Do you know meka genre anime? 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 giant robots.
For decades the gender wick or meka [メカ] has been popularized in Japan with famous works such as gundam and without citing the ancient tokusatsu. For those who don't know, the mecha genre is 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 released, and thousands of other works make reference to giant robots. How did this giant robot anime genre come about?
There is no deep origin of giant robots in Japanese culture. Some believe that the armor of Samurai and the legends of Japanese monsters may have had a direct influence on the emergence of these giant robots.
Mecha are generally vehicles, controlled from a cockpit by a single pilot or a small team. The word originated from the English mechanism (mechanic).
Gundam is one of the most popular giant robot anime in Japan. He is so popular that there is a life-size statue and giants in the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo in front of the Mall where there is a Gundam store.
Japan's first MANGA AND ANIME meka
Do you know how the first manga and anime that gave diva to the meka genre in Japan came about? It's a little uncertain to give credit, but historically, in the year 1940 there was a short manga named Denki Dako (Eletric Octopus) which involved mechanical octopuses.
The first mecha anime was released in 1963 under the name of Tetsujin 28-GO, and like most anime, it was based on a 1956 manga. Another manga that gave rise to giant robots was Giant Robo. Mitsuteru Yokoyama was the author of both sleeves and became known as the father of the genre.
Yokoyama says he was largely influenced by World War II and the bombing of Kobe. He also said that he was heavily influenced by Frankenstein's monster and the famous Astro Boy.
It is believed that the Gundam and Evangelion series gave a big boost and popularized this genre. Tokusatsu such as Super Sentai and the famous Godzilla movies also served as a great influence on the popularization of giant robots.
Anime Mechas have been improved
The first anime where a giant robot appears was Tetsujin 28-GO, but until then it was piloted by remote control. It wasn't until 1972 that Mazinger Z appeared, a manga that was apparently the first to feature the control of a robot inside it.
Mecha is a fairly broad category with many subdivisions involving small, large, and humanoid or animal-looking robots.
Animes like Code Geass, Gurren Lagann and Aldnoah Zero fhi able to break the prejudice for the gender 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 (mecha), one of the biggest Japanese science fiction series. Gundam has a rather complex history to briefly describe. Gundam actually has its own universe and diverse backstories.
I don't even need to mention Gundam much, since there are many different anime and because we already have an article talking about Gundam. The next anime I'm going to mention are my favorite anime and they're in my TOP 10, even though I'm not a fan of the Meka genre.
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 taken over by an Empire and a super smart guy trying to destroy that empire using a special ability he received that allows him to order the person to do something (he needs to look them in the eye, and he only does it once per person) . The plot is very good and has one of the best anime endings of all time.
This anime that takes place in a world where humans managed to colonize Mars and discovered a very advanced technology. Extremely technological robots that had great war power. This generated a conflict between the inhabitants of Mars and the Earth.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The anime tells the story of a war between humans and creatures called Anti-Spirals. Humans were subjected to living underground, until the protagonists manage to leave the place and fight these Anti-Spirals in order to live on the surface of the Planet. (Best Anime Ever)
This anime is a classic that also helped popularize mechas in the 90s. It tells the story of the earth being attacked by indestructible beings called Angels. Giant robots called Eva are created to fight these enemies.
Meka Sleeves and PRODUCTS
We are going to share some manga and works that contain mechas or mekas, so you can take a look and if you want to buy. I hope you like the recommendations, they are all available at Amazon Brazil.
List of Mecha Animes
Below is a list of mecha anime with their year of release. We sorted by the most popular according to MAL and Anime-Planet. What do you think of the mecha genre? Did you like the article? Share with friends or leave your comments.
Responsive Table: Scroll the table to the side with your finger >>
|Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2||2008|
|Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion||2006|
|Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann||2007|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season||2008|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2||2016|
|Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||2005|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00||2007|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin – Advent of the Red Comet||2019|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans||2015|
|Neon Genesis Evangelion||1995|
|Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine||2015|
|Full Metal Panic!||2002|
|Super Dimensional Fortress Macross||1982|
|Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory||2018|
|Throat on the Verdurous Planet||2013|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Wing||1995|
|Knights of Sidonia||2014|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||2002|
|Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam||1985|
|DARLING in the FRANXX||2018|
|Vandread: The Second Stage||2001|
|Gundam Build Fighters||2013|
|Knight's & Magic||2017|
|Mobile Suit Gundam||1979|
|GaoGaiGar FINAL Grand Glorious Gathering||2005|
|AKB0048: Next Stage||2013|
|The Vision of Escaflowne||1996|
|Gundam Build Fighters Try||2014|
|Valve the Liberator 2||2013|
|Fafner Exodus 2nd Season||2015|
|Asura Cryin' 2||2009|
|The Big O II||2003|
|Broken Blade TV||2014|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny||2004|
|Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season||2015|
|Martian Successor Nadesico||1996|
|Armored Trooper Votoms||1983|
|Zoids: New Century/Zero||2001|
|Zoids: Chaotic Century||1999|
|IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix 2nd Season||2006|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096||2016|
|Zoids: Guardian Force||2000|
|New Getter Robo||2004|
|Patlabor: The Mobile Police TV||1989|
|Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!||2009|
|Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam||1983|
|Mobile Fighter G Gundam||1994|
|Tetsujin 28-gou (2004)||2004|
|Valve the Liberator||2013|
|Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures||1999|
|Genesis Climber Mospeada||1983|
|Turn A Gundam||1999|
|Gun x Sword||2005|
|CrossAnge: Rondo of Angels and Dragons||2014|
|Sit Mecha Xabungle||1982|
|Muteki Kojin Daitarn 3||1978|
|Blue Comet SPT Layzner||1985|
|UFO Robo Grendizer||1975|
|After War Gundam X||1996|
|Muteki Robo Trider G7||1980|
|Invincible Superman Zanbot 3||1977|
|The Big O||1999|
|Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry||2006|
|Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse||2012|
|Lagrange: The Flower of Rinne – Season 2||2012|
|Eureka Seven AO||2012|
|Danball Senki Wars||2013|
|IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix||2005|
|Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector||2010|
|Robotech: The Masters||1985|
|Zone of the Enders: Dolores||2001|
|Chou Denji Robo Combattler V||1976|
|Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne||2011|
|Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars||2006|
|Gear Fighter Dendoh||2000|
|Danball Senki W||2012|
|Infinite Stratos 2||2013|
|Mobile Suit Victory Gundam||1993|
|Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ||1986|
|Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle||2016|
|Godannar 2nd Season||2004|
|Zoids Wild Zero||2019|
|Space Warrior Baldios||1980|
|Bubuki Buranki: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy||2016|
|Fang of the Sun Dougram||1981|
|Space Runaway Ideon||1980|
|Linebarrels of Iron||2008|
|Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu||2005|
|Aura Battler Dunbine||1983|
|Kousoku Denjin Albegus||1983|
|Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam 13||1998|
|Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn||1992|
|Golden Warrior: The Gold Lightan||1981|
|Gundam Build Divers||2018|
|Dancouga: Super Beast Machine God||1985|
|Turning Mecard W||2016|
|Overman King Gainer||2002|
|Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head: Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu||2017|
|Destiny of the Shrine Maiden||2004|
|Brave Fighter of Sun Fightbird||1991|
|Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula||2007|
|Chiisana Kyojin Microman||1999|
|Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger||1992|
|IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2003)||2003|
|Choujin Sentai Baratack||1977|
|Transformers: Super-God Masterforce||1988|
|GR -Giant Robo-||2007|
|Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross||1984|
|Metal Armor Dragonar||1987|
|Super Dimension Century Orguss||1983|
|Mirai Robo Daltanias||1979|
|Kinkyuu Hasshin Saver Kids||1991|
|Brave Express Might Gaine||1993|
|Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||2011|
|Mado King Granzort||1989|
|Transformers: Robots in Disguise||2000|
|Heavy Metal L-Gaim||1984|