The last time I spoke about Mecha anime a few years back, the
Here’s what I said in a nutshell that blew the internet up: This Is Why Mecha Anime Is Hated (And Why It’s Not A Great Genre)
Aside from certain points this isn’t a new opinion and hardly an unconventional one.
- YouTubers have talked about it.
- websites have talked about it.
- forums have talked about it….
But not many are brave enough to say it out loud because they fear “fans” will smash their keyboards with the intention to hate, belittle, criticize, and dogpile them for speaking on their beloved
Twitter is a cesspool for that shit so it’s not surprising.
The fall of
In a 14+ minute video on the topic of
I shared this video in the last post I did on
Well let’s talk more about the fall of
Here’s a list in no ranking order.
Isekai – the new, shiny object
There’s a reason why I added images from
Of course Sword Art Online is really what kicked it off (statistically speaking), and made the genre cool among the young audience, which then scaled up. But No Game No Life’s success around the same time helped a lot.
It’s no accident that these two anime, especially No Game No Life only having 1 season and a movie, are so successful a decade later and considered OG’S of sorts.
Isekai has become the NEW
It doesn’t matter that the genre doesn’t pump out the greatest masterpieces of all time, only that the genre has become so entertaining that
Actions speak louder than words.
And with the continued domination of
- Kono Subarashii (2016).
- Re:Zero (2016).
- Overlord (2015).
- Tensei Slime (2018).
- Shield Hero (2019).
- Mushoku Tensei (2021).
And the MANY anime I haven’t bothered to mention,
What teenager or anime fan in their 20’s (the youngest and biggest drivers of anime) would watch
It’s a rhetorical question obviously. They wouldn’t and don’t. And the decline of
2. Riding the coattails of old successes
Gundam is a
During the 1970’s and 80’s in particular the
This continued into the 1990’s with anime like
The 2000’s produced Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven, and so much more. But that’s where the industry starts to decline while being too reliant on past successes.
That doesn’t mean
Apart from anime like:
- Darling In The Franxx, which kinda flopped as a
- Aldnoah Zero.
- Guilty Crown.
Or others, there haven’t been too many
Not like the 2000’s (Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven). The drop in quality and interest has been obvious if you ignore ongoing franchises like FMP, Gundam, and things of that nature.
Anime like Eighty-Six are refreshing for that reason because it’s solid and brings so much potential to the genre again.
The genre is stable, but interest has dropped a lot.
3. The domination of
People can get mad at this all they like, but let’s focus on the truth. The truth is
Shounen has been dominating for a long time, even during the time
Once the door to the 2010’s opened up
You have older anime still dominating like:
- Dragon Ball franchise.
- One Piece.
- Inuyasha (still going).
But you also have NEW
- My Hero Academia.
- Demon Slayer.
- Jujutsu Kaisen.
- Black Clover.
- Spy x Family.
And so many others not worth mentioning and waffling on about.
What NEW stuff does
Shounen is what people are focused on most (the youngest fans especially), and it’s more stimulating than
Even if cliche at times.
The sales and numbers don’t lie either. It just is what it is.
In the end it comes down to this:
- The domination of genres like
- The youngest fans aren’t as interested.
mechaanime (new one’s) since 2010’s.
- Mecha being carried by older shows.
Mechaanime not hitting the same like they used to.
Code Geass, Full Metal Panic, Magic Knight Rayearth, and so on. But facts ae facts.
Mecha still has potential and there’s no reason the genre can’t shine again with a little innovation, effort, and creativity.