Meka – Giant Robot Anime – Origin and Curiosities

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Do you know the anime of the meka genre? Is there any historical basis for giant robots to emerge in Japan? How did the mecha genre come about in Japan? In this article we will answer these and other questions about the giant robots.

Decades the genus mecha or meka [メカ] has become popularized in Japan with famous works such as Gundam and without citing the ancient tokusatsu. For those who don’t know, the mecha genre are anime, movies, manga or series with giant robots.

How did the mecha genre come about in Japan?

Every year thousands of works with giant robots are launched, and thousands more works refer to giant robots. How did this genre of giant robot anime come about?

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There is no deep origin of giant robots in Japanese culture. Some believe that samurai armor and the legends of Japanese monsters may have caused a direct influence on the emergence of these giant robes.

Mecha are usually vehicles, controlled from a cockpit by a single pilot or a small team. The word originated from the English mechanism (mechanical).

Gundam is one of Japan’s most popular giant robot anime. It is so popular that there is a life-size statue and giants on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo in front of the Mall where a Gundam store is located.

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Japan’s first MEKA MANGA AND ANIME

Do you know how the first manga and anime that divaed the meka genre appeared in Japan? It’s kind of uncertain to give credits, but historically, in the year 1940 came a short manga named after Denki Dako (Eletric Octopus) involving mechanical octopuses.

The first mecha anime was released in 1963 under the name Tetsujin 28-GO, and like most anime, it was based on a 1956 manga. Another manga that gave rise to the giant robes was Giant Robo. Mitsuteru Yokoyama was the author of both manga and became known as the father of the genre.

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Yokoyama says he was largely influenced by World War II and kobe bombing. He also said he was greatly influenced by Frankenstein’s monster and the famous Astro Boy.

It is believed that the Series Gundam and Evangelion gave a great boost and popularized this genre. The Tokusatsu as Super Sentai and godzilla’s famous films also served as a major influence on the popularization of giant robes.

Anime Wicks have been enhanced

The first anime where a giant robot appears was Tetsujin 28-GO, but until then it was piloted by remote control. It was only in 1972 that Mazinger Z emerged a manga that apparently was the first to present control of a robot inside it.

Mecha is a fairly broad category with many subdivisions involving small, large and human-like or animal robes.

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anime like Code Geass, Gurren Lagann and Aldnoah Zero were able to break prejudice by the genre that some people had. We currently have featured Darling in the Franxx.

The best Meka anime of all time

Gundam is a series about giant robots (wick), one of the largest japanese science fiction series. Gundam has a rather complex story of briefly describing. Gundam actually has its own universe and diverse stories.

I don’t even need to quote much Gundam, since there are a lot of different anime and because we already have an article talking about Gundam. The next anime I’ll mention, are my favorite anime and are within my TOP 10, even though I’m not a meka fan.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

An original anime released by Sunrise in 2007 involving meka, wars and psychological thriller. The anime shows the world being dominated by an Empire and a super smart guy trying to destroy this empire using a special skill he received that allows the person to order to do something (he needs to look in the eye, and only does it once a person). The plot is very good and has one of the best anime finals of all time.

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Aldnoah.zero

This anime that takes place in a world where humans have managed to colonize Mars and have discovered a very advanced technology. Extremely technological robots that had a great power of war. This generated a conflict between the inhabitants of Mars and the earth.

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

The anime tells the story of a war between humans and creatures called Anti-Spirals. Humans were subjected to live underground, until the protagonists manage to leave the place and fight these Anti-Spirals in order to live on the planet’s surface. (Best anime Ever)

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Evangelion

This anime is a classic that also helped popularize the wicks in the 1990s. It tells the story of the earth being attacked by indestructible beings called Angels. Giant robots called Eva are created to fight these enemies.

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