Full Metal Panic deserves to be on the list. Nice hub! :)

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      Krimlan 3 years ago

      No Gundam Wing?

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      Rusty 3 years ago

      Oh boy, you know it's depressing when Mazinger Z doesn't make a list like this.

      Even worse, you called Evangelion the mother of all Mechas. Right, I don't see how it could give birth to Mazinger Z, which came about 25 years earlier.

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      HitenKatsu 3 years ago

      Can't put this more bluntly, Gundam Seed is the worst Gundam series of them all and ruined the entire franchise for me. With that said it is a travesty that you left the best Gundam series off the list. 08th MS team is of the most well crafted animes out there.

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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      Did you try watching Machine Robo Rescue? Its an old classic but it really is a decent mecha anime for "little" kids. :D

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      HIJASDE 3 years ago

      And tetsujin 28?

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      exia 3 years ago

      aquarian, nge, valvrave are also good ones

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      Snuj 3 years ago

      try watching Valverave the Liberator....it might give these mecha anime series a run for their money...

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      Salvare00 3 years ago

      where is break blade???

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      lithiun 2 years ago

      The only one i can agree with is Code Geass but at number 1. It's far better than any of the gundam series by a long way.

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      av 2 years ago

      Code geass is 1. Try watching knights of sidonia and Ginga kikotai magestic prince.

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      Robert Welter 2 years ago

      Great list. I really love FMP and CG. Thanks for listing 8 more shows to watch.

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      Noriko Takaya 2 years ago

      one word:

      Gunbuster

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      AghiuTZa 2 years ago

      Blue Gender was a great mecha anime too, with a seriously good plot (personally i rate it 10/10, i rarely do that, not because it was original, but because it was really well and smart put together), great characters, great character development, maybe it was too mature for the audience so that's why it's so underrated, you guys should definitely check it out. Everything exceeded my expectations while i watched it:

      enjoyment (10/10), drama (10/10), coolness (8/10), romance (9/10 slow development, but great after all), action (9/10), soundtrack (8/10), realism (10/10), side characters (10/10), excitement (10/10)

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      Alexiel 2 years ago

      Hello, tehre.

      The list ist great.

      But say, how about Ninja Robot also known as Ninja Senshi Tobikage, a classic from 1985. Especially Cybertrone/Tobikage (Flying Shadow). The story and characters are fine, not the best, but original. It deserved a second season.

      There is a korean anime known as Lazenca, unfortunately I'va watched it once on the TV some years ago, and even today I cannot find anything about it. :)

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      GUILHERME AGUIAR 22 months ago

      Eureka Seven miss.. Gudan Repeat...

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      animeluverr 21 months ago

      Im soo happy to see this site which give me a new list to watch, coz i need a change of mood.. I miss watching mecha anime..but lil sad bit coz valvrave the liberator is not on your top 10, its on my top 3 favorite mecha anime of all time.,but by the way thanks a lot guys!jana..

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      Christos 17 months ago

      I love how nobody pointed out that evangelizing isn't a mecha anime. They're biological organisms in armor.

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      Green 10 months ago

      Pretty strange list... even the Gundam shows you chose are hardly the best within their own franchise. SEED is legitimately awful.

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      Shameza Khan 10 months ago

      i saw a anime a few years ago. it was about a few people on an island for mecha training. a brother and sister were in charge o the facility. there was also a guy that was asleep for a while in a chamber and suddenly awakens and thinks one of the girls was his friend

      i would love to know this anime name.

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      Bob 10 months ago

      Aldnoah Zero

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      Animeboy 8 months ago

      Aldnoah zero

      Sidonia no kishi

      Muv luv eclipse

      Eureka seven

      Infinite stratos

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      Me 8 months ago

      Where is Knight of Sidonia!?

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      tim thomason 6 months ago

      im sorry this may sound some what dumb.. but i remember watching an anime show based around some what gundum styled robots, but the controler\person inside their chest wore a form of spandex suit and the movements of the wearer were reanimated by the bot itself.. does anyone have an idea of what show this could have been from?

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      Sebrigg 5 months ago

      Why does nobody like Gundam Seed? I thought it was an excellent series and I've watched every mecha anime ever released. Not saying it's the BEST, but I mean... It wasn't bad. Seed Destiny was trash, but the first series was great IMO

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      Jeff Jeff 4 months ago

      This was a pretty poor list.

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      N B Yomi 2 months ago from Dallas, TX

      Crap like this is why I'm cynical towards social media anime fans, yet curse my lack of pursuit in anime to watch. Simply because I didn't know about Bassreiter or Asura Cryin' until today. And while they look interesting. They don't look as accessible as SAO, Fairy Tail, or DBZ. Which is how those anime got popular to begin with.

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