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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Things to Like and Dislike on Iron Man Anime – A Review

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Title: Iron Man Year: 2010 Episodes: 12 Company: Madhouse (Marvel Co-Producion) Genre: Science Fiction Introduction: Marvel‘s cinematic universe changed the way Hollywood produces movies and television shows. Beyond western TV and movies, Marvel has sought to create interconnected viewing experiences in anime as well. Warren Ellis’ supervised four 12 episode Marvel anime series which Madhouse produced. Iron Man, produced first, laid the foundation for the succeeding anime shows. It follows Tony Stark’s visit to Japan. Tony plans on retiring as Iron Man. To keep the world safe in his absence, He designed a new cutting edge armor – Iron Man Dio. During the testing, thieves steal the experimental armor. Tony races to regain control of his experiment. Aiding him is researcher Dr. Chika Tanaka and journalist Nanami Ōta. They assist his investigation into the conspiracy behind the theft. What It Gets Right: Madhouse knows how to make anime […]

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Manga Review

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Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation : Boukenshin Year: 2009 Volumes: 1, out of print currently Company: Tokyopop, Eaglemoss/IDW  (potential upcoming hardbound reprint ) Genre: Science Fiction Introduction: Adaptations provide notorious difficulty. Narrative rules vary between entertainment mediums. Additionally, narrative rules vary between cultures. Successful adaptations attempt to satisfy both sets of rules, while standing as its’ own work of art. Countless failed adaptations speak to the difficulty of turning an anime or manga into a Western live-action movie. In this case, Western work adapts into an Easter style. Star Trek: The Next Generation – Boukenshin adapts the popular show from the 1980’s into 4 new manga stories. As in the show, Captain Picard runs the ship. Commander Riker leads the crew on missions. Worf is a alien warrior living among humans. Data the android desires to be more human. Deanna Troi serves as the emphathic ship’s counselor. […]

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Iria: Zeiram The Animation – a Review on a Classic

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Title: Iria: Zeiram the Animation Year: 1994 Episodes: 6 Company: Ashi Production Genre: Horror Introduction: I sat in the darkness. Iria: Zeiram the Animation flickered on the screen as our only illumination. The last credits scrolled across the tv before fading. I turned to my friend and said, “We’ve got to watch the next episode now.” Neither of us knew we were “binge watching” Iria.  The term failed to exist at that time. In spite of us knowing we had to work the next day we pressed on to the next episode.  Whenever I watch Iria again I think of my first viewing. I fondly recall the intense watching session.  It remains one of the best anime watching experiences I’ve had. What It’s About: Zeiram the Animation is an OVA prequel to the live-action movie series of the same name. Movie fans will prolly notice a plot hole. The […]