What Is the Best Mecha Anime?

It's time to talk about robots.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

If you’re an anime fan, you’d be hard-pressed to watch this ever-expanding medium and not have seen at least one mecha anime. This genre is all about big robots and action: two things that almost everyone can agree on that results in some pretty cool storylines and combat. With that in mind, you might be wondering: what is the best mecha anime? Here is everything you need to know.

The Best Mecha Anime

 Neon Genesis Evangelion

While this answer may be different for some people, the general consensus tends to be that the best mecha anime of all time is Neon Genesis Evangelion. Despite releasing over 25 years ago, this franchise is still heralded as one of the most influential and enthralling series to ever grace anime, let alone the mecha genre.

The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion depicts the difficult life of Shinji Ikari – a teenager forced to wield a giant mech to stop an alien invasion. He is one of the rare pilots who is capable of synchronizing his soul with giant machines-like beings that humanity has created, known as Evangelions. 

What follows is a tale fueled by tragedy, psychological drama, and a slew of secrets that could decide the fate of the entire universe. The series is praised by both anime and non-anime fans alike, as it was so popular, that it’s even gotten numerous additional video games, novels, and movies that continue or retell the saga.

The final film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, was released on March 8, 2021, on Netflix to much acclaim, proving that the series is still as popular as ever. That is all you need to know about what the best mecha anime is.

About the author

Andrew McMahon

Andrew was Twinfinite's Features Editor from 2020 through until March 2023 and wrote for the site from 2018. He has wandered around with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications sitting in his back pocket for a while now, all the while wondering what he is going to do for a career. Luckily, video games have always been there, especially as his writing career progresses.