Mecha anime are diverse in genre, ranging from comedy to drama, but they are always fanciful and larger-than-life in nature, with large-scale fights and/or action sequences. Mecha anime has increased the appeal of mecha and has moved into other media, such as manga and video game adaptations, as well as the popularity of scale model robots.
The mecha genre is arguably one of the oldest and most diversified in all of anime, with roots stretching back to the late 1950s. The genre has been utilized to tell war stories, with children just out of adolescence barely holding it together in a world where each day may be their last. There's also merchandise to consider. It's been utilized to get as many toys, clothes, games, and other items into the hands of as many kids as possible.
Before getting into the most well-known mecha series and franchises, anime fans who aren't familiar with the genre may want to start with a more easy introduction.
These 15 Mecha Anime are definitely worth a look for anyone interested in seeing what the genre has to offer.
Extraterrestrial life forms have landed on Earth and have interbred with the local population. Hikaru Amatsuga is a middle school student who works for the Mecha-ude Arma. Arma is guarded by the rebel organisation ARMS, who sends dual Mecha-ude user Aki Murasame to accompany him everywhere he travels. She's also on the lookout for a strange Snake-Type Mecha-ude wielding who has severely injured a number of her friends.
Behind the scenes, the Kagami Group is on the lookout for the legendary "Trigger Arm," a Mecha-ude claimed to provide endless power. When this group threatens Aki's life, Hikaru must band together with Arma to find the will to fight back, learning along the process that his life will never be the same again.
Sentou Mecha Xabungle
The Innocent, a sophisticated society that lives in domed cities, and the Civilians, who are compelled to live in the harsh desert wilderness, coexist on the planet Zora. Any Civilian who commits a crime is forgiven if they are not brought to court after three days, according to the Innocent. Despite the fact that the three day deadline has passed, civilian Jiron Amos pursues vengeance on the evil bandit Timp Sharon who murdered his parents.
Jiron links up with a gang of robbers known as the Sandrats to abduct Cargo's daughter Elchi, who ends up being sympathetic to his cause, in order to avenge himself by taking the mecha Xabungle from the merchant Carrying Cargo. Jiron's desire for vengeance quickly escalates into a much larger struggle, with the Civilians finally rising up against the Innocents' reign.
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
Starting with the conquest of Japan in the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is developing itself as a major military power. Following its rapid defeat, Japan was renamed Area 11 and has witnessed tremendous resistance against these dictators in a bid to reclaim independence. Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, regrettably finds himself caught in the crossfire between the Britannian and Area 11 rebel armed forces.
However, he is able to flee owing to the opportune presence of a strange girl named C.C., who bestows Geass, the "Power of Kings," onto him. Realizing the tremendous potential of his newfound "power of total obedience," Lelouch sets out on a dangerous voyage as Zero, a masked vigilante who leads a savage assault on Britannia in order to exact vengeance once and for all.
Darling in the FranXX
Humanity has been pushed to near-extinction by huge animals known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the survivors to seek safety. The only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs in boy-girl pairs are huge mechas, These youngsters, bred solely for the purpose of operating these robots, have no knowledge of the outside world and can only justify their existence by protecting their species.
Hiro seeks refuge in a wooded lake, where he meets a weird female with two horns sprouting from her head. She goes under the moniker Zero Two to introduce herself. The Plantation is shaken by a violent Klaxosaur onslaught before Hiro can assimilate the incident. Zero Two confronts the beast in a combat with her FranXX, but it is seriously damaged and crashes near Hiro. Zero Two invites Hiro to operate the mecha with her after discovering her companion is dead.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Fifteen years after the Second Impact, the planet confronts a new threat: terrible heavenly entities known as "Angels" invade Tokyo-3 one by one. Despite using the most modern weaponry and military strategies, humanity is unable to defend itself against the Angels. NERV, a secret organization directed by the frigid Gendou Ikari, is the sole option for human rescue. NERV employs massive humanoid robots called as "Evangelions" to confront the Angels with cutting-edge sophisticated weapons and Absolute Terror Fields.
Shinji Ikari, Gendou's 14-year-old son, comes to Tokyo-3 after years of being abandoned by his father. Shinji fights a never-ending internal battle against the deeply hidden anguish caused by his mother's death and his father's emotional neglect. Shinji's life is irrevocably transformed after meeting 29-year-old Misato Katsuragi, a high-ranking NERV officer who offers him a free-spirited mother tenderness he has never experienced.
Date A Live
Thirty years ago, the Eurasian continent was devastated by a massive "spatial quake," a phenomenon involving mysterious space vibrations that claimed the lives of almost 150 million people. He discovers a mystery girl at its source who is revealed to be a "Spirit," an alien creature whose entrance creates a space quake. When an imminent spatial quake threatens the safety of Tengu City, he rushes to assist her, only to become engulfed in the subsequent eruption.
However, there is a third party who believes in the salvation of the spirits: "Ratatoskr," which is curiously led by Shidou's younger sister! Following the battle, Kotori forcefully joins Shidou, offering him an alternate approach of dealing with the Spirits' threat make them fall in love with him. Now, the destiny of the planet is dependent on his dating ability, as he searches out Spirits to captivate them.
IS: Infinite Stratos
Infinite Stratos (IS), a Japanese exoskeleton weapon, can only be flown by women. Its strength and battle prowess are so enormous that an international treaty prohibiting its use as a military asset has been ratified. When it is discovered that 15-year-old Ichika Orimura is the only man capable of piloting an IS, he is forced to enroll in the Infinite Stratos Academy. Ichika is reunited with two of his boyhood pals, Houki Shinonono and Lingyin Huang.
Guided by the renowned pilot Chifuyu Orimura, their rigorous homeroom instructor, and Ichika's elder sister, Ichika and the girls will need to utilize everything they have to protect themselves and their academy from the perils that will occur throughout the course of their exciting school life.
The anime series 86: Eighty-Six is set in an universe where the Republic of Saint Magnolia has been at war with the Giad Empire for nine years. Despite suffering multiple defeats at the hands of the empire's mechanical armies, the Republic has created its own autonomous troops known as Juggernauts.
Although the public believes that the battle is being fought by robots and machines, the Juggernauts are all operated by people and are all 86 years old, the classification given to the Saint Magnolia minority who formerly enjoyed the same rights as the majority.
Sta Mizushino is a high school student and anime aficionado who hopes to one day write his own light novel. While looking for inspiration while watching the anime adaptation of the mecha light novel Elemental Symphony of Vogelchevalier, his tablet computer sputters and drags him into the anime's world, where he witnesses a battle between the anime's character Selesia and a mysterious girl dressed in a military uniform.
After returning to the real world with Selesia, Sta discovers that other characters from various stories and forms of media have been brought to the real world as well, with some of them aligned with the military uniform princess, who promised them ways to end the strife in their worlds and a way home, unaware of her true intentions. To stop her, Sta and Selesia promise to track out the other characters and return them home, lest the military uniform princess cause immense havoc across the universe.
Full Metal Panic!
Sousuke Sagara, a member of Mithril, a clandestine anti-terrorist private military group, is charged with defending Kaname Chidori, a feisty Japanese high school student, in the series. With the help of his buddies Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao, he comes to Japan to enroll at Chidori's school, Jindai High School.
Sousuke is seen as a military fanatic by his classmates because he views everyday circumstances from a fighting viewpoint, while having never encountered social interactions. He develops a bond with Chidori, who recognizes that Sousuke is defending her, but he refuses to explain why owing to instructions and the reality that he has no idea why Chidori is being pursued by many groups.
Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex
Humanity has progressed to the point that complete body transplants from flesh to machine are achievable in the not-too-distant future. This allows for significant advancements in both physical and cybernetic capability. Criminals, on the other hand, can make full advantage of such technology, resulting in novel and often quite hazardous crimes. The government has formed Section 9. that deals with such extremely sensitive crimes.
Section 9, led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, deals with similar crimes throughout the socioeconomic spectrum, with varying degrees of success. When the team is confronted with a new A-level hacker known as "The Laughing Man," they are forced to play a perilous cat and mouse game, following the hacker's trail as it leaves its imprint on Japan.
Suisei no Gargantia
Humankind has travelled to the stars in the far future and founded the Galactic Alliance of Humankind. The Galactic Alliance is at war with the Hideauze, an extraterrestrial species that looks like a squid. Ensign Ledo, a sixteen-year-old Galactic Alliance soldier, pilots a Machine Caliber, an artificial intelligence-automated, humanoid-shaped mecha dubbed "Chamber" by him. Ledo is pushed into a wormhole and loses consciousness when the Galactic Alliance fails to destroy an enemy super-weapon.
When he wakes up, he finds that he and Chamber have been "saved" by a motley crew of "primitive" human scavengers aboard the Gargantia, a gigantic fleet of spacecraft on an ocean-covered planet. Chamber informs him that local star charts indicate the planet to be Earth, the cradle of mankind, which members of the Galactic Alliance only knew about from legends and considered to be a myth. Ledo must learn the planet's language, culture, and way of life while also discovering his new mission onboard the Gargantia.
Knight's & Magic
Tsubasa Kurata, a software engineer, and Mika Otaku, a Japanese girl, are murdered in a vehicle accident that starts the tale. He is subsequently resurrected in the imaginary realm of Fremmevilla, a medieval planet where fearsome animals known as Demon Beasts are fought with mighty gigantic mechs known as Silhouette Knights.
Ernesty "Eru" Itchavalier, the son of an aristocratic family, was reincarnated as Tsubasa. He enters the Royal Laihiala Academy, an exclusive magical school where Silhouette Knights pilots known as Knight Runners are educated to fight challenges both within and beyond the kingdom, thanks to his amazing magical powers and previous life memories. Later, he linked up with Adeltrud Olter and her twin brother Archid in order to lead the Silhouette Knight in the creation of him, which had been unheard of for millennia.
Sidonia no Kishi
The extraterrestrial civilization Gauna has been hunting the remains of mankind who narrowly survived and fled throughout the galaxy in a series of huge seed ships after destroying Earth many years ago. Nagate Tanikaze emerges from his lifelong isolation deep under the seed ship Sidonia in the year 3394 in quest of sustenance on the top levels, only to be drawn into events that he is unaware of.
When the Gauna attack Sidonia, Tanikaze must protect humanity's final hope for survival and overcome their extraterrestrial enemy with the support of his fellow troops and pals Shizuka Hoshijiro, Izana Shinatose, and Yuhata Midorikawa. Sidonia no Kishi follows Tanikaze as he explores the world that has always been above him and grows into the hero Sidonia requires.
15 youngsters, 8 boys and 7 girls, are having a great time at summer camp when they come across a grotto by the sea. When they enter the strange location, they are greeted with a room filled with computers and a guy named Kokopelli, who introduces himself as the proprietor. He claims to be working on a game with a massive robot that was created to defend Earth from 15 distinct extraterrestrial invasions. Because Kokopelli hasn't had the opportunity to test the game yet, he convinces all but one of the youngsters to sign a contract for what he believes would be a delightful excursion.
However, after the contracts are signed, things start to go downhill quickly. In Bokurano, the youngsters must now operate the huge robot Zearth one by one in the hopes of being able to destroy all of the incoming foes. However, Kokopelli has left out one crucial piece of information: the energy source of the huge robot Zearth.