Best 50 Mecha TV Anime You Should Know About

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Jinzou Ningen Kikaider The Animation, Danball Senki, Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn, and more!

50: Jinzou Ningen Kikaider The Animation

English: Android Kikaider
Japanese: 人造人間キカイダーTHE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 6.99
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Jiro (who has the ability to transform into Kikaider) – a humanoid robot tasked with the protection of Dr. Komyoji’s son, Masaru, and daughter, Mitsuko. Gifted with a conscience circuit, which has the power to simulate real emotions that helps to distinguish between “right and wrong”, Jiro must protect Mitsuko and Masaru from the evil Dr. Gil who wants Jiro to join his army and aid in his goal of world domination.

(Source: ANN)

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49: Danball Senki

English: LBX: Little Battlers eXperience
Japanese: ダンボール戦機
MAL Score: 6.99
Type: TV
Episodes: 44

Synopsis

In 2046, a revolutionary 80% shock-absorbing reinforced cardboard has been developed, rapidly transforming the world’s exports. The reinforced cardboard would soon become the battleground for a popular children’s hobby called “LBX” (Little Battler eXperience).

Four years later, a boy named Yamano Ban who loves to play with LBX (although without a mecha himself) is given a case containing the model AX-00 by a mysterious woman. He is told that he now holds the hopes and despairs of mankind in his hands.

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48: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn

Japanese: 伝説の勇者ダ ガーン
MAL Score: 7.03
Type: TV
Episodes: 46

Synopsis

One day, the Earth was assaulted by a space pirate, Orbus. He aimed at Planet Energy, the life energy of the Earth. If several Release Points, where the Planet Energy concentrated, were attacked at once, the Earth would explode.
When the first attack was made, Takasugi Seiji escaped into an old temple with his girl friend Kosaka Hikaru. Then, he received, Orin, a token of the leader of the Earth guardians, from the conscience of the Earth. By the power of Orin, the patrol car was turned into a Robot, Da Garn.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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47: Danball Senki W

English: LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Season 2
Japanese: ダンボール戦機 W
MAL Score: 7.04
Type: TV
Episodes: 58

Synopsis

One year after the fight with the Innovators, a new terrorist organization called the Detectors threatens the world using LBXs. Ban joins up with new and old friends to stop the Detectors.

(Source: ANN)

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46: Danball Senki Wars

Japanese: ダンボール戦機ウォーズ
MAL Score: 7.04
Type: TV
Episodes: 37

Synopsis

Year 2055, four years after the events in Danball Senki W. LBXs have become the world’s largest hobby, big enough for pro leagues to be established, and people to make their entire living off being an LBX player. 14-year-old Arata is a new transfer student at Kamui Daimon Integrated Academy on Kamui Island, near Japan. Known to be the most prestigious institution in the world for raising LBX players and mechanics, entrance to the academy requires an extremely competitive hurdle of being the champion of at least three official tournaments. Along with other members of his platoon, they face rivals and delve into the secrets lurking within the academy.

(Source: ANN)

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45: Great Mazinger

Japanese: グレートマジンガー
MAL Score: 7.05
Type: TV
Episodes: 56

Synopsis

A manga comic book and anime television series by manga artist Go Nagai, made as a direct continuation of the successful Mazinger Z series. It was aired on Japan in 1974, immediately following the end of the first Mazinger series.

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44: Seisenshi Dunbine

English: Aura Battler Dunbine
Japanese: 聖戦士ダンバイン
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: TV
Episodes: 49

Synopsis

Shou Zama is an ordinary 18-year-old from Tokyo who finds himself summoned to the medieval fantasy world of Byston Well. Upon arrival, he is put into service under the ambitious lord Drake Luft, who seeks to greatly expand his power. Those like Shou who come from “Upper Earth” possess strong aura power and are ordered to pilot “Aura Battlers,” insectoid mecha designed by a man named Shot Weapon, who also came from Upper Earth.

However, Shou’s alliances quickly change when he meets Marvel Frozen, a young woman who has decided to rebel against Drake’s political agenda. As he realizes the lord’s true intentions, the boy chooses to join the fight against Drake and team up with Neal Given, who leads the resistance movement. The resistance isn’t alone—Riml, daughter of their enemy and Neal’s secret love, aids their efforts, hoping to escape from her father’s clutches. As Shou finds himself fighting alongside his new comrades, they put their lives on the line to prevent the villainous Drake from taking over Byston Well before it’s too late.

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43: Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3

Japanese: 無敵鋼人ダイターン3
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: TV
Episodes: 40

Synopsis

Souzou Haran was a brilliant scientist that was conducting research on Mars. He created a form of cyborg life with the ability to think for itself. These cyborgs, dubbed the Meganoids, soon ran out of control and killed Dr. Haran along with his whole family, save his youngest son, the 16-year-old Banjou Haran. Banjou escapes from Mars on a rocket with a solar-powered super robot called Daitarn 3, which was built with the special metals of Mars. Now eighteen years old and living on Earth in a luxurious mansion, Banjou fights against the Meganoids with the aid of his faithful butler Garrison and his two gorgeous companions Reika and Beauty. Together they must stop the evil Meganoids which aspire to turn all humans into cyborgs and thus “improve” the human race.

(Source: AniDB)

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42: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

Japanese: バブルガムクライシス TOKYO2040
MAL Score: 7.09
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

After a mysterious eathquake levels Tokyo, Genom becomes a powerful influence providing their artificial organic lifeforms called Boomers to rebuild and act as a labor class to humanity. However, some of them ocasionally run amok, and even the specially created AD Police are at a loss to stop them. Lina Yamazaki travels to Tokyo for employment but also hopes to join a vigilante force called the Knight Sabers, who pilot powered suits to destroy these rogue Boomers.

(Source: ANN)

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41: Tetsuwan Atom

English: Astro Boy
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム
MAL Score: 7.09
Type: TV
Episodes: 193

Synopsis

In the year 2003, Professor Tenma is distraught when his son Tobio is killed in a car accident. He loses himself in his latest project, creating Atom, a robot boy programmed to be forever good.

Upset that his Tobio-substitute can never grow up, Tenma sells Atom to Ham Egg, the cruel ringmaster of a robot circus. Atom meets the kindly Professor Ochanomizu, who adopts him, inspires him to become a crusader against evil, and eventually builds him a robot “sister,” Uran.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)

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40: Giant Gorg

English: Giant Gorg
Japanese: 巨神ゴーグ〈ジャイアントゴーグ〉
MAL Score: 7.09
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Austral Island is located 2,000 km south from Samoa islands. The existence of the island was removed from the official records, and Tagami Yuu made a journey to search for the reason.

He sailed for the island with Dr. Waive who was his father’s friend, Doris who is the daughter of Dr. Waive, and Captain who is the friend of Dr. Waive. On their way to the island, GAIL, the international conglomerate, and gangster, Cougar Connection lead by Lady Lynx attacked them.

They managed to arrive at the island, but suddenly a mysterious monster began to attack them. When they became ready for death, a blue giant robot appeared. It destroyed the monster and saved them. Although it was an existence far beyond human knowledge, it reminded Yuu of something warm and familiar.

It was Giant Gorg which is called “Messenger of the God” by the inhabitants of the island. Escaping from the attack of GAIL’s assault team, Gorg guided Yuu into the underworld. There, he found alien’s relic and an alien who woke up after 30,000 years’ sleep.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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39: Madou King Granzort

English: Mado King Granzort
Japanese: 魔動王グランゾート
MAL Score: 7.10
Type: TV
Episodes: 41

Synopsis

In the future, the moon is a habitable place with atmosphere and gravity and also a famous tourist attraction. There are also stories about a “long ears” creature like rabbits on the moon who can use magic. Haruka Daichi heads off to the moon during a summer holiday alone because he likes to see the long ears creature by himself.

However, he get himself dragged into an ancient conflict between two ancient moon races: the “long ears” race and Jado race. Jado race wanted to conquer the universe and resurrect ancient evil powers to seize control of the Earth. Now the “long ears” race and Daichi must seek three warriors who could use magic to release Mado King to fight Jado race and to release “long ears” race’s kingdom, Rabiluna, from Jado race.

(Source: AniDB)

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38: IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005)

English: IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
Japanese: IGPX -Immortal Grand Prix-
MAL Score: 7.10
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

In the year 2048, people are raving about a fighting race called “Immortal Grand Prix”, or IGPX in short, which is faster and more exciting than any of the existing motor sports. The phenomenon is so big that an entire city was built for the racing industry where competitions take place on a huge track. In the “Immortal Grand Prix,” two teams of three IG machines, high-tech humanoid mechs driven by humans, race at speeds greater than 400km/h. The teams make three laps of a 60 km course while intercepting the opponent as they vie for a first place finish. The best machine performance, the best pilots and the best teamwork are the only factors that can make them the winners.

(Source: Production I.G.)

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37: Aquarion Evol

English: Aquarion Evol
Japanese: アクエリオンEVOL
MAL Score: 7.11
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

12,000 years after the events in Genesis Aquarion, humans live on the star Vega under constant threat of trans-dimensional beings called Abductors. These enemies originate from Vega’s sister star Altair and raid Vega for human life. As a countermeasure, an organization known as Neo-DEAVA formed to combat the Abductors. They pilot advanced mecha suits called Aquaria and are strictly separated by gender. Boys and girls are not allowed contact; they are even restrained from fighting on the same battlefield. However, events take a shocking turn when an advanced Abductor mecha suit joins the fray. Two teenagers, Mikono and Amata, are dragged into the conflict. Unknowingly, Amata performs a taboo when he summons an Aquaria and initializes what is called the Forbidden Union between male and female Aquaria. Neo-DEAVA is shocked, and the repercussions of Amata’s actions are much farther reaching than he realizes. How was he able to summon an Aquaria? Where did he learn to form a Forbidden Union? And why was Mikono also able to pilot the mecha suit?

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36: Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu

Japanese: ガイキング Legend of Daiku-Maryu
MAL Score: 7.13
Type: TV
Episodes: 39

Synopsis

A boy, Tsuwabaki Daiya found a black fire in an ocean when he and his father were in a small boat. A big monster came out of the fire, and the father and the crews were disappeared into the sea. When he was about to become the next victim, a large mecka dragon appeared and saved him.

5 years later since then, Daiya becomes a junior high school student. A big monster reappear, and he meets the mecha dragon,”Daiku Maryu”. The head of the dragon separates from the body, and it turns into the body of a super robot, Gaiking. He gets in Gaiking, fights against the monster, and beats it.

He learns that there is an enemy that plots to conquer the world, and he leaves for another world, Darius, to stop the plot.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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35: Tetsuwan Atom (1980)

English: Astro Boy (1980)
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム
MAL Score: 7.13
Type: TV
Episodes: 52

Synopsis

Set in a future where machines have advanced to the point of autonomy and become a point of major contention in the political and social realms, Astro Boy (1980) chronicles the struggles of a crime-fighting young robot named Atom. Created in the image of his enigmatic inventor’s deceased son, Atom survives rough beginnings, getting saved and adopted by the benevolent Dr. Ochanomizu. In his pursuit of justice, Atom finds himself in the midst of numerous clashes with various factions, and is often faced with the harsh realities of the world.

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34: Cyborg 009 (1979)

English: Cyborg 009
Japanese: サイボーグ009
MAL Score: 7.14
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Joe Shimamura and his companions may seem like regular men, but they are anything but. Joe is actually Cyborg 009, member of a team of cyborgs who fight for the greater good. Each cyborg is outfitted with a special power, from the ability to melt any material, to underwater breathing and flight. He and the other eight cyborgs were modified against their will by the Neo-Black Ghosts organization in order to further their own interests. But instead, they decided to band together and use their powers to fight against their former captors, and all forces of evil.

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33: Buddy Complex

English: Buddy Complex
Japanese: バディ コンプレックス
MAL Score: 7.15
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

When ordinary high school student Aoba Watase is suddenly targeted by a giant robot known as a “Valiancer,” he is saved by his mysterious classmate Hina Yumihara. After revealing that she and their robotic enemy are from the future, Hina suddenly propels Aoba 70 years forward in order to prevent his death.

Upon arrival, Aoba finds himself in the cockpit of a Valiancer called “Luxon,” stuck in the midst of a firefight between the military forces of the Free Pact Alliance (FPA) and Zogilia Republic. After he shows high compatibility with an FPA pilot named Dio Weinberg, the two perform a successful “coupling,” allowing them to share experiences and subsequently increase their capabilities and skills. Although Aoba is able to survive this unexpected battle, he is taken into custody by the FPA ship Cygnus, who wishes to interrogate him. While the student’s main concern is whether he will ever be able to return home, what he doesn’t realize is that he is about to get caught up in a war to protect the world.

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32: SSSS.Gridman

Japanese: SSSS.GRIDMAN
MAL Score: 7.15
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Yuuta Hibiki wakes up in the room of Rikka Takarada and notices two things: he has no memories, and he can hear a mysterious voice calling his name from a nearby room. On further inspection, he finds a robot—which introduces itself as Hyper Agent Gridman—behind the screen of an old computer. Much to Yuuta’s surprise, Rikka cannot hear Gridman, nor can she see the ominous monsters looming over a thick fog as it envelopes the town outside.

Another giant monster materializes in the city and proceeds to wreak havoc. Amidst the confusion, Yuuta is once again drawn to the old computer and merges with Gridman. Suddenly, he appears in the middle of the battle and is forced to fight the monster. Together with Rikka and fellow classmate Shou Utsumi, Yuuta forms the “Gridman Alliance” to defeat the monsters plaguing the city and find whoever is responsible for their emergence.

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31: Kuromukuro

English: Kuromukuro
Japanese: クロムクロ
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

During the dawn of the 21st century, the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established in Japan to investigate an ancient artifact, which was discovered during the construction of the Kurobe Dam. Scientists from around the world have gathered in the facility to study the object, while their children enjoy their everyday lives attending Mt. Tate International Senior High School.

Yukina Shirahane, a reserved high school girl, is the daughter of the facility’s head scientist. While visiting her mother at the facility, Yukina manages to solve part of the artifact’s puzzle. To her surprise, what appears before her is Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma, a young samurai from the Sengoku era.

As a threat approaches from outer space, Yukina, along with Kennosuke, finds herself defending Earth against the invading forces. Along the way, she discovers the mystery behind Kennosuke and the reason he is determined to protect her.

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30: Toushou Daimos

English: Daimos
Japanese: 闘将ダイモス
MAL Score: 7.18
Type: TV
Episodes: 44

Synopsis

The third of Tadao Nagahama’s Romance Super Robot Trilogy. (#1: Chou Denji Robo Combattler V, #2: Chou Denji Machine Voltes V)

After the destruction of their home world, the survivors of the planet Barm head toward Earth with the goal of negotiating the purchase of land to emigrate to. Unfortunately, during the negotiations, the Barmian’s leader, Leon, is assassinated by his second in command, Olban, and the delegation from Earth is framed for the murder. In the ensuing chaos, Doctor Isamu Ryuuzaki of the Earth delegation is shot and killed.

Shortly after the disastrous end of the talks, the Barmians (called “Valerians” in Starbirds) begin a campaign of terror against Earth, lead by Leon’s son, Admiral Richter, who deploys a variety of “Mecha Soldiers” against the planet’s defenses. The only thing standing between the Earthlings and annihilation is the transforming, karate-using super robot, Daimos, and its pilot, Kazuya Ryuuzaki. But that changes when he meets and falls in love with a mysterious girl named Erika, who turns out to be Richter’s sister. Over the course of their struggles to reunite, Kazuya and Erika each learn that the other’s people are not all evil… and that their own people are not all good.

(Source: AniDB)

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29: Planet With

Japanese: プラネット ウィズ
MAL Score: 7.20
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

According to the theories of oneiromancy, dreams of dragons represent the struggle of losing yourself to your own anger. Fittingly, Souya Kuroi wakes up from a nightmare of a massive dragon destroying everything around him in a blaze of rainbow colored light. After being told that he lost his parents and memory in a strange accident, the waking world becomes another nightmare in itself. With this dream being his only memory, he has no choice but to be taken care of by his two strange guardians: the spunky and energetic maid Ginko, and a huge cat known only as “Sensei.”

His new life is turned upside down when the denizens of Saromisaka City are beset by a teddy bear-shaped UFO. When military power proves to be ineffective, seven mysterious people rise up to fight off the monstrosity. These heroes destroy the invader in a flurry of rainbow colored lights, the very same lights that Souya saw in his nightmare.

With the alien threat repelled, these seven strangers find themselves facing a new adversary: Souya. Swearing vengeance upon the people who decimated his old life, he begins his crusade against these “heroes” and becomes embroiled in a struggle of galactic proportions.

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28: Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

English: Star Driver
Japanese: STAR DRIVER 輝きのタクト
MAL Score: 7.21
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Deep beneath the surface of Southern Cross Isle, a mysterious organization known as the Glittering Crux Brigade frequently gathers in their underground fortress. The group is particularly interested in “Cybodies,” stone giants which can transform into massive fighting humanoids but only in a realm known as “Zero Time.” By finding and shattering the seals of the island’s four seal maidens, Glittering Crux hopes to break free of Zero Time and use the Cybodies anywhere they please.

One night, a young man named Takuto Tsunashi washes up on the island’s shore and is rescued by Sugata Shindou and his fiancée Wako Agemaki, one of the island’s seal maidens. After he awakens, Takuto quickly befriends the two and proceeds to enroll at the local academy, where many of his fellow students are secretly members of Glittering Crux. However, Takuto holds a secret: when in Zero Time, he can utilize a Cybody of his own—the Tauburn. In the forthcoming battle, Takuto and the Tauburn will be the key to preventing Glittering Crux from shattering Wako’s seal and realizing its nefarious ambitions.

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27: Basquash!

Japanese: バスカッシュ!
MAL Score: 7.23
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

On the planet Earthdash, its inhabitants gaze on its moon and the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes with awe. Dan JD, a boy living in Rollingtown on Earthdash’s surface, gets caught up in Bigfoot Basketball—a fast-paced sport played with giant Bigfoot robots.

(Source: AniDB)

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26: Gundam Build Fighters Try

English: Gundam Build Fighters Try
Japanese: ガンダムビルドファイターズトライ
MAL Score: 7.24
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

The story of Gundam Build Fighters Try is set 7 years after the end of the 1st series. Now Seiho Academy’s Gunpla Battle Club has only one member, Hoshino Fumina, who is a third grade student in junior high. As the president of the club, she needs two more members to participate in the upcoming All-Japan Gunpla Battle Championships. One day she encounters a transfer student named Kamiki Sekai, who has traveled around for Kenpo training with his master. Then joining by a young Gunpla builder Kousaka Yuuma, their challenge to the Gunpla Battle begins….

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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25: Brigadoon: Marin to Melan

English: Brigadoon
Japanese: ブリガドーン まりんとメラン
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Marin is a typical junior high school girl with a sunny disposition and a loving adoptive family. Her life takes a drastic change when a mysterious mirage is seen in the sky above the entire earth. Killer androids called Monomakia descend to earth from the formation in the sky called Brigadoon and begin to hunt down little Marin. She discovers a blue bottle in a shrine as she seeks escape and from the bottle comes a protector, a sword carrying gun slinging alien called Melan Blue, together they must save the earth and deal with family crisis, school prejudice and the police and come to an understanding of Marins past and Melans unexplained mission, as well as learn to trust each other. Set in 1969 Japan with a colorful cast of friends and enemies.

(Source: ANN)

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24: Mazinger Z

English: Mazinger Z
Japanese: マジンガーZ
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 92

Synopsis

The villainous Dr. Hell has amassed an army of mechanical beasts in his secret hideaway, the island of Bardos located in the Aegean Sea. He is capable of controlling mechanized beasts with his cane, and instructs them to unleash devastating attacks. However, Dr. Hell doesn’t do all the dirty work by himself; he has his loyal henchman Baron Ashura to carry out his devilish plans.

There are also those that will see to it that evil does not prevail. Kouji Kabuto is the young and feisty teenager with a score to settle: his goal is avenging the murder of his grandfather by Dr. Hell. And he might just be able to pull it off, as he is the pilot of Mazinger Z, a mighty giant robot made out of an indestructible metal known as Super-Alloy Z.

Mazinger Z boasts several powerful special attacks. By channeling Photonic Energy through its eyes, and unleashing the Koushiryoku Beam, it can cause great destruction. But things get really cool when Mazinger Z launches its Rocket Punch attack. Dr. Hell and his minions might have just found their match!

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23: Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex – Tachikoma na Hibi (TV)

English: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Tachikomatic Days
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX タチコマな日々
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Tachikoma TV series that aired on Animax. Unlike the previous “Tachikoma na Hibi,” which were auxiliary episodes to the main Ghost in the Shell SAC and 2nd GIG, the special version has longer stories based on various Japanese and Orthodox folklore. Later re-released on a BD box with all the Tachikoma shorts.

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22: Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier

English: Cyborg 009
Japanese: サイボーグ009 THE CYBORG SOLDIER
MAL Score: 7.26
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Skull, the evil leader of the terrorist organization known as Black Ghost, has nine powerful cyborgs under his control. But Dr. Isaac Gilmore, the Black Ghosts cybernetics scientist, decides to go rogue, helping the cyborgs turn against Skull and his evil organization.

Black Ghost wishes to start the next major world war by flooding the market with weapons of mass destruction. It seems the nine brave cyborgs have their work cut out for them, as Black Ghost is determined to bring those nine cyborgs down.

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21: Gun x Sword

English: Gun x Sword
Japanese: ガン×ソード
MAL Score: 7.27
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Van, a lanky and apathetic swordsman, is on a journey to kill the murderer of his fiancé. The only characteristic he has to go by is that the murderer has a claw for an arm, hence the murderer being referred to as The Claw Man. During his travels, Van happens to pass through the city of Evergreen, which is defending itself from bandits who aim to rob the city of its treasury. It is in this city that Van meets Wendy Garret, a timid young girl who is looking for her kidnapped brother. When the city pleads for Van’s assistance to defend it, he refuses, claiming it has nothing to do with him and thus leaves the city on its own to deal with the peril. Soon after, Van comes across the raiding bandits himself and they eventually tick off the swordsman to a degree where he takes action against them for his own personal vendetta. Surprisingly, Van learns that the bandits had ties with The Claw Man, and in kidnapping Wendy’s brother for a reason they did not disclose. After the bandits are dealt with easily, Van and, much to his chagrin, Wendy continue the journey in search of The Claw Man. Little do they know, however, that The Claw Man is involved with something more atrocious than either could fathom.

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20: IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005) 2nd Season

English: IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
Japanese: IGPX -Immortal Grand Prix-
MAL Score: 7.27
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Team Satomi has just been deemed as the winners for the IG-2 lower league and now join the top IG-1 competition. But it’s not going to be easy. Young pilots Takeshi, Liz, Amy, and River are going to have to be a team to be number 1, however one thing leads to another with these four. Most important of all, their opponents overwhelm Team Satomi in every aspect, including strategy and skill, as well as funding. One thing is for sure, this is not going to be an easy year for “Team Satomi.”

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19: Darling in the FranXX

English: DARLING in the FRANXX
Japanese: ダーリン イン ザ フランキス
MAL Score: 7.27
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

In the distant future, humanity has been driven to near-extinction by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the surviving humans to take refuge in massive fortress cities called Plantations. Children raised here are trained to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs—in boy-girl pairs. Bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, these children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race.

Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost his motivation and self-confidence after failing an aptitude test. Skipping out on his class’ graduation ceremony, Hiro retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head. She introduces herself by her codename Zero Two, which is known to belong to an infamous FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” Before Hiro can digest the encounter, the Plantation is rocked by a sudden Klaxosaur attack. Zero Two engages the creature in her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged in the skirmish and crashes near Hiro. Finding her partner dead, Zero Two invites Hiro to pilot the mecha with her, and the duo easily defeats the Klaxosaur in the ensuing fight. With a new partner by his side, Hiro has been given a chance at redemption for his past failures, but at what cost?

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18: Asura Cryin’ 2

Japanese: アスラクライン 2
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Following the first season, Tomoharu is now faced with a dilemma: if he doesn’t form a contract with an “akuma,” he risks losing his dear friend Takatsuki. However, doing so would compromise his own existence as it would result in him and his ghost friend Misao becoming an Asura Cryin’—mankind’s biggest threat, according to their school’s presidents. To make the decision even harder, Tomoharu and Misao have recovered some of their past memories—memories of a world that they didn’t even know existed.

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17: Zoids Shinseiki/Zero

English: Zoids: New Century
Japanese: ゾイド新世紀/ゼロ
MAL Score: 7.32
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Zoids—powerful animal-shaped combat mechs—are no longer used in warfare, but in organized sporting competitions. The Blitz Team, a group of pilots struggling to carve out a niche for themselves in the Zoid battling leagues, experience a stroke of luck when Bit Cloud, a vagrant junk dealer, wanders into their midst and proves himself capable of piloting the temperamental Liger Zero, a Zoid that refuses to let anyone else into its cockpit. Led by Bit and the Liger, the Blitz Team steadily make their way to the top—but along the way they attract the unwelcome attention of the Backdraft Group, an organization of Zoid pilots that operates outside the laws set down by the Zoid Battle Commission. The Backdraft want powerful Zoids to add to their ranks, and they have their eye on the Liger Zero…

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16: Zegapain

English: Zegapain
Japanese: ゼーガペイン
MAL Score: 7.32
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Average high school student Kyou Sogoru is an avid swimmer living in beautiful Maihama City. He spends his days hanging out with friends, swimming, and playing video games. However, his normal life turns upside down when a beautiful and mysterious girl named Shizuno Misaki approaches him with a strange request—jump into their school’s pool together.

This fateful leap transports Kyou into a war-torn world where humans pilot impressive humanoid robots known as Zegas to fight against malicious aliens known as Gards-Orm. To spearhead this endeavor, humans have formed Cerebrum, a rebel organization working to prevent the Gards-Orm from eradicating humankind.

As Kyou participates in combat operations, meets his fellow Zega pilots, and witnesses countless deaths, he begins to question the true nature of this world as well as his own life.

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15: Zoids

English: Zoids
Japanese: ゾイド
MAL Score: 7.37
Type: TV
Episodes: 67

Synopsis

Zoids are beast-like fighting machines used in both everyday use such as transportation, and special use such as war. Some types of Zoids, know as Organoids, are miniature Zoids that are living organisms. These Organoids have the capability to fuse with a non-living Zoid and make it much more powerful.

Van (Ban) Freiheit discovers a Zoid Organoid in an abandoned laboratory while running from two strangers piloting Zoids. Also in the laboratory, in an animated suspension tube is a strange girl. He breaks the tube open and takes her and the Organoid with him. Spotting a ruined Shield Liger Zoid outside nearby, the Organoid fuses with it and repairs the damages. Making his escape, Van names the Organoid Zeke, and decides to keep him as a friend. The girl, who says her name is Fiona, wants to find something called Zoids Eve, and so Van, Zeke, and Fiona begin their adventure.

(Source: AniDB)

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14: Scrapped Princess

English: Scrapped Princess
Japanese: スクラップド プリンセス
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Born to the royal family, Pacifica Casull has earned the nickname “Scrapped Princess” after an apocalyptic prophecy foretells her destroying the world on her 16th birthday. Rescued from certain death by a kindly family, she takes shelter with her adoptive older brother and sister, Shannon and Raquel Casull. When news of her survival reaches the ears of the God Mauser’s worshippers, they issue her death at all costs, forcing Pacifica to flee for her life.

Plagued by threats from the church, the nobility and even the common people, the three siblings attempt to outrun the fate Pacifica is destined to bring, all the while questioning if one girl’s life is worth the world’s demise. The true nature of the Scrapped Princess, along with the harrowing revelations of the world itself, becomes more and more apparent as the princess’ 16th birthday fast approaches.

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13: Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo

English: Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon
Japanese: クロスアンジュ 天使と竜の輪舞〈ロンド〉
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi is the first princess of the noble Misurugi Empire. The kingdom has seen great power and prosperity due to the advancement of the revolutionary technology known as “Mana,” an abstract bending of light that has reduced the world’s problems of war and pollution to a timeless peace.

However, not all are blessed with the ability to wield Mana. Those who cannot are labeled “Norma,” outcasts of society who are considered a threat to civilization and live under constant persecution, and Angelise herself is one of many who want the Norma exterminated. But as Angelise’s sixteenth birthday commences, it is discovered in a shocking revelation that she is actually a Norma. Chaos ensues, the public is outraged, and the once adored princess is exiled to Arzenal: a remote military base where Normas are forced into conscription.

Now, the former royal must adapt to a harsh and vastly different lifestyle; piloting mechanical robots known as “Paramail” to fend off large, devastating beasts referred to as DRAGONs. However, a sinister truth about these savage creatures threatens to change everything.

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12: Chou Denji Machine Voltes V

Japanese: 超電磁マシーン ボルテスV
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: TV
Episodes: 40

Synopsis

From out of nowhere, a mysterious alien race known as the Boazan Forces has invaded the Earth. A group of individuals specially trained to handle this kind of situation has been unleashed. Kenichi, Ippei, Daijirou, Hiyoshi & Megumi are the pilots of the Choudenji Machine Voltes V (5), Earth’s defense against the Boazan and their terrible Beast Warriors. The plot thickens as the Go Brothers discover their true heritage and the truth behind their father’s disappearance. Conflicts and mixed emotions hinder the Go Brothers at times but due to their unwavering desire to find their dad, they must go to the place where it all started. With the help of the rebels based on Earth and on the aliens’ homeworld, the Voltes Team has another mission, remove the tyrant Zu Zanbajil and liberate the people of Boazan.

(Source: ANN)

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11: Magic Knight Rayearth

English: Magic Knight Rayearth
Japanese: 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース
MAL Score: 7.46
Type: TV
Episodes: 20

Synopsis

Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji are strangers brought together by fate when they meet during a seemingly normal field trip to Tokyo Tower. Accompanied by a great flash of light, they hear a mysterious woman’s plea to save “Cephiro,” and the junior high heroines are suddenly swept away by a giant flying fish. Afterwards, they arrive in an unknown land, where they encounter a man called Master Mage Clef.

Clef informs the girls that they were summoned by Princess Emeraude to fulfill their destinies as Magic Knights, restoring peace and balance in Cephiro. The formerly lively and peaceful land has been in disarray ever since High Priest Zagato imprisoned the princess, who acted as Cephiro’s pillar of stability. The Magic Knights reluctantly accept Clef’s words as truth and embark on a journey to save Cephiro from the clutches of evil.

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10: SSSS.Dynazenon

Japanese: SSSS.DYNAZENON
MAL Score: 7.46
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

One day after school, first-year high school student Yomogi Asanaka comes across a starving man under a bridge. Introducing himself as Gauma, the strange drifter informs Yomogi that he is a “kaiju user,” a person who deals with the “kaiju”—monsters who bring harm to the city and its citizens.

The following evening, Yomogi runs into Gauma and his classmate Yume Minami. Simultaneously, a kaiju appears in a populated area of the city. Due to Gauma’s lack of experience controlling the kaiju, he brings out a mysterious object from a glowing pouch, summoning a giant robot known as Dynazenon. Requiring the cooperation of four people, the mecha drags Gauma, Yomogi, Minami, and Koyomi Yamanaka—an unemployed man who was wandering on the street—into its cockpit.

Their encounter with the kaiju marks the beginning of their entanglement with kaiju eugenicists—kaiju users who manipulate kaiju with ill intent—and their efforts toward bringing out the full potential of Dynazenon.

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9: Suisei no Gargantia

English: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Japanese: 翠星のガルガンティア
MAL Score: 7.48
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

In the distant future, a majority of humans have left the Earth, and the Galactic Alliance of Humanity is founded to guide exploration and ensure the prosperity of mankind. However, a significant threat arises in the form of strange creatures called Hideauze, resulting in an interstellar war to prevent humanity’s extinction. Armed with Chamber, an autonomous robot, 16-year-old lieutenant Ledo of the Galactic Alliance joins the battle against the monsters. In an unfortunate turn of events, Ledo loses control during the battle and is cast out to the far reaches of space, crash-landing on a waterlogged Earth.

On the blue planet, Gargantia—a large fleet of scavenger ships—comes across Chamber and retrieves it from the ocean, thinking they have salvaged something of value. Mistaking their actions for hostility, Ledo sneaks aboard and takes a young messenger girl named Amy hostage, only to realize that the residents of Gargantia are not as dangerous as he had believed. Faced with uncertainty, and unable to communicate with his comrades in space, Ledo attempts to get his bearings and acclimate to a new lifestyle. But his peaceful days are about to be short-lived, as there is more to this ocean-covered planet than meets the eye.

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8: Oban Star-Racers

Japanese: オーバン スターレーサーズ
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Eva’s birthday has just passed, and she hasn’t heard from her father. Despising the Boarding School she attends, she escapes using her Rocket Bike that she just completed. Taking on the alias “Molly,” Eva sneaks with the Earth team to Alwas for the Great Race because the winner of the race gets any one wish granted. Little does the Earth Team know what danger awaits them…

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7: UFO Robo Grendizer

Japanese: UFOロボ グレンダイザー
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: TV
Episodes: 74

Synopsis

Duke Fleed is a survivor of the Fleed Planet who is escaped to the Earth, onboard a mysterious “spaceship”, where is raised by Dr. Umon as his adoptive son, and known as Daisuke Umon. Years after his arrival, he’s faced with the threat of King Vega and his army, who want to conquer the Earth. With his friends Koji and Hikaru (and later his younger sister Maria Grace), Duke decides to fight back using his best weapon – the almighty Grendizer.

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6: Magic Knight Rayearth II

English: Magic Knight Rayearth II
Japanese: 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース II
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: TV
Episodes: 29

Synopsis

Soon after Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu return to Tokyo, the three of them meet at Tokyo Tower to talk. Hikaru says that she wishes they could return to Cephiro and do something good for the land that Princess Emeraude protected so dearly. Umi and Fuu agree. Suddenly, a light appears in the sky and they are transported to Cephiro. Clef explains to them that with no Pillar to keep Cephiro peaceful, it has fallen into chaos. Monsters are multiplying and the land is becoming desolate. All the remaining inhabitants of Cephiro have moved into a magical castle. Clef also tells the girls some alarming news; three other countries, Chizeta, Fahren, and Autozam are trying to invade Cephiro and take over the Pillar system for their own purposes. The girls must stop the invaders as well as the mysterious and evil Lady Debonair, who believes she is the rightful Pillar, all the while desperately hoping and searching for a new Pillar to make Cephiro into the beautiful land it once was.

(Source: ANN)

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5: Re:Creators

English: Re:CREATORS
Japanese: Re:CREATORS 〈レクリエイターズ〉
MAL Score: 7.56
Type: TV
Episodes: 22

Synopsis

Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Selesia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.

Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.

Meanwhile, Souta and Selesia work together with Meteora ?sterreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.

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4: Gundam Build Fighters

English: Gundam Build Fighters
Japanese: ガンダムビルドファイターズ
MAL Score: 7.76
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Though Gundam Plastic Models, better known as Gunpla, exploded in popularity with the release of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, their presence faded before resurging with a new purpose. Through the power of Plavsky particles, fans are now able to pit their Gunpla against others in a virtual reality-style battle with the best competing at the annual Gunpla World Tournament.

Sei Iori, whose father was a once finalist in the competition, dreams of one day conquering the contest himself. However, while Sei is an expert Gunpla builder, he lacks the prowess to effectively fight his creations during actual battle. In comes Reiji, a mysterious boy who is curiously ignorant of society but quickly demonstrates to Sei tremendous ability in Gunpla battles. The two boys decide to combine their strengths in order to sweep the Gunpla World Tournament and take the Gunpla world by storm.

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3: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar

English: King of Braves GaoGaiGar
Japanese: 勇者王ガオガイガー
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: TV
Episodes: 49

Synopsis

In the year 2005, a race of alien monsters called Zonders emerge from underground and launch a series of attacks on the city of Tokyo. The only defense against these creatures is the secret agency known as the Gutsy Geoid Guard (or 3G) and their ultimate weapon, the awesome giant robot GaoGaiGar. GaoGaiGar’s pilot, Guy Shishio, is a former astronaut who was nearly killed two years before when the Zonders first crashed to earth. Guy’s life was spared when a mysterious robot lion called Galeon pulled him from the burning shuttle and brought him to Earth. Guy’s father, Leo, then used Galeon’s technology to rebuild his shattered son as a cyborg, in the hopes that he could stop the aliens when they appear. Now, with Galeon as its core, GaoGaiGar fights to protect Earth. He is aided by a team of transforming robots and by a young boy named Mamoru, who has the power to purify the Zonders’ cores, and seems to be connected to the mysterious Galeon.

(Source: ANN)

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2: Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven

English: Eureka Seven
Japanese: 交響詩篇エウレカセブン
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

In the backwater town of Bellforest lives a 14-year-old boy named Renton Thurston. He desires to leave his home behind and join the mercenary group known as Gekkostate, hoping to find some adventure to brighten up his mundane life. However, stuck between his grandfather’s insistence to become a mechanic like him and the pressure of his deceased father’s legacy, the only excitement Renton finds is in his pastime of riding the Trapar wave particles that are dispersed throughout the air, an activity akin to surfing.

Everything changes when an unknown object crashes through Renton’s garage, discovered to be a Light Finding Operation—a robot capable of riding the Trapar waves—specifically known as the Nirvash typeZERO. Its pilot is a young girl named Eureka, a member of the Gekkostate, who requests a tune-up for the Nirvash. Their meeting sparks the beginning of Renton’s involvement with the Gekkostate as he takes off alongside Eureka as the co-pilot of the Nirvash.

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1: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

English: Gurren Lagann
Japanese: 天元突破グレンラガン
MAL Score: 8.65
Type: TV
Episodes: 27

Synopsis

Simon and Kamina were born and raised in a deep, underground village, hidden from the fabled surface. Kamina is a free-spirited loose cannon bent on making a name for himself, while Simon is a timid young boy with no real aspirations. One day while excavating the earth, Simon stumbles upon a mysterious object that turns out to be the ignition key to an ancient artifact of war, which the duo dubs Lagann. Using their new weapon, Simon and Kamina fend off a surprise attack from the surface with the help of Yoko Littner, a hot-blooded redhead wielding a massive gun who wanders the world above.

In the aftermath of the battle, the sky is now in plain view, prompting Simon and Kamina to set off on a journey alongside Yoko to explore the wastelands of the surface. Soon, they join the fight against the “Beastmen,” humanoid creatures that terrorize the remnants of humanity in powerful robots called “Gunmen.” Although they face some challenges and setbacks, the trio bravely fights these new enemies alongside other survivors to reclaim the surface, while slowly unraveling a galaxy-sized mystery.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
2. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven
3. Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
4. Gundam Build Fighters
5. Re:Creators
6. Magic Knight Rayearth II
7. Oban Star-Racers
8. UFO Robo Grendizer
9. Suisei no Gargantia
10. Magic Knight Rayearth
11. SSSS.Dynazenon
12. Chou Denji Machine Voltes V
13. Scrapped Princess
14. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
15. Zoids
16. Zoids Shinseiki/Zero
17. Zegapain
18. Asura Cryin’ 2
19. Gun x Sword
20. IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005) 2nd Season
21. Darling in the FranXX
22. Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier
23. Brigadoon: Marin to Melan
24. Mazinger Z
25. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex – Tachikoma na Hibi (TV)
26. Gundam Build Fighters Try
27. Basquash!
28. Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
29. Planet With
30. Toushou Daimos
31. Kuromukuro
32. Buddy Complex
33. SSSS.Gridman
34. Cyborg 009 (1979)
35. Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu
36. Tetsuwan Atom (1980)
37. Aquarion Evol
38. Madou King Granzort
39. IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005)
40. Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
41. Tetsuwan Atom
42. Giant Gorg
43. Seisenshi Dunbine
44. Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3
45. Great Mazinger
46. Danball Senki W
47. Danball Senki Wars
48. Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn
49. Jinzou Ningen Kikaider The Animation
50. Danball Senki

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