If you think a top 20 list is a bit much, trust me when I say I could have easily made this a top 50 list and still leave out mecha that I thought were awesome. Narrowing it down to 20 was a bit tough for one such as me. Whose first love was giant robots.
To kick things off here we have a jazzy start. What do I mean? Well, let me explain it with
The Gads in Gad Guard
|It's like Super Sentai but you know... with jazz|
On top of the mecha the series has a place in my heart for having a sense of style not seen often (though it has been seen in some other series) in anime. A vibrant jazz soundtrack, and characters that wear urban clothes instead of a typical Japanese school uniform all add to the charm and makes it make sure it sticks in your memory.
The Alt Eisen Kyosuke Nanbu's mech in Super Robot Wars Original Generation 1 and most of part 2. Or if you're going by the PS2 game a lot of Original Generations. Besides being mostly red which is my favorite color he's a monster and when it comes to mecha designs I like the big hulking monsters. Add to that the huge amount of ammo this guy is packing. Plus the pilot Kyosuke is the man. He doesn't talk a lot but that's because he doesn't need to. His actions speak for him.
The sizzlers or whatever you want to call the mecha in Gunbuster are pretty powerful looking. They have a simple color scheme that seems to actually add to their coolness. Like they're robots that could actually exist and they shouldn't be messed with.
|Aim For The Top! Got it?|
Reasons other than the mecha why it's on the list. Noriko Takaya is a super hot blooded pilot, she can definitely rival any hot blooded male. That makes her ok in my book.
|Gigantor Gigantooor Gigaaaannttoooooor!|
|One of the first anime Yoshiyuki Tomino worked on|
|Za za za za zan!|
Another reason to like the show? It's awesome theme song as referenced in the caption for the picture. Look it up, it's quite catchy.
|1! Plus 1! Plus 1! Plus 1! Plus 1! He's the defender of the universe!|
|Grendizer don't take no crap|
Besides there's always talk of people that believe Grendizer is as powerful as certain other Go Nagai robots. Is it true? I for one don't care personally.
|In terms of robots that combine out of 5 machines in Japan Voltes is more remembered|
Choujuu Kishin Dancouga or as it's known over here God Bless Dancouga is another combining robot. But unlike Voltron and Voltes V this one combined with only four. Dancouga had a great voice cast and a memorable catch phrase from the team leader Shinobu "yatte yaruze!" Speaking of voices the voice actor or seiyuu for the leader, Shinobu was none other than Judau Ashta's voice in Gundam ZZ.
|God Bless Dancouga!|
Dancouga is a great example for anime in the 80s not only did it have great robot fights and designs but it had an awesome soundtrack.
|You thought blowing up the Earth was bad?|
Ideon is one heck of an anime, it makes you think that it's just about protecting people from some evil aliens but it certainly takes some twists and turns you didn't see coming. It's a lot more than just a mecha anime and it definitely should be checked out.
|Neppu! Shippu! Cybuster!|
Also, me and Masaki share the same horrible sense of direction. I can relate to him.
As you can tell I like this mecha and the series a lot. Go check it out if you haven't you will not be disappointed.
Besides that the Layzner is a very cool robot, with the blue color scheme and the dome like head piece. It has a bit more style than what you would see in other real robot series.
|Arguing about stuff that happened in grade school while in a life or death battle? Only Isamu.|
As for Macross Plus, it's a masterpiece and it should be checked out right now if you haven't seen it. Go on ahead, I'll still be here, it's on youtube free and legally and on Netflix as well.
Mazinkaiser was created specifically for the Super Robot Wars series first. The team behind the games went to Go Nagai and asked for a powered up version of Mazinger for the games Go created Mazinkaiser. Since it's for the Mazinger series which was still pretty popular they decided hey, why not make an OVA for it too? So they did.
VOTOMS is a series that is quite groundbreaking. Like Gundam it showcases robots as tools and weapons and not as heros fighting evil. But even more so than Gundam it gets a lot more realistic. The scopedogs are actually pretty viable in real life.
Getter Robo is a mecha that's in a lot of people's hearts around the world. It's considered one of the trinity of robot anime. The other two being Gundam and Mazinger. On top of that it's one of if not the first robot anime to have a combining robot. How's that for top 3 material?
|Just don't mess with this thing alright?|
Mazinkaiser adds some attitude to Mazinger Z and lets you know that Kouji Kabuto is not one to be trifled with.
|It's called a scopedog|
Also of note is the main character Chirico. He doesn't have any powers or psychic abilities or genetic manipulation (if I remember correctly) If you're a fan of hard science fiction VOTOMS will be right up your alley.
|Gan gan gan gan Getter gan!|
Macross is also a great series for it's characters like Roy Fokker and Lynn Minmay and it's great animation. Even today the animation holds up well, no doubt thanks to Ichiro Itano who besides Gundam and Macross also animated for Cowboy Bebop.
|Who else, baby?|
How about you guys? What are your favorite robot anime? Don't forget to comment.