Questions tagged [mecha]

For use when referring to works in the (typically) Japanese sci-fi genre featuring robots or machines controlled by humans.

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Anime/animated film(?) with two teens chased around an underground city by giant robots

I saw this on TV once, in the 90's. I only remember vague details, such as a couple of teens being chased around an underground city by a pair of giant machines or robots (them being a pair I'm not so ...
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Pre-2014 mecha anime with a unicorn/Pegasus mech combining with the main mech

From what I recall of the show, it involves aliens or something invading the Earth, from space I assume, as I remember them having space battles with the mech in latter episodes. The main character ...
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80s robot cartoon, I think Japanese, where a boy uses a medallion to call a robot

I'm looking for a show I saw in the 80s as a kid. It had a boy and a girl, I think they were brother and sister. The boy had a medallion that he used to call the robot, and then he hides it in his ...
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Mecha anime: main character in a black mecha fighting 4 enemies in a school coliseum

I'm looking for a mecha anime I saw on Facebook today but I forgot to save the video. You see 5 mecha in a school coliseum, 4-vs-1 I think. The main character is sitting in an "old" black ...
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Anime about a couple of kids who find a giant robot that is orange and white

I remember watching it in middle school. It has a couple of kids who find this giant robot that is orange and white. I don't remember much of the plot, but I do remember that during the show the robot ...
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Mecha anime with female villain put into cryo-sleep

I'm trying to identify an anime I saw on TV 15-20 years ago. It was a mecha anime (maybe one of the Gundams?) with two space empires at war. The "bad" side was led by a female commander, and ...
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Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded

Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded. I once watched a teaser for this anime. I don't know if they were 'micro girls' or human-like dolls/robots dressed ...
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Does anybody know the anime name of 6 girls, who go and fight I believe alien monsters?

It's not "Glitter Force", but another anime similar to it. I don't remember much of it, but I remember these girls got sent to another world where there be a jungle and such, and they would ...
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Mecha anime (maybe movie) about a dormant mech's ghost girl choosing a boy to pilot

I'm looking for an 90s or older anime that aired on Adult Swim back in early 2000s (maybe 2010). I only got to see a little bit of it and am unsure if it was supposed to be a movie or a series. The ...
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Looking for the name of an anime where the robot head is also an airplane

Looking for the name of an anime where the robot/mecha was also an airplane. The pilot (white uniform) would typically fly the plane to fight the bad guys then there would be a scene where the plane ...
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Name of anime/cartoon show where a flying robot uses parts of itself in flying patterns (alphabet letters) to upgrade itself to defeat enemies

I recall a show where a sole pilot would fly a fighter/mech(a) through various patterns under the directions of a base/station commander. I can't remember the English name for it, and don't have any ...
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What are the in-universe reasons to use Battlemechs over conventional armor?

What are the in-universe reasons that 'Mechs are used for galactic warfare in Battletech/MechWarrior instead of tanks and aircraft? In the real world, it seems that tanks and aircraft would be ...
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Cartoon about robots that are controlled by humans

The plot is that a team of 3 people a girl, a boy, and a short man with a funny haircut control robots and fight against a white alien that too can control robots. In the beginning I remember there ...
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Anime with a girl stuck on top of a huge mech that was walking towards a city; she had to disable (or enable) a bomb by remembering a phrase

When I was a child in the early 2000s, I remember watching what I believed to be an anime. I can only remember vague details, however I remember the style being that of the '90s, and it being set in a ...
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pre 2000 space mecha anime/cartoon very similar to gundam shows

Need help finding a title of an anime I watched many years ago. It must have been pre 2000. I remember parts of the story. Started with a few pilots (maybe 4-5), cockpit looked very similar to Star ...
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Anime where half American half Japanese guy comes to Japan to fight

First episode has a group of school girls in mechas fighting massive bugs/aliens, and all but one are slaughtered. Then it transitions to a young half-American and half-Japanese boy, who’s an ace ...
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Manga where a girl reincarnates into a super tech world and she pretends to be a boy to inherit her new dad's things

It's about a girl who reincarnates into a super tech world. Her new dad had died protecting people and was a SS mecha pilot. She pretends to be a son to inherit all of her dad's things. She has a ...
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Retro mecha-esque anime where a girl visits a garage, and exits it in a red mech/vehicle hybrid

I can’t remember much of it, as I only saw a clip of it from YouTube a long time ago, but it looked different from most other mecha anime. It seemed to be an older anime. In the scene, there was this ...
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What are the logistics behind sending Jaegers into battle?

Logistics is an underrated aspect of warfare and many see it as the most important part about going to war. When the Nazis were making their way into the USSR and were forced to fight in the brutal ...
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Manga about miniature people piloting cloned women

There’s a really disturbing manga that I remember reading, but for the love of all things, I can’t remember the title. However, I remember the story. It’s about people that pilot these things that ...
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Mid-90s mecha action anime with wearable sentient robot suits

I was recently reminded of an anime I saw between 2000 and 2002 on VHS. The actual production date was probably from late 1980s, a la Bubblegum Crisis (but not actually, I checked), to the mid 1990s. ...
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Name of Mecha Anime from the 70s/80s Based on One Episode

I have searched over and over trying to find this, so now finally posting the question to see if anyone else has a clue about this. My details are vague, but here goes. I remember watching a cartoon ...
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Windows PC Game with pseudo-3D action in a maze with two mechs trying to kill each other

I played this somewhere in the early 90s, I think, downloaded off of a Bulletin Board System and played via a direct connection over the phone lines the twice I actually got to play. It might have ...
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Sci-fi Anime episode search: kid turns into weapon

In the '90s, saw an episode of an anime (Robotech???) where the team encounter a young male child who can turn into an adult-sized cyborg-like destructive weapon (with great anime hair?). The female ...
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1990-2000s mecha anime series or movie, white mecha, wings, and pilot sacrifice

Looking for a mecha anime, either a series or movie between 1990 and early 2000s. All I remember is the mecha being white and wielding a sword. I don’t recall if the pilot had angel type wings or the ...
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Mech fighting anime where the good guys deliberately lose

I watched this a few years ago. The storyline followed a young man who had a mech (built it himself?) and joined in an arena fight, where there were two sides: One side were the rulers of the city/...
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Looking for an obscure mecha manga from the 90s or earlier [duplicate]

So I have a real challenge for the mecha manga/anime buffs around here. Here goes: Way back in the mid 1990s, I borrowed a VHS tape from a schoolmate that was some kind of mecha anime. The only ...
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Anime/cartoon where the main cast uses 2 golden coins to summon a mech from the sky

I remember watching it on tv the 2 protagonists went to an arcade and they insert the coins into an arcade machine and this would activate the mech. They also changed the cast 3 times so I think the ...
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Mecha Anime from the 80s or 90s where the main character is a cop or detective

I am looking for the old Mecha anime from the 80s or maybe 90s. I vaguely remember the main character is a cop or detective some sort. The opening he was chasing some guys and some how he got suck ...
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Classic sci-fi anime, where mechs are launched by space shuttle like booster system to hotspots on earth

I am looking to find the name of a series for which I had seen a few episodes quite a while back - say about 15 or so years back - on either Animax India or AXN (AXN India used to show some anime ...
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Looking for an older maybe 20 year old Mech Anime

So I'm not a big time anime fan but I'll watch it occasionally but I remember trying to watch this one anime about 20 years ago when I was a kid. I thought it was Neon Genesis Evangelion but I'm ...
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Mecha anime where the hero gets two robot suits

What is the name of the mecha anime where the hero uses one mobile suit but when the battle gets tough he calls for another suit that comes from somewhere and takes him in? I saw it on Cartoon ...
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Are the AT-AT's from "Empire Strikes Back" a deliberate reference to Mecha?

I was recently reading the entry on The Empire Strikes Back on the website for the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction and was intrigued by this reference to "mecha" (emphasis mine): A first viewing ...
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Mech book where a dying super soldier transforms into a Japanese girl

Looking for name of a book I read on my Kindle a few years ago. It was about a retired or dying super soldier traveling to a planet. He gets attacked on a ship and when about to die a dormant program ...
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Which was the first story to feature a human manned mecha "robot"?

In the Pacific Rim live action movies (2013 - 2018) they feature human manned mecha "robots". Before this, there were many others live actions / animated series featuring this, Evangelion (1995) , ...
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80s mecha anime about a boy and a girl with bunny ears

A boy gets a gun and a disc with a star on it from an old man. He shoots it into the ground, the disc makes a circle, and a robot emerges from the ground. The boy is inside a robot and controls it by ...
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Anime short about two girls shooting each other with guns from their mouths

I saw an anime short some years ago on YouTube. I can't find it anywhere. The things that I remember are: The "protagonist" is a girl with brown hair tied up and yellow clothes. She is a robot that ...
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80s Mecha anime/cartoon about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form

Need help finding the title of anime or cartoon movie or series, from the late 80s or early 90s. All I remember is that it was about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form. ...
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Name of a Mecha (horror?) anime movie. I know it is older and my parents had gotten it for me on dvd from best buy maybe 10-14 years ago

I have been recently trying to remember the name of an anime movie that I have hazy memories about. I think I remember it being mecha where humans in what I think is a military unit are fighting these ...
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What benefits do Evangelions possess over normal "conventional" mechs?

Evangelion Units are pretty impressive in what they are capable of, and can be a game changer in the world of Angels trying to end the world one attack after the other, but they are greatly flawed. ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

So I watched this as a kid, best guess was around the early 2000’s. It was dubbed in Cantonese so the actual show might be older. The show follows a couple of kids and some professor type character. ...
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Mecha anime where 2 girls fight with mechas

Looking for a mecha anime I saw on a YouTube ad; it's was about 15 mins long and started out showing a girl being choked by a girl with white hair and yellow eyes. The girl being choked had blue hair ...
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Cartoon about a boy and a girl with mech suits that could merge

I don't know exactly when it came out but it had the drawing style of a 90s cartoon. There are 2 main characters with mechs, 1 male and 1 female. They both have suits and the 2 suits can merge into ...
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Anime about a boy and 2 girls and they had to find these mechas

I was trying to find this old anime I used to watch, it was about a boy and 2 girls (1 with red hair and I remember the other one had blue hair) and they had to find these mechas. I remember there ...
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Cartoon from the 80's or early 90's with 3 robot suits

This was a cartoon TV show from the 80's or early 90's. There were 3 different sets of robotic suits one small, one medium and a large one. The small one would go inside the medium one, and then the ...
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Anime: Girl travels to a foreign country with an ongoing alien invasion

I'm looking for this anime where this girl went to a foreign country but there was an alien invasion. I think the anime focuses on the mecha side of the genre. Does anyone know about this anime? I ...
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Cartoon/anime about people transforming into giant white robots to fight aliens

Can anyone name this cartoon movie, which may even have been an anime? I saw it in the 80s or 90s. Members of a family are able to turn into giant white mecha-looking robots to fight aliens that come ...
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a feature length animated movie (before 1990s) in which people leave the earth

I'm looking for an animated feature length movie, possibly 2nd or 3rd movie in a series where people of the earth leave the earth on a big spaceship due to possibly pollution and the protagonist ...
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1980s mecha anime. Main character has a suit comprised of three smaller robots

It was an anime where the lead character has a mecha suit that's composed of 3 robots, one bigger than the previous, the smaller one fits into the medium one and this fits into the bigger one. I think ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear

I am searching for an animation with two partners. They travel around the world, and they have robots suits. I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. The main character has ...