What with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim on its way towards us in theaters, it seemed high time to put together a list of the anime in the genre that heavily influenced del Toro's film: mecha anime.
The term "mecha" is pretty self-explanatory: it's an abbreviation of the English word "mechanical," and in anime refers generally to anything where giant robots or other machines take a prominent role. This could be anything from the military vehicles of Gundam or Macross, to the single-passenger robots of Rideback and everything in between. The diversity within the genre has encompassed everything from homages to Western comics (The Big O, Tiger and Bunny) to alternate history and fantasy (Sakura Wars).
See our rundown of the most significant mecha anime here.