TOP 10 Ultimate Mecha Anime You Should Be Watching
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#1 “Triangler” by Maaya Sakamoto (1-16)
Here is the TOP 10 Ultimate Mecha Anime You Should Be Watching and in no Particular Order
We here at Geek Impulse decided to compile a list for you the Geek Impulse Fam. Here is that list of the Top 10 Ultimate Mecha Anime for you to watch over the weekend or on your time off.
DARLING in the FRANXX (ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス) Also known as DARLI FRA (ダリフラ) for short, is a 2018 Japanese science fiction anime television series created by Code: 000 and co-produced by Trigger and A-1 Pictures.
This Mecha Anime series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been driven to endangerment by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs. The remainder of humanity soon establishes a military city known as Plantation, where children are bred to be partnered in boy-girl pairs called Parasites and pilot giant Mecha known as FRANXX.
Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost his motivation and self-confidence after failing an aptitude test. Skipping out on his class’ graduation ceremony, Hiro retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head. She introduces herself by her codename Zero Two, which is known to belong to an infamous FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” Opening Theme is KISS OF DEATH by Mika Nakashima x Hyde. This is the Anime of course that Kim Kardashian claimed was her inspiration for her recent hair change. You can read all about that Here.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ)
The year is 2017 of the Imperial calendar and parts of the world are udner the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Lelouch Lamperouge, who is an exiled Britannian prince, encounters a strange girl known as C.C.She gifts him with a great and terrible power. The GEASS. With this powerful ability, Lelouch can get anyone to do as he wills. But the power of Geass: is it a blessing…or a curse?
The series won: “The Best Anime TV Series” award at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair, “The Best TV animation” award at the twelfth Animation Kobe, and “The Most Popular Anime” award at the Animage ’s 29th Annual Anime Grand Prix.
Macross Frontier マクロスＦ（ロンティア）
It is set over a decade after Macross Dynamite 7. It aired in Japan on MBS from the 3rd April, 2008 to the the 25th September, 2008.
There was once a war between mankind and a race of giants called Zentradi. Mankind, threatened with extinction during their first battle with extraterrestrial life, sought out their future by advancing into the great Outer Space, and departed for the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of a new frontier.
In the year 2059, a young mecha pilot trainee named Alto Saotome and his colleagues are preparing to perform an accompanying routine for the famous singer Sheryl Nome, who has come to Macross Frontier for a concert. During the performance, a biomechanical alien species known as the Vajra make a sudden appearance, breaking through the defensive perimeter surrounding the vessel and crash-landing near the concert venue, plunging the entire city into chaos.
Opening Theme Songs:
#1 “Triangler” by Maaya Sakamoto (1-16)
#2 “Seikan Hikou” by Megumi Nakajima (Episode 17)
#3 “Lion” by May’n and Megumi Nakajima (18-24)
Gurren Lagann ( 天元突破グレンラガン )
In this Mecha Anime, Simon and Kamina were born and raised in a deep, underground village, hidden from the fabled surface. Kamina is a free-spirited loose cannon bent on making a name for himself, while Simon is a timid young boy with no real aspirations. One day while excavating the earth, Simon stumbles upon a mysterious object that turns out to be the ignition key to an ancient artifact of war, which the duo dubs Lagann. Using their new weapon, Simon and Kamina fend off a surprise attack from the surface with the help of Yoko Littner, a hot-blooded redhead wielding a massive gun who wanders the world above.
Gurren Lagann received widespread critical acclaim since its release. The series received an Excellence Prize at the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival. Its director Hiroyuki Imaishi received an individual award for “Personal Best” at the 12th Animation Kobe Festival that same year for his work on the series.
Patlabor: The Movie ( 機動警察パトレイバー 劇場版 )
The year is 1999 and Tokyo’s Mobile Police have a new weapon in the war on crime—advanced robots called Labors are used to combat criminals who would use the new technology for illegal means. The suicide of a mysterious man on the massive Babylon Project construction site sets off a cascade of events that may signal the destruction of Tokyo.
Released in 1989, Patlabor: The Movie (the name is taken from the Patrol Labors used in the show), followed the story set by the original 7 episode OVA from 1988/9, and featured a completely original story written by Headgear (a group of 5 writers and artists who work in anime and manga). Produced by Studio Deen, Production I.G. and Bandai, and directed by Headgear’s own Oshii Mamoru, the movie received critical acclaim from a broader public spectrum than any other at the time, in particular because of it’s “novel” use of all things mecha.
Gunbuster ( トップをねらえ！)
In the simplest terms, if Top wo Nerae! didn’t exist, then NGE would never have been made. Many of the themes from TwN are key themes of NGE, and although NGE took a more metaphysical route with it’s story, Top wo Nerae! remains firmly rooted in a more realistic approach.
The story begins with Takaya Noriko, a 16 year old girl who attends a military training school in Okinawa. At first she seems rather clumsy and unreliable, however she possesses a steely determination as she desperately wishes to follow in the footsteps of her famous father Takaya Yuzo, an Admiral of the space fleet who went missing during the early days of the war.
The story then continues with the introduction of several other key characters, all of whom play a very big part in the development of Noriko’s character, the most important being Kazumi Amano (the girl that Noriko idolizes), Ota Koichiro, and the young pilot Toren Smith.
Giant Robo the Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still ( ジャイアントロボ THE ANIMATION 地球が静止する日 )
As far as this anime goes, Giant Robo is one of a select few titles that can literally be said to have everything. Love, war, tragedy, action, friendship, revenge, rage, desperation, sacrifice, and much more. Watching this show is quite literally a rollercoaster of emotions, all leading up to an extremely bittersweet ending, with a twist that you’ll never see coming.
The brainchild of Yokoyama Mitsuteru (Tesujin 28-go, Babel II, Outlaws of the Marsh), the manga first appeared in 1967, and immediately spawned a live action production in that same year. Over 20 years later, the series was “reinvented” for release as an anime OVA, however the original form had been drastically altered due to restrictions on the use of characters from the manga and live action versions. The director, Imagawa Yasuhiro, being a self confessed fan of Yokoyama’s work, approached the mangaka for permission to use characters from his other works.
Neon Genesis Evangelion ( 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン )
In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity’s last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth’s ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.
Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari’s average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.
NGE first saw the light of day as a manga by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and was published in Shonen Ace magazine from February 1994. It’s purpose was to raise awareness and public interest in the anime version that was to be released in October of the following year.
The anime was directed by the famous Hideaki Anno, and is hailed by many fans as his masterpiece (although there are numerous people who disagree with this point of view).
Fun fact: Evangelion is pronounced with a hard G in English as well confirmed by the author because it is a name. (Confirmed to be pronounced in the English dub trailers) For native English speakers this may seem incorrect contrasting the root word but names are pronounced the way their creators assigned them.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team ( 機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 )
The art is just fantastic. The character designs are very diverse and distinctive, and the environments are well detailed thanks to the work of Kawamoto Toshihiro, who has also served as a staff member in other duties such as on Votoms, Full Metal Alchemist, Gundam 0083, and Patlabor.
In year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation initiates Operation Odessa—a full-scale assault to retake a major Ukrainian city from the Principality of Zeon. It is a success, and the remaining Zeon forces scatter across the globe. The Earth Federation gains the upper hand in the One Year War and deploys its ground troops around the planet to hunt down the stragglers.
Full Metal Panic! ( フルメタル・パニック！)
This series follows a member of the Mithril organization, Sousuke Sagara. He has been assigned with the task of protecting a high school girl, Chidori Kaname, from terrorists and other bad people. To do this, he has to enroll in her high school. Of course, when Sousuke is a stiff with no experience or knowledge whatsoever when it comes to socializing with other people, trouble is predestined to arise.
Equipped with cutting-edge weaponry and specialized troops, a private military organization named Mithril strives to extinguish the world’s terrorism and all threats to peace on earth. The organization is powered by the “Whispered,” individuals who possess intuitive knowledge and the remarkable ability to create powerful devices and machinery.
Seventeen-year-old Sousuke Sagara, a sergeant working for Mithril, has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a Whispered candidate. He is ordered to join her high school class and be as close to her as possible to prevent her from falling into enemy hands—that is, if he can safely blend in with their fellow classmates without revealing his true identity.
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