What are some more legitimately well-written Super Robot and Kaiju shows that are visually appealing? They don't have to be dark and more character-driven, but I don't mind them being like that either, as long as they have adequate focus on the robot/monster designs as well.
Bonus points if they don't spend too much time on fan service and takes place primarily on earth.
I watched a bit of Nadesico and enjoyed it, but it was a little brutal
and felt a bit contemporary, but that's probably the wrong way to put it. I like Eva as well but it's more of a character analysis than mecha anime.
Sorry I'm being so specific
Rahxephon is bad even if it looks good. It has its head up its ass so far that it's staring into its colon.
If you're not familiar with super robot, watch the Giant Robo OVA or something along those lines
I like Giant Robo too
And i'd like to add The Big O and 2004 Tetsujin 28 with others old school retro robot.
You could also try Giant Gorg for the adventure
What hurts is that people actually like a show which seems to go out of its way to make every plot development as incomprehensible as possible beyond the most basic details, and sometimes it doesn't even offer that much.
BONES got right with Eureka Seven everything they got wrong with Rahxephon
It means a professional writer won't cringe to death while watching it. Have you never been graded on an essay before? Do you know the difference between good and bad writing?
I swear, most people who watch anime are a fucking joke. It's like your favorite cartoons are somehow impervious to criticism because 'muh art is subjective'
On the other hand, they could be so jaded to the point where they actually cannot tell the difference between good and bad writing. I'm at that point. I haven't watched a single mecha show I'd consider to have good writing. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Good writing is writing I enjoy, and bad writing is writing I don't enjoy. In all seriousness though, I'll just agree with >>13734707 and say that more likely than not you cannot find a mecha series with objectively good writing. The two don't go together, they never have and never will.
>Bonus points if they don't spend too much time on fan service
Fan service is considered good writing in anime.