Mecha Anime

Top 10 Classic Mecha Anime

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A Storied History You can’t think about anime unless you think about mecha. The genre has been around as long as anime has been popular. In fact, you could argue that it was central to popularizing anime, especially among Western audiences. This momentum was no doubt a boon for many creators who now had a larger audience to bring their own creations to. With that in mind I declare March my month of mecha. What better way to celebrate it than by making a list of the Top 10 Classic Mecha Anime? These are some mecha anime that left an undeniable mark on the medium. Mobile Suit Gundam (First Gundam) Without Yoshiyuki Tomino, one of anime and the mecha genre’s most iconic series would not exist. In 1979 audiences were blessed with the very first entry in the now long running Gundam series. What was once […]

Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Review

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Breakdown The Gundam series has always, as a trademark staple, given us humanizing and engrossing portrayals of war and human conflict. In almost every iteration and entry in the franchise, we see a futuristic society in or on the verge of conflict. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans is no different. However this may be one entry with the darkest premise yet. This is an era that sprung up from the very ravages of conflict and it shows. The very title of the show hints at it after all. Thus, with that in mind, is it a good anime? Is it worthy of your time? Read on to find out. Synopsis To reflect the darker setting, this isn’t the ‘Cosmic Era’ or ‘After Colony’ era. Instead this is the ‘Post Disaster’ era. Society has been so defined by conflict that the years are counted around it. In […]

Gundam Seed Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Review

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Breakdown The First Alliance-PLANT War is over but thing’s aren’t as rosy as we’d like it to be. This is a world where Earth is largely home to ‘natural’ humans. Outer space on the other hand hosts numerous colonies known as ‘PLANT’s’. Here, genetically enhanced humans known as ‘Coordinators’ reside. Enter a story of war, human struggle and the differences that often drive us apart. Before continuing with this review we highly recommend you look at Mobile Suit Gundam SEED first. This both helps you get a full grasp of what’s at stake here while avoiding any confusion or spoilers for those curious about the original series. That said, let’s take a look at Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Synopsis Humanity’s tale is one of struggle. We fight over resources, money and even petty differences. In the far future of the ‘Cosmic Era’, things are no different. […]

Darling In The FranXX

Darling In The FranXX: The Good and The Bad

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Breakdown Another mecha anime set in a dystopian future? This is a world where humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction by monsters. Their only source of safety in the darkness are giant fortress cities known as ‘Plantations’. Here, pilots receive training from birth to utilize mechs that allow them to protect humanity’s safe haven. This all sounds like a slightly different spin on something we’ve seen before but let’s not be hasty to judge. Is Darling In The FranXX worth your time? How much does it stand out in its respective genres? Let’s dive into this one and find out. Synopsis Darling In The FranXX presents us with a society run according to a rigid caste system. The harshness of humanity’s current situation warrants as much after all. As a result, these pilots are literally bred for their specific purpose. That is, […]

Knights Of Sidonia

Top 5 Mecha Series With Romance

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For The Love Of Mechs Love it or hate it, the mecha genre has been an anime staple for years. Its influence has been a defining feature in the artform as well as its growing popularity. Mecha anime have also delved into various sub-genres as well. From over the top action to moving plots which make us question ourselves and society around us. Naturally, with such emphasis on human interaction, romance has been a big part of it. That’s exactly what we’re gonna focus on today as we look at 5 top mecha series with romance. Neon Genesis Evangelion  (And its sequels) This choice might raise a few eyebrows but don’t be too quick to dismiss it. As with everything in the Evangelion universe, the topic of romance is largely vague and unclear. In fact, to an audience that isn’t very perceptive, it may even be baffling. […]

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Feel The Power Of The Knight Sabers

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I came across Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 by chance when I was surfing the internet for animes to watch. While it may be not an amazing anime for some, I loved the idea of vigilante women in power armor. So, how does this anime hold up after all this years? Let’s find out. Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: A Short Overview In response to a mysterious earthquake that crashed Tokyo, the Genom Corporation created organic robots called Boomers. Their purpose is to help re-establish the city and replace many lower level service jobs. However, there are a couple of Boomers that have gone rogue, mutating into cybernetic monstrosities that attack people indiscriminately. Enter the Knight Sabers, a squad of 4 women in power armor led by the lovely Sylia Stingray, the daughter of the one who created these Boomers. The other 3 are Priss the punk […]

Eureka 7

Eureka 7: A Mecha Anime with a Twist

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Today, I decided to review Eureka 7, one of the few mecha anime shows out there. The entire show is about two main characters and their relationship with one another. The real question is, did they get things right? Well, that’s a bit complicated in my own personal opinion. I’ll just cover it all here in my review. Now, let’s get on with the review. Eureka 7: The Good First of all, Studio Bones is the creative mind behind Eureka 7. Although it doesn’t really take any chances. In terms of design, they’re very well-made. The characters are east to differentiate because all of them are quite unique. To add, the themes that this show presents also proves to be one of its strong points. Compared to mecha shows that came before it (and even after), Eureka 7 handles a range of extraordinary themes to […]