Favorite Mecha Anime of Author S. Craig Zahlerby S_Craig_Zahler | created - 29 May 2016 | updated - 15 Jan 2018 | Public
Goldymarg, Gaogaigar, Madox-01, Neue Ziel, Guntank, Gunbuster, Black Getter, Zakus, Valkyries, Boomers, Scopedogs, Tortoises, SPTs, and other favorite robots are featured in the below recommended mecha anime shows (ranked in order of how much I enjoyed the show). Although I give some (begrudging) credit to Macross Zero for showing me that particularly artful computer generated mecha can work, I STRONGLY prefer for my mecha to be hand drawn and dynamic. The top 6 are essential works in their varied styles.
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1. Getter Robo Armageddon (1998– )
Not Rated | 28 min | Animation, Sci-Fi
Sent to jail after being accused of murdering Getter Robo creator Dr. Saotome, Ryoma Nagare must once again team up with his former comrades and pilot Getter Robo when Saotome returns from ... See full summary »
2. Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007–2008)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.
4. Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983–1984)
TV-MA | Animation, Action, Drama
The end of the 100 year war between the planets Bavalant and Melkia does not allow Melkian soldier Chirico Cuvie a moment of peace. His accidental involvement in a clandestine mission ... See full summary »
5. King of the Braves GaoGaiGar (1997– )
Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
A special organization using giant robots and aided by an alien boy battles the threat of a menace that inflicts havoc by turning humans into destructive mecha menaces.
7. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (1996– )
TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
During the One Year War of UC 0079, A young Earth Federation Lieutenant named Shiro Amada is sent to Earth to lead a squadron of Gundam mobile suits in Southeast Asia to fight the Duchy of ... See full summary »
9. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979–1980)
30 min | Animation, Action, Drama
In the war between the Earth Federation and Zeon, a young and inexperienced crew find themselves on a new spaceship. Their best hope of making it through the conflict is the Gundam, a giant humanoid robot, and its gifted teenage pilot.
12. Mazinkaiser (2001 Video)
210 min | Animation, Sci-Fi
In one of their epic battles, the Mazinger Team suffers a crushing defeat at the hands of Dr. Hell and his minions after Mazinger Z is stolen and its pilot, the legendary Kouji Kabuto, is ... See full summary »
13. Space Runaway Ideon (1980–1981)
TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
The apocalyptic, bleak chronicles of the Solo starship as they cruise across the cosmos, and wage war with the extraterrestrial Buff Clan over a celestial robot known as the Ideon.
14. Madox-01 (1987 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Koji Kondo is a young mechanic who finds the Madox-01. He gets stuck inside the machine before he finishes reading the manual. He must now evade the government and find his girlfriend before she disappears forever.
15. Megazone 23 Part II: Please Give Me Your Secret (1986 Video)
Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Action, Music
Shogo Yahagi is on the run. But this time he's got his biker gang called 'Trash' on his side and they have chosen to revolt against the authorities, and the police. An invasion from an ... See full summary »
16. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)
90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.
Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa
18. Casshan (1973–1974)
TV-14 | Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
A scientist turns his willing son into a cyborg and sends him out into a post-apocalyptic world to hunt down his first creation, a homicidal robot dictator and his vast army of mechanical soldiers.
19. Megazone 23 (1985 Video)
Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A young biker stumbles onto a prototype motorcycle with a hidden function that has a link to the true nature of his world.
22. Astroboy (1963–1966)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In a future where science fiction is reality, Dr. Boynton creates a super-robot in his deceased son's image. Named Astro Boy, the robot can swim oceans, leap over mountains, and even fly ... See full summary »
24. Macross Zero (2002 Video)
150 min | Animation, Action, Drama
Taking place one year before the Zentraedi arrive on Earth, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the ... See full summary »
25. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991– )
Not Rated | Animation, Action, Drama
After the One Year War, Peace was signed between Zeon and the Earth Federation. Three years later, however, some remaining forces of Zeon who never gave up steal the new Federation mobile ... See full summary »
27. Blue Comet SPT Layzner (1985–1986)
24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In an alternate 1996, the US and USSR take the Cold War to Mars. A group of teenage cadets, the Cosmic Culture Club, are sent as a message of goodwill to both sides by being assigned to the... See full summary »
28. Black Magic M-66 (1987 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.