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02-26-12, 5:33 PM

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i always assumed i hate mecha.. im not into the robot thing. but i realised i probably havent given it a good enough chance. I didn't think i'd like sports anime until i watched one outs and now i'm very open to the sports genre.

-i tried to watch asura cryin' and couldnt stand it...
-i enjoyed code geass

thats all ive tried.. can someone reccommend me one that i will like?
 
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02-26-12, 5:37 PM

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Aquarion
 
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02-26-12, 6:06 PM

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Evangelion
 
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02-26-12, 6:10 PM

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smackdown said:
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EVOL is pretty good, but the original was meh. I would still watch the original simply because the new one makes references to it, but just keep in mind that the new one is better.

Why not try watching some of the Gundams? Those are pretty good. I would recommend watching the original if you're alright with old animation (after the original, the sequel, Zeta, has much improved animation), and SEED (this one is iffy some people hate it some people don't).
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02-26-12, 6:11 PM

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Do you prefer mecha that perform in at least some sort of realistic manner (especially if they feel as though they could have some sort of weight), or those that fly around at ridiculous speed and shoot rainbows?

Disclaimer: (imo)
For something that isn't so stupidly far-fetched:
http://myanimelist.net/anime/6772/Break_Blade_1:_Kakusei_no_Toki
http://myanimelist.net/anime/81/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_The_08th_MS_Team (you don't need to know anything about gundam to enjoy it)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/95/Turn_A_Gundam (pretty good, but the main character is way too feminine and awkward)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2582/Armored_Trooper_Votoms

Somewhere in between (I would put Code Geass here):
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1088/Macross
http://myanimelist.net/anime/3572/Macross_Frontier
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1086/Mars_Daybreak
http://myanimelist.net/anime/256/Voices_of_a_Distant_Star
http://myanimelist.net/anime/856/Utawarerumono (sorta)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/763/Zoids (can't believe I added this here)

For ridiculous mecha:
Anything else that has gundam in the name (SEED was really good, 00 is bleh, AGE is trash)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/237/Eureka_Seven
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2002/Heroic_Age
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1602/Soukou_no_Strain
http://myanimelist.net/anime/180/Vandread
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2001/Tengen_Toppa_Gurren_Lagann

notes:
I can't recommend NGE simply because I think it's complete garbage.

editing as I think of things.
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02-26-12, 6:29 PM

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Hikaru no Go is in your favorites. I like you, thus I will give you some recs. (the manga is in my favs) You might have to watch older series to get what you're looking for, or at least an introduction.

Well, let me start with shows with mecha on the side, not really the main focus
Gundam 0080 (don't really need to see other Gundam, or even like other Gundams)
Macross
RahXephon
Bokurano
Infinite Ryvius

Mecha take up a lot more space, but there's other stuff to like
Tetusjin 28 2004
Armored Trooper VOTOMs
Blue Gender (has some not exactly tasteful parts)
Gad Guard

Over the top action and a strong disbelief in physics, might not be entirely tasteful in some areas
Giant Robo (GR is more serious than TTGL)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Outlaw Star (ok, not really mecha, but spaceships with grappling arms, sometimes feels like mecha, but it also has one of the best hot springs episodes ever)
 
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02-26-12, 6:29 PM

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I don't like mecha, but I really enjoyed Macross F because it focused more on the people than the machines.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is also pretty good.
 
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02-26-12, 8:43 PM

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Recommending this for the second time today: the vision of escaflowne. It is very far from being a traditional mecha, but technically, it still is one, and is an amazing series (forget about the movie). Also, you should definitely watch the original Evangelion to see what the mecha genre has to offer. I will also second Giant Robo simply because I love the series, but I am not sure if you will like it as much.
 
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02-26-12, 9:03 PM

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thx for recs.. some of these look like they got a bit to offer. im not really interested in gundam or anything with twenty million different series. ive been plannign to look at evangelion for a hundred years and never got around to it.



Sweetpea said:
I don't like mecha, but I really enjoyed Macross F because it focused more on the people than the machines.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is also pretty good.


this sounds good, i think maybe i was able to tolerate the mechain code geass because theres not much focus on the machines.

breakblade and rahxephon look interesting too. thanks
 
02-27-12, 2:19 AM

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infinite stratos
fmp series?
 
02-27-12, 2:28 AM

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infinite stratos
fmp series?


Charlotte Dunois is a huge chunk of Infinite Stratos' ability to keep viewers interested.
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02-27-12, 2:31 AM

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Definitely watch the Macross series.
If you enjoyed the fabulousness of Code Geass, that means you automatically like Star Driver.
 
02-27-12, 3:05 AM

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fyi im using the idea of mecha being any machine not just bots[ ie japanese definition[
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Wataru
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Gundam 00
Neon Genesis Evangelion


HawthorneKitty said:

If you enjoyed the fabulousness of Code Geass, that means you automatically like Star Driver.


Only difference is that Star Driver is quite worse lol.
 
02-27-12, 5:41 AM

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No Patlabor movies or Gunbuster (Top wo Nerae!) recommendations yet? They're pretty short for mecha anime, so they are a good place to start. Patlabor is the realistic one, where mecha are used as tools to aid in construction and police work, while Gunbuster is the OTT, hot-blodded one.

Seconding Giant Robo too, even if the mecha in question is remote-controlled rather than piloted.
 
02-27-12, 11:08 AM

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As "24601" said, mecha originally referred to anime depiction of anything technical and mechanical; airplanes, spaceships, weapons, etc.

I love mecha but not because of the "robots." Gundam Wing was my entry drug. I was drawn in by the relationships, political maneuvering and power plays, and the military structure, strategy, and tactics. I also loved the presentation of my own ambiguity toward war, i.e. the need to be strong and protect and the desire to set aside the need for senseless destruction based on false judgements about racial, religious, and patriotic superiority.

Many mecha enthusiast are horrified when I say that most of the mecha battles bore me. I tend to skip over or multi-task through them, but then I do that through most shounen battle sequences anyway. Once in a while, usually toward the end of one of the Gundams, the battle tension will be amazing and have me on the edge of my seat and in tears. Over the top stuff like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has zero appeal for me.

As always, an astrisk "*" just indicates additional seasons, movies, ovas, etc.

.Anime Title - .Eps - .Year - .My Rating - .Comedy - .Drama - .Romance - .Psychological - .Military - .Mystery
Flag - 13 - 2006 - 10 - - Drama - - - Military -
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex * - 26 - 2003 - 10 - - Drama - - Psychological - Military - Police
Mobile Suit Gundam * - 43 - 1979 - 10 - - Drama - - - Military -
Neon Genesis Evangelion - 26 - 1995 - 10 - - Drama - - Psychological - -
RahXephon - 26 - 2002 - 10 - - Drama - Romance - Psychological - - Mystery
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 * - 25 - 2009 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket - 6 - 1989 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory* - 13 - 1991 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam I - 1 - 1981 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow - 1 - 1981 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space - 1 - 1981 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War * - 3 - 2004 - 9 - - Drama - - Psychological - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed * - 50 - 2002 - 9 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing * - 49 - 1995 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ - 47 - 1986 - 9 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team * - 12 - 1996 - 9 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - 50 - 1985 - 9 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Moonlight Mile * - 12 - 2007 - 9 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Mugen no Ryvius - 26 - 1999 - 9 - - Drama - - Psychological - Military - Mystery
Patlabor* - 47 - 1988 - 9 - Comedy - Drama - - - - Police
Samurai 7 - 26 - 2004 - 9 - - Drama - - - -
Top wo Nerae! * - 6 - 1988 - 9 - Comedy - Drama - - - Military -
Turn A Gundam - 50 - 1999 - 9 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
After War Gundam X - 39 - 1996 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Argento Soma * - 25 - 2000 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Armored Trooper Votoms * - 52 - 1983 - 8 - Comedy - Drama - - - Military -
Blue Gender * - 26 - 1999 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Bokurano - 24 - 2007 - 8 - - Drama - - Psychological - - Mystery
Break Blade * (six movies) - 1 - 2010 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch * - 25 - 2006 - 8 - Comedy - Drama - - Psychological - Military - Mystery
Dai-Guard - 26 - 1999 - 8 - Comedy - Drama - - - Military -
Escaflowne - 26 - 1996 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - -
Eureka Seven - 50 - 2005 - 8 - Comedy - Drama - Romance - Psychological - Military - Mystery
Gasaraki - 25 - 1998 - 8 - - Drama - - Psychological - Military - Mystery
Guilty Crown - 22 - 2011 - 8 - - Drama - - - -
Macross * - 36 - 1989 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Macross Frontier - 25 - 2008 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Macross II: Lovers Again - 6 - 1992 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Macross Plus - 4 - 1994 - 8 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Martian Successor Nadesico * - 26 - 1996 - 8 - Comedy - - Romance - - Military -
Masou Kishin Cybuster - 26 - 1999 - 8 - - Drama - - - -
Mobile Suit Gundam F91 - 1 - 1991 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - 6 - 2011 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
RideBack - 12 - 2009 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Agressor* - 25 - 2004 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Zegapain - 26 - 2006 - 8 - - Drama - - - - Mystery
Zone of the Enders: Dolores, I - 26 - 2001 - 8 - - Drama - - - Military -
Divergence Eve * - 13 - 2003 - 7 - Comedy - Drama - - Psychological - Military - Mystery
Full Metal Panic! * - 24 - 2002 - 7 - Comedy - - Romance - - Military -
Gad Guard - 26 - 2003 - 7 - - - - - -
Gate Keepers - 24 - 2000 - 7 - - - - - -
Gate Keepers 21 - 6 - 2002 - 7 - - - - - -
Gin'iro no Olynsis - 12 - 2006 - 7 - - Drama - Romance - - -
Heroic Age - 26 - 2007 - 7 - - Drama - Romance - - Military -
Virus Buster Serge - 12 - 1997 - 7 - - - - - - Police
Gravion* - 13 - 2002 - 6 - Comedy - - - -
Gunparade March: Arata Naru Kougunka - 12 - 2003 - 6 - - - Romance - - Military -
Jinki:Extend - 12 - 2005 - 6 - - - - - -
Reideen - 26 - 2007 - 6 - - - - - -
Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto - 25 - 2010 - 6 - Comedy - - Romance - - -
Sousei no Aquarion * - 26 - 2005 - 5 - - Drama - Romance - - -
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Leondre said:
Do you prefer mecha that perform in at least some sort of realistic manner (especially if they feel as though they could have some sort of weight), or those that fly around at ridiculous speeds and shoot rainbows?

(imo)
For something that isn't so stupidly far-fetched:
http://myanimelist.net/anime/6772/Break_Blade_1:_Kakusei_no_Toki
http://myanimelist.net/anime/81/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_The_08th_MS_Team
http://myanimelist.net/anime/95/Turn_A_Gundam (probably one of the best gundam shows)

Somewhere in between (I would put Code Geass here):
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1088/Macross
http://myanimelist.net/anime/3572/Macross_Frontier
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1086/Mars_Daybreak
http://myanimelist.net/anime/763/Zoids (can't believe I added this here)

For ridiculous mecha:
Anything else that has gundam in the name (SEED was really good, 00 is bleh, AGE is trash)
http://myanimelist.net/anime/237/Eureka_Seven
http://myanimelist.net/anime/2002/Heroic_Age
http://myanimelist.net/anime/1602/Soukou_no_Strain
http://myanimelist.net/anime/180/Vandread
http://myanimelist.net/anime/856/Utawarerumono

editing as I think of things.


This is pretty accurate just the only thing I have to say is that Utawarerumono isn't really a mecha....
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02-27-12, 2:37 PM

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IS: Infinite Stratos and Gundam Seed / Destiny.
 
02-27-12, 3:42 PM

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watch NGE before you watch anything else. thank me later.
 
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IS: Infinite Stratos and Gundam Seed / Destiny.
--I have a difficult time mentioning Infinite Stratos and Gundam in the same breath. A lot of people liked IS. I couldn't stand it.

@jrgcool35 -- I don't remember Utawarerumono being mecha either.
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