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What are the best mecha anime?

Japan and giant robots have had a long history together. Whenever you hear about a humanoid machine stomping around, it probably came straight out of an anime. But, what is mecha anime? It's a genre of Japanese cartoons that revolves around robots. More often than not, you can't have a good mecha anime to watch without a full-scale battle between robots. Still, it's not all about fighting, carnage, and destruction. The tone of each anime can vary from comedic to dramatic or anywhere between. Some mecha anime even have robots that are like actual superheroes in a sub-genre known as "super robot." There are also some that feature robots piloted by humans, a sub-genre that's called "real robot." With roots that date back to the late 1950s, the mecha genre is one of the oldest types of anime. It's been used as a vehicle to tell stories about war. Most of them feature kids that are barely teenagers who have to overcome a world where every day could be their last. Apart from that, kids go crazy for mecha anime toys so it comes as no surprise that there's a huge industry of model builders for that. Not to mention the number of mecha video games available on the market. There are plenty of options for the best mecha anime to start with if you haven't yet watched a single series. Choosing the best mecha anime is no easy task with all the hundreds of possible shows to choose from. Still, we like the challenge. Here's a list of what we think are the best mecha anime of all time!

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  1. 1Code Geass

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    It's impossible to not have Code Geass is the best mecha anime list. It's about the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia which conquers the country of Japan known as Area 11.

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  1. 2Neon Genesis Evangelion

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    If you're looking for the best mecha anime series, then you're in luck. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an action drama anime released in 1995. It was created by Hideaki Anno and Gainax studios.

  2. 3Mobile Suit Gundam

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    If we're talking about the best robot anime series, there's no anime more classic than Mobile Suit Gundam. It's one of the most popular military science fiction mecha anime to date.

  1. 4Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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    For any top mecha anime list, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is always a good inclusion. For fans who loved the first series, you're definitely going to love this sequel.

  2. 5Macross Frontier

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    The action space opera, Macross Frontier, is another anime series where fans can find mech-on-mech action. The story follows a Colonial Fleet traveling into space in search of new horizons.

  3. 6Eureka Seven

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    Eureka Seven is an adventure drama mecha anime series created by Bones and directed by Tomoki Kyoda. This tells the story of Renton Thurston who joined the renegade group Gekkostate.

  4. 7Full Metal Panic!

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    Full Metal Panic! is an action-comedy romance mecha anime based on the light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. This tells the story of Kaname Chidori being guarded by Sousuke Sagara.

  5. 8Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, also known as Gurren Lagann, is an action-adventure mecha anime aired in 2007. This tells the story of Simon and Kamina who became symbols of rebellion against the Spiral King who isolated mankind.

  6. 9Knights of Sidonia

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    Knights of Sidonia is an anime show on Netflix that tells us the story of a hero that rises to save a world that's also a spaceship under siege by an alien threat. The show is based on the popular manga and is a fantastic sample of science fiction mecha anime. 
  7. 10Mobile Suit Gundam 00

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    Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is an anime television series, the eleventh installment in Sunrise studio's long-running Gundam franchise. It is directed by Seiji Mizushima, written by Yōsuke Kuroda, and features character designs by Yun Kōga.

  8. 11Kakumeiki Valvrave

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    Kakumeiki Valvrave, also known as Valvrave the Liberator, is a sci-fi action drama tragedy mecha anime produced by Sunrise. This tells the story of Haruto Tokishima who discovers a powerful machine.

  9. 12Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

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    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise.

  10. 13The Vision of Escaflowne

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    The Vision of Escaflowne is a fantasy romance anime directed by Kazuki Akane and written by Shoji Kawamori released in 1996. It follows the adventures of Hitomi Kanzaki after she is transported to the world of Gaea. 

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The term "mecha" was a universal term to describe anything mechanical in Japan? They used it as a descriptive term for anything from cars, toasters, and radios to computers. Of course, it was also used to describe robots as well. In the West though, its use is being used to describe robot anime. In mecha anime, the robots are usually vehicles or extensive, full-body "armor". These robots, piloted by humans, serve a purpose in battle. Mecha parts are quite advanced and offer a range of weapons as well as complete mobility. In some cases, it even has flight capabilities and super-strength.

The first giant robot anime was Tetsujin-28, based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s manga of the same name. Legendary creator Go Nagai changed the way we see giant robots forever. It was with Mazinger Z. A series that made the bold choice to have people pilot their robots from the inside. In 1979, the genre kicked off with Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Gundam series. Along with 1982’s Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Many considered them as some of the best mecha anime ever created. They established real robot anime as featuring lighter, more agile robots. It also showed these robots shows as having a more militaristic setting. They even inspired some mech games that released in the years to come. Most people would attribute mecha anime as being more action-oriented shows. There are plenty of sub-genres or themes found here though. Romance mecha anime themes are also present within the Mobile Suit Gundam universe. This includes Super Dimension Fortress Macross and shows like The Vision of Escaflowne.

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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "I'm a real man but I was almost moved to tears by the time I reach near the ending! Why Lelouch??? His purpose has been served so he deemed it best to be ended. What a great great sacrifice on his part! I might consider watching this anime again. Might as well name this as one of the best mecha anime of all time"
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    Code Geass
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2019
    "Gurren Lagann is sort of an enigma and is a bit hard to truly explain to someone. It's one of those rare "super robot" shows that was really popular back in the day. That is probably why it was so charming for me to watch and it doesn't take itself too seriously."
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    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2019
    "I didn't really think much of this show when I first saw it. The animation was a bit daunting at first but you get used to it after a few episodes. What makes it great is the solid story and is a proper sci-fi story all the way."
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    Knights of Sidonia
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "This is game is such a classic with its philosophies applicable up to today. I couldn't be more thankful for having to watch this classic anime which I can apply to the real world. One of the best mecha anime IMO"
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2019
    "Most would argue that this show is basically the sequel or spiritual successor to Gundam Wing and they would be right about that. It builds upon the concept and improves upon it in almost every single aspect."
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    Mobile Suit Gundam 00
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2019
    "It's one of the best Gundam series ever and one of the best mecha anime made it big in the West during the 90s and is still an amazing show despite its age. Be sure to check this one out."
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    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "I admire how Sunrise produces the best mecha animes there are such as Kakumeiki. The plot is kinda tragic I found it hard to watch this up to the end but somehow I was able to manage."
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    Kakumeiki Valvrave
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    Anonymous
    October 8, 2019
    "I love this show and it's one of my all-time favorite shows ever. The story is lovely and romantic but it also appeals to guys with plenty of cool fights and mecha anime action."
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    The Vision of Escaflowne
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "One of the best mechas I was able to watch when I was younger. Superb fighting graphics indeed! Sure the best mecha anime to watch when I was younger!"
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    Mobile Suit Gundam
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "No one can get wrong with watching CG. This is totally lit and really heroic! I couldn't admire Lelouch more for what he did."
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    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "for a mecha anime this one is sure to be relatable. the protags are kids even tho im not anymore a kid but im a kid at heart"
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    Eureka Seven
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "This one's an undiscovered gem on my bucketlist! So good for an anime! I'm glad I watched this."
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    Macross Frontier
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    Anonymous
    January 21, 2019
    "Such a funny lit classic anime from childhood! Chidori is the best tsundere I can think of!"
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    Full Metal Panic!
This list is about What are the best mecha anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Code GeassTV Shows 12 Paid
2Neon Genesis EvangelionTV Shows 11 Paid
3Mobile Suit GundamTV Shows 10 Paid
4Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionTV Shows 6 Paid
5Macross FrontierTV Shows 5 Paid
6Eureka SevenTV Shows 4 Paid
7Full Metal Panic!TV Shows 3 Paid
8Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannTV Shows 2 Paid
9Knights of SidoniaTV Shows 0 Paid
10Mobile Suit Gundam 00TV Shows 0 Paid
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