Top 50 Best Mecha Anime [Must Watch List]

Sri JananiSri-Updated July 30, 2021

Mecha Anime


When Anime has every genre that people would love, then why not mechas? Haven’t heard of the name already?


Here's a small introduction to mechas and their history: Mecha is one other genre in Japanese comics or manga.


It totally involves everything mechanical. The stories revolve around robots, androids, and whatnot? In fact, these anime can go to the extent where they turn living beings into mechas.


But still, the main focus is limited to bots. Just after the second world war, when Japan hit massive technological growth, this was the time when the anime world also started to grow a passion for this genre.


When people saw humans doing great things with their superpowers, this was new to the audience.


Slowly, this anime was being liked by people. It started to interest them with the scientific and factual content it contains.


The first-ever mecha was telecasted in the year 1966. Later, a number of mecha anime started to air, and below given is the current list of mecha anime that are liked and watched frequently by the audience:



50. Cyborg 009


Cyborg 009


Entity Detail
Title Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier
Type TV
Studios Shaft, Brain's Base, Japan Vistec
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mecha, Shounen
Aired Oct 14, 2001 to Aug 27, 2003
Source Manga
Score 7.261
Duration 25 min. per ep.


What happens if one day you wake up to be somebody else? That might sound a bit less exciting, we’ll imagine again.


What if one day you wake up with a bit different abilities like moving fast or other superhuman powers?


That would be very much exciting right? Cyborg 009 is one such story. The main character of this story, Joe Shimamura, one day, finds himself to be different from who he actually is.


He is suddenly capable of performing heroic activities. It feels like a dream to him and that is when he identifies that he has been captivated and compelled to become one of the nine cyborg weapons by the Black Ghost, a terrorist group.


The storyline goes around Joe and the other cyborg weapons who assassinate and destroy all the attempts by the Black Ghosts.


This unfinished manga series also has other interesting characters in the list of the nine cyborg weapons that people might find cool, funny, and also adorable.



49. Argento Soma


Argento Soma


Entity Detail
Title Argento Soma
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Genres Action, Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi
Aired Oct 6, 2000 to Mar 22, 2001
Source Original
Score 6.791
Duration 25 min. per ep.


It is a real surprise when people from two decades back had the best of mecha imaginations.


It has always been quite tough to imagine something futuristic as well as mind-blowing.


This 25 episode series starts with our hero who has everything in his life that a normal man would long for.


He, Takuto Kaneshiro, has a pretty girlfriend, he is a topper in his metallurgy college and what not?


Nobody’s life goes on smoothly always. Our hero’s life also takes a turn when he meets with an accident while resuscitating Frank, an alien android.


This mission kills his girlfriend who also goes to the same college and attends the same subject that Takuto does.


When Takuto gains consciousness, he finds himself with a different and unidentifiable face.


That is when he gets voluntary help from a mysterious man to transform himself from Takuto Kaneshiro to Ryu Soma.


This transformation is gone through for an act of revenge but it brings in a lot of realizations to our hero.


Also, if you are going to be interested in metallic alien subjects, this series has a lot to show you.



48. Tekkaman Blade


Tekkaman Blade


Entity Detail
Title Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade
Type TV
Studios Tatsunoko Production
Genres Action, Adventure, Space, Mecha, Romance, Military, Drama, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Feb 18, 1992 to Feb 2, 1993
Source Original
Score 7.451
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Somebody who is a fan of proper hero concept movies and series cannot deny watching this and liking it so much.


Happening in about 2300 AD, this anime is all about a superhero, saving the whole world by fighting against a force.


A man called Blade is the main character of our story. He, who has the Tekno crystal which transforms him into a machine, is capable of fighting consistently, helps save the earth from Radam, the attackers on earth.


While this is taking place, Tekkaman is shown as somebody who has amnesia, and he is portrayed as a man with a secret past.


With all these happenings, this series brings in a bit of romance in the fighting machine’s life.


Even though the first half of this series runs as fast as it could, the second half takes its own time to move into the end.


This series is a good treatment for people who love action and drama.



47. Mazinkaiser SKL


Mazinkaiser SKL


Entity Detail
Title Mazinkaiser SKL
Type OVA
Studios Actas
Genres Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Nov 27, 2010 to Apr 7, 2011
Source Unknown
Score 7.061
Duration 27 min. per ep.


This story starts off with three powers fighting to take over a mechanical, isolated island.


This island has been very resourceful in the case of building a good amount of machinery and bots for each of the powers.


While the powers, the Garan, Kiba, and Aira armies are in a fight, the control of everything leaves the hands and the island puts the whole world in danger putting itself also in danger.


This is when the World Government realizes that there is very little time to save the planet.


And to do the best for the people and the planet, the Death Caprice squad including the Mazinkaiser bot is assigned to solve the issue.


The art in the anime is appreciated by the viewers. The whole series is metallic enough true to its genre.


This series is more like an updated version of the 90s mecha anime. Also, it is rated to be one of the perfect watches for millennials.



46. Bokurano




Entity Detail
Title Bokura no
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Genres Sci-Fi, Psychological, Drama, Mecha, Seinen
Aired Apr 9, 2007 to Sep 25, 2007
Source Manga
Score 7.651
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Being tricked into adventures can be one of the most enjoyable things that every child dreams of, that too when their friends are with them in the adventure, it is imagined to turn out great.


But in our story, it becomes almost a nightmare. Fifteen little friends who were enjoying their vacation at the beach came across a cave while playing.


They are surprised and confused by the electronics in the cave. While wondering to whom it belongs, a man called Kokopelli claims everything his’.


He also tempts them into playing the game that he has developed recently while his motive is to test the game with these children.


The children excitedly agree to his proposal but as they start playing the game, things turn out to be even more different than expected.


Are the children trapped?? This anime is highly recommended for children who will love robot fights but who look for a bit of realistic content also.



45. Getter Robo


Getter Robo


Entity Detail
Title Getter Robo
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Shounen
Aired Apr 4, 1974 to May 8, 1975
Source Manga
Score 6.761
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The earth believes that the dinosaurs are extinct and people don’t think they are going to be back someday.


But, would you believe that there is a dynasty of dinosaurs being built underground? There are a huge number of dinosaurs made up of metals and mechanical controls are kept hidden under the earth.


One day, the dinosaurs decide to snatch away the earth from the humans. So there comes a war between the dinosaurs and the humans.


The earth keeps losing the battles against the dinosaurs and in that war the preliminary version of the best Robo, the Getter Robo is being destroyed.


This is when the story takes twists and turns. The Saotome Research Institute relies upon the actual Getter Robos and in the process, convinces Tomoe and Hayato Jin to take charge of the robots.


Well written and neatly shot, these sets of episodes clearly show the audience what they need to show.


Having all that, the show never fails to impress you through time.



44. Last Exile


Last Exile


Entity Detail
Title Last Exile
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Aired Apr 8, 2003 to Sep 30, 2003
Source Original
Score 7.811
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This time, we are in the age where air transport is the most used or most dominated mode of transport.


The last exile is a fluctuation from peace to war to bringing back peace into people’s lives.


The two main characters of this show are Claus Valca and Lavie. They are not frightened by anything.


They start their day with full enthusiasm and fun. Through time, they get a chance to fulfill their dreams which is to be the first to fly across the Grand stream in the Vanship.


While their lives are taking off perfectly, they get to meet a strange girl. This meeting turns their lives upside down.


They slowly learn about the fight between the two countries, Anatoray and Disith. Also, while trying to figure out where this all started, they also try to solve the unsolvable riddle which is the only way to bring goodwill to the world.


This series makes you want to be one among the two of them and take part in the struggle.


If you love mecha and flights, then this series should surely hold a place on your list.



43. Vandread




Entity Detail
Title Vandread
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Genres Action, Ecchi, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space
Aired Oct 3, 2000 to Dec 19, 2000
Source Original
Score 7.191
Duration 22 min. per ep.


There is always love towards stories where two groups fight and finally, they are into a situation where they have to make a good team come out of the situation.


Vandread gives a great show and a good satisfaction at the end. The technology that grew to take over the world now has helped humans to take over the whole milky way galaxy and bring about changes in the way humans live.


The story starts with a gender fight. Here, men and women are enemies and they live on two different planets, Taraak and Mejere.


While this is going on, a Vanguard from Taraak is prisoned in Mejere accidentally after he crashlands on Mejere.


But this accident is responsible for the situation that women from the planet are trapped with some men.


They have no choice left other than to work with each other to escape. So, watch it as every part of the series puts you on the edge of the chair and makes you bite your nails.



42. Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor


Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor


Entity Detail
Title Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver (2005)
Type TV
Studios OLM
Genres Adventure, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Aug 6, 2005 to Feb 18, 2006
Source Manga
Score 7.251
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Even though this series is said to cover only half of the Manga, it keeps you engaged and covers all the important and major happenings around the storyline.


Sho Fukamachi is quite introverted and is shy to talk to people. He doesn’t have perfect company until one day he tumbles into an alien bot called Unit.


Things get shape when Guyver, great power is attained as a result of the bond between Sho Fukamachi and Unit.


With this power, he decides to fight against the dominating villains who decide to take over the world.


But in this process, Sho comes to know the most kept secret that nobody ever knows.


He is given the answer to the question, where humans came from. While this being the core, the series also exhibits the love between Guyver and his girlfriend beautifully.


Also, the relationship between Unit and Sho is adorable. It is a perfect watch for feel-good lovers.



41. Majestic Prince


Majestic Prince


Entity Detail
Title Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
Type TV
Studios Doga Kobo, Orange
Genres Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Space
Aired Apr 4, 2013 to Sep 19, 2013
Source Manga
Score 7.351
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Majestic Prince is a manga developed into a series where there is a thrill from start to finish.


It is another space anime where earth becomes a place where humans do not live anymore.


Humans find air to breathe in space and shift away from earth. They improvise the next generation of humans genetically in order to make themselves more powerful to fight against the enemies.


While preparing themselves for the worst, the Wulgarus becomes a threat and starts attacking the human race.


Humans pick their genetically modified generations to fight against the aliens. While everything is going well, there is a team that does not cooperate.


What happens next, and how the team wins the situation is the rest of the plot of the series.


This series is a good motivation and brings in a great vibe. It is a must-watch in the mecha anime list.



40. Grendizer




Entity Detail
Title UFO Robo Grendizer
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Genres Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Oct 5, 1975 to Feb 27, 1977
Source Manga
Score 7.521
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Having a lot of imagination involved, this story revolves around a person who fled to earth from another planet called Fleed.


His name is Duke Fleed. Duke’s homeland is knocked down, he somehow gets to earth with the help of an unknown spaceship.


He is identified and adopted by Dr. Umon. Dr. Umon changes his identity and renames Duke Fleed as Daisuke Umon.


Duke grows up as Daisuke, he finds friends and lives his life. His life takes turns when there is a threat to Earth.


It is King Vega, dying to conquer the whole world by destroying people. Daisuke decides to destroy every plan that King Vega has and save the earth.


In this process, he uses the unknown spaceship and comes to know about it, the Grendizer.


Mecha lovers would love this anime and watch it with all their eyes because there is everything needed for the perfect mecha anime in this series.



39. Five Star Stories


Five Star Stories


Entity Detail
Title Five Star Stories
Type Movie
Studios Sunrise
Genres Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Aired 1989-03-11 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 6.601
Duration 1 hr. 5 min.


Five Star Stories is a movie that is just about more than an hour. There is a star system called the Joker Star system which is the fifth-star cluster after the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western clusters.


The movie is in the 2800 JC time zone where everything is technical. There are enough technologies that are tuned by super forces to face the battlefield.


Fatimas are one such genetically improvised half-humans who are trained to battle. The whole story revolves around the future king of the Joker Star System and the Fatimas.


The battles between the nations are shown in a common aspect throughout the movie. The story moves quite quickly and is fairly a great watch for the entire duration.



38. Orguss




Entity Detail
Title Choujikuu Seiki Orguss
Type TV
Studios Artland
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Romance, Mecha
Aired Jul 3, 1983 to Apr 8, 1984
Source Original
Score 6.511
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Mini-Series are said to set a trend in the current decade, but this series is proof that mini-series existed in the past decades.


This mecha anime is a treat to the mecha lovers as there are a lot of robots, spaceships, and mechanical weapons involved in this mini-series.


Lean from Rivilia, one of the two nations who are fighting falls for a fugitive female and her name is Nataruma.


Nataruma is being searched by Rivilia and Zafran, the other nation. While there are confusions on how to solve all these ongoing troubles, another character knocks on the door and comes into the series to set things right.


With just six episodes, the series has enough fun, romance, drama, and more action. It is highly recommended to binge-watchers and crisp lovers.



37. Fafner




When there is something bad happening, there is also something good that happens. Do you believe that?


If yes, go on and continue to watch this series. This series is yet another one to happen in 2150 AD.


Here, humans are already battling with the Festums outside earth. While that is going on, there is a slight loss of control in the north pole which results in the Mirs entering the earth.


The Mirs mingle among the humans but fail to mingle with them. But when there are two races in a single place, there is no other option but to co-exist.


The Mirs start co-existing with the humans except for the some that decided to attack humans and hate them.


The Mirs with Humans make wonders and turn things upside down together. This series works well for a feel-good person.


But it goes under the best of mecha list with a good rating.



36. Martian Successor Nadesico


Martian Successor Nadesico


Entity Detail
Title Kidou Senkan Nadesico
Type TV
Studios Xebec
Genres Action, Comedy, Mecha, Military, Parody, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space
Aired Oct 1, 1996 to Mar 25, 1997
Source Original
Score 7.511
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Every time, we start a mecha anime, we look for heroes who are obsessed with fighting and saving the world.


Have you ever heard of a boy who doesn’t want to fight? Here’s one. Atiko is shrewd that he would be more interested in cooking than jumping into fights and controlling mechas.


But everything changes overnight when his home at Mars is burned to the ground and somehow he is transported to the Earth immediately.


On earth, he follows Yurika, the girl he likes, and somehow becomes a part of the giant spaceship, Nadesico.


Being less aware of the war and the attack that is happening on earth, Atiko tries to get mental peace and forget the sour happenings of the past.


The story settles when he fights for the earth and identifies his love for Yurika.


The series properly engages people and keeps them thinking about the immediate happenings in the story.



35. Rahxephon




Entity Detail
Title RahXephon
Type TV
Studios Bones
Genres Action, Drama, Mecha, Music, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-Fi
Aired Jan 21, 2002 to Sep 11, 2002
Source Original
Score 7.421
Duration 23 min. per ep.


RahXephon happens in the city of Tokyo around our main character, Ayato Kamina. Ayato is a high school attendee who spends his life peacefully.


On a good sunny day, Tokyo witnesses fighter jet attacks. When these jets don't look like the ones made in the present, the truth about the life of Ayato is revealed.


When he is not able to believe that he has been living in a time bubble and his home is going to lose its peacefulness, he runs away in panic.


Another revelation takes place around the time where Kamina gets superpowers. He is wanted by both good and bad dominants.


This is exactly when Ayato Kamina thinks of his existence, identity, and the purpose of his life.


There are a lot of characters that play the most important roles. This series has neat research and a proper plot done beforehand.


It is a must-watch for anime lovers and perfectionists.



34. Zoids




Entity Detail
Title Zoids
Type TV
Studios Xebec
Genres Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Aired Sep 4, 1999 to Dec 23, 2000
Source Unknown
Score 7.371
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Zoids are sweet little machines that are designed to be in chaos. They are the soldier robots of a far planet called Planet Zi.


This story goes on around the boy Van who is born and brought up in Planet Zi.


Van loves the Zoids. He is always with one of them called Zeke. Zeke has a special ability where another Zoid can be merged with Zeke.


This ability makes Zeke more powerful, thus making it more ready for a good battle.


While Van enjoys the company of Zeke, he is introduced to a girl called Fiona.


Fiona becomes closer to Van. Slowly, Zeke and Van come to know about Fiona, who she is, where she has been, and what she is put through.


This series is very much enjoyed by the kids. Also, it is one of the best ever animated series that one could never miss out on watching.



33. Heroic Age


Heroic Age


Entity Detail
Title Heroic Age
Type TV
Studios Xebec
Genres Action, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Space
Aired Apr 2, 2007 to Oct 1, 2007
Source Original
Score 7.551
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Will mankind be saved? Who will save it? Is there a chance where humans could live again? - are the questions that start rising to you at the mid of this series.


Humans have races within themselves but this story is a story of other races that fight with mankind.


The three races, the bronze, silver, and heroic tribes are dominant towards humans. The humans, every day, start questioning their survival and their future.


A beautiful princess, Deianeira rolls up her sleeves and tries to find a solution to the issues.


She comes to know that the last man from the Golden tribe is the one that could help.


She looks for him and finds him on a forsaken planet. What happens next is the rest of the series.


The artistic touch is consistent throughout the series. This series is a good entertainer that keeps the audience excited.



32. Gun X Sword


Gun X Sword


Entity Detail
Title Gun x Sword
Type TV
Studios AIC ASTA
Genres Action, Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Jul 4, 2005 to Dec 26, 2005
Source Original
Score 7.271
Duration 24 min. per ep.


An unimaginable villain kills the fiance of the hero of our story. Van, with all the grief, goes in search of the murderer, the clawed man.


When there is a lot of time to reach the decided destinations, we generally tend to come across a lot of other events.


Nobody knows, they might be life-changing too. Similar to that, Van comes across the city of Evergreen.


He meets a small weak-kneed girl who tells Van that her brother is kidnapped and she is in search of him.


While Van is introduced to the city, people start asking for good guidance that could relieve them from all the cruel happenings in and around.


Initially, Van doesn’t give an ear to listen but his conscience pricks him to help when he comes to know the secret ties between the villains in Evergreen and the actual villains.


He decides to help. This series is praised for its AV setup. It is also known for its content and good entertainment.



31. Big O


Big O


Entity Detail
Title The Big O
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Psychological, Mecha
Aired Oct 13, 1999 to Mar 27, 2003
Source Original
Score 7.531
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Every calamity has a futuristic impact. The people from Paradigm city are suffering from loss of memory.


This effect claims to be a result of the calamity that happened a few decades ago.


A simple man Roger pretends to be an arbitrator around the city. He has the Big O bot that listens to his commands but he has no idea why.


Slowly knowing the happenings around him, he records his current life with the help of Big O.


One day, Roger tumbles into the past and tries to discover it when Dorothy, the android, comes into his life.


Also, Dorothy and Roger get into a cool relationship, there are new characters and the enemies come into the story.


The past, present, and future are together questioned. “Were the answers revealed?” is the end question of every audience.



30. Aquarion




Entity Detail
Title Sousei no Aquarion
Type TV
Studios Satelight, Production Reed
Genres Action, Mecha, Romance, Super Power, Supernatural, Sci-Fi
Aired Apr 5, 2005 to Sep 27, 2005
Source Original
Score 7.111
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Being one among the anime that have the earth under danger, Aquarion stands out for its different and creative storyline.


The unstoppable shadow angels were stopped from destroying the earth 12,000 years ago. But an unannounced happening awakens them to fight and conquer earth.


This time, humans lose hope as the Shadow Angels rise with new power and new energy to destroy the earth and its beings.


While the humans lose control and have no idea how to tackle the situation, Aquarion, a powerful robot, is introduced.


Aquarion is a combination of three souls, hearts, and bodies. He is fueled with power and all the abilities to fight the enemies.


Throughout, Aquarion never fails to make you fall in love with him. You know that it is a total mecha time when you find animation combined with a great story and with some essence of art.



29. Mospeada




This series is a combo of machines with a touch of space. There are always aliens trying to invade earth from outer space.


This time it is the Inbit, who are responsible for the invasions. Earth tries to rise up against the Inbits but it keeps failing.


Earth faces the situation where there are only a few human beings left. One among them happens to be a mecha pilot, Stick Bernard.


He is sick and tired after witnessing the death of his would-be wife. He thinks of everything, takes his own time to grieve for his losses, and finally decides to take the chance against the Inbits.


He finds the core of the Inbits and gets into an operation of destroying them with all his might.


The story is told in an orderly way that doesn’t confuse the audience. The plot from the beginning to the end is clear.



28. Voltron




Entity Detail
Title Hyakujuu-Ou GoLion
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Genres Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Mar 4, 1981 to Feb 24, 1982
Source Original
Score 6.821
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Grabbing a good amount of ratings from the watchers, this series sets out a perfect storyline and a proper direction.


In fact, illustrators consider observing the series for their own references. The story starts when Keith, Lance, Pdge, Hunk, and Shiro discover Allura and Coran.


They are found to be frozen and kept alive for at least ten thousand years.


This begins when the five of them enter into space through a blue lion. Allura and Coran belong to a group called the at-leans.


The story moves about when the identities of the at leans are revealed and everybody gets introduced to everybody.


The peacefulness of the environment is soon assassinated when the earth is put into danger.


The five of them are heroes and are taking up the huge responsibility of saving the planet.


So, what are you waiting for? Grab your popcorn and get ready to witness the cutest superheroes fight for the living planet.



27. Mazinger Z


Maginzer Z


Entity Detail
Title Mazinger Z
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Genres Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Dec 3, 1972 to Sep 1, 1974
Source Manga
Score 7.261
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Mazinger Z is a mecha built and kept in secret in case of emergency needs to battle against evil.


Professor Juzo Kabuto, who built the bot, feeds in the greatest abilities that could serve the purpose of the birth of the robot.


As expected, there is a twist in the story. The team of professors is killed by the selfishness of Dr. Hell where prof. Kabuto escapes.


Kabuto, accepting what has happened, decides to return to Japan so that he could warn the people of the upcoming danger.


Meanwhile, Dr. Hell starts to build a monster dynasty that could listen to him and make him the king of the world.


As a counterattack plan, Kabuto begins to construct Mazinger. Just as he finishes his construction, he is bombed to death.


He makes his grandson control the bot and make the world a better place. This series establishes the enemy kind of relationship between the hero and the villain and it is more of good against evil.



26. Valvrave




Entity Detail
Title Kakumeiki Valvrave
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Genres Action, Military, Space, Mecha
Aired Apr 12, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
Source Original
Score 7.161
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Imagine what happens if there are only robots and machines everywhere on earth? Will you believe that only 30% of the population lives on earth?


When most humans move out of the earth, they see it as growth and find a living in space.


While the earth is divided and ruled by two big powers, The Dorssia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Rim United States.


There is another nation, the JIOR, which remains neutral between the two nations. Everything goes normal until there is a bigger dispute and unwanted invasions.


These invasions also invaded the peaceful life of an ordinary man from JIOR, Kakumeiki Valvrave.


Valvrave is the right pick for binge-watching because you cannot stop even if you want to until you feel like it.



25. Voice of a Distant Star


Voice of a Distant Star


Entity Detail
Title Hoshi no Koe
Type OVA
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Genres Sci-Fi, Space, Drama, Romance, Mecha
Aired 2002-02-02 00:00:00
Source Original
Score 7.191
Duration 25 min.


Are you bored by all the action anime that are on your list? This short anime film might help you feel good.


The alien group called the Tarsians attack the earth. There might be a lot of stories around the attack but this series is all about the loving couple Noboro Terau and Mikako Nagamine.


Waiting for their graduation from high school, Noboro and Mikako imagine a different future. After the attack, Mikako gets an opportunity to serve as a pilot for the nation and save it.


Being separated by circumstances, the two of them somehow maintain rapport and communicate with each other.


But the situation does not cooperate. The communication is delayed and the existence of love is put under doubts and questions.


Every person who knows the outline of the story would eagerly wait to know the ending.


This anime is a different take on the mecha genre.



24. Gunbuster




Entity Detail
Title Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
Type OVA
Studios Gainax
Genres Action, Comedy, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Space
Aired Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Source Original
Score 7.881
Duration 30 min. per ep.


Having a woman fight for the earth, this series is a hit among the Japanese audience.


The storyline is well crafted and the characters are well placed throughout the series. Humans evolve, their discoveries evolve and they reach out to different galaxies and get out of the earth.


The earth comes across monstrous aliens that are being created to destroy humans and invade earth.


Humans decide not to remain silent and respond to the action of those aliens through big robots and good machinery to save themselves.


With the unsure talents of being a pilot, Noriko Takaya learns to pilot a mecha.


She is iconically known as the daughter of one of the late space captains. Her contribution towards saving the earth is the plot of the series.


This series is a must-watch if you love woman-based stories. The series has unexpected views, votes, and ratings.


It is worth the watch.



23. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)


Entity Detail
Title Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Type Movie
Studios Topcraft
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
Aired 1984-03-11 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 8.391
Duration 1 hr. 57 min.


This movie is one of the most fascinating movies that the anime list could have.


Its essence never dies even when the time dies. While the earth is polluted and exploited, the Valley of the Wind is a small town that lives in peace.


The story is about Nausicaa, the princess of the Valley of the Wind who stands up for her own place.


There is a cold and brutal war between the two nations near the Wind Valley.


The town is in danger and people living are slowly losing hope of their future.


The decisions that Nausicaa makes are going to change the lives of the people and make Wind a better place to live in.


Will her efforts end the war? Watch the movie to get your doubts cleared and the questions answered.



22. Vision of Escaflowne


Vision of Escaflowne


Entity Detail
Title Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Genres Adventure, Psychological, Romance, Fantasy, Mecha
Aired Apr 2, 1996 to Sep 24, 1996
Source Original
Score 7.691
Duration 24 min. per ep.


After having a lot of cuts, the series was shortened into 26 episodes from the actually planned number.


Hitomi Kanzaki is the main character of this series. She is a simple girl who is obsessed with fortune-telling, tarot cards, and more.


Just like other girls of her age, she also has a crush on somebody who goes to school with her.


One day suddenly there is a spark and a boy with a dragon from space.


Within a blink of an eye, she is taken away from earth into a new world.


She is brought there by the boy with the dragon with the least bad intentions.


Things turn out to be different and there are surprises every moment Hitomi stays there.


The adventures of Kanzaki are the main element that keeps the audience engaged and never allows them to move from their spot.



21. Patlabor




So far, the anime involved just the mechanical robots, the heroes, and the villains. But this series is a story of a police robot.


The world in the future turns out to be so dependent on technology that electronics are found to be everywhere.


While they are properly used, criminals on the other hand aim at exploiting the technology.


The criminals become responsible for the act of exploitation which generates an unpeaceful environment in Tokyo.


This police robot helps in solving the situation and bringing back peace to the city.


Patlabor is all about the adventures of the police robot, Patlabor. Sometimes it is also about the misadventures of the police robot.


If you want to take a break and have fun, this anime is the best pick for you.



20. Magic Knight Rayearth


Magic Knight Rayearth


Entity Detail
Title Magic Knight Rayearth
Type TV
Studios Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Genres Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Mecha, Romance, Shoujo
Aired Oct 17, 1994 to Mar 13, 1995
Source Manga
Score 7.461
Duration 24 min. per ep.


The season begins with a priest kidnapping the princess. She is not just another princess, she is Princess Emeraude from Cephiro.


Her fate brings the three high school girls, Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji to work closely.


Initially, they have no idea about what was going on until a man called Clef, also known as Master Mage Clef tells them why they are involved in this.


The place that has been a peaceful park has now been destroyed by some negative vibrations and forces.


They take this chance, stand together, and decide to save Cephiro from the renegade priest.


They are given the name, the Magic Knights. Magic Knights take up the advice of Clef and help in the process.


There are a lot of surprises and fruitful elements present in this series. If you have not included this anime in your list, please do.


Because it is one of those anime that are not missed to be watched.



19. Broken Blade


Broken Blade


Entity Detail
Title Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki
Type Movie
Studios Production I.G, Xebec
Genres Action, Fantasy, Mecha, Military, Shounen
Aired 2010-05-29 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 7.661
Duration 51 min.


Are you a fan of great adventures? Then this mecha anime has a good show for you to keep you engaged.


Let’s see what we have got in there. In the land of Cruzon, people fulfill their desires by using the “Quartz”.


Quartz kind of gives access to the magic and that helps people fulfill whatever they want to.


But there is one person and the hero of our story who is not able to use the quartz.


He is Rygart Arrow and the story revolves around him. People say one leads to another, likewise, the inability to use quartz makes Arrow drive an ancient mecha called the Golem.


What comes next is nothing but wonders. This series is an adaptation of the manga, but there are a lot of details that the manga doesn’t have.


If you are just starting to explore mecha anime, this series is a good recommendation for you to start with.



18. Eureka 7


Eureka 7


Entity Detail
Title Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven
Type TV
Studios Bones
Genres Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi
Aired Apr 17, 2005 to Apr 2, 2006
Source Original
Score 8.081
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Sometimes, the outside of a thing might be beautiful but the inside of it turns out to be different.


This story lives around Renton Thurston. Renton is just fourteen years old and he lives with his grandfather.


His grandfather’s full-time work is to take care of Renton but actually, he is a mechanic.


Right from the day Renton has known about the Gekkostate, he has been dreaming and desiring to be a part of it.


He always thinks of riding the mecha and working closely with legends while his grandfather puts a barricade to it.


He is concerned about the boy’s safety. One fine day, Renton accidentally runs into a girl pilot named Eureka.


Things take great turns and halts. Finally, after all the confusion, Renton gets a chance to be a pilot of Gekkostate.


This really becomes a great experience for him as he gets to know the back story and outline of the current scenarios and happenings.


Eureka 7 is a perfect entertainer which is spiced up every now and then to have surprise elements for the audience.



17. Trigun




Entity Detail
Title Trigun
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
Aired Apr 1, 1998 to Sep 30, 1998
Source Manga
Score 8.231
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Have you heard of rumors about yourself? It is tough to answer if they are true or not but one thing is known for sure, rumors are great to be heard and when it is about us, then it is more exciting.


According to rumors, Vash is said to be a brutal villain. He is said to kill people for fun and take over cities so that he could be the most powerful.


He is fed with death and leaves trails of blood all his way. This is what people know and have been hearing about him.


In reality, Vash is a very sweet and soft character. He has never killed people or tortured them.


His attitude is so much Clowney and he has an obsession with Donuts. But he is traumatized by what people know about him and talk about him.


Soon, the truth is revealed and the adventures take place. This series makes you fall in love with Vash as the anime world has not seen one such character.


Also, it is a must-watch if you love mecha anime.



16. Yamato 2199


Yamato 2199


Entity Detail
Title Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Type OVA
Studios Xebec, AIC
Genres Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Space, Drama
Aired May 25, 2012 to Oct 25, 2013
Source Original
Score 8.361
Duration 25 min. per ep.


When the whole world is in destruction, who would not take a chance to restore it.


Nobody will have a no for an answer if they have the power to. While earth is seeing good technological growth, there is an unexpected bombing by the alien groups.


Earth tries everything possible to get back on track and change gears but every time it's a failure.


While all these are happening, there is great news, news that the earth can be saved and there is help being sent.


This news excites people. But for this to happen, the people on earth have to take up a long trek and reach a destination that is more than 150,000 light-years away.


Will this trek be a success? Will the aid reach our hands? And will the earth be saved?


This story has a good amount of action throughout the series. If you are a sport or an adventure lover, then I’m sure that this series will keep you absorbed.



15. Bubblegum Crisis


Bubblegum Crisis


Entity Detail
Title Bubblegum Crisis
Type OVA
Studios AIC, Artmic, Darts
Genres Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Aired Feb 25, 1987 to Jan 30, 1991
Source Original
Score 7.281
Duration 41 min. per ep.


The Bubblegum Crisis is one of the best-known and famous series in Japan. Now, it is 2032 and Tokyo has risen back from the unexpected monstrous calamity that it faced years ago.


Tokyo is named Mega Tokyo now after the destruction. There are technological developments, machines called “Boomers” are created to be a help to mankind.


But, like everybody else on earth, boomers are also exploited. They are built with powers that can blast the earth and extinct the human race.


These bad forces are stopped by the superpowers. The Knight Sabers, a team of four girls with heroic powers are the only hope that could save people, the city, and the earth.


These girls take responsibility and come to the frontline to make changes and modifications that are good for people.


If you love the hero-villain war-type movies or series, then this series is a great pick for you.


It is also a must-watch if you want to see some girls in action.



14. Godannar




Whom do you title as the hero of any story? The one who saves the world and works for the good of fellows right?


Does a story necessarily need to have just one hero? Goh Saruwatari is busy celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife Anna Aoi.


Goh and Anna remember their first meeting five years ago during the worst battle they have ever seen.


They feel bad for the loss but are thankful that they got each other. Goh was the pilot of the mecha called Dannar.


Things are never as peaceful as always. While their wedding treat is on, they are back, the Mimesis.


Mimesis are the ones against whom Goh and Anna battled five years ago. Now, they are ready for a new turn and new adventure when the Mimesis attacks the earth.


In the mission, Anna hits into a new mecha that could save this world. And it is called Neo-Okusaer.


What Dannar and Neo do together to the Mimesis is the most interesting and welcomed part of the whole series.



13. Cowboy Bebop


Cowboy Bebop


Entity Detail
Title Cowboy Bebop
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Genres Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space
Aired Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
Source Original
Score 8.771
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This anime bagged a lot of awards, inspired a lot of people, and fascinated the industry.


It is one of the hits and most liked series. It is famous among anime lovers around the world.


Spike Spiegel is the main character and the cute hero of our story. He is friendly, kind, and helpful to people.


He has an ever-smiling face and never fails to impress everybody around him. He is good and skillful in martial arts and has a great talent.


The outline of the series is that Spike along with his friends travels a lot to find a good living for themselves.


They get down in search of fugitives that are costly. With enough fights, actions, and dramas, this series is fast-moving and a perfect watch.


It is one of those kinds that people say, “One more episode please” at the end of every episode.



12. Appleseed




Entity Detail
Title Appleseed
Type OVA
Studios Gainax
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Police, Mecha
Aired 1988-04-21 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 6.591
Duration 1 hr. 6 min.


Appleseed is a story of happenings in the future. World war three has come to an end when Appleseed takes place.


Olympus, a country used by everyone, was created as a result of the world war.


This utopian country is a jail where people cannot escape. The technologies, cyborgs, genetically tuned humans and more are the best description of this place.


Humans are selected and modified in such a way that they become physically strong and emotionally weak.


The extreme hits after the suicide of the wife of a Police in the city called Calon.


Calon is now against the powers and is very much angry as he does not get any justice for his wife’s suicide.


The series takes off and how Calon with good and helpful people around rescues the city and brings it to a normal state is the rest of the story.


This series is a completely new approach to captivation, jailing, and more. If you love to watch heroes change the world then I am sure that you will love this series.



11. Heavy Object


Heavy Object


Entity Detail
Title Heavy Object
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff, SANZIGEN
Genres Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Mecha
Aired Oct 3, 2015 to Mar 26, 2016
Source Light novel
Score 7.271
Duration 23 min. per ep.


What if wars have a different pattern and different approaches? While everything around us evolves, even the pattern of wars evolves.


Causing less destruction to the human race, wars are fought and executed by machines called Objects.


Objects are being run and controlled by the females called the elites. These are most useful when there are petty border disputes and local wars between the four coalitions.


There is always a fight for peace, sovereignty, and lands. Going back to the main story which involves Qwenthur Barbotage and Havia Winchell.


They tackle the mistakes made by them during the war and solve every problem caused.


This is the major story outline. The series has a good art exhibit. It has nail-biting moments and fancy scenes.


This series is a must-watch if you love action and mecha with a good sense of humor.


Does it match your taste? Then why wait? Add it up to your list.



10. Akira




Entity Detail
Title Akira
Type Movie
Studios Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Genres Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Seinen
Aired 1988-07-16 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 8.161
Duration 2 hr. 4 min.


Among the best on the mecha anime list, Akira holds an important place. This mecha has a different storyline and a great psychological aspect.


Akira is one among the students who are recruited by the government, involved in the critical study of parapsychology.


This government project that tries to discover the paranormal claims in humans results in the developments of psychic abilities in Akira.


By mistake, Akira tends to destroy the whole of Tokyo through an explosion. The government identifies the cause and puts Akira into safe isolation for years.


The powers could not be kept a secret forever, the selfish authorities find out these super abilities and try to exploit them.


How Neo - Tokyo is saved and what happens to the powers and how they can be used is clearly explained in the rest of the plot.


There are also other main characters who are neatly portrayed around the story. The story might seem to confuse the audience but in the end, everything seems to be clear and perfectly logical.


If you are someone who loves biology, then this movie is a treat and food for your knowledge.



9. Aldnoah.Zero




Entity Detail
Title Aldnoah.Zero
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures, TROYCA
Genres Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Mecha
Aired Jul 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
Source Original
Score 7.421
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Imagining something that is unimaginable has always been the act of humans. Aldnoah.Zero is a result of one such fascinating imagination.


Humans find a way to reach Mars through the moon. This secret way is known as the Hypergate.


Hypergate is more like a bridge that helps humans to travel and build a space for living on the planet Mars.


People build a Kingdom around themselves and call it the Vers Empire. The Vers Empire takes over Mars and owns it.


Soon, they claim themselves to be different from humans and declare a war on the earth.


They decide to fight on the surface of the moon. As the war takes place, something that should have not happened happens.


The only way to communicate physically, Hypergate is destroyed. The aftermath of this war results in the beings from Mars getting stuck outside their home planet.


They discover new technologies and try to reach Mars and do what they can do.


Fifteen years after this happens, there is another attack on the earth. Aldnoah. Zero is a great anime that has equal shares for the mechas, actions, and feel-goods.



8. Knights of Sidonia


Knights of Sidonia


Entity Detail
Title Sidonia no Kishi
Type TV
Studios Polygon Pictures
Genres Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Space
Aired Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 27, 2014
Source Manga
Score 7.671
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Humans predicted that there could be destructive attacks on earth. They built spaceships and sent humans in search of other planets where there can be life and people can live permanently.


Before hearing from the spaceships, the galaxy is being destroyed by the alien group called the Gaunas.


They take over the earth and believe that the human race has completely crashed. They continue to build their kingdom and grow more with technologies.


They never knew about the spaceships and the spaceships survived. One among those spaceships is Sidonia.


Sidonia is controlled by the team of Nagate Tanikaze. The story moves around Tanikaze trying to save the leftover humans from the alien forces that attack the spaceship after knowing its existence.


When the bombing and attacks happen, Tanikaze comes to know his capacity and his own worth.


He is revealed, what he could do to mankind and save it. This anime has an amazing vibe that brings in a kind of motivation while watching it.


It is an awesome experience to watch this anime series.



7. Gundam 00


Gundam 00


Every viewer of this series always wanted another season for this story. Because, starting from art, sound, and story, Gundam 00 never failed to impress people and make them dumbstruck.


Running out of energy resources, people on earth start looking for alternatives from every natural thing possible, be it sun, moon, or even the soils.


While this new power, which is solar power, is enjoyed immeasurably by the three major powers, there is hunger, poverty, and other crises in the same world.


The countries that ate by selling the old, extinct resources now have no means of income thus they suffer from poverty and hunger.


This situation obviously ends in wars, fights, and disputes among the powerful and weak nations.


Finally, light falls on the truth, and justice is provided by a mysterious parliamentary group.


They come on earth and solve all the problems that are existing. This nerve-cracking series involves a bit of politics that is well written and properly directed.


This series is a must-watch if you love anime.



6. Robotics; Notes




It has always been a dream of the robotics club of the high school, the Central Tanegashima High School Robotics Research Club, to finish the construction of the giant mecha, GunPro 1.


Now it is her turn to contribute. Showing full interest in completing the construction, Akiho Senomiya dreams of it every minute of her life.


While she is this much excitement, the dream takes reverse gear as the funds are less to complete the construction.


Also, she has a club partner who has the least interest in this whole process.


His name is Kaito Yahisho. Kaito, just like Akiho, is passionate about something else. He keeps playing his video game that fights the mechas called the PokeCom.


While PokeCom is considered to be useless, it plays a major role in taking this story to another level.


The unexpected twists and turns happen and the series starts moving as fast as a roller coaster.


Even though the series claims to be a bit less than the actual novel, the series will not fail to keep you occupied.


If fun and craziness are all that you need, then do check out this series.



5. Astro Boy


Astro Boy


Entity Detail
Title Tetsuwan Atom (1980)
Type TV
Studios Tezuka Productions
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mecha, Shounen
Aired Oct 1, 1980 to Dec 23, 1981
Source Manga
Score 7.131
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Anime lovers have a great memory of this series. This series was welcomed by everybody for its positivity and voicing out to the issues.


Astro Boy is a replacement for a dead boy. He is created by Dr. Tenma to bring himself out from the death of his son Tovio.


Astro Boy is a robotic human. After some days of creation, he is deactivated and set aside.


But, he is recreated and given great powers with the appearance of a small boy, by the Head, Ministry of Sciences.


Dr. O’Shay feels that Astro Boy will be a great help in surveilling the other machines and bots.


This is for safety purposes, they said. But in Astro’s life, he is discriminated against and he faces a lot of racism for he is a robot among the humans.


The rest of the story is the journey of Astro Boy finding his purpose and identity.


This series was loved by kids and was telecasted on the cartoon network channel. It is super welcomed as it preaches acts of kindness.



4. Code Geass


Code Geass


Code Geass is an accidental story of the superhero. The hero of our story is a common man until that day where that incident happens.


There are already battles going on in Japan, now called Area 11 and Britannia. While Japan is being the weaker participant, Britannia keeps gaining power.


One day, in a battle, a Britannian student, Lelouch Lamperouch, who studies in Japan is accidentally caught in the battle.


Thankfully he is in a place where he could escape and he escapes. The unknown girl, C.


C becomes the sole reason why Lelouch discovers his super abilities. He is excited and is ready for the battle when he comes to know that he can save Japan and stand up for the good and truth.


If you have already decided to watch this series, get ready for the elements of twists, turns, surprises, and more action because the superhero is coming, to save the world.



3. Evangelion




This takes place in the year 2015. The existence of humans becomes a question and they are completely dependent on the giant machines that are built by the NERVs.


There have been demons, machines, and even aliens attacking the earth. But here, the humans are attacked by the angels.


This attack becomes heavy and tough to be fought back. That is when the giant machines come to the rescue.


They are called majestically, the Evangelions. These Evangelions are more powerful when operated by the young fourteen-year-old boys.


One of them is our hero, Shinji Ikari. In a blink of an eye, Shinji Ikari is assigned to pilot the giant Evangelion, Unit 01.


He is put in a place where he has to act responsibly and help in saving people from the attack.


This series is so fast-moving and addictive. No anime could compete with Evangelion when it was telecasted.


It was said that even people who are not interested in anime will fall in love with this series.


Also, it is a high recco for the illustrators for observations, analysis, inspiration, and practice.



2. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet


Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet


Entity Detail
Title Suisei no Gargantia
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mecha
Aired Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Source Original
Score 7.481
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Are humans abnormal? How does an alien feel when he comes to earth? What does he take in first from what he sees?


Have you ever thought about all these? The planet mentioned in the title happens to be a Blue Planet where there is fresh and natural air available.


This is what the mecha pilot, Ledo, who accidentally lands on some planet and does not recognize the time zone he is in thinks about the planet.


The planet is named Gargantia. He is surprised by human existence, the technologies, and the natural resources available.


While Ledo has no reach to the people he knows, losing all communication with them, he starts adapting himself to the lifestyle of this new place.


The story takes new turns and twists, the peaceful life of Ledo is becoming unstable day by day.


The series halts with how Ledo tackles, struggles, and comes back to a normal state.


This show has a lot to promise. It keeps you entertained and engaged. It has bagged many awards and is on the list of popular anime with tough competition.


It is a perfect watch and a promise that it would not fail your expectations.



1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)


Ghost in the Shell (1995)


Entity Detail
Title Koukaku Kidoutai
Type Movie
Studios Production I.G
Genres Action, Mecha, Police, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Aired 1995-11-18 00:00:00
Source Manga
Score 8.291
Duration 1 hr. 22 min.


It is really odd but also surprising when people create things with a futuristic aspect.


Ghost in the Shell was one of the fascinating series. Happening in the year 2029, humans look upon tremendous growth in technology and cyborgs become one among the humans.


While they are co-living, section 9, a secretive section in the police department, comes across unimaginable crimes.


At the age where the human brain has the capability of being directly connected to the internet, technological crimes are never going to be less than expected.


Major Motoko, from section 9, comes to know about the weird Puppet Master and tries to keep track of him and bring him to the light for he is responsible for the unimaginable crimes that are related to the cyber cell.


Ghost in the shell sometimes has perfect answers to the insane human questions. This series is timeless and is loved by people from any decade and that is the reason why it stands first in the list among hundreds of mecha anime.


If you are planning to watch something with the other members of your family, then don’t think twice, this short and sweet movie is the right choice.


Tadaa!! We are at the end of the top 50 mecha anime list. Hope nothing is missed out.


Also, I believe that you have filled all your “To Be Watching” lists with the new genre of your interest.


All of these anime are great and enjoyable. They are also hard works of artists and creators.


Hope you loved them and enjoyed reading them!