Hot-blooded heroes, crushing metal, and impossible physics are the hallmarks of the hit mecha anime! Goo Ranking asked the Japanese community to rank the best “hot-blooded” mecha anime –
Here are the top 15 Hot-Blooded Mecha Anime choices.
15. Fafner in the Azure – 36 votes
The story focuses on a group of children who pilot the titular Fafners in an escalating war against giant aliens called Festum. The anime is subtitled Dead Aggressor.
Yumi and Ryou are children who have been selected to take part in a top secret mission, to be the pilots of the first Fafner combat units; the last chance of survival for the human race. The enemy is ruthless, remorseless and is able to read the minds of humans.
Therefore, the details of this mission are kept a secret even from the personnel involved. The young pilots must use all their courage and faith in order to survive and complete their mission or the fate of mankind would be compromised.
14. Full Metal Panic! – 37 votes
Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl.
Sousuke Sagara, a seventeen year old military specialist working for the secret organization MITHRIL, has been assigned to protect the latest “Whispered” candidate Kaname Chidori. To complete this task Sousuke will have to deal with enemies from his past as well as the occasional panty thief.
Unfortunately for Sousuke, the toughest part of his mission isn’t only protecting Miss Chidori but also getting used to living an average High School students life, no easy task for someone raised on the battlefield.
13. The Transformers – 43 votes
The noble Autobots and Decepticons, two intergalactic races of robots, crash land on Earth. They battle for Allspark, the ultimate power source, whose location is held by Sam.
The fate of humanity is at stake when two races of robots, the good Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, bring their war to Earth.
The robots have the ability to change into different mechanical objects as they seek the key to ultimate power. Only a human youth, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) can save the world from total destruction.
12. Martian Successor Nadesico – 43 votes
Akito Tenkawa, a young, nerdy orphan, joins the crew of the space battleship Nadesico as a chef but constantly gets dragged into helping its squadron of battle robots defend it against alien invaders.
Earth is at war with a race of alien invaders called the “Jovian Lizards”. A company called Nergal designs a space battleship, the ND-001 Nadesico. While the ship is powerful and its crew consists of the top civilian experts in their fields, these individuals tend to have “some slight personality disorders”.
11. Getter Robo Armageddon – 46 votes
Getter Robo Armageddon, known in Japan as Change!! Getter Robo: The Last Day of the World is an OVA released in 1998 by Bandai Visual, based on the manga and anime series Getter Robo, created by Ken Ishikawa and Go Nagai.
From deep within the Earth’s surface, the Dinosaur Kingdom make their move to wipe out mankind and conquer the planet with their mechanical dinosaurs.
After a prototype Getter Robo is shot down by a mechanical dinosaur, the Saotome Research Institute decides to use the real Getter Robo, which is combat-capable.
Due to a lack of pilots in the institute, Ryo Nagare goes to his college to persuade martial artist Musashi Tomoe and outcast Hayato Jin to join him and pilot the Getter Machines to combat the new threat and protect mankind.
10. Knight’s & Magic – 47 votes
Knight’s & Magic is set in a world where medieval knights use giant robots called Silhouette Knights to fight against demon beasts, magical ravenous animals that devour everything on sight.
The protagonist is Tsubasa Kurata, a mecha otaku from Japan who gets killed in a car accident.
Tsubasa is reincarnated in this new parallel world as Ernesti “Eru” Echavalier, a boy born into a noble family. Tsubasa’s previous otaku memories inspire Ernesti into creating his own Silhouette Knights in order to defend his kingdom.
9. Armored Trooper Votoms – 48 votes
Armored Trooper VOTOMS is a military science fiction mecha anime series, having undergone several incarnations. The original 1983 television series was created by Ryosuke Takahashi and Sunrise, featuring mechanical designs by Kunio Okawara.
A century of bloodshed between warring star systems has plunged nearly 200 worlds into the flames of war. Now, an uneasy truce has settled across the Astragius Galaxy…
Chirico Cuvie, a special forces powered-armor pilot is suddenly transferred into a unit engaged in a secret and highly illegal mission to steal military secrets—from their own military!
8. Eureka Seven – 61 votes
Eureka Seven tells the story of a 14 year-old named Renton who lives with his mechanic grandfather, and whose life is thrown somewhat off-kilter when a mech called Nirvash crashes into his house one day and a young girl called Eureka pops up asking for help to repair it. Shortly after, the military mechs get involved.
7. Aim for the Top! Gunbuster – 93 votes
Gunbuster, known in Japan as Aim for the Top! is a Japanese OVA anime series produced by Gainax released from 1988 to 1989.
It was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, best known as the creator and director of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
6. The King of Braves GaoGaiGar – 110 votes
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar is a Japanese anime television series animated by Sunrise’s internal “Studio 7” division. It is the eighth and final installment in Takara’s Yūsha franchise.
It aired on Nagoya TV in Japan from February 1, 1997 to January 31, 1998.
5. Genesis of Aquarion – 116 votes
Genesis of Aquarion is an anime TV series written and directed by Shoji Kawamori, produced by Satelight.
The science fiction series is a homage to the Super Robot shows of the 1970s and 1980s, executed with modern animation techniques and aesthetics.
4. Macross Frontier – 166 votes
Macross Frontier is a Japanese anime television series and the third Japanese anime television series set in the Macross universe. It was broadcast on MBS from April 4, 2008 to September 26, 2008.
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – 170 votes
Simon and many others live underground to escape the terror of Beastmen. Their dream of returning to the Earth’s surface seems possible when a giant mecha suddenly crashes into their underground home.
2. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – 215 votes
Super Robot Wars X is a Super Robot Wars game that was released on March 29, 2018 (Japan) and was localized (South Asia) on April 26, 2018.
The game is about a group of mecha pilots who get stranded on the world of “Al-Warth” and forced to band together.
1. Mazinger Z – 294 votes
Mazinger Z is a Japanese super robot manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974.
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