The famous Japanese site Yahoo! News Japan shared an article noting that the number of anime of the mecha genre today has dropped significantly compared to a decade ago. The Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime, for example, has been popular for many years and won the hearts of countless generations of anime fans. However, in recent years, the attraction of the brand has shown signs of decline.
Even when it comes to related mecha anime productions in recent years, like Rebuild of Evangelion, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, all of these franchises are started before 2000, so it can’t be said that they are “recent”.
And now, “the number of related anime of the mecha genre has decreased significantly” has become a topic of discussion among many fans. Some have even argued that the inclusion of mecha in anime franchises “feels forced”, that the characters don’t need to “control robots” and that “the use of this element makes the anime look stale”. .
Fans have debated why today’s mecha genre is waning, or at least haven’t seen any relevant new franchises in recent years. Like “is it because it’s hard to animate giant robots?”, or “first of all, no author can draw both humans and robots well, they always fail at one of them. “
Looking back at the golden age of the past, the mecha – robot anime with the top battle scenes, the sound of guns and swords clashing was once loved by the audience.
It has also been mentioned that new generations have lost interest in robotics, or the mecha genre. Young people today are surrounded by machines from the moment they are born. Some have pointed out that robot battles are not as exciting for children and teenagers as they used to be. However, there are still anime with this theme that become popular among young people, such as “Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z”, but many people think that the interest of fans right now is not about the robot.