Top 5 Mecha Anime of all Time

Top 5 Mecha anime of all time

Anime as a medium hosts numerous amounts of series belonging to different genres, but some of its most influential series and industry-defining tropes belong to one genre that the medium has helped define over the years, Mecha Anime. Arguably one of the most beloved genres around the world: –

  • The Mecha trope itself found its origins back in Japan with its entertainment breakthrough with the Tokusatsu line such as Super Sentai
  • It was popularized in the West by the localization of Toei’s genre-defining franchise, The Transformers.

But even with such a historic pedigree, only a few stand at the top as some of the greatest technological symphonies ever put to screen, and here is our list to commemorate them.

Top 5 Mecha Anime of all Time

1) Gurren Lagann

Super Tengen Toppa
Image Courtesy: Studio Gainax
  • Studio – Gainax
  • Season – Summer 2007
  • Genre – Action, Mecha
  • Japanese Name – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Words can’t begin to describe how much of an industry monument Gurren Lagann has become even a decade and a half after its release. It has a storyline full of dopamine-inducing action that just leaves you with a thirst for more, and its characters are written with a level of care that you won’t find in many modern productions, the series also delves into the themes of imposter syndrome and the human spirit.

It truly is a final love letter from Gainax and the production team that left the studio shortly after its production.

2) Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

  • Studio – Sunrise
  • Season – Fall 2006
  • Genre – Drama, Mecha
  • Japanese Name – Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

As one of the few anime original Mecha Anime on the list, Code Geass is legendary for the fame it has garnered over the years. Not only has it served as a gateway anime for many people across the world, but it also hosts arguably one of the greatest sci-fi political plots in the anime medium. With its iconic cast of morally gray characters and themes of rebellion, corruption, and sacrifice.

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3) Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Studio – Gainax
  • Season – Fall 1995
  • Genre – Mecha, Horror
  • Japanese Name – Shinseiki Evangelion

One of the most influential Mecha anime of all time, calling Evangelion just that would be a disservice to everything it has accomplished. References galore are present in not only different anime but also Western shows and movies, and its bold take on religious and paganistic themes allowed more series to take such an artistic direction in the future. Evangelion is a landmark title and the peak of what Gainax as a studio has accomplished, it is absolutely worth your time.

4) Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Gundam Aerial
Image Courtesy: Studio Sunrise
  • Studio – Sunrise
  • Season – Fall 2022
  • Genre – Space Opera, Mecha
  • Japanese Name – Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo

Our readers might be surprised to see such a recent release on this list, but that just speaks for the quality of this anime itself. Gundam is a series juggernaut of the Mecha Anime sphere and this latest endeavor into its world by the equally legendary Studio Sunrise is easily one of its best.

The Witch from Mercury is a kinetic Mecha Anime series that borrows a lot of its themes such as fate, from unexpected sources in the industry and is all the better for it.

5) Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Gundam Iron blooded orphans
Image Courtesy: Studio Sunrise
  • Studio – Sunrise
  • Season – Fall 2015
  • Genre – Military, Mecha
  • Japanese Name – Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

The Gundam Franchise is not done with what it has to offer, and what it does is one of the best military-centric plots you will ever experience. Iron-Blooded Orphans is a story that could very well be a reflection of our own world, with its themes that focus on the class inequality created by a war economy, and the displacement that occurs with children of the war-ridden zone. The series is a grim reminder of how Human conflicts can one day consume our very society into despair.

Conclusion

From the retro charm of classic series to the sleek and sophisticated designs of modern iterations, Mecha Anime continues to captivate, innovate, and inspire, showcasing the undying nature of a genre with the ability to adapt and evolve according to the everchanging aspirations and imagination of society and the anime community as a whole.

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