Yes, the quarantine period is extended, now go watch more mecha.
As the Quarantine period is extended and is looking to go down the route where the most of us are still going to be at home most of the time for the rest of this year, we also continue down the path of urging you to be part of the mecha fandom by throwing again another 5 shows that feature giant robots that we think you should be watching. While we have already given an initial list of suggestions before, this one is going to be more modern and are generally part of what is described as the new golden age of mecha, with some of them having defined the tastes of the latter millennial and early gen z fans, and are more accessible with most of them already being on popular streaming sites such as Netflix.
Anyway, here’s your new dose of mecha shows that we think you should be watching during the quarantine.
Gundam Build Fighters
Number of Episodes: 25
Where to watch: YouTube
Ah, yes, we’re kicking it off with Gundam. Gundam Build Fighters was a refreshing spin on the Gundam Franchise as it breaks off from the usual Space Opera and instead dives into the world of Gunplas or Gundam Plastic Model Kits that became the franchise’s staple merchandise. While a standalone spinoff the show itself does reference and even sometimes feature cameos of various characters from the vast Gundam universe not to mention interesting model kit variants of some popular Mobile Suits, and of course the glorious 1-on-1 MS battles.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Number of Episodes: 25 (Season 1)
Where to watch: Netflix
If you’re the type to live the life of the edge, then Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is right up your alley with an anti-hero protagonist whose defining traits would make your inner chunibiyo squeal in delight. While it’s a little lacking in terms of signature mechas, Code Geass is a fun ride, with a story that will always keep you on the edge of your seats, as you wait on how things will unfold next, with vast characters and less of your usual time fillers. Also, it probably has one of the most iconic intro songs of its era, one that is definitely a banger and will get you screaming “Jibun wo!” as soon as that the first line drops.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Number of Episodes: 50
Where to Watch: YouTube
Yes, it’s more Gundam, and don’t worry, this will be the last Gundam suggestion on this list. Anyway, Gundam SEED is usually described as the much fresher take on the original Mobile Suit Gundam series featuring tropes such as children being forced into the heat of the battle and the existence of “evolved” humans, ones whose abilities surpass the usual barriers and enabling them to pilot giant, laser-blasting robots. While reception to Gundam SEED is varied and the show itself does come with its obvious shortcomings (and some fanservice while you’re at it), it’s still one of the most iconic shows of its generation and has spawned some very interesting mecha designs. Just be sure to not venture forth into the realm of Destiny.
Darling in the FRANXX
Number of Episodes: ̶1̶6̶ 24
Where to Watch: Netflix
Darling in the FRANXX is one of the most recent mecha shows to come out from the collaboration of Studio Trigger, who brought us shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, and CloverWorks, formerly known as A-1 Studios who brought us shows like Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online, and that’s what we’re all gonna have to say about that. The show itself is not that bad although it’s more character drama with some mecha vs monster fights mixed in and it’s pretty interesting up until you get past a certain episode where things get a surprise turn and when asked why all one could respond is “Because Trigger”. The series recently went up on Netflix so you could check it out there if you have a subscription.
Full Metal Panic!
Number of Episodes: 24 (Season 1)
Where to Watch: Netflix
While Super Dimension Fortress Macross pioneered the combination of Mecha and Music, Full Metal Panic! (sort of) pioneered Mecha and High School Rom-Com with its mix of robot battles and slice of life tropes. The obvious and sometimes extreme personality differences between the 2 main characters, one being a professional soldier, the other being your average high school student, easily make for an interesting story that knows when to be comedic and when to take itself seriously. Speaking of comedy, the series also has a comedic spinoff where these differences are highlighted in your average day to day happenings such as (a bit of spoilers, mind you) mistaking a love letter for a toxin note, and subjecting a high school rugby team into extreme military training just so they could win over a rival school.