Kidou Senshi Gundam 0079, Neon Genesis Evangelion Recommendations
Both manga starts with a kid who doesn't know how to pilot but becomes very good at it, with a father in a higher military position. Awesome mechs battling in a more realistic situation than other mechs. Both Neon Genesis and Gundam 0079 has more plausible mech battles where strategies are needed, compared to many other mech manga which has super pumped up very rigged machines. Not only are there cool mech battles, but it deals with psychological pressure when battling, losing others, and there are a little political aspects to it as well.