Top 10 Best Mecha Anime
What Is Mecha Anime?
Mecha anime is a genre of Japanese cartoons that focuses on robots. Mecha anime tends to be epic, with large-scale battles between robots. That being said, the tone can vary—ranging from comedic to dramatic, and everything in between. Some mecha anime features 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 Best Mecha Anime You Need to See!
Everyone should check out this countdown, even if you aren't a big fan of mecha. I would consider some of these masterpieces that deserve a place in the top 100 anime ever created.
This is my opinion, so feel free to disagree with me. If you have any shows I should add, please leave a comment and I will check them out!
10. Full Metal Panic
Number 10 is good old Full Metal Panic. Newer anime fans aren't aware of this excellent series because it aired so long ago. This is a shame because I do consider it a must-see for every mecha anime fan. The battles are just amazing—without any unnecessary props like lightsabers or beam weapons. The plot is funny, sad, and twisted all at once, which I really like.
The characters of Full Metal Panic are impressive. And I mean really, they have great chemistry together. The animation is nothing special, but this is an old anime so don't expect too much. The music is pretty good and memorable. Some songs are still stuck in my head!
PS: After you watched the main series, jump into Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. it's not a 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 characters.
9. Eureka Seven (The Original Series)
I saw a recommendation in the comments section for Eureka Seven, so naturally I watched the entire anime in four days. I was amazed that even with 50 episodes, I never felt like it was dragging along. I couldn't stop myself from jumping episode to episode, but I wish I did finish after the first series. Don't miss this anime just because it's a little old and the protagonist is a 14-year-old kid. It's not a perfect anime, and it has its shortcomings, but they are overshadowed by the great plot and amusing characters. Don't get put off by it having 50 episodes because when you are watching, time will fly by!
I'm really happy that someone recommended Eureka Seven to me since I probably would have skipped this series in favor of something newer. But after watching some Eureka Seven AMVs, I knew I should give it a try, and it was worth the time. Now I pass on the recommendation to you!
Eureka Seven AO
That being said, the sequel, Eureka Seven AO, is terrible. 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 would make sure it's on par in terms of quality . . . but 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.
8. Suisei no Gargantia
I liked the setup of Suisei no Gargantia (let's call it Gargantia), even though it didn't deliver on everything that I had hoped. That being said, I still liked it enough to put it on this list. I think the show would have been better if it were spread out over 24 episodes instead of only 13.
The second half is the weakest part of the anime—dropping it from "masterpiece" to "sufficient." The producers tried to make it too dark, too fast, without proper build-up. In the end, they missed a real world-building opportunity. I wouldn't even mind if they had spent a few episodes on Chamber flying around the earth and looking at cool stuff.
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. The premise definitely had much more potential than this. It was one of my favorite scenarios where humans leave the earth and engage in a galactic battle with monsters.
I wonder if the anime would be much more interesting if Ledo never got transported far away from this conflict and if it all took place in space.
I still recommend that you watch it. It's not 10/10, but it's pretty short, and it has some good mecha battles and robots that obliterate space pirates. What more could you want?
7. Gurren Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, or just Gurren Lagann, is a must in any top 10 mecha anime list. If you summarized this anime in one word, it would be "galactic"! During its time, 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 to any anime lover who likes grand action sequences, an epic soundtrack, and a good story with unique animation.
With all the gags and drilling, I thought that it looked too silly and wanted to skip on it. Also, It's not a 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 more, then give this a try. The ending includes an epic mecha battle that is to die for. Maybe you will even become a real man when you take on the teaching of Kamina!
PS: You will cry a few times.
6. Gundam Seed
From the first moment, I really loved the story of Gundam Seed. Usually, the story isn't the strongest point of a mecha anime, but Gundam Seed does it right.
The animation and art is another strong point of this series; the characters look great—especially Lacus. The mecha are unique and even the battleships are gorgeous. The Gundam I like the most is the X102 Duel Gundam, but I know most people probably loved the Strike Freedom.
The OP and ED of this show are just super awesome and convey the mood and emotions perfectly. I still watch them from time to time on YouTube.
The characters are a pretty big reason as to why I liked the story so much. They all have a genuine personality, and it seems like the production company put a lot of thought into crafting them. I think my favorite character would be Lacus because of her beautiful singing.
The first season of Gundam Seed is definitely better than the second, but it's still a good watch and worth your time.
This anime is actually not my first choice, but it is what introduced me to the mecha genre at a young age. I know it has 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. Macross Delta wasn't as good as Frontier, but it is likely you have seen this or at least heard about it. What I fancy the most about Macross Frontier is the mecha designs, animation, and the epic space music battles.
Delta kind of ruined my motivation to check out the rest, but if you think there is another Macross that is worth checking out, please leave a comment with your recommendation, I would love to check it out.
4. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Evangelion is one of the most popular anime ever. I love this anime because no anime after has managed to make me feel the same. I feel like I can relate to Shinji, I love Asuka, and the super EVA battles are amazing. The whole concept of the anime is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christianity—with plenty of references and symbolism.
This anime was the first I've seen. I remember being shocked when I saw the Tokyo-3 skyscrapers moving underground when the angel's attack. If there is one reason why some people don't like Evangelion, it would be because of Shinji Ikari. But for me, it's the opposite. Evangelion is exceptional thanks to Shinji. He is one of the most believable and genuinely sympathetic characters ever designed. People often complain that he is annoying, but for me, he is projecting a believable and genuine reaction to what is happening to him.
The design of the Angels is another wonderfully unique part of this series. They are different than any antagonist I've seen before. If you have never seen Evangelion, be sure to start with the series and then go on to the movies for the best experience.
PS: I still don't get the ending.
3. Gundam 00
The first season was fabulous, and I had high hopes for the second season. I'm pleased they didn't drop the ball as I feared. I liked almost all the character in Gundam 00. Even the new characters 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 the best first impression was Lockon. I'm glad he had a lot of time on screen, since I would trade him for Setsuna any time. The romance wasn't half-bad either, though it's not something that drew me in.
The ending was pretty well-done. If you haven't watched the movie, I would suggest that you don't bother (if you want to remember the series with a good ending).
The animation is everything you would expect from a Gundam anime, and the mecha battles are both enjoyable and entertaining to watch. I especially enjoyed the Gundam Exia battles. The soundtrack throughout is pretty average and sadly nothing that I will remember, but 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 season, it became one of the most memorable Gundams.
2. Code Geass
It's not often that you can say a sequel is even better than the original, or that and the series ending delivered on everything you wanted, and more. But that is exactly what Code Geass did. I don't think many people haven't heard of this series or the ending, but if you haven't, go watch it before it's spoiled! It's worth it, and there is nothing better than watching an anime like this without spoilers.
The characters are the best thing about this anime, as they are all developed and interesting. There are a lot of them, but even some mirror characters get a proper backstory. I enjoyed the vi Britannia family, Lelouch, and CC the most.
Although the story started with the protagonist on a mission of avenging his mother and creating a peaceful world, it turned into a world domination plot with a lot of twists and turns. You will constantly be wondering what will happen next.
The animation and art are not the best, but they get the job done. 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's design is so detailed and good looking that I bought a model of it.
Another season is in the making and I'm scared that they will ruin it. The first series had the best ending I've ever seen, so we'll need to wait and see if they ruin it with a second season. Maybe Sunrise, the production company behind the series, is so desperate for money that they need to make a sequel for the one anime that doesn't need one.
1. The Winner: Gundam Unicorn
I think this is my favorite Gundam anime from the universal century timeline so far. I don't think it has any problems to rival Gundam Seed or Zeta Gundam in popularity, since Seed is old and Zeta is even older. I watched this series because my brother recommended it to me, but I did hesitate as it references several of the older Gundams. The soundtrack and animation alone make it worth watching, but the plot, characters, and everything else is great, too.
I did watch other Gundam anime, like both seasons of Build Fighters and Blooded Orphans, but to me, this is the best Gundam in recent years . . . maybe even ever. I'm not a huge Gundam fan, but I did still enjoy this epic OVA series. I recommend it to those who have never seen a Gundam anime because it'll get you hooked on the universe and lore. 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 fits this kind of anime.
PS: the biggest drawback of this series was 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.
Which of these mecha anime do you like the most?
What Will You Watch Next?
I would highly recommend each and every one of these titles, regardless of whether you're into the mecha genre or not. There is more to the genre than just giant robots! I hope that you found your new anime obsession somewhere on this list. After binging, let me know what you think in the comment section below!
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