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My 5 Favorite Mecha Anime and Why They're the Best

H.D. Russell | 9 Nov 2015 15:00
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Giant robots are just awesome and we have Japan to thank for them. Were it not for their love for Kaiju and Mecha, we would have never gotten such amazing titles as The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Pacific Rim. The popularity of Gundam exploded this market, and with the advent of Iron-Blooded Orphans, I thought I'd revisit some of the best of Mecha Anime.

5. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

The newest one on this list, and probably the shortest, is Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Set in a future where humans are tasked with destroying a vast octopus-alien force, Ensign Ledo, a soldier from the Galactic Alliance, finds himself transported to the mythical Earth through a wormhole after a battle goes seriously wrong. Compared to the AI and weapon capabilities of his Machine Caliber, Chamber, the society he lands in seems incredibly primitive. These people live on giant barges on an Earth that has been covered in oceans and struggle to survive amidst pirates and sea monsters. As Leto realizes that he cannot get back to the Alliance, he slowly comes to terms with this new society and their customs. This series is very reminiscent of Stranger in a Strange Land in how it challenges Leto's understanding for how humans operate and live alongside each other. Being only 13 episodes, this series is packed with excellent character development, awesome fight scenes, and more twists and turns than you'd originally guess. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is one of the newest classics in Mecha Anime.

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