everyone! It’s Mecha March and that means I talk about mecha anime more than I
usually do. (Which is a lot if you know me.) I think that mecha anime is something
that modern anime fans seem to have a problem getting into. In response to
that, here is a list of series that I think would be a great introduction to
anyone who wants to at least try the genre out. That’s it, let’s jump into the
Full Metal Panic!
off, I think of this anime as not only an anime for beginning Mecha fans but
beginning anime fans as well. It has everything that will see in modern anime
in it. High school shenanigans, girls with different colored hair and special
powers, gun fights, hand to hand combat, mecha combat, small amounts of
political intrigue, and so many other things. The best part about it is that
Full Metal Panic makes all of these things completely feasible and
understandable with loveable characters.
I love this series so much and I hope we get another sequel series eventually. Invisible Victory was not enough.
Geass is like Full Metal Panic, but a big step up in a lot of ways. For one,
the politics aspect is played up a lot more because the plot is about a
conquered nation fighting for their independence. The show is also a lot more
focused on charismatic leaders forming battle strategies against other
charismatic leaders who are forming their own strategies.
That might sound boring, but Code Geass always finds a way to make everything entertaining with “oh, what does this character have up their sleeve to counter their opponent’s strategy” combat that is completely awesome to watch. I think the first season, R1, is better then season two, R2, but both are worth watching. The show’s large cast is great and decently developed, which isn’t what I can say about a lot of other anime.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
those other series that are trying to use scientific mumbo jumbo for their
robots to have super abilities, Gurren Lagann doesn’t care about any of that.
Oh yeah, nobody cares about strategy either. This is a super robot anime and
all you need is manliness and fighting spirit to solve all your problems. Not
beating your opponent? Use more gar. Need to have your robot transform or
upgrade? You need more gar. Need more drills and gar? Up your gar.
This show gets to the point where we have giant robots throwing galaxies around. The ridiculousness isn’t the only selling point though. The main cast of the show has a lot of heart to them and the show’s themes about overcoming limits set by yourself and others is incredibly relatable. I can’t recommend this one enough, because this show is what I consider Studio Gainax’s last master piece.
Vision of Escaflowne
might be pushing the limit by mentioning a series from the mid 90’s because
some people think it’s old for some reason, but I love Escaflowne and I think
people should watch it. Especially with the redone Escaflowne releases that
make the show look gorgeous. It is an isekai shoujo series that has a good
story line, awesome mech fights, a very useful female protagonist, good
romance, tons of fantasy spectacle, and so many more things. It’s so strange
and wonderful how all-encompassing this show is genre wise and yet it makes all
of it click together so well. Escaflowne is good.
Gundam OO/Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
am cheating a little bit here with having two series in one section, but these
are the Gundam series that I recommend to people that want at least a taste of
the Gundam franchise. These are the two most recent additions to the franchise
and each one of them is gorgeous visually and animation wise. 2D mechs are
amazing. Not to mention that each of them goes over a lot of Gundam tropes in
their own particular ways that makes them feel fresh and in good taste for the
modern anime audience. I mean, both of these are a part of their own universe
so there is no extra baggage that you need to worry about. Just jump into them.
Give one or both of these series a spin and see if you like it. The world could
always use more Gundam fans!
Please try some of these out and join me on the dark side of the anime corner, kind of. Mecha anime is a lot of fun. If you are an experienced mecha fan, what shows would you recommend to a beginner? Did I miss something that you think people who should be initiated would like? Go ahead and list them in the comments below.