Best anime about technology and robots

There are plenty of TV shows out there, and in this golden age of TV streaming, the choices have never been greater. So how do you cut through the noise and find the “Best of” for any chosen topic? Well, we’re here to help celebrate and shine a light on some of the newest, greatest and most unforgettable shows over the years.

For our ongoing series of articles describing the best anime, our attention this time turns to shows featuring technology and robots. From exhilarating cyberpunk action to time travel shenanigans, there’s plenty to whet your appetite.

Of course, if we missed any of your favorites, feel free to comment below and we’ll add them!


Cyberpunk: Edge Runners

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners was another smash hit for Netflix. This anime helped bring the Cyberpunk franchise to life and ushered in a new group of gamers. The show’s villain, Adam Smasher, is the focus of most fans’ revenge, however.

Nonetheless, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners joins the family of excellent video game-based anime adaptations alongside Netflix’s Castlevania series and others. This show features phenomenal characters, beautiful action scenes, and a vibrant futuristic setting.

Unfortunately, some characters don’t get much time to shine on the show. The anime enjoys spending time developing the relationship between its protagonists David and Lucy. At the same time, the other characters are given the opportunity to strut their stuff, allowing fans to see their personalities clash with David and the others on screen.

You can read our thoughts on Cyberpunk Edgerunners in our full season review here!


Steins; Gate

Steins; Gate is an amazing anime featuring time travel misadventures and scientific discoveries. This show features a well-written mystery that unfolds throughout its runtime. The show doesn’t start with the best beat. It’s a slow burner that gradually builds into something masterful and memorable.

This anime revolves around a scientist named Rintarou, who loves his job. With the help of his ally, Rintarou creates the Future Gadget Laboratory. With this, Rintarou hopes to make more technological innovations that will confuse other humans.

One day, Rintarou attends another scientist’s lecture on time travel. During this conference, he experiences strange phenomena occurring around his Phone Microwave gadget. He discovers that he can text back in time through his microwave, but this attracts the attention of a mysterious organization.

A battle unfolds between Rintarou and his deteriorating sanity as he attempts to minimize the damage he has caused with his invention.


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Mobile Suit Gundam (series)

Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the most recognizable Mecha series in anime. This franchise has endeared many fans to large-scale robot combat on Earth and in space. This series paved the way for shows like Gurren Lagann, Brave, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, though the latter is a deconstruction of the entire Mecha genre.

While most series don’t feature the best characters and action, there are entries like Mobile Suit Gundam 00 that offer the best of both worlds. The Gundam franchise has made vast improvements to the Mecha genre by offering robots with more refined and complex designs and abilities.

Mobile Suit Gundam’s robots look like an upgrade from the simplistic designs found in old school mecha anime like Tetsujin 28. That said, if you’re looking to get a taste of what the mecha genre has to offer, I would recommend giving one of the Mobile Suit Gundam entries a chance.


gurren lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

As mentioned in the previous entry, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann) owes a lot to series like Mobile Suit Gundam for paving the way for more polished mecha anime. That said, Gurren Lagann is a thrill ride with over-the-top visuals and animations.

This show follows Simon and Kamina, two friends who have lived underground all their lives. After finding a giant robot called Lagann, they get the chance to explore the surface world. In the surface world, these two discover that a crazed tyrant named Lord Genome has taken control.

With the help of wandering bounty hunter Yoko, these two will embark on a quest to end Lord Genome’s reign and save the world. A world of fun and excitement awaits fans as Gurren Lagann never becomes something mediocre and bland.


Coil Dennou

Dennou Coil is an anime based on incredibly rich technology. He feeds on the subtleties present in his universe. It strikes a nice balance between realism and futuristic concepts that pique everyone’s interest. Our story takes place in a world where augmented realities have become the norm in life.

At the center of it all is Yasako, a middle schooler who moves to a town where everyone seems to be disappearing. His grandmother runs an illegal tool shop here called Megasia. It also hosts an unofficial detective agency called Coil, made up of a group of children who find and deal with trouble in this virtual world.

Along with new friends, it’s up to Yasako to solve the mysteries and problems that arise in this virtual society. This story is well structured, and its characters gradually develop through multiple interactions. This show knows how to weave small ideas from previous episodes into its larger narrative through foreshadowing.


The big O

Toonami has hosted many amazing shows which have entertained many fans. The Big O is one of those series that is not brought up in modern anime discussions. It’s one of those relics of the past that doesn’t get as much attention as the Studio Ghibli movies or the famous Cowboy Bebop.

That said, this anime delivers some amazing feats. First, it holds western influences from its art style to its criminal nature. Many compare this show to Batman because of the character dynamics, premise, and authentic vibe they get from it.

Its protagonist Roger is a calm figure who likes to stay independent like Batman. Other cast members offer something fun and refreshing to the group. The tech in this show feels sci-fi inspired, unlike the gadgets you’ll find in Batman. At the same time, this show maintains a melancholic tone throughout its run.


Bokura no

Are you looking for a show that delves into the human psyche, look no further than Bokura no. This show is peppered with scenes that delve into the psychological and physical tensions of his youth both outside and inside a virtual setting. The psychological trauma suffered by its child protagonists is downright heartbreaking and chilling.

At the same time, these instances help our characters overcome their problems, which leads to excellent maturation. This show offers a few ounces of action that will appease action buffs, but it also offers something fun for critical thinkers to speculate and digest. With its mellow tone and atmospheric soundtrack, fans can’t go wrong with this underrated gem.

The story begins in a summer camp. Fifteen children enter a mysterious cave by the sea and meet Kokopelli. Kokopelli informs them that he is working on a video game involving aliens and a giant robot. He asks the children to test the game, and all but one sign the contract, agreeing to help Kokopelli. Things don’t go well for the children, however.

Children are sent into the game world and must pilot the giant robot to defeat the alien threat. With no hope of escape, the kids must devise a plan to defeat the alien menace as death lurks around every corner. This is a heartbreaking series that will have some viewers crying over the horrors that await our cast.


Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Bokura no owes its lore and tone to Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was the anime that changed the fans’ perception of robot-themed anime. Instead of focusing on giant robots battling monstrous creatures or other technological lifeforms, it spends more time examining the weak mindsets of its cast.

Unlike other shows in the Mecha genre, this series wanted to portray them in a more realistic light. For example, its protagonist Shinji is a feeble-minded child who has suffered a lot of trauma from the actions of his father (Gendo). He endured peer pressure, ridicule and anxiety all his life. Even when he finds Gendo, he receives the cold shoulder.

On top of that, Gendo forces Shinji into a situation he’s uncomfortable with and puts more weight on his son’s shoulders. While the safety of the whole world hinges on his ability to pilot Gendo’s beloved robot, Shinji often fumbles the bag and gets scolded for his terrible decisions. It was one of those series that paved the way for more challenging anime, which featured amazing robot action scenes.

While the series spanned several movies, everyone should watch the original 1995 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion


Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Ghost In The Shell (1995) is one of the few animated films that had a direct impact on Hollywood filmmakers. From Lana and Lily Wachowski’s Matrix to James Cameron’s Avatar, Ghost In The Shell holds a strong legacy and influence on many people. While Ghost In The Shell has great action sequences, it leans towards more challenging subject matter.

In Ghost In The Shell (1995), the audience is confronted with many mind-numbing ideas about human ideology and existentialism. He delivers these concepts at a brisk pace. There is never a moment in this film where viewers will be bored. The anime doesn’t waste its audience’s time explaining its concepts. He chooses to sprinkle these messages at the appropriate time.

The film’s beautifully drawn cyberpunk-themed animated structures will immerse viewers. Major Kusanagi, the anime’s protagonist, performs several death-defying stunts in this movie that will mesmerize you. While the visuals are gorgeous, Ghost in the Shell (1995) exudes a sense of mystery with its atmosphere. If you’re looking for a more intellectual show with a beautiful futuristic setting, Ghost In The Shell (1995) is worth checking out.


So there you have it, our picks for the best anime over the years about technology and robots!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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