Mecha is a subgenre of anime that frequently takes its audience on intergalactic adventures or to the front lines of interplanetary conflicts. For decades, Mobile Suit Gundam has been at the top of the mecha genre, with new series and animated features regularly releasing exciting new characters and innovative new stories.
The newest addition to the Ad Stella canon is Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, a unique take on the Gundam series.
The first episode just premiered, and it’s already getting high marks for its characters and animation. While we wait for The Witch From Mercury to begin, viewers can pass the time with any number of other mecha anime. If you enjoyed Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, you might also enjoy these other great anime.
Darling In The Franxx
Darling in the Franxx is an action mecha anime with a touch of romance, set in a world devastated by huge monsters known as Klaxosaurs. Domed cities are where people live now, and enormous robots are used to fight off the monster threat. These robots are piloted by Boy and Girl teams because spending so much time in the cockpit has a severe impact on the pilots’ health.
Hiro wants to be a pilot, but he hasn’t found a female co-pilot that gets along with him. Hiro is about to give up until he meets Zero Two, a mystery girl with horns who has a reputation for killing off all of her male co-pilots. Hiro’s buddies are worried about him, but he decides to put his trust in Zero, the only female pilot he seems capable of flying with.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt
Based on the manga of the same name, Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt takes place in the Universal Century and centers on two competitive pilots caught in the middle of a never-ending struggle between the Earth Forces and the remnants of Zeon.
Lo Flemming, pilot of the Full Armor Gundam and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie with a thing for jazz, has been massacring the Remnants on the front lines for months. Disabled and disfigured pilots like Daryl Lorenz, who is a part of Zeon’s “Living Dead” Division, are given prosthetic limbs to increase their capabilities in the cockpit.
After an encounter with Flemming, Daryl decides to have an operation and give up his legs so that he can control the Psycho Zaku. The series culminates in a devastating conflict in which many lives are lost on both sides.
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Automated Suit The second series in the Gundam franchise, Zeta Gundam, follows a new pilot called Kamille Bidan following the events of the first series. The series is set years after the One-Year War and follows the Earth Forces as they continue to battle the remnants of Zeon.
Amuro Ray, Bright Noa, and even Char Aznable—now known as Quattro Bajeena, an Axis spy—return from the original anime series. Kamile is a talented pilot of the new Zeta Gundam, but he must, like every Gundam pilot before him, adjust to the stress of war and killing to survive.
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The great concept and story of Code Geass shook up the Mecha Genre; the protagonist, Lelouch vi Britannia, is an exiled prince seeking vengeance for the death of his mother. Along the way, he makes the decision to wipe out Britannia, a country that has overrun the planet and established its capital in what was originally Japan.
But when Lelouch receives a particular power of suggestion, he uses it to his advantage, capitalizing on the rising antagonism between Britain and the renamed Japanese people. Fans are taken on a roller coaster ride of treachery, love, friendship, and duty, with no one winning out in the end.
Adnoah Zero chronicles the efforts of a young army to repel an alien invasion by the Vers Empire from Mars. When the Vers forces invade Earth, Inaho Kaizuka and his companions are the first line of defense, despite Inaho’s reticent demeanor and analytical mind.
Terrans settled on Mars millennia ago and unearthed artifacts from long-lost civilizations from the Vers Empire, but Inoha’s tactical prowess ensures that they always come out on top. Strong political subplots emerge as Inoha befriends a Martian princess who is working toward peace between the Martian empire and Earth.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny
Gundam: The Mobile Suit Seed Destiny is the continuation of the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED anime and follows the same formula as its predecessor while also introducing several new characters.
There’s a lot going on in Seed Destiny, and that’s because it follows several points of view and shows the arguments, challenges, and convictions of both sides. All sides in the war between Zaft and Earth are neither black nor white, as demonstrated by the three main protagonists, each of them has their own valid reasons for joining the conflict.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion is, along with Gundam, the pinnacle of mecha; the idea upon which the show is built is one of the most original and ground-breaking in the history of animation.
Humanity has created monster war machines called Evas to defend against the invading “Angels” from outer space. Using three Evas piloted by high school students, including the son of the Director, the Nerve military group fights on the battlefield to defend Japan from the Angels.
To save the world, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley, and Rei Ayanami risk their lives and go through severe psychological distress. Evangelion has a complex narrative style and delves deeply into themes central to the human experience, including mental health, sexuality, and religion.
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