Mecha is a popular anime genre. It’s the stuff of dreams. Mecha enthusiasts have been drawn to the concept of a giant robot that needs compatible pilots in order to defeat alien threats. The modern interpretation of mecha explores interesting ideas about human nature, and the challenges young pilots face when handling super-robots. This formula was used to create the Sci-Fi Psychological Drama mecha and the Action Sci-Fi mecha series. This concept is used in anime and movies that feature science fiction, fantasy and horror. Robots of all sizes, magic robots, exoskeletons and armor dominate the Mecha series.
It is difficult to find mecha anime that are good, since the mecha genre has been around for so long. Here are our top picks to see the best mecha anime for mecha lovers.
A high school student finds himself in the middle of an action-packed anime called Guilty Crown thanks to his ability unlock the mysteries at the GHQ, Funeral Parlor and Lost Christmas. However, his discovery of the truth will come at a higher price than he ever expected.
2039 is the year. The year 2039 is a decade ago. An apocalyptic epidemic, also known as “Lost Christmas,” infected the nation. It forced Japan, once proud, to fall under the control of GHQ, an independent military force. Gai Tsutsugami is the leader of the Funeral Parlor and represents the only resistance to GHQ’s brutal regime.
Inori Yuzuriha is a key member of Funeral Parlor. He meets Shuu Ouma who is weak and socially awkward. This results in Inori gaining the “Power of Kings”, a skill that allows one to create the representations of a person’s mind, or “voids”. Shuu now reluctantly joins the fight against GHQ must learn how to harness this power if he wants to help in the reunification of Japan.
Code Geass – Lelouch for the Rebellion
Sunrise animation studio developed Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch. The original series was also designed by Clamp, an all-female Japanese manga artist group. Britannia was established in 2010 as a dominant military country after it conquered Japan and renamed it Area 11. There have been numerous attempts to regain independence under the tyrannical rule these tyrants.
Lelouch Lamperouge is caught in the crossfire as a rebel armed force attacks Britannian forces in Area 11. C.C., a mysterious girl, grants them Geass, “The Power of Kings.” They are able to escape and he embarks on a dangerous journey as Zero leading an attack against Britannia.
The Vision Of Escaflowne
Van Fanel, a boy from Van Fanel, appears out of nowhere one night with a vicious dragon. Hitomi’s premonition helped Van kill the dragon and take her home via an interstellar portal. They see Earth suspended in space, as though it were another planet.
Hitomi quickly discovers that Van is the prince in a kingdom called Fanelia. This kingdom soon falls under Zaibach’s control. Van attempted to fight off his family’s old guymelef Escaflowne, but failed and Fanelia was decimated. Hitomi and Van go on the run when they meet an Asturian knight called Allen Schezar. It was shocking to her that the face of Allen Schezar looked exactly like her Earth crush. Van and Hitomi are aided by new friends as they fight against the forces Zaibach. The Empire is determined to restore an ancient power.
Darling in the FranXXX
FranXX is a mecha that can be used to fight giant Klaxosaurs. It’s only possible to pilot FranXX in boy-girl pairs. These children were bred to fight the monsters that threaten humanity and have no other interests than their sole purpose.
Hiro, an aspiring pilot for FranXXX, lost his motivation after failing an aptitude test. Hiro skips the graduation ceremony at his school and retreats to a forest, where he meets a mysterious girl who has two horns growing from her head. After introducing herself to Hiro as Zero Two, the “Partner Killer”, pilot of FranXXX, a Klaxosaur attacked the Plantation before Hiro could digest the encounter. Zero Two engages the creature in her FranXX and the ship crashes close to Hiro. Zero Two discovers her partner is dead and invites Hiro into the mecha to pilot it. The two defeat the Klaxosaur easily in the subsequent battle. Hiro now has a partner to make amends for past mistakes, but at what price?
Infinite Stratos (I.S. The exoskeleton weapon, developed by Japan, cannot be controlled by women. An international treaty bans its use as an military asset despite its combat prowess and power.
The Infinite Stratos Academy, an all-female school where students can graduate to become I.S. pilots. It is discovered that Ichika Orimura, a 15-year-old boy, is the only person capable of controlling an I.S. The 15-year-old Ichika Orimura is forced to enroll. Ichika made new friends at the training school and reconnected with his childhood friends Lingyin Huang and Houki Shinono, as well as Cecilia Alcott, British IS representative. Chifuyu Orimura (the legendary pilot and Ichika’s older sister) is their homeroom teacher. They will have to be able to defend themselves against the dangers they face during this exciting school life full of victories and losses.
The Big O
Paradigm City is a city of belonging and amnesia. Paradigm City was ravaged by a disaster 40 years ago. The city is still populated with people from the past and the ruins that they left behind. Roger Smith shines through the fog of mystery. Roger Smith is self-described a ladies’ man and he loves black funeral dresses. Roger is a professional negotiator, and a sophisticated agent.
Roger may start out as a negotiator but his deep involvement in Paradigm leads him to solving crimes and saving the town. Roger becomes even more fascinated by the city’s hidden secrets as he does so. Things are not always as they seem. Roger is a grey knight in a gray world. But he’s not the only one. He has a loyal butler named Norman, and an android-like human named Dorothy by his side. They help Roger unravel a 40-year-old plot using Big O, a mecha-sized jet-black relic.
Naota Nandaba is a sixth-grader who lives in an ordinary town where nothing extraordinary happens. Everything his brother left behind, from his top bunk bed to his ex girlfriend, who hasn’t stopped hugging him ever since Tasuku left town to play baseball in America.
Naota doesn’t know that his daily life is about to change. Haruko Haruhara is a pink-haired psychopath, who rides a Vespa, and holds a guitar. He leads Naota to his first encounter. The young boy is caught up in the greatest conflict on Earth, possibly even in all of history, when Haruko invades his parents’ home and disturbs Naota’s peace and quiet.
San Magnolia claims that there have been no casualties in its war against the Giadian Empire. However, this is propaganda. Eighty-five of the Republic’s sectors have silver-haired Albas, while the remaining 86 factions are hidden in secret areas. They are known as the Eighty-Six and fight against the Empire’s autonomous Legion, which is under the control of the Republican Handlers.
Vladilena Miliz, the Handler’s successor, has been assigned to Spearhead Squadron. Despite the inhumane treatment she received by her peers for being an Eighty-Six fan, she continues to be active in activism. Shinei Nouzen is the leader of the Spearhead Squadron. Shinei Nouzen is the only survivor of all the squadrons he served in. He insists on honoring the names and wishes his fallen comrades. Are these two young people from different worlds able to ignite a fire that leads them to their salvation or do they end up in despair?
Humanity is making its first steps towards exploring the far reaches and future of the galaxy. They discovered an armada if insectoid aliens called “Space Monsters” that are determined to destroy humans as they move closer to the planet Earth. Humanity responded by creating giant fighting robots that can be piloted by youths from all over the world.
In the wake of the discovery of aliens, Noriko Takaya (the daughter of a starship captain who passed away years ago) enrolls at a pilot training school, despite doubts about her abilities. Kazumi Amano (her polar opposite), is there and they meet. She finds herself in an unexpected situation where she can work with her to overcome war traumas and manage their emotions.
Renton Thurston is a Bellforest-born 14-year-old boy who lives in the backwater community. Renton Thurston wants to move on from his normal life to join Gekkostate to experience some adventure and escape his daily grind. Renton is adamant that he will follow his father’s footsteps and continue his grandfather’s passion for mechanics. His only joy comes from riding Trapar waves particles, which are scattered throughout the air. It’s a similar pastime to surfing.
Renton’s garage is flooded with an unknown object. It turns out to be the Nirvash TypeZERO, a robot capable riding the Trapar waves. The driver of the robot, Eureka, was the one who crashed through it. She asks for a tune-up of the Nirvash. Renton begins his involvement in the Gekkostate after their meeting. He takes off with Eureka to be the Nirvash’s co-pilot.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Hideaki Anno wrote the Tale of the Heroic Boy in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Yet, hidden secrets began to emerge beneath the surface of this psychological drama. 2015 is a critical year for the world. The Earth is at risk of being destroyed. Humanity’s last hope is Nerv, a U.N. special agency, and their dangerous Evangelions.
Gendou Ikari, the head of the organization seeks out pilots who are compatible and able to realize their full potential. Talented personnel such as Misato Katsuragi (Director of Tactical Operations) and Ritsuko Takagi (Chief Scientist) are key to the defense. Shinji Ikari’s father meets him for the first time in many years. His life is forever changed when he is swept into Nerv where he must be Evangelion Unit-01 pilot and save humanity.
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
An unknown group kidnaps Kenshi Masaki and takes him to Geminar. He agrees to kill Lashara Aasu XXVIII to bring him home. This is done using a huge robot called the Sacred Mechanoid. Lashara observes Kenshi’s capabilities as her army battles them. She demands that Kenshi be killed. However, she discovers that her attacker is male. This is quite rare for a Geminar.
She realizes that killing him would be a wasteful act of violence, so she orders Kenshi as her attendant. Lashara asks Kenshi if he will accompany her to Holy Land where Sacred Mechanoid pilots can hone their skills. Kenshi doesn’t understand, despite his presence at the academy. It could lead to world warfare.
Knight’s & Magic
Tsubasa Kurata, a modern Japanese character who was killed in a car accident, is reborn in Fremmevilla Kingdom where powerful mechs called Silhouette Knights battle terrifying demons. After being born to a noble Ernesti Echevarria family, he enrolls at the Royal Laihaila Academy. He is gifted with incredible magical abilities. The Silhouette Knights School prepares young people to fly the Silhouette Knights, and protect the kingdom against demonic and human threats. Ernesti, Archid Olter and twins Adeltrud aspire to one day create a Silhouette Knight. This feat has been impossible for many centuries.
Full Metal Panic
Private military organization Mithril has cutting-edge weaponry, specialized troops and is geared towards eliminating all threats to peace on Earth including terrorist attacks. The Whispered are individuals with intuition and the ability create powerful machines and devices. They make up a significant part of the organization’s strength. Sousuke Sgara (17-year-old Mithril sergeant) has been assigned as the Whispered candidate Kanamechidori’s protector.
His job is to fit in with her classmates and not reveal his true identity. He also has to make sure she doesn’t fall for enemy hands by being as close as possible to her high school class. Susuke has to adjust to normal school life because he was raised in a battle zone and has never lived with a typical high school student. The enemy is already making its moves and Sousuke will soon discover that the Whispered girl’s adversary is someone he is very familiar with.
Once upon a time, humans were able to travel to Mars via a hypergate found on the Moon. Aldnoah was a technologically advanced planet discovered by the settlers. It was far more advanced than what they had on Earth. This discovery led to the creation of the Vers Empire on Mars, and the war against the Earthlings. The battle resulted in the explosion of the hypergate, which caused the destruction of the Moon. This left the planets with an uneasy ceasefire.
Their peace was however fragile. Inaho Kaizuka, a high school student, witnesses a plot against Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia from the Vers Empire. She has come to Earth in order to restore the relationship between her homeland of the Empire. The ceasefire was broken when the Terrans were attacked again by the Martians. Inaho and his companions must now confront this formidable enemy to end the war against Vers Empire.
Valvrave the Liberator
In the 71st Year of the True Era, the human race expanded into space and established independent galactic colonies. World affairs are governed by two major nations: the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS) and the Dorssia Military Pact Federation (Dorssia)-superpowers with a long history of conflict on Earth and in outer space. In this war-torn age, Japan and the Islands of the Oceanian Republics (JIOR) are thriving economically and maintaining neutrality with their armed neighbours.
The story starts in JIOR, an outer space colony. Haruto Tokishima (17) is plagued by intrusions by Dorssian ships. Sakimori Academy is Haruto’s school. It houses a rumored secret weapon called Valvrave. This weapon is a powerful and mechanized weapon that hides deep inside. During the chaos that ensues, Haruto comes across one of the targeted Valvraves. Haruto finds his friends in danger and enters the mecha to get its power. He also gives up his humanity. Haruto is assisted by L-elf (a skilled strategist and mysterious Dorsian agent), and they begin a revolution to liberate the world.
Gargantia on Verdurous Planet
In the far future, the Galactic Alliance of Humanity was founded to protect the well-being of mankind and promote exploration into space. The threat of Hideauze, strange creatures that threaten humanity’s survival, led to an interstellar conflict. Ledo (16), a Galactic Alliance lieutenant carries a chamber. This is an autonomous robot that fights monsters. After losing control of the battle, Ledo crashes on a wet Earth.
Gargantia, a blue planet resident, takes Chamber from the ocean and believes they have reclaimed some valuable material from the ocean. Ledo misunderstands Gargantia’s actions as hostility and sneaks aboard the ship to take Amy hostage. However, he later discovers that they aren’t as dangerous as he thought. Ledo is unable to communicate with his space comrades, which makes it difficult for him to adjust to his new surroundings. But, Ledo’s peaceful days are soon over, as the ocean-covered world has more secrets than you may think.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
After a mysterious spaceship crashes into Earth, humanity realizes they are not the only ones. In the face of potential space threats, the United Nations unites the world and puts aside conflicting national interests. U.N. forces repurposed the alien spacecraft and gave it the name SDF-1 Macross. SDF-1 Macross shoots down an intruder squadron Zentradi spaceships, sparking intergalactic warfare.
Macross attempts escape to the lunar orbit but the ship it is in is teleported along with its city. Minmay Lynn, a singer and Hikaru Ichijou (acrobat pilot), find themselves caught in the middle. They embark on an epic journey together with Macross’ crew and face the horrors of war as they go.
Mobile Suit Gundam00
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the story of Celestial Being Gundam Misters Setsuna F. Seiei Lockon Stratos Allelujah Haaptism and Tieria Erde. These four men embark on a deadly battle between three superpowers to achieve their goal of changing world.
The end result will be a global energy crisis like none before. Humanity began to look for other energy sources, such as solar power, out of fear and retaliation. A variety of countries have joined hands to form three main factions: The Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations (USEFN), the Advanced European Union (AEU), and the Human Reform League. Each sector has its own solar power generators that provide unlimited energy.
This has resulted in years of conflict and internal strife among countries that used to be dependent on fossil fuel sales. Unidentified paramilitary groups emerged in the midst all this chaos, claiming to be “Celestial Being”, and threatening to end all wars using mysterious, technologically advanced Mobile Suits called Gundams.
After a devastating war against the Zentradi, a fleet of colonial vessels called the Macross Frontier have escaped the Zentradi. The threat of extraterrestrials is fading further away from the Macross Frontier, but life on Macross Frontier goes on as normal.
The year 2059 is the time that Sheryl Nome, a famous singer, is visiting Macross Frontier to perform a concert. Alto Saotome, a young pilot trainee in mechas is also attending the concert. The Vajra, an alien race made up of biomechanical components appears in the middle of the performance. It crashes-landing close to the venue and breaking through the protective perimeter around the vessel, bringing the city to a halt. The Vajra is poised to attack Ranka Lee, a young girl. Alto saves her life just in time to prevent it from being too late. His recruitment is done by the Strategic Military Services Program. This program targets him as an alien threat combatant.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Simon and Kamina were raised in an underground village deep below the Earth’s surface. Kamina, a young boy with no ambitions, is an ambitious, loose-canonist who wants to make his mark. Simon is a shy, timid boy. Simon finds a mysterious object hidden in the Earth, which turns out to be the key for an ancient artifact from war. The duo call it Lagann. Kamina, Simon and Yoko Littner use their new weapon to withstand a surprise assault from the surface.
After the battle, the sky is clearly visible, prompting Simon, Kamina and Yoko, to set out on an expedition to explore wastelands beneath the surface. They join forces with other survivors to attempt to reclaim surface. They battle Beastmen, humanoid creatures that wield weapons called “Gunmen.” While battling these new enemies, they persevere and continue unravelling the mysteries of the planet.
Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans
Over three hundred years have passed since the Calamity War ended, which was the last major conflict between Earth’s outer space colonies and Earth. The military organization Gjallarhorn, which is responsible for maintaining peace on Earth’s economic blocs, currently controls four of them. Mars’ economy is therefore very dependent on Earth.
Kudelia Aina Berstein, a Chryse Autonomous Region aristocrat, was inspired to help Mars by seeing the terrible conditions Mars’ inhabitants endured. She hires the services a local security firm, Chryse Guard Security, (CGS), to negotiate economic terms with a regional block. Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka are just a few of the child soldiers she has hired to guard her.
Gjallarhorn is trying to assassinate young revolutionary. Orga and his allies need to stop the attackers from achieving this goal. These children may be triggered by their actions, and they might not realize it.
Patlabor: The Mobile Police
Humanity and technology are evolving together. Engineers created the “Labors” robots to assist workers. They are used by many people every day. But criminals can gain access to these Labors and use them for their own purposes.
To combat this new type of criminality, police officers around the globe have started to use patlabors (patlabors) to patrol labor. Noa Izumi, a rookie officer in the Patlabor unit gets her own suit to combat crime. This machine is named Alphonse by Noa Izumi and she works tirelessly with her peers to protect civilization from the danger posed to it by those who would misuse this advanced technology to harm other people.
Izumi will become more embedded in her unit and must learn to effectively navigate her professional as well as social spheres. Asuma Shinohara and Isao Ohta are her brigade. Together, they fight conspiratorial plots and work revolts and other supernatural beings.
Votoms for Armored Troopers
Between warring star system warring systems, nearly 200 worlds were engulfed by the flames and destruction of war in the last century. The Astragius Galaxy now enjoys an uneasy truce. Chirico Cuvie is a special forces pilot with powered-armor and has been suddenly sent on a highly secretive mission to steal military secrets from his military. He must escape from his military in the end!
Chirico, unsure of his loyalty is left behind in space to starve. Both conspirators and military intelligence are now looking for a renegade who survived on his own. The image of a beautiful and mysterious woman is his only clue to unraveling their shady scheme. However, conspirators will do anything to keep their agenda alive.
King Of Braves Gaogaigar
In 2005, an alien race called Zonders attacks Tokyo, Japan. The secret agency known as Gutsy Geoid Guard (3G), and its ultimate weapon, GaoGaiGar, can stop this creature. GaoGaiGar’s pilot is Guy Shishio an ex-astronaut who was almost killed by the Zonders two years ago.
Galeon, a mysterious robot-lion-like creature, saved Guy from the burning shuttle. Guy’s father Leo rebuilt his son with Galeon technology to stop the aliens from appearing. Galeon is the GaoGaiGar’s core, and he now fights for Earth protection. He is assisted by Mamoru, a young boy who can purify the Zonders’ cores.
While enjoying summer camp, a group of 15 kids discovers a grotto near the sea. The group enters the mysterious location to discover a room filled with computers and Kokopelli. He identifies himself the owner. He says he is currently working on a videogame that involves 15 alien invasions and is defended by a giant robotic robot. Kokopelli, despite not having investigated the game, convinces all the children to sign a contract.
Things quickly get worse after contracts have been signed. Bokurano’s children will now be required to pilot Zearth one at a time in order to defeat the enemies along the way. Kokopelli, however, left out one crucial piece of information: The energy source for Zearth, the gigantic robot.
Athens and Krisna, both on the continent of Cruzon are at the edge of war. The people of this land can use quartz in whatever way they like. Rygart Arrow is an exception. An un-sorcerer is a person who cannot use quartz. This characteristic will allow him to control an ancient Golem that is strong enough to withstand the Invasion at Athens.
Gaddam Seed’s mobile suit, the Gaddam Seed Mobile Suit, is created in the year Cosmic Era 0171. Heliopolis serves as neutral territory during the great war between Naturals and Coordinators. Naturals are people whose inherited traits were altered and Coordinators who have lost theirs. To escape the hatred of the Coordinators, the Naturals became angry at them and sought refuge in manmade colonies.
Kira Yamato, Coordinator, is thrown off her feet when ZAFT, a military organization made up of rebellious Coordinators attacks Heliopolis to steal the Gundam, the most recent mobile armor.
ZAFT escapes along with four mobile suits. Kira, however, is forced to take control of the Strike Gundam. The battle is won by the young soldiers. Kira and his friends are then able to join the crew on the Archangel, an Earth Alliance ship. The young soldiers are subject to the horrors and consequences of war and loss.
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Ayato Kamina, a high school student in Tokyo, is suddenly attacked by futuristic fighter planes. Haruka Shitow is a woman who claims to be working for TERRA, a government-funded agency. He reveals to her that he was living in Tokyo Jupiter, a time-bubble created by the Mulians, sentient beings of another dimension. This bubble was used to isolate and overthrow Tokyo. TERRA has worked tirelessly to break the city’s wall since then.
Ayato is unable to grasp the truth and runs away. Reika Mishima is Ayato’s classmate and leads him to “The Shrine of Xephon” where he discovers a large egg. Ayato is suddenly possessed by a strange power that connects him to RahXephon. The egg then breaks free. Haruka finds him again and wants to recruit him against the Mulians. He is being harassed by Terra and Mulians, and is forced to face altered memories.
In 2032, Tokyo was destroyed by the Second Great Kanto Earthquake. MegaTokyo is now a rebirth of the city, built by gigantic mechanical beasts known as Boomers. Originally created to be helpful, Genom has now created Boomers that can fight fiercely and disguise themselves as human beings.
The A.D. Police is a new unit of police that focuses on combating Boomer-related crime. The A.D. Police, which are weaker than the Boomers and overburdened by crimes, present little challenge to them. Knight Sabers, a mysterious vigilante group that wears power suits more advanced than the military, is the only group that citizens have protection from. Sylia Stingray is their leader. Linna Yamazaki and Nene Romanova are there to assist with any Boomer who steps outside the line.
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