10 Mecha Anime With Overdone Fan Service

For most anime fans, “fanservice” most often refers to nudity and other similar sexualized storylines featuring anime’s most popular characters. While that’s true to some degree, that’s not all there is to fanservice. After all, “fanservice” is defined by online dictionaries as a piece of story that was added to “simply excite the viewer”.

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When it comes to mecha anime, “fanservice” can mean the aforementioned sexuality or anything in anime that only exists to reinforce how cool giant robots are. These types of fanservices can be distracting at times, but when used correctly they do exactly what they were designed to do and give the audience exactly what they came for.

Full Metal Panic! is arguably more of a school life anime with giant robots than just a mecha anime. Full Metal Panic! had a well-thought-out world and real robots, but ecchi scenarios straight out of a steamy high school anime took precedence – even in the war-focused episodes.

Almost every female on the show (especially Kaname) has been subjected to fan service, and Sousuke was always too dense to register what was going on. This was taken to extremes in the self-parody spin-off, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, which ditched the war aspects of the main series to double down on shameless fanservice.

9 Vandread was simultaneously a harem and a mecha anime

Vandread takes place in a future where the battle of the sexes has been taken to extremes. Men and women live exclusively on their own planets, but the worlds collide when aspiring mecha pilot Hibiki becomes the prisoner of an all-female pirate crew. Naturally, this led to more fan-heavy harem shenanigans than actual space warfare.

Although not the first high-concept harem, Vandread was notably the first glimpse of many older fans of both ecchi and mecha. Besides the obligatory fanservice one expects from harem stories, Vandread also gave space opera fans a well-detailed world with unexpected twists regarding the origins of the pilots, the war on their planets, and even the Dreads and Vanguards.

8 Darling In The FranXX Has Pushed Evangelion Fanservice To Breaking Point

For better and for worse, Darling in the FranXX is basically the extreme version of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Nowhere was this made more evident than in the way Sweetheart pushed from Evangelion internal development themes in the foreground. Specifically, the FRANXX were overtly sexualized mecha suits that functioned in equally suggestive ways.

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Sex itself was also an integral part of Sweetheart complex story, since physical and emotional love was the only way to pilot the FRANXX and, in the end, to save all life. Unlike its most obvious inspiration, however, Sweetheart didn’t do anything clever or new with its fanservice-laden visuals and themes. At worst, they just reminded viewers of a better anime.

seven King of Brave GaoGaiGar Updated Old School Super Robot Formula

One of Neon Genesis Evangelion the biggest impact on mecha anime was how it essentially forced the genre to “grow”. However, piloting a giant robot was more traumatic than fun, and the characters who lived in such a world would be confused to say the least. GaoGaiGar knew it well, but still chose to stick to its classic fanservice roots.

GaoGaiGar was darker than its predecessors in the Brave Series, but he always kept his childlike wonder and heroism alive. Despite the death of the characters and the sacrifices, GaoGaiGar gave everything super robot fans could want from a show about a mecha combinator, including awesome robot action and unbreakable heroism that saves the day.

6 Marcoss Frontier was the pinnacle of the Macross franchise

With its epic wars, transforming mechs and idol singers, Macross has always been a popular mecha mainstay, but it only reached the peak of its powers with its third full run. Border Macros was the ultimate sum of everything that defined Macross and while it didn’t change anything, it gave fans everything they’ve been waiting for from a Macross animated.

Border Macros is one of the best examples of how following a formula isn’t bad, since this legacy sequel was the best Macross after the original. Border Macros was so successful that it not only sold tons of merchandise (especially idol albums), but also ended the series’ long-standing embargo with the West after the Robotech debacle.

5 Getter Robo Armageddon was classic super robot show at its finest

Even with its rich history and legacy as one of the founding pillars of the super robot genre, Getter Robo struggled to get a definitive anime. Everything changed in 1998, with the release of the OVA in 13 episodes Getter Robo Armageddon, which fans hailed as the best Getter Robo adaptation to date precisely because of its exaggeration.

Despite some major setbacks like the loss of director Yasuhiro Imawaga after three episodes due to creative differences, Armageddon still finished by delivering everything Getter Robo fans wanted, as a bold reimagining of lore and the franchise’s greatest fights. Getter Robo has always been a fanservice laden anime, but Armageddon was its zenith.

4 Mazinger Z launched the Fanservice-Heavy kind of super robot

Go Nagai is considered by many to be one of the coolest founding fathers in manga and anime, and that legacy has solidified with Mazinger Z. Nagai always dreamed of creating his own robot story, but instead of sticking to what was plausible despite his research, he wrote about what he thought was the most awesome.

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Mazinger-Z may not be the first super robot story, but it codified everything that defines the genre even today. Whether it’s a hot-blooded pilot controlling an incredible war machine or saving the world from evil through epic robot battles, Mazinger-Z vicariously fulfilled Mecha fans’ wildest dreams before they even realized what they were.

3 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has revived the Super Robot anime in all its nerdy glory

In short, gurren lagann was a classic super robot show designed for the new millennium. Despite some dark elements like Kamina’s death and the harsh realities of war, Team Dai-Gurren’s battle for the future of humanity was as inspiring as the super robot anime that inspired it. Unsurprisingly, fans absolutely loved it gurren lagann and heralded him as “the savior of anime”.

gurren lagann was an endless barrage of fanservice that escalated episodically. From giant robot fights that were bigger than the entire universe and the power of friendship that saves reality itself, every episode of gurren lagann was designed to exceed the wildest expectations of Mecha fans. Needless to say, it worked perfectly.

2 Gundam Build Fighters Celebrated All About Gundam’s Legacy

Build fighters is one of Gundam canon’s most unique entries for a variety of reasons, but the most obvious is that this is a Gundam anime specifically on Gundam animated. Unlike the previous Gundam entries that were all war stories that varied in tone, Build fighters was a meta anime where the characters were fans of the Gundam franchise.

Instead of deep world building or realistic skirmishes, Build fighters fanservice was derived from characters literally memorizing the Gundam franchise history. Build fighters affirms the loyalty of its fan base by pitting mobile suits and pilots from disparate series, naming the most obscure references, and much more.

1 Neon Genesis Evangelion was a Mecha Anime designed for and by Otaku

evangelization has been groundbreaking because of its use of fanservice, but not in the way most people think. evangelization has its fair share of formulaic (and often controversial) fanservice but, overall, evangelization itself is a fanservice. In short, the anime was made by and for the greatest otaku.

Showrunner Hideaki Anno has never hidden his love of corny entertainment, and that passion has driven him to fill evangelization with the kind of intricate arcane mythos, real robot details, world-building, and more that would wow otaku. However, this somewhat backfired from Evangelion fans tended to prioritize this fan service and overlook its life-affirming themes.

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