Top 10 Mecha Anime of 2014
1. Knights of Sidonia
It's been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous "seed ships" like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity!
2. Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition
Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition is the showcase of the animations produced by various directors with love and energy, which are planned from original projects, spin-off projects, promotional films, Music PV, and VJ Films etc...
#01: The Dragon Dentist (Directed by Outarou Maijou)
#02: HILL CLIMB GIRL (Directed by Azuma Tani)
#03: ME!ME!ME! (Directed by Hibiki Yoshizaki)
#04: Carnage (Directed by Akira Homma)
#05: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko & Ichiro Itano: Collection of Key Animation Films (collection of key animation from 1979's Mobile Suit Gundam)
#06: 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed (Directed by Takeshi Honda & Mahiro Maeda)
#07: Until you come to me. (Directed by Tadashi Hiramatsu)
#08: Tomorrow from there (Directed by Akemi Hayashi)
#09: Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero (Directed by Akira Amemiya)
#10: YAMADELOID (Directed by Takashi Horiuchi & Masahiro Emoto)
#11: POWER PLANT No. 33 (Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura & Kengo Saito)
#12: Evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential) (Directed by Shinji Aramaki)
#13: Kanón (Directed by Mahiro Maeda)
#14: SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED (Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi)
#15: Obake-Chan (Directed by Shigeto Koyama)
#16: Tsukikage no Tokio (Directed by Takanobu Mizuno)
#17: THREE FALLEN WITNESSES (Directed by Satoru Utsunomiya)
#18: The Diary of Ochibi (Directed by Masashi Kawamura)
#19: I can Friday by Day! (Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki)
#20A: ME!ME!ME! CHRONIC feat.daoko / TeddyLoid (Directed by Hibiki Yoshizaki, remix of short #3)
#20B: (Making of) evangelion:Another Impact (Making of video of short #12)
#21: ICONIC FIELD (Directed by Ikuto Yamashita)
#22: IBUSEKI YORUNI (Directed by Tadashi Hiramatsu)
#23: Memoirs of amorous gentlemen (Produced by Cork Inc.)
#24: Rapid Rouge (Directed by Daisuke Onitsuka)
#25: HAMMERHEAD (Directed by Otaro Maijo)
#26: COMEDY SKIT 1989 (Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa)
#27: BUBU & BUBULINA (Directed by Takashi Nakamura)
#28: ENDLESS NIGHT (Directed by Sayo Yamamoto)
#29: BUREAU OF PROTO SOCIETY (Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura)
#30: The Ultraman (Directed by Akitoshi Yokoyama)
#31: GIRL (Directed by Hibiki Yoshizaki)
#32: Neon Genesis IMPACTS. (Directed by Yuhei Sakuragi)
#33: Ragnarok (Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama)
#34: Robot on the Road (Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura)
#35: Cassette Girl (Directed by Hiroyasu Kobayashi)
Note: #20A and #20B (special) are counted as two separate episodes in the episode total.
3. Expelled From Paradise
Angela Balzac is an agent at the space station DEVA, whose inhabitants have no physical bodies, their minds digitized and processed into a virtual reality environment. After failing to track down the hacker known as "Frontier Setter", she is tasked to look for him down on Earth, now a barren planet where the rest of the humans live.
In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission found a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Upon landing, astronauts discovered a enchanted utility later referred to as 'Aldnoah', giving the astronauts a status of superiority. Soon, many humans have relocated to Mars, and have adapted to the name 'Martians'. After Princess Asseylum, a royal Martian princess, descends onto Earth in an attempt to create a treaty between both planets, a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.
5. Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:4 Ghost Stands Alone
Fourth movie of Ghost in the Shell: Arise.
6. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet OVA (2014)
Six months has passed since the battle with Kugel's fleet.
Fleet that has been released from the tyranny of the machine caliber Striker is about to join the Gargantia fleet, and new people are coming onboard.Ledo, while working with salvage team, is gathering information about the old civilization. He seeks answers to questions why the mankind had left the Earth and what were the reasons of strife between human race and Hideous. Ledo had deepened his interest in archeology and explores the history of mankind. Meanwhile, Amy teaches her new messenger recruit, Reamer, about her work. Reamer is a member of the original Kugel's fleet and after its dismantling, she had begun a new life on Gargantia.
(Source: Official site)
7. Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:3 Ghost Tears
Third movie of Ghost in the Shell: Arise.
8. Date A Live II
Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to "seal the Spirit's power". Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits' might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.
9. Gundam Build Fighters Try
The story of Gundam Build Fighters Try is set 7 years after the end of the 1st series, when Iori Sei and Reiji won the 7th Gunpla Battle World Championships. 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....
10. Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon
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.