Favorite Mecha Anime of Author S. Craig Zahler

by 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 »

Stars: Kara Bliss, Eric Abbott, Markell Andrew, Gil Austin

Votes: 91

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.

Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Kana Asumi, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 13,242

3. Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and her secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien enemy sent to retrieve the ship.

Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial

Votes: 1,708

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 »

Stars: Bruce Aarons, Wally Cole, Dan Green, Kip Kaplan

Votes: 142

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.

Stars: Kevin T. Collins, Kether Donohue, Carrie Keranen, Ted Lewis

Votes: 74

6. Gunbuster (1988– )

PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A young pilot, daughter of a deceased space captain, is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the key point of Earth's defence in a space war.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Rei Sakuma, Norio Wakamoto, Maria Kawamura

Votes: 1,271

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 »

Stars: Steve Staley, Emilie de Azevedo Brown, Steve Kramer, Anthony Pulcini

Votes: 1,249

8. Macross Plus (1994– )

Not Rated | 115 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

Two old friends/rivals find themselves rival test pilots in competing projects while a mutual old flame returns to them with her own secrets.

Stars: Beau Billingslea, Bryan Cranston, Richard Epcar, Rica Fukami

Votes: 3,345

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.

Stars: Tôru Furuya, Alaina Burnett, Chris Kalhoon, Michael Kopsa

Votes: 1,692

11. Bubblegum Crisis (1987–1991)

25 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A female mercenary team, armed with unique power armor suits, battle the forces of the corrupt mega-corporation, Genom in futuristic Tokyo.

Stars: Yoshiko Sakakibara, Kinuko Ômori, Michie Tomizawa, Akiko Hiramatsu

Votes: 1,117

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 »

Director: Masahiko Murata | Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Ai Uchikawa, Hiroshi Yanaka, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 173

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.

Stars: Yoku Shioya, Hideyuki Tanaka, Yô Inôe, Fuyumi Shiraishi

Votes: 71

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.

Director: Shinji Aramaki | Stars: Yasunori Matsumoto, Michael McGhee, Scott Simpson, Yôko Asagami

Votes: 141

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 »

Director: Ichirô Itano | Stars: Kazuki Yao, Maria Kawamura, Shigeru Chiba, Kôichi Hashimoto

Votes: 177

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

Votes: 1,848

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.

Stars: Ikuo Nishikawa, Masato Yamanouchi, Reiko Mutô, Kenji Utsumi

Votes: 113

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.

Director: Noboru Ishiguro | Stars: Masato Kubota, Maria Kawamura, Mîna Tominaga, Mayumi Shô

Votes: 328

20. Robotix (1985– )

TV-Y | 7 min | Animation, Action, Family

A human starship crew crash lands on a planet and divides between two sides of a war fought by two camps of giant robots.

Stars: Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Corey Burton, Peter Cullen

Votes: 106

21. Zambot 3 (1977–1978)

30 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

When alien invaders come to Earth, the Jin family reveals its alien nature. Their ancestors came to Earth from planet Biar, after it was conquered by the army of Gaizok, who is now aiming ... See full summary »

Votes: 51

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 »

Stars: Billie Lou Watt, Esperanzita Martínez, Mari Shimizu, Ray Owens

Votes: 724

23. Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989– )

Not Rated | Animation, Action, Drama

In a space colony, a young boy discovers a cadre of terrorists and innocently decides to help them.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Kôji Tsujitani, Megumi Hayashibara, Brianne Brozey

Votes: 921

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 »

Director: Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Sanae Kobayashi, Yuka Nanri, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 854

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 »

Stars: Ryô Horikawa, Akio Ôtsuka, Rei Sakuma, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 810

26. Dangard Ace (1977– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Star: Akira Kamiya

Votes: 51

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 »

Stars: Hiroko Emori, Eriko Hara, Fumi Hirano, Masashi Hirose

Votes: 26

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.

Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Shirow Masamune | Stars: Yû Mizushima, Ichirô Nagai, Shinji Ogawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 855



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