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First off, I'm not sure if this is the proper forum to post this in, if not, my apologies! Simply educate me and I'll be sure to post in the proper forum moving forward.

Okay, with that out of the way ...

I've been a massive fan of Mecha-anime since the early 80's where I first watched Robotech (prior to learning that its name is really Macross) and Mobile Suit Gundam; as time went on I purchased VHS tapes of my favorite series (I had the entire Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory collection in VHS box-set; I was cool) and later, the DVD sets that became available. A year ago I discovered this gem of a site called Crunchyroll (you may have heard of it; it's a spectacular place) and have been trying out different streaming services for anime... While Crunchyroll's site is above-and-beyond the best site (from a usability standpoint, community standpoint, and quality of shows, news, manga, and store standpoint), I find myself wanting to see more and more Mecha-based anime. While Crunchyroll's selection is good, what I'm wondering is where everyone streams their Mecha-anime (if they do)?

On a semi-not-related note; pretty stoked that the Robotech miniatures board game should be coming in the mail in the next few months. I backed the Kickstarter campaign and am seriously looking forward to painting the 360+ miniature Veritech Fighters, Battlepods, and other Zentraedi / UNSPACY minis that I get in my package... Happy days ahead (hopefully I'll be able to put together my long-dreamed-about tabletop diorama)!
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Sadly due to some bizzare licensing over the decades you'll find the classic mecha stuff scattered all over the place, should you find it at all.
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That's what I'm finding and it leaves me a bit sad ... I know that Harmony Gold had run into a lot of management (and Legal) issues in the past over the Robotech / Macross licensing and I figure that's a lost cause when it comes to streaming (I'm happy with the complete boxed sets out there), but there are some newer series in the Macross universe (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, etc.) that I hope one day make it to the streaming services.

I haven't seen any Mobile Suit Gundam streams anywhere and I'm totally interested in the new series Mobile Suit Gundam Fighters, but I don't even know where to go to look for it (and Google searches come up with some shady results) and I'm hoping the spectacular folks here at Crunchyroll can point me to some reputable sources.

On another note, to add to this, I've seen a metric ton of Mecha-based anime and I'm curious if others out there have any recommendations?
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Posted 12/18/13

t1ckles wrote:

On another note, to add to this, I've seen a metric ton of Mecha-based anime and I'm curious if others out there have any recommendations?


I'm not sure if you're following the current Fall lineup but Gundam Build Fighters is quite a decent surprise with elements of comedy, action, character emphasis, an engaging plot with well coordinated OST. I don't know how many episodes the show will end up with though but it's one of my favorites this season.

This title:
http://myanimelist.net/anime/19319/Gundam_Build_Fighters

By Sunrise.

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t1ckles wrote:

That's what I'm finding and it leaves me a bit sad ... I know that Harmony Gold had run into a lot of management (and Legal) issues in the past over the Robotech / Macross licensing and I figure that's a lost cause when it comes to streaming (I'm happy with the complete boxed sets out there), but there are some newer series in the Macross universe (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, etc.) that I hope one day make it to the streaming services.

I haven't seen any Mobile Suit Gundam streams anywhere and I'm totally interested in the new series Mobile Suit Gundam Fighters, but I don't even know where to go to look for it (and Google searches come up with some shady results) and I'm hoping the spectacular folks here at Crunchyroll can point me to some reputable sources.

On another note, to add to this, I've seen a metric ton of Mecha-based anime and I'm curious if others out there have any recommendations?


Unfortunately, Harmony Gold is still around and claiming the rights to ALL Macross properties in the USA. And, since the Japanese rights holders (who have won this case in every other court in the world against HG) have chosen not to fight them in the USA. So it is doubtful you will ever see any Macross series legally streamed in the USA.

As to Gundam, their are several of the series available on Daisuki (a legal streaming site).
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dracphelan wrote:


Unfortunately, Harmony Gold is still around and claiming the rights to ALL Macross properties in the USA. And, since the Japanese rights holders (who have won this case in every other court in the world against HG) have chosen not to fight them in the USA. So it is doubtful you will ever see any Macross series legally streamed in the USA.


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I've actually been enjoying Valvrave the Liberator in the current new stuff. Once you learn to endure the angst riden teen twilight wanna be moments it's pretty entertaining.
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t1ckles wrote:
I've been a massive fan of Mecha-anime since the early 80's


Oho! A kindred spirit!

I think everybody else has given you some pretty decent answers, so I'll just chime in and tell you to go watch Godmars on Hulu. Early '80s super robot ass-kicking goodness. (Think a bit like Voltron, but all the robots are piloted by one person ... who's pretty badass.)
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t1ckles wrote:

That's what I'm finding and it leaves me a bit sad ... I know that Harmony Gold had run into a lot of management (and Legal) issues in the past over the Robotech / Macross licensing and I figure that's a lost cause when it comes to streaming (I'm happy with the complete boxed sets out there), but there are some newer series in the Macross universe (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, etc.) that I hope one day make it to the streaming services.

I haven't seen any Mobile Suit Gundam streams anywhere and I'm totally interested in the new series Mobile Suit Gundam Fighters, but I don't even know where to go to look for it (and Google searches come up with some shady results) and I'm hoping the spectacular folks here at Crunchyroll can point me to some reputable sources.

On another note, to add to this, I've seen a metric ton of Mecha-based anime and I'm curious if others out there have any recommendations?

Licensing issues and the fact that they're so old keep most mecha anime from being licensed sadly. That said, you can find legal streams of Gundam including Build Fighters over on the GundamInfo youtube channel or on daisuki.net. As far as mecha anime recommendations go I'd recommend Broken Blade here on Crunchyroll, for having a pretty good set up and some of the best mecha action scenes I've seen. The Big O is also a good choice if you haven't seen that yet.
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Robotech is actually a giant mash-up of the most popular mecha shows at the time, not just Macross.

I have a few recs:

Gunbuster
Diebuster
Patlabor
Voltron
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Flag
Gasaraki
Gundam (any of them, especially Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn)
Appleseed
Bokurano
Eureka 7
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Full Metal Panic
Gad Guard
Linebarrels of Iron
Mospeada
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
RahXephon
Rideback
Big O
Rinne no Lagrange
Break Blade
Vision of Escaflowne
Virus Buster Serge
Vandread
Xenosaga
Zoids
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Valvrave the Liberator
Mazinger Z
Martian Successor Nadesico
Aquarion
Basquash
Danball Senki W
Burn Up W
Blue Gender
BubbleGum Crisis

To name a few of many...
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All I can say is thank you everyone, for feeding my Mecha needs!

Naturally, being the Mecha nut that I am, I've seen a large number of the ones that Sharpnel893 has recommended, though, there are also a few in there I've never heard of, I'll definitely check these out!

I may be one of the few Mecha fans on the planet, though, that just couldn't get through TTGL (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), not sure why, it just didn't jive with me; same with Aquarion (though, I hear Aquarion EVOL is better, which makes me consider trying that one again).

Escaflowne, Vandread, Godmars, all excellent; though, I don't see Metal Armor Dragonar on the list (growing up that was a favorite, though, looking back it's pretty poor, or rather, pretty standard being a Sunrise series).

Again, I really appreciate the feedback, folks, any and all is appreciated!

P.S. Now, if only someone would put together an Anime based on Battletech ... That'd be amazing ...




On another note ... any Mecha model/miniatures fans out there? As mentioned above, I'm stoked for my Robotech Miniature board game to come in the next few months (I actually live not far from Palladium Games, the folks putting it together). So excited.
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t1ckles wrote:
I don't see Metal Armor Dragonar on the list


It's one of my favorites, actually, and it's one of the best non-Gundam shows Sunrise did back in its '80s heyday. (Well, really, it is a Gundam show in all but name.) However, there's never been a legitimate release of it outside of Asia, IIRC.

As for a Battletech anime, well, there was an American cartoon. It was horrid. Don't bother.
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As for a Battletech anime, well, there was an American cartoon. It was horrid. Don't bother.


Oh, I remember that abysmal show and thinking about it makes me want to wash my eyes out with Listerine ... What is seen, cannot be unseen ...

I remember seeing Metal Armor Dragonar on the shelf at a Suncoast store many many years ago and thinking the box looked neat and picked it up; totally enjoyed it, though, when I compare it to others that are a bit more modern (which, yes, is unfair) I don't think it had the flair that others (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 or Gundam F91 come to mind) did, but by no means was it a poor anime; definitely liked it.

I just wish there would be more Mecha anime (don't we all?) out there that we could get our hands on, or that there would be more coming. I don't know if it is just me, but it seems to me that Mecha has gone by the wayside. Yes, I know that Valvrave the Liberator (which I enjoy), Gargantia (which it took a while, but I was eventually waiting for more) and Majestic Prince (which, to be honest, has some of the best animation and music I've seen in an anime; period) are there, but they don't have that certain ... something ... that old-school Mecha anime (NGE or Patlabor) have. Not bad shows, at all, just not the same shows.

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t1ckles wrote:

On a semi-not-related note; pretty stoked that the Robotech miniatures board game should be coming in the mail in the next few months. I backed the Kickstarter campaign and am seriously looking forward to painting the 360+ miniature Veritech Fighters, Battlepods, and other Zentraedi / UNSPACY minis that I get in my package... Happy days ahead (hopefully I'll be able to put together my long-dreamed-about tabletop diorama)!


You support RoBLOWtech stuff?!!!! For shame!


t1ckles wrote:

That's what I'm finding and it leaves me a bit sad ... I know that Harmony Gold had run into a lot of management (and Legal) issues in the past over the Robotech / Macross licensing and I figure that's a lost cause when it comes to streaming (I'm happy with the complete boxed sets out there), but there are some newer series in the Macross universe (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, etc.) that I hope one day make it to the streaming services.


Harmony Gold is the enemy!!!!! Macross is awesome and the evil of Harmony Gold keeps a lot of Macross out of the US


dracphelan wrote:

Unfortunately, Harmony Gold is still around and claiming the rights to ALL Macross properties in the USA. And, since the Japanese rights holders (who have won this case in every other court in the world against HG) have chosen not to fight them in the USA. So it is doubtful you will ever see any Macross series legally streamed in the USA.




Harmony Gold is the worst thing to ever happen to anime!


Well_Spoken_Man wrote:

Someday the evil empire will fall. Someday.


One can only pray!

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HG USA had an estimated 2.7 Million in revenue last year, this includes property rental revenue...based on what all I am finding a low ball bid of 10 million might enable a buy out of the company. Too bad I didn't hit the megamillions last night.
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