Giant Robot Anime Through The Ages

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“Mecha is one of the oldest and most recognizable genres of anime, but how did it get started, and how did it become what it is today? Follow the evolution of over five decades of robot anime in this informative panel!”

“Mecha is one of anime’s oldest and most recognizable genres. In this panel, we’ll trace its origins and evolution over 5 decades of history!”

Inspired by this research paper, commissioned by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs: Japanese Animation Guide: The History of Robot Anime

This panel expands on the “Giant Robots and Mecha” section of the Tripping The Anime Rift: Exploring Sci-Fi In Anime panel.

Presented At:

  • Animazement 2018
  • Naka Kon 2017
  • Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016
  • Sausomecon 2016
  • Naka Kon 2016

Featured Anime:

Titles with a star (*) were featured with a clip.

Animazement 2018

  • 1960s
    • Astro Boy
    • Tetsujin 28 (Gigantor)
    • Ultraman (Tokusatsu)
    • Giant Robo (Tokusatsu)
  • 1970s
    • Kamen Rider (Tokusatsu)
    • *Mazinger Z
    • Getter Robo
    • Brave Raideen
    • Space Battleship Yamato
    • Star Wars (Live Action)
    • Voltes V
    • Zambot 3
    • Battle Fever J (Tokusatsu)
    • Spider-Man (Tokusatsu)
    • *Mobile Suit Gundam
    • Gundam Universal Century
  • 1980s
    • Space Runaway Ideon
    • Xabungle
    • *Armored Trooper Votoms
    • *SDF Macross
    • Dancougar
    • SPT Layzner
    • Transformers
    • Mighty Orbots
    • Patlabor
    • Gunbuster
    • *Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still (Technically 90s but shhh)
  • 1990s
    • Brave Exkaiser
    • Raijin-Oh
    • Brave Sun Fighter Fighbird
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • Macross 7
    • Gundam Wing
    • After War Gundam X
    • Turn A Gundam
    • *Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • King of Braves GaoGaiGar
    • Getter Robo: Armageddon
  • 2000s
    • The Big O
    • RahXephon
    • Overman King Gainer
    • Bokurano
    • Mazinkaiser
    • New Getter Robo
    • Diebuster
    • Gravion
    • Godannar
    • Tetsujin 28 (2004)
    • Shin Mazinger Z: The Impact
    • *Gurren Lagann
    • Gundam Seed
    • Full Metal Panic!
    • *Eureka 7
    • Macross Frontier
    • Code Geass
    • Gundam 00
    • Rebuild of Evangelion
  • 2010s
    • *Aquarion Evol
    • Eureka 7 AO
    • Gundam Build Fighters
    • Gundam: The Origin
    • Macross Delta
    • Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory
    • Valvrave the Liberator
    • Kuromukuro
    • Darling in the FranXX
    • *Space Battleship Tiramisu

Naka Kon 2017

  • 1960s
    • Astro Boy
    • Tetsujin 28 (Gigantor)
    • The War of the Worlds (Novel)
    • The Mysterians (Movie)
    • Ultraman (Tokusatsu)
    • Giant Robo (Tokusatsu)
  • 1970s
    • Kamen Rider (Tokusatsu)
    • *Mazinger Z
    • Getter Robo
    • Brave Raideen
    • Space Battleship Yamato
    • Star Wars (Live Action)
    • Voltes V
    • Zambot 3
    • Battle Fever J (Tokusatsu)
    • Spider-Man (Tokusatsu)
    • Mobile Suit Gundam
    • *Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
    • Gundam Universal Century
  • 1980s
    • Space Runaway Ideon
    • Xabungle
    • Armored Trooper Votoms
    • *SDF Macross
    • Dancougar
    • SPT Layzner
    • Transformers
    • Mighty Orbots
    • Robotech
    • Voltron
    • Patlabor
    • Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still (Technically 90s but shhh)
    • *Gunbuster
  • 1990s
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • Macross 7
    • Gundam Wing
    • After War Gundam X
    • Turn A Gundam
    • *Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • King of Braves GaoGaiGar
    • Getter Robo: Armageddon
  • 2000s
    • *The Big O
    • RahXephon
    • Overman OvKing Gainer
    • Bokurano
    • Mazinkaiser
    • New Getter Robo
    • Diebuster
    • Gravion
    • Godannar
    • Tetsujin 28 (2004)
    • Shin Mazinger Z: The Impact
    • Gurren Lagann
    • Gundam Seed
    • Full Metal Panic!
    • *Eureka 7
    • Macross Frontier
    • Code Geass
    • Gundam 00
    • Rebuild of Evangelion
  • 2010s
    • *Aquarion Evol
    • Eureka 7 AO
    • Gundam Build Fighters
    • Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    • Valvrave the Liberator
    • Kuromukuro
    • ID-0
    • Re:Creators
    • Code Geass Season 3
    • Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016

  • 1960s
    • Astro Boy
    • Tetsujin 28 (Gigantor)
    • The War of the Worlds (Novel)
    • The Mysterians (Movie)
    • Ultraman (Tokusatsu)
    • Giant Robo (Tokusatsu)
  • 1970s
    • Kamen Rider (Tokusatsu)
    • *Mazinger Z
    • Getter Robo
    • Brave Raideen
    • Space Battleship Yamato
    • Star Wars (Live Action)
    • Voltes V
    • Zambot 3
    • Battle Fever J (Tokusatsu)
    • Spider-Man (Tokusatsu)
    • *Mobile Suit Gundam
    • Gundam Universal Century
  • 1980s
    • Space Runaway Ideon
    • Xabungle
    • SDF Macross
    • *Armored Trooper Votoms
    • Dancougar
    • SPT Layzner
    • Transformers
    • Mighty Orbots
    • Robotech
    • Voltron
    • Patlabor
    • Gunbuster
    • *Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still (Technically 90s but shhh)
  • 1990s
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • Macross 7
    • Gundam Wing
    • After War Gundam X
    • Turn A Gundam
    • *Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • King of Braves GaoGaiGar
    • Getter Robo: Armageddon
  • 2000s
    • The Big O
    • RahXephon
    • Overman King Gainer
    • Bokurano
    • Mazinkaiser
    • New Getter Robo
    • Diebuster
    • Gravion
    • Godannar
    • Tetsujin 28 (2004)
    • Shin Mazinger Z: The Impact
    • *Gurren Lagann
    • Gundam Seed
    • Full Metal Panic!
    • *Eureka 7
    • Macross Frontier
    • Code Geass
    • Gundam 00
    • Rebuild of Evangelion
  • 2010s
    • Aquarion Evol
    • Eureka 7 AO
    • Gundam AGE
    • Gundam: Reconguista in G
    • Gundam Build Fighters
    • Robotics;Notes
    • Valvrave the Liberator
    • Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    • Gargantia on the Verduous Planet
    • Aldnoah Zero
    • Macross Delta
    • Kuromukuro
  • Future of Robot Anime
    • Jinraiger
    • Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
    • Majestic Prince: The Movie
    • FLCL Progressive/Alternative

Sausomecon 2016

I don’t have a record of the exact lineup but it was pretty similar to AWA 2016 (give or take a few in the “Future” section)

Naka Kon 2016

I don’t have a record of the exact lineup but it was pretty similar to AWA 2016 (give or take a few in the “Future” section)

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