What are the best mecha anime?

The mecha genre has been part of anime since the day the first episode of Astro Boy aired and it's a genre that has stood the test of time and has remained a popular genre through the years. If you're new to the whole genre, you've got plenty of great shows to watch. Check them out below.

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    #1Neon Genesis Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion is an action drama mecha anime released in 1995 which was created by Hideaki Anno by the studios Gainax and Tatsunoko Production. It centers on Shinji Ikari who was recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots. 

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    Cheng Chang
    Written on 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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    #2Code Geass

    Code Geass

    Code Geass (Lelouch of the Rebellion) is an anime series created by Sunrise. It tells the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia as it conquers the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11.

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    Benjamin Stanley
    Written on 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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    #3Mobile Suit Gundam

    Mobile Suit Gundam

    Mobile Suit Gundam is a military science fiction mecha anime series directed and written by Yoshiyuki Tomino. This story is set on the year 2179 in the series during the One Year War.

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    Bobby Hayes
    Written on 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!"

DID YOU KNOW?

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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    #4Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Kôdo giasu: Hangyaku no rurûshu) is an action-adventure anime series sequel for Code Geass created by Sunrise. This anime was directed by Goro Taniguchi and written by Ichiro Okouchi.

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    Eugene Day
    Written on 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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    #5Eureka Seven

    Eureka Seven

    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.

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    Jim Gao
    Written on 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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    #6Full Metal Panic!

    Full Metal Panic!

    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.

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    Xu Pan
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Such a funny lit classic anime from childhood! Chidori is the best tsundere I can think of!"
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    #7Macross Frontier

    Macross Frontier

    Macross Frontier is an action space opera mecha anime created by Shoji Kawamori and starred by Aya Endô, Jun Fukuyama, and Kikuko Inoue. This tells the story of a Colonial Fleet traveling into space.

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    Thomas Jenkins
    Written on 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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    #8Kakumeiki Valvrave

    Kakumeiki Valvrave

    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.

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    Ishan Das
    Written on 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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    #9Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

    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.

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    James Austin
    Written on 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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    #10The Vision of Escaflowne

    The Vision of Escaflowne

    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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    Diana Carlson
    Written on 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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    #11Knights of Sidonia

    Knights of Sidonia
    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. 
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    Christopher Hudson
    Written on 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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    #12Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

    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.

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    Andy Gu
    Written on 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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    #13Mobile Suit Gundam 00

    Mobile Suit Gundam 00

    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.

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    Lee Mao
    Written on 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."

Summary

Best What are the best mecha anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Neon Genesis EvangelionTV Shows 18 Paid
2Code GeassTV Shows 15 Paid
3Mobile Suit GundamTV Shows 11 Paid
4Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionTV Shows 4 Paid
5Eureka SevenTV Shows 3 Paid
6Full Metal Panic!TV Shows 3 Paid
7Macross FrontierTV Shows 3 Paid
8Kakumeiki ValvraveTV Shows 1 Paid
9Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannTV Shows 0 Paid
10The Vision of EscaflowneTV Shows 0 Paid
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