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.