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Japanese Fans Rank Top 10 Gundam, non-Gundam Robot Anime

This week Japanese anime news site Anime Anime held a cool double poll: in one, it asked its readers to choose their favorite Gundam series, and in the other, their favorite non-Gundam robot series.

Now, the question Anime Anime specifically asked was “what robot anime heats up your chest?” which we might translate as “gets you riled up” or “puts a fire in your belly,” so keep in mind this list isn’t necessarily best, but most exciting.

But enough talk: have at it.


10. 08th MS Team
9. Wing
8. Seed Destiny

7. Char’s Counterattack
6. Unicorn
5. Iron-Blooded Orphans
4. G-Gundam

3. Seed
2. Mobile Suit Gundam (original)
1. 00


10. Genesis of Aquarion
9. Gunbuster

8. Valvrave the Liberator
7. Macross Frontier
6. Fafner in the Azure
5. The King of Braves GaoGaiGar
4. Aldnoah Zero

3. Neon Genesis Evangelion
2. Code Geass
1. Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann

On the Gundam side of things, Gundam 00, which premiered in 2007, took the top spot. For fans in their teens and twenties, who made up the majority of this poll’s respondents, 00 may have been their entry point into the series.

That said, the original Gundam, from way back in 1979, continues to hold its own, thanks in part no doubt to the film trilogy version of the series. The currently-running Iron-Blooded Orphans hit the list at number five, but only time will tell whether it remains a beloved part of the canon or suffers the same fate as, say, Reconguista in G (sorry Tomino-san!).

On the non-Gundam side of things, we have no less than three series by Gainax: Gurren Lagann, Evangelion, and Gunbuster, making the once-legendary studio the kings of non-Gundam robotage. Perpetual fan favorite Code Geass is no surprise, and it’s good to see Macross getting some love, though Frontier is not the series I would choose. C’est la vie.

What about you guys? What Gundam and not-Gundam robot shows get you hot under the collar?

Source: Anime Anime

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.