I want to get into mecha, but I have no idea where to start, and what are great animes in the genre. I watched Code Geass, Evangelion and Gundam 00 and loved them all very much, but that's about what I know.
So, can you recommend some good stuff with interesting plot and characters, epic music and great battles, and of course gorgeous mecha designs.
(And in particular, what are the best animes in the Gundam franchise?)
Thanks in advance.
Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Shin Getter Robo
These are a good place to start, just be aware Shin Getter Robo might confuse you a bit if you don't read the manga first. Totally doable regardless.
As far as Gundam goes, you've already watched my personal favorite, but you should definitely watch UC. I'd skip SEED and Destiny. Wing is overrated due to Nostalgia and not very good. G is very good in a campy kung fu kind of way, which is kinda the point. Turn A will either bore you or blow you away, but it's something you should save for last. Gundam Build Fighters is great and the second season is airing currently. I'd save it for when you have a few more Gundam series under your belt so you can get all the little nods and references. G-reco (another currently airing Gundam series) is pretty polarizing at the moment, but I definitely recommend checking it out. The animation is beautiful.
Not OP, but I never saw that Samurai 7 being discussed here. Is it any good?
What about Ryu Knight? Those are the main ones of that list that I think look a bit iffy. The rest, or at least those i've seen, are generally pretty good though.
> Aquarion, Big O, Dai-Guard, Eureka Seven, Full Metal Panic, Five Star Stories, Evangelion, etc.
Where the fuck are Raideen, Daitarn 3, Ideon, Dunbine, SPT Layzner, CCA, F91, Dragonar, L-Gaim, Brain Powerd, Victory, 08th MS, Stardust Memory, Orguss, Ai oboete imasuka ...?
the only people who honestly complain about Eva anymore are contrarian try-hards.
whatever problems you might see in it, NGE is a thoroughly established properly with a fixed place in the overall anime Zeitgeist. the fact people like you still feel the need to complain about it 18 years later says far more about the show's widespread impact that anything you'll ever have to say.
Ryu Knight is overall good but has three glaring flaws:
1. FOUR freaking recap episodes
2. the rather questionable final episodes
3. one random scene that kinda screws the entire premise of the second half:
they make such a big fuss about how only class-changed Ryus stand a chance against the Dooms and Helldragons and then they show them getting taken out by some ninjas on foot.
I complain about the Rebuilds a lot. Does that count?
muh random symbolism
muh edgy christian themes
muh shit mecha designs
muh shota protagonist
muh terrible waifus
muh deep characters
muh deep characters who cry all the time
muh real human bean
muh try-hard tomino
Pretty much agree with this guy. Jungle Wars arc was awesome in VOTOMS, and pretty much all of Dougram was great.
My favorite Gundam shows were 0079, 08th MS Team, War in the Pocket, and Victory. I watched all of UC in production order, and I would say you can't go wrong that way, but the above were my favorites. Some people will tell you to skip over ZZ, but I think that is a mistake. It's a decent show by itself, you just have to wait for Beecha and co. to quit being twats.