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Unfairly Maligned Mecha Shows

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byIdeDial
Jun 13 2024, 1:35 PM | Updated Jul 6, 11:25 AM
Mecha shows that have a bad reputation but are actually a lot better than one would be led to believe.
Chogattai Majutsu Robot Ginguiser
TV, 1977, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Memed to death, but the robot is actually quite cool and it's a solid mecha show.

Rokushin Gattai GodMars (1982)

Six God Combination GodMars: The Movie

Rokushin Gattai GodMars (1982)
Movie, 1982, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
A cool compilation movie for an otherwise boring series.

Sei Juushi Bismarck

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Sei Juushi Bismarck
TV, 1984, 51 eps Me:- Author:-
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a totally different show from Sei Juushi Bismark, the closest we've come to an anime version of tokusatsu.
Soukihei MD Geist
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Hated by people who like "mature anime for mature anime fans like me", but it's actually a pretty cool OVA.
Chou Dendou Robo Tetsujin 28-gou FX
TV, 1992, 47 eps Me:- Author:-
This is a Brave series named Tetsujin, and it has the coolest robots in the Tetsujin franchise.
Soukihei MD Geist 2: Death Force
OVA, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
See comment for first MD Geist entry.
Virus: Virus Buster Serge
TV, 1997, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
This show is actually quite dense and often confusing, but that doesn't make it bad -- you just need to pay attention -- and the twists near the end are quite cool and reminiscent of something you'd see in a kids' mecha like GaoGaiGar or Dendoh.

Next Senki Ehrgeiz

Next War Chronicle Ehrgeiz

Next Senki Ehrgeiz
TV, 1997, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Gundam in all but name
Ginsoukikou Ordian
TV, 2000, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
It has a bad reputation thanks to its poor subtitles; in the raw Japanese it's actually quite good.
Haja Kyosei G Dangaiou
TV, 2001, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
The ending is cool, and there are plenty of cool robots (both the hero and villain) throughout. Skip the SOL bits and enjoy the action.

Dennou Boukenki Webdiver

Brain Adventure Record Webdiver

Dennou Boukenki Webdiver
TV, 2001, 52 eps Me:- Author:10
A show that proves you don't need animation to make a MOTW show good and memorable. The ongoing story is quite meaty -- at first it's a more emotional GaoGaiGar then it becomes Digimon Adventure --, and there are plenty of cool designs throughout.

Kikou Sennyo Rouran

Strange Steel Fairy Rouran

Kikou Sennyo Rouran
TV, 2002, 28 eps Me:- Author:-
It has a bad reputation thanks to its poor subtitles; in the raw Japanese it's actually quite good.
Divergence Eve
TV, 2003, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Look past the bad character designs, and you'll find a super cool space show.

Divergence Eve 2: Misaki Chronicles

Misaki Chronicle: Divergence Eve

Divergence Eve 2: Misaki Chronicles
TV, 2004, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Look past the bad character designs, and you'll find a super cool space show.
SD Gundam Force
TV, 2004, 52 eps Me:- Author:-
The SD designs are cool, and it's just a Brave series in SD Gundam skin. It has a bad reputation because it's more of a Brave series than a Gundam series, but the story in the second half gets quite meaty.

Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED Destiny
TV, 2004, 50 eps Me:- Author:-
Stock animation aside, this show has the coolest mobile suits and ships in Gundam and a more interesting and moving story than the original SEED. It plays with some interesting ideas like media manipulation, faking identities, and why communism can't work.
Ice
OVA, 2007, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
It has some pretty cool mecha and an extremely weird story, as well as some cool Gundam references.
Juusou Kikou Dancougar Nova
TV, 2007, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Why would you complain about an Obari show? This is cooler than the original Dancouga because it has more interesting technology.

Gundam: G no Reconguista

Gundam Reconguista in G

Gundam: G no Reconguista
TV, 2014, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
The show isn't that confusing; it just has a lot of factions and it's more of an adventure show about finding the truth of the world than a typical Gundam show.
Aquarion Logos
TV, 2015, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
An extremely weird MOTW show that's hated for not being a sequel to the previous Aquarion shows and requiring knowledge of kanji grammar and communication theory.
Scared Rider Xechs
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Bishonen sentai. How is that a bad thing?

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