Most anime fans overlook Mecha Anime as a less fascinating genre, yet despite its lack of popularity, the genre has created some of the most underappreciated masterpieces in the anime world. That is why we have compiled a list of Mecha Anime You Should Watch, Despite Their Underappreciation.
In this article, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Mecha Animes that will provide you with the thrill and action you’re looking for.
Mecha Anime You Should Watch
1. AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline
The story follows a young boy named Amō Shiiba who stumbles across an abandoned AMAIM called Kenbu and a rogue autonomous AI named Gai. With Kenbu and Gai, Amō has the opportunity to change the course of history for both himself and the entire nation of Japan.
2. 86 EIGHTY-SIX
Major Vladilena “Lena” Milizé, an Alba noble and military officer in the San Magnolian military, is an outspoken activist against the grave mistreatment of the nation’s Colorata minority, and the willful deception of the Republic government to the general public.
She is assigned as the Handler of the Spearhead Squadron of the Eastern Front: an elite unit composed entirely of 86 veterans who have earned names. Led by their squad leader, Shinei “The Undertaker” Nouzen, the Spearhead Squadron is infamous among military officials.
3. BACK ARROW
One day after a Rakuho is recovered by Rekka forces, a previously unheard-of second Rakuho lands in Edger Village on the outskirts of Lingalind’s Iki region. Inside is an amnesiac young man whose only memory is that he is from “beyond the wall.” Taking the name “Back Arrow,” he seeks to journey back over the wall to restore his memory, entangling himself in the conflict between the two nations.
4. Full Metal Panic
The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori’s school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao.
Sousuke is seen as a military fanatic by his classmates because he views everyday circumstances from a fighting perspective while having never encountered social interactions. He develops a bond with Chidori, who recognizes that Sousuke is defending her, but he refuses to explain why owing to orders and the reality that he has no idea why Chidori is being pursued by many organizations.
5. Knight’s & Magic
The story begins when Tsubasa Kurata, a software engineer and hardcore mecha otaku from Japan dies in a car accident. He is later reborn in the fantastical Fremmevilla Kingdom, a medieval world where giant, powerful mechs called Silhouette Knights are used to fight against horrifying creatures called Demon Beasts.
Here, Tsubasa is reborn as Ernesti ‘Eru’ Echavalier, the son of a noble family. Blessed with exceptional magical abilities and the memories of his past life, he enrolls at the Royal Laihiala Academy, an elite magic school where the pilots of the Silhouette Knights called Knight Runners are being trained to battle threats both from within and outside the kingdom. He later teams up with Adeltrud Olter and her twin brother, Archid with the goal of piloting a Silhouette Knight of his own creation, something that has been unheard of for centuries.
“Hundreds” are a type of weapon named for their capacity to transform into a variety of different forms, and they are the only thing that can stop the unknown life forms known as Savage from attacking Earth. Those who can wield a Hundred are sought after to be trained as Slayers, combatants who can employ them.
To become a Slayer, Hayato Kisaragi successfully enrolls in the marine academy city ship Little Garden. However, he feels a strange yet familiar sense of incongruity towards Emile Crossford, his roommate who somehow knows him from somewhere. On top of that, shortly after he enters the school, he ends up getting challenged to a duel by the “Queen” and the school’s most powerful Slayer, Claire Harvey.
In 1972, during the Apollo 17 mission, an ancient alien artifact named the “Hypergate” was discovered on the surface of the Moon, allowing for near-instantaneous travel to and from Mars and the colonization of Mars.
Fifteen years later, high school student Inaho Kaizuka witnesses the plotted assassination of the Vers Empire’s Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia, who had come to Earth in hopes of repairing the relationship between the empire and its homeland. The ceasefire is shattered, and the Martians declare war on the Terrans once again. In the face of this insurmountable enemy, Inaho and his friends must now fight against the Vers Empire to settle the war once and for all.
8. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
In the distant future, humankind has taken to the stars and formed the Galactic Alliance of Humankind. The Galactic Alliance is engaged in a perpetual war with a squid-like alien species known as the Hideauze.
Sixteen-year-old Ensign Ledo is a soldier in the Galactic Alliance, piloting a Machine Caliber, an artificial intelligence-automated, humanoid-shaped mecha, which he refers to as “Chamber”. After a failed attempt by the Galactic Alliance to destroy an enemy super-weapon, Ledo is knocked into a wormhole and loses consciousness.
When he awakens, he discovers that he and Chamber have been “salvaged” by a rag-tag band of “primitive” human scavengers aboard the Gargantia, a massive fleet of ships on an ocean-covered planet. Chamber tells him that local star charts reveal the planet is Earth, the birthplace of humanity
9. Date A Live
The series begins with a strange phenomenon called a “spatial quake” devastating the center of Eurasia, resulting in at least 150 million casualties. For the next 30 years, smaller spatial quakes plague the world on an irregular basis. In the present, Shido Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high school student, comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spatial quake.
He learns from his adoptive sister Kotori that the girl is one of the “Spirits” from different dimensions who are the real cause of the spatial quakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the real world.
10. Buddy Complex
Aoba Watase, an ordinary high school student, is saved by his strange classmate Hina Yumihara when he is unexpectedly targeted by a huge robot known as a “Valiancer.” Hina unexpectedly sends Aoba 70 years forward to avert his death after revealing that she and their robotic foe are from the future.
Upon arrival, Aoba finds himself in the cockpit of a Valiancer called “Luxon,” stuck in the midst of a firefight between the military forces of the Free Pact Alliance (FPA) and Zogilia Republic. After he shows high compatibility with an FPA pilot named Dio Weinberg, the two perform a successful “coupling,” allowing them to share experiences and subsequently increase their capabilities and skills.
11. Infinite Stratos
Infinite Stratos (IS) is a Japanese exoskeleton weapon that can only be piloted by women. Its power and battle prowess are so great that an international treaty prohibiting its use as a military asset has been ratified.
When it is discovered that 15-year-old Ichika Orimura is the only male capable of steering an IS, he is forcibly enrolled in the Infinite Stratos Academy: an all-female boarding school, the students of which graduate to become IS pilots. At this training school, Ichika is reunited with two of his childhood friends, Houki Shinonono and Lingyin Huang, and befriends Cecilia Alcott, an IS representative from the United Kingdom.
Guided by the legendary pilot Chifuyu Orimura—their strict homeroom teacher and Ichika’s older sister—Ichika and the girls will need to use everything at their disposal to defend themselves and their academy against the dangers that will arise during the course of their thrilling school life.
12. Guilty Crown
Japan in the year 2039. The formerly glorious nation has fallen under the dominion of the GHQ, an independent military force sworn to restore order ten years after the advent of the “Apocalypse Virus,” an event gravely referred to as “Lost Christmas.” Funeral Parlor, a guerilla outfit led by the famed Gai Tsutsugami, acts as a freedom fighter, providing the only opposition to GHQ’s despotic rule.
During a major mission, Inori Yuzuriha, a key member of Funeral Parlor, stumbles into the weak and unsociable Shuu Ouma, resulting in him receiving the “Power of Kings”—an ability that allows the holder to draw out aspects of an individual’s psyche, or “voids.” Shuu, now an unwilling participant in the fight against GHQ, must learn to harness his newfound strength if he is to aid in the reunification of Japan.
13. EUREKA SEVEN
Renton Thurston, a 14-year-old kid, lives in the sleepy town of Bellforest. He wishes to leave his home and join the mercenary outfit Gekkostate in the hopes of finding some excitement to liven up his boring life.
However, trapped between his grandfather’s insistence that he become a mechanic like him and the weight of his father’s heritage, Renton’s sole source of enjoyment is riding the Trapar wave particles that are distributed throughout the air, which is similar to surfing.