Mecha Anime features among the favorite genres for those who love their share of science fiction. It is basically a genre that deals with robots and battles that ensue between them. The mood and tone of the anime vary from being dramatic to being comical but at the same time, there are some underlying common characteristics. Even within Mecha Anime, there are two separate genres constituting Super-robot which is basically robots with features like that of a superhero. The other one is Real-Robot and there the robots are controlled by humans. Here, we will be presenting to you a list of some of the best Mecha Anime of all time and some of these are so iconic that they deserve a place if a list of the best anime was to be made.
1. Code Geass
The story of this gripping anime is probably its best asset. It begins with a simple tale of the protagonist trying to avenge his mother’s death and looking to build a peaceful world. The plot transition and developments take it to the point where it becomes a story of struggle for world domination and the numerous plot-twists make it an exciting watch for the viewer. The best thing about Code Geass is that it does not disappoint as a sequel and in fact manages to keep up with the expectations of the fans.
2. Gundam Unicorn
This easily ranks among the best Mecha anime with the extraordinary animation and soundtrack that makes it a remarkable experience. The finesse of the characters and the incredible plot only make things better. The space battles were stunning in HD courtesy of the amazing work in animation.
3. Macross Frontier
While the predecessor of this anime, Macross Delta was disappointing, Macross Frontier did make up for that with some amazing animation work. The space music battles are one of the best things about Macross Frontier and the viewers are also in awe about the mecha designs that can be seen here.
4. Gundam 00
When the first season of an anime is too impressive, there is always a fear of a disappointing second season. Gundam 00 managed to alienate all such fears and came up with a great second season. While the subplot consisting of Saji and Louise can be a little disappointing, the makers surely make up for that with the introduction of some exciting new characters for the second season. The fans are also going to be delighted about the screen-time devoted to Lockon and the complete ending.
5. Neon Genesis Evangelion
One of the unique features of this particular anime is the several references to Judeo-Christianity and the plot which derives from the concept of the same. Some of the characters in this anime such as Shinji Ikari and Asuka are loved by the fans and their believable traits and relatable features make them all the more interesting for the audiences. The designing of the angels, the sequence of the angels attacking the city and many other moments make it an exciting watch. The ending, however, is not for all to grasp and comprehend.
6. Gurren Lagann
If you love anime and are up for incredibly constructed action sequences of the highest order, then Gurren Lagann is a must watch Mecha anime for you. There are some moments that bring tears to the audiences and comprehending the teachings of Kamina would make you a real man. The series is not short but it was still one of the most popular anime when it came out.
7. Gundam Seed
Many people complain about weak storylines in case of Mecha Animes. Gundam Seed manages to be an exception and boasts of a gripping tale and characters like Lacus who are loved by the fans. The emotions and the mood of this anime are constructed beautifully in the garb of amazing OP and ED. Some excellent battleships and glamorous battle sequences make Gundam seed a must-watch for the fans.
8. Eureka Seven
The protagonist of this anime is a 14-year-old but that takes nothing away from some amazing characters in the anime and the interesting plot that revolves around them. Even with as many as 50 episodes, this does not feel prolonged and manages to hold your attention with its twists and turns and battle sequences.
9. Full Metal Panic
The storyline of Full Metal Panic is a wonderful synthesis of sadness, fun, and plot-twists. With great music, wonderful chemistry between the characters, and some catchy songs, Full Metal Panic is sure to catch your fancy once you start on the show.
10. Armored Trooper Votoms
The story of Armored Trooper Votoms revolves around the character Chirico Cuvie, who was assigned an espionage mission. The mission fails and he ends up being abandoned to the enemy forces of Balarant Union. It is then that Chirico unravels the truth behind the mission. Apart from such a gripping story, the anime is known for gritty action scenes.
11. Gundam Build Fighters
There is a reason as to why the fans of this anime refer to it as the Gundam Heaven. This is because of numerous Gundam characters who are seen in cameos and due to the iconic Gundam designs. Some of the fight sequences in Gundam Build Fighters are among the best in Mecha animation but at the same time, the series has a content which is suitable for children.
12. King of Braves Gaogaigar
In this Mecha anime, an alien race called the Zonderians seeks to turn humans into robots. The secret organization named the Gutsy Geoid Guards stand against them and the show boasts of some stunning hot-blooded heroes. There is plenty of super robot action and although it is mainly for the kids, adults can enjoy their fair share of fun from this mecha anime.
13. Super Dimensional Forces Macross
In the Super Dimensional Forces Macross, the discovery of an alien battleship on Earth helps the humans to make advancements in their technology. Soon this development comes in handy as an alien race called Zentraedi is up for invading Earth. This Mecha anime has some dogfight sequences and action scenes which are enough to give you the goosebumps. The love stories in the backdrop of such drama and action make for a unique synthesis and the show is boosted further with the addition of some beautiful songs.
14. Mobile Police Patlabor
This has the right amount of thrills for the audiences and is about a story where the rogue robots are being destructive and it is all up to the Police Department to use their robots effectively to stop them. The action sequences, the interesting narratives and the overall nature of the storytelling are sure to get you hooked on.
The story of this mecha anime is about some giant robots being intelligently maneuvered to prevent the aliens from destroying Earth. It centers around Kazumi Amano who is among the finest pilot candidates and the hopes of the planet rest on her.
16. Giant Robo the Animation
The Day the Earth Stood Still: This is regarded as a fine work in the world of mecha anime and deals with a concept we can easily associate with. It tells the story of humanity’s overdependence on one particular energy source and the ill-effects of that.
17. Mobile Suit Gundam
The 08th MS Team: This series does not fail to impress and much like the others in the Gundam series it manages to leave an impact with its power-packed storytelling and action scenes.
18. Aldnoah Zero
If you are up for an intriguing story surrounding an inter-galactic war between Mars and Earth, then Aldnoah Zero is the perfect mecha anime for you. The battles become interesting as they are a fight between the overpowering negative forces and the weaker forces who have to prevail against them.
19. Macross Plus
This has all the complications to make for an exciting plot. From love triangles to shimmering rivalry, the show impresses with its mere four episodes.
20. Top wo Nerae
This is a mecha anime that makes your mind exercise at it comprehends concepts such as space travel and Schwarzschild radius. The mecha lovers do not miss out on this show.
21. Megazone 23
This is one of the instances that prove that the world of anime was ahead of its time in many cases. This anime was brought out even before the Matrix series came out, but the concepts can be seen in Megazone 23 and it is among the finest of mecha anime.
22. Tenkai Knights
This is relatively simple among the mecha animes and is mainly aimed at a young audience. The story has a simple narrative which mainly focuses on the fight between the good and the bad forces that take place.
With so many viable options, it is time that you delved into the interesting world of Mecha anime. The pure entertainment and sheer delight is going to leave you amazed at the wonderful genre.