The 10 Best Mecha Anime Of All Time, Ranked

The giant robots have garnered fan admiration across a variety of media – from Hollywood films to video games – but especially in the world of anime. From anime’s nostalgic early days to today’s anime, mechs have appeared time and time again.

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Although some of these anime might not have been acclaimed like the Gundam series or the infamous gurren lagann, there are still some anime that pop up like a diamond in the rough every now and then. However, there are also anime where the story or characters are beyond awful, with mecha being the only saving grace in the entire series.

ten mecha saves anime

Vanguard Bangaata by Vandread

anime mechs Vandread fill in what is missing from the story. The yellow Vanguard Bangaata mech that comes into Hibiki’s possession ends up changing after touching a strange crystal. His Vanguard gains the ability to combine with any Dread to become a Vandread. Its abilities change depending on the terror it combines with.

The Dita combo has long-range cannons that can be turned into edged weapons or spears. The Meia combo can use a lightning-fast ram attack to pierce enemies and has laser beams. The Jura combo has a massive defensive shield and laser discs that can fire in multiple directions. The final form mastered with all three dreads can use a combination of all of the dreads’ powers.

9 Mechs shouldn’t look so scary

Evangelion Angel Unit 01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion

The demonic-looking purple mecha from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is unit Evangelion-01. It was the first non-prototype Evangelion unit made and serves as the main model face for the series. The most distinctive feature of this mech is that it houses the soul of Yui Ikari, Shinji Ikari’s mother.

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This is the main reason Shinji can use it. But that’s also why this mech sometimes goes crazy and often has times when it can run without any energy. In addition, it becomes extremely brutal in fights in berserk mode. Unit-01 often reveals its impressive strength and solid defense in the form of its AT field.

8 A high caliber Mecha

Gargantia's Chamber on Verdant Planet (1)

Although room K6821, also known as the just room of Gargantia on the Verdant Planet is the pilot support illumination interface system for Ledo’s machine caliber, it’s also much more. The chamber can act as a life support system with the ability to put its user into cryogenic stasis while protecting the user with its impenetrable defensive armor.

Chamber was able to do this for six whole months before having to wake Ledo up due to an unforeseen circumstance. Chamber also acts as a translator and combat advisor. He also has laser beam weapons which aren’t always useful in some fights, which is why over time a variety of weapon swaps are set up.

7 Girls dig giant robots

Gunbuster by Gunbuster

Noriko Shows Boys Aren’t the Only Ones Who Love Playing With Giant Mechs In Nostalgic Anime Gunbuster. The titular black and orange Gunbuster mecha is a combination of Noriko and Kazumi’s respective Buster Machines.

Some of Gunbuster’s main abilities are: a Buster Beam that fires from his head crest to slice through space monsters like Pie, Homing Laser Beams that fire from his palms to deal immense targeted damage, and the Inazuma Kick which allows him to quickly launch himself into the air. before dropping an electrically charged dropkick.

6 Mecha looks like a lady

Darling's Strelizia in the Franxx

The custom mech known as Strelizia from Darling in the Franxx is a rarity in the world of mechs. Her body is designed to look like a woman without the normal discomfort seen on most mechs. Strelizia requires two pilots: a pistil and a stamen.

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Zero Two is normally still the pistil while the position of the stamen changed through several people until its final stamen, Hiro, who was able to survive there the longest. Strelizia wields a huge spear known as the Queen’s Pike, which doubles as the mecha’s tail when in “rush” mode.

5 Age means nothing to Mechas

Big O and Dorothy from Big O

A relic of Paradigm City’s past, Big O – after whom the series is named – is slow and clumsy, but believed to be unstoppable. The best negotiator of the moment, Roger Smith is the main pilot of this giant black mecha. He can call on Big O when he needs to by saying his name into his watch.

Big O has a variety of weapons consisting of multiple laser beams, including a single focus, a set of six machine guns, and a set of 18 missiles. He can also transform most of his body into a huge cannon capable of blowing up massive structures.

4 Mecha with a god complex

Escaflowne from The Vision of Escaflowne

The name of the anime along with one of the main songs and accompanying lyrics are an important clue about the real star of this anime. The Guymelef Escaflowne Mecha from Escaflowne’s Vision is also known as the patron god of Fanelia. It can only be harnessed by Van Fanel, who had to complete a succession rite trial that resulted in him retrieving the Energist from a dragon’s heart. Van must then make a blood pact with Escaflowne to wake him up.

Escaflowne’s weapons include a long sword and shoulder laser beams. He can also transform into a dragon. The downside is that whatever damage Escaflowne takes, Van does too, and he can only be healed if Escaflowne is healed.

3 A Mecha Otaku’s dream come true

Ikaruga from Knights and Magic

Many mecha otakus dream of building their dream mecha and for many it is just a dream. Ernesti from Knights & Magic was one of those mecha otakus until truck-kun came looking for him like many isekai individuals. After much study, training and chance events, Ernesti manages to build the mech of his dreams.

His mecha Ikaruga is a blue and gold colored beauty that has six arms in all, four being underarms. It is equipped with two ether reactors, a giant heart and a queen’s crown. He becomes one of the first Silhouette Knight mechas to use flight.

2 A Mecha Symbol Of The Brothers

Gurren Lagann by Gurren Lagann

This awesome mech has a red, black, and gold colored body with a front piece that resembles the sunglasses worn by Kamina and then later worn by Simon. The mecha – sharing its name with the series – gurren lagannwas formed when, in a humorous moment of feeling inferior during a fight, Kamina yelled at Simon to combine their gunmen into one, and surprisingly, it worked.

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His combat abilities consist of making drills of different sizes and shapes from multiple parts of his body. Additionally, many fans see this mech as a symbol of the close brotherly relationship that Kamina and Simon shared.

1 A Legend of Mecha Anime

Gundam RX-78-2 from Mobile Suit Gundam

A legend among mecha drives the original’s RX-78-2 Gundam Mobile Suit Gundam is often credited with starting the love of anime mecha. This mech was built in secret by Side 7 to fend off the Principality of Zeon and in hopes of turning the tide of battle in the Year-Long War.

Its main pilot was Amuro Rei. His weapons were a 60mm Vulcan Gun for mid-range and close combat defense, a Hyper Bazooka which has a mini rocket launcher, a Beam Saber for melee combat and a Beam Saber for hand-to-hand combat. long range, and a Beam Rifle. The RX-78-2 also had a shield that could be taken out for additional defense.

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