Guts easy peasy hehe
"Actually, I have seen a lot of anime. Started with Voltron on American television way back in the day, before I even knew what "anime" was. I watched what I could throughout the years, including Slayers, Tenchi, Ranma, and others. Nobody around me was ever into mecha though, so I never got introduced.plain "Full metal panic" is the more serious oneIn the last few years, anime has become a much bigger part of my life. I run Tampa Bay Anime, an anime club in Florida, and I'm in charge of gathering and showing the latest anime to our crew. Unfortunately, most of them aren't really into mecha, either, so I haven't had much of a reason to get involved with it. Now, though, I want to further my anime education, and mecha is a huge, gaping hole in it.Sigue's suggestions sound like they are on the right track. I'm looking for more "real" robots right now. I've dabbled in plenty of more fanciful ones (like Escaflowne), but I'm thinking of something realistic right now. The only thing I know about Full Metal Panic! is about a comedy show involving a super-serious soldier in school. Fumofu, maybe? I didn't realize there was a serious mecha show attached. Interesting.As for the others, I've seen one episode of Gate Keepers (it's a mecha show?) and I'm three episodes into Gurren Lagaan (love it). Thanks for the tips. Keep 'em comin'!"
"It seems to me he's looking for Real Robot shows, so I doubt Gate Keepers really fits the bill and I'm certain Gurren Lagann doesn't. I'd try the Universal Century Gundam shows like the original and 08th MS Team as well as the Macross shows (with the exception of 7.) You might also enjoy Full Metal Panic!, which despite a key plot element pulling it away from pure "reality", has some of the best Real Robot mech design.oh ye nice Full Metal Panic is awesome
Remember that "mecha" is a very vast genre, and even splitting it between Real and Super Robots leaves a lot of variables. If you haven't watched a lot of anime, the best way to find out exactly what you want is to try out a lot of shows, and eventually you'll be able to tell on your own whether or not you'll like a series."