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80s/90s anime with mech

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 3:32 am
by Segata
I want to watch some 80s and 90s anime with mechs. I have never seen Gundam. So many series much like Robotech..it's overwhelming. I chose those services because I'm not going to pay per episode or series. Hopefully dubbed. Or if you must show me the best ever but not on those services..then maybe a free streaming site you trust. not worried so much about legality. I kinda hope there is something with a similar look to Assault Suit games but doesn't have to be. Just recommend at your hearts content. :)

If you can,please go into detail. Just a big list isn't going to do it. Thank you.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:51 am
by Xeogred
I hate to say outside of Gundam I don't know if you really have any options at all. 80's mecha still seems to be a bit of a niche' and a lot of this stuff remains unlicensed. Most of them are all subbed by now, but you're not going to find them on the official channels or with US DVD/BD releases.

Giant Gorg is one of the newer DVD releases from Discotek. This is a cool little show that was created by the character designer for the original Gundam. He also created Venus Wars if you've heard of that one. Maybe Giant Gorg is up for streaming too. It's solid.

There's also Super Dimension Century Orguss which got a Discotek release. The cool thing about this one is it's by the same director as Macross, along with the same character designer, composer, etc, basically all the same staff. It's not as good as Macross and doesn't really have a compelling enemy side, but it's a fun one once it gets going. The main character is a jerk though, haha.

Oh and Mazinger Z is one of the big ones from the 70's Discotek licensed. It's pretty long though. But this along with Casshan were basically the biggest influences for Mega Man.

Heavy Metal L-Gaim is one of my favorites and up on the Daisuki service, but I know nothing about it beyond that.
http://www.daisuki.net/us/en/anime/detail.LGaim.html

I can pretty much highly recommend anything released by Sunrise in the 80's. They churned this stuff out left and right, even the weaker shows from them are better than the norm or modern mecha today. If you are open to fansubs or other sources Armored Trooper Votoms gets my top recommendation outside of Gundam. Also a good one that isn't Sunrise, would be the original Macross SDF along with the movie Do You Remember Love which is a retelling of the story and has completely new animation and all. Maybe you were exposed to Robotech at some point, but it's pretty crazy how different Macross is. Robotech turned "Protoculture" into a literal energy source for instance, when in Macross it's simply a philosophy/definition. Then Robotech gobbled up unrelated shows that have nothing to do with Macross and they became part of Robotech, the two being Genesis Climber Mospeada and Southern Cross. It's really strange.

I know that doesn't help a ton, but your options for streaming this genre are probably very slim unfortunately.

I looked up Assault Suit and I would say, Votoms definitely has some realistic designs like that one.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 10:05 am
by Tanooki
Might as well throw in Golion and Dairugger which became Voltron (and Voltron 3 technically.) Depending how you view mecha and how dating goes there's that whole line of right on 1980~ Shogun Warriors stuff out of Mattel based on a few cartoons but only localized in the early 80s but 70s Japanese bit robot stuff (which Mazinger falls under.)

I suppose you could throw in the obvious Transformers anime as well. I'd throw in Gobots but I don't recall if those were imports or garbage Tonka came up with to peddle their weaker toy line.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:14 am
by Gunstar Green
Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Gundam were the two major inspirations for Assault Suit Leynos, with the design of the Leynos mecha itself having a pinch of Armored Trooper Votoms.

Anyway, finding 80's mecha from non-sketchy streaming sources is unfortunately not a very easy task. The shows mentioned should suit your needs if you can find them though.

Edit: Oh, I just thought of Patlabor. I don't know if that's streaming anywhere but if you want something a little different it's an extremely amusing series partially created by Mamoru Oshii who is probably best known for the first Ghost in the Shell film. Both the original OVA and TV series (and its subsequent OVA) are good stuff. It's a slice-of-life about a Tokyo police force that pilots mecha. The movie series of it is darker and more serious.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:27 am
by Xeogred
Patlabor is a good call. It's also got some BD releases and looks incredible, late 80's / early 90's perfection.

But yeah it's definitely different haha. I like to compare it to Planetes. It's like a slice of life about people doing mundane jobs... lol. Still fun stuff and characters though, with the movies being crazy Oshii stuff. It took me awhile to warm up to the movies, but if you watch the TV/OVA installments first and get to know the characters it really boosted it for me, Patlabor 2 is probably one of my favorite anime movies by far now.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:39 am
by Gunstar Green
Also if you want to branch out into Super Robots, Getter Robo Armageddon is available from Discotek and it's a good place to start with some really epic 90's action. I'm not sure if their version has the dub or not but it was a pretty bad dub anyway.

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I also just thought Martian Successor Nadesico which works best after watching Macross since it serves as a parody of that, but it's a fun show with an intriguing story in its own right. It also helps to have a passing familiarity with stuff like the 1970's Toei animations like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo but it's not required because the show fills in what you need to know with its own Getter Robo parody segments which are charming in their own right.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 12:58 pm
by Segata
Gunstar Green wrote:Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Gundam were the two major inspirations for Assault Suit Leynos, with the design of the Leynos mecha itself having a pinch of Armored Trooper Votoms.

Anyway, finding 80's mecha from non-sketchy streaming sources is unfortunately not a very easy task. The shows mentioned should suit your needs if you can find them though.

Edit: Oh, I just thought of Patlabor. I don't know if that's streaming anywhere but if you want something a little different it's an extremely amusing series partially created by Mamoru Oshii who is probably best known for the first Ghost in the Shell film. Both the original OVA and TV series (and its subsequent OVA) are good stuff. It's a slice-of-life about a Tokyo police force that pilots mecha. The movie series of it is darker and more serious.

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That looks really interesting thanks!

Anyone ever heard of something called Gasaraki?

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:25 pm
by marurun
Gasaraki is pretty good, but also REALLY slow in places. And the ending is rather controversial. That said, some of the animation is fantastic and the mech designs are intended to look very military-industrial, more like the classic Votoms stuff, only more tank-like. The music is good, too.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:27 pm
by isiolia
Nadesico also just got a blu-ray release I think a few weeks ago, which is pretty reasonably priced. That's kind of the downside with Patlabor - it's split up between a number of sets (which are produced nicely, granted), and they add up.

I'd definitely recommend it.

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 1:38 pm
by marurun
The Patlabor TV stuff is also more humor than serious, and is much less mech-y than one might expect given the prominence of the mechs in the artwork. It's mostly a comedy/drama about an unconventional misfit police force.