Meka - Giant Robot Anime - Origin and Curiosities

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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 mecha or meka [メカ] genre has been popularized in Japan with famous works like Gundam and not to mention the old 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?

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

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 Japan's most popular giant robot anime. He 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 there is a Gundam store.

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

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.

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

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.

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

Anime 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.

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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 quote Gundam a lot, since there are so many different anime and because we already have an article talking about Gundam . The next anime I'll mention are my favorite anime and they are inside 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.

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

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.

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

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)

Meka - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities


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 - giant robot anime - origin and curiosities

List of Mecha Anime

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.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R22008
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion2006
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann2007
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Segunda Temporada2008
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 22016
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid2005
Mobile Suit Gundam 002007
Mobile Suit Gundam: A Origem - Surgimento do Cometa Vermelho2019
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans2015
Neon Genesis Evangelion1995
Macross Frontier2007
Cavaleiros de Sidonia: Batalha pelo Planeta Nove2015
Full Metal Panic!2002
Eureka Seven2005
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross1982
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory2018
Throat on the Verdurous Planet2013
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing1995
Cavaleiros de Sidonia2014
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED2002
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam1985
Vandread: A Segunda Etapa2001
Gundam Build Fighters2013
Guilty Crown2011
Knight's & Magic2017
Mobile Suit Gundam1979
GaoGaiGar FINAL Grand Glorious Gathering2005
Samurai 72004
AKB0048: Next Stage.2013
A Visão de Escaflowne1996
Heroic Age2007
Gundam Build Fighters Try2014
Valve the Liberator 22013
Fafner Exodus 2ª Temporada2015
Asura Cryin' 22009
The Big O II2003
Broken Blade TV2014
Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season2015
Ride Back2009
Martian Successor Nadesico1996
Armored Trooper Votoms1983
Zoids: New Century/Zero2001
Zoids: Chaotic Century1999
IGPX: Immortal Grande Prêmio 2ª Temporada2006
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:00962016
Zoids: Guardião da Força2000
Taikong Lixianji2010
Novo Getter Robo2004
Patlabor: A Polícia Móvel TV1989
Giant Gorge1984
Planet With2018
Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!2009
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Mobile Fighter G Gundam1994
Tetsujin 28-go (2004)2004
Valve the Liberator2013
Tekkaman Blade1992
Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures1999
Mars Daybreak2004
Genesis Climber Mospeada1983
Turn A Gundam1999
Infinite Stratos2011
Gun x Sword2005
Buddy Complex2014
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons2014
Sit Mecha Xabungle1982
Muteki Kojin Daitarn 31978
Aquarion Evol2012
Fafner Exodus2015
Delta macros2016
Majestic Prince2013
Blue Comet SPT Layzner1985
Star Driver2010
UFO Robo Grendizer1975
Zoids: Genesis2005
After War Gundam X1996
Muteki Robo Trider G71980
Invincible Superman Zambot 31977
The Big O1999
Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry2006
Toushou Daimos1978
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse2012
Season 22012
Eureka Seven AO2012
Danball Senki Wars2013
Asura cryin'2009
IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix2005
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector2010
Robotech: The Masters1985
Zone of the Enders: Dolores2001
Chou Denji Robo Combattler V1976
macros 71994
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne2011
turn V1977
Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars2006
Gear Fighter Dendoh2000
Mazinger Z1972
Danball Senki W2012
Great Mazinger1974
Blue Gender1999
Infinite Stratos 22013
Gunparade March2003
Mobile Suit Victory Gundam1993
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ1986
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle2016
Godannar 2ª Temporada2004
Hyakujuu-Ou GoLion1981
Zoids Wild Zero2019
Space Warrior Baldios1980
Argent Soma2000
Ninja Robots1985
Bubuki Buranki: Os Gigantes Gentis da Galáxia2016
Koutetsu Jeeg1975
Red Baron1994
Fang of the Sun Dougram1981
Innocent Venus2006
Space Runaway Ideon1980
Linebarrels of Iron2008
Danball Senki2011
Burst Angel2004
Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu2005
Aura Battler Dunbine1983
Kousoku Denjin Albegus1983
Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam 131998
Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn1992
Golden Warrior: The Gold Lightan1981
Gundam Build Divers2018
Viper's Creed2009
Dancouga: Super Beast Machine God1985
Turning Mecard W2016
Yatterman (1977)1977
Overman King Gainer2002
Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head: Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu2017
Destino da Donzela do Santuário2004
Kotetsushin Jeeg2007
Brave Fighter of Sun Fightbird1991
Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula2007
Little Giant Microman1999
Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger1992
IGPX: Immersion Time 30 Tournament Grand Prix (2003)2003
Choujin Sentai Barattack1977
Tenkai Knights2013
Getter Robo1974
Transformers: Super-God Masterforce1988
GR -Giant Robo-2007
Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross1984
God Mazinger1984
Metal Armor Dragonar1987
Super Dimension Century Orguss1983
Mirai Robo Daltanias1979
Transformers: Armada2002
Emergency Dispatch Saver Kids1991
Brave Express Might Gaine1993
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE2011
Mado King Granzort1989
Gad Guard2003
Transformers: Robots in Disguise2000
Heavy Metal L-Gaim1984

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