6 Anime Like Heavy Object [Recommendations]

The relatively new anime Heavy Object takes place in Alaska, in a future where mankind developed massive war machines. These titular Objects render other militarized weapons practically obsolete. Common knowledge is that only other Objects can destroy an Object, which results in wars between humanity’s four factions being settled in one-on-one duels between Object pilots.

When two run-of-the-mill soldiers, Qwenthur and Havia, prove that Objects can be dusted with conventional means and a little bit of elbow grease in order to save their friend Milinda, the rules of war change drastically. They find themselves in the middle of increasingly dangerous missions, with incredibly high stakes, where failure is measured in the loss of lives.

Heavy Object is perfect for fans of war anime, fans of anime about dystopian futures, and fans of giant machines blasting each other to smithereens. Although the setting is on the grimmer side, the show doesn’t necessarily take itself too seriously, and most of its charm comes from the slice-of-life moments between its core characters.The plot is exciting, but it’s not so nuanced that it needs to be followed religiously, so it’s great for people who like to drop in and out of a show. The following six anime are recommended for fans Heavy Object.

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6. Gurren Lagann

  • Episodes: 27
  • Aired: April 2007 – September 2007

Set in a world where humanity lives underground after fleeing the wrath of an evil overlord, the Spiral King, who rules with an iron fist and uses humanoid beast men to enforce his will. A young digger named Simon dreams of once again breathing the fresh air under a blue sky on the Earth’s surface. But a dream is all it is, until one day, while digging with his rowdy older brother Kamina, he discovers a drill-shaped key that brings to life a small robot, and everything changes. They find their oppressive but relatively peaceful lifestyle at risk when their village is attacked by beastmen piloting larger versions of the mech, gunmen, and are forced to defend it at all costs.

Gurren Lagann is great for a lot of reasons. It’s an action-packed anime with a lot of stylish flair, fistfuls of action, and a great sense of humor. While the show doesn’t necessarily take itself too seriously, there are plenty of emotional, character-driven moments that help accelerate the plot. It has plenty to offer fans of several genres, especially fans of Heavy Object.


5. Full Metal Panic!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2002 – June 2002

Full Metal Panic! is a nice blend of both slice-of-life and robot-centric war anime. The series focuses on a covert anti-terrorist group, Mithril, who want desperately to protect the somewhat pushy Japanese high school girl, Kaname Chidori. To do so, they send a member of their organization, Sousoke Sagara, to enroll in the high school and keep watch over her.

The heart of the show is the interaction between its two lead characters, just like Heavy Object. While Sousoke has lived a military life and is no stranger to combat, he’s never had to navigate the complicated, nuanced social minefield that is high school. Even though his mission is to protect Kaname, she often protects him in her own way, bossily guiding him through school life. On top of their relationship, the show features an expansive cast of memorable characters, as well as plenty of exciting combat scenes that help accelerate the plot, and help it clip along at a pace welcome for fans of Heavy Object.


4. Katanagatari

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2010 – December 2010

From outer-space to Edo-era Japan, Katanagatari is the story of Togame, a military strategist who is on a journey to collect twelve legendary swords, wielded by dangerous warriors, for the shogunate. To do so, she enlists the reluctant help of Yasuri Shichika, the son of an exiled war hero who quietly runs a fighting school with his sister on a remote island, under the caveat that he must fall in love with her. While the change in setting might seem jarring for fans of Heavy Object, the tone of the show will suit them perfectly.

This show is unique for several reasons; unlike most anime, the episodes have a whopping fifty minute run time, and makes the most of it by oozing its unique style. While the aesthetic ensures that there is plenty of slick, candy-colored, sword swinging action, the length and infrequency of episodes put a greater emphasis on the show’s storytelling, and so it is the relationship between Togame and Shichika that does most of the heavy lifting. There are plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments as they travel to the four corners of the country, and their relationship develops, which is part of the reason why it is so appealing for fans of Heavy Object.


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3. Aldnoah.Zero

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: July 2014 – March 2015

In the 70s, mankind discovers an alien gateway on the surface of the moon. They are able to utilize this technology to colonize Mars, and it isn’t long after settling they discover increasingly sophisticated alien technology. The settlers on Mars covet the technology for themselves, and cut themselves off from the rest of humanity by establishing the Vers Empire. In the midst of the war between the Earthbound and the Vers Empire, the gate is destroyed, leading to an uneasy ceasefire between them.

The main story takes place fifteen years later, when an assassination attempt on the princess of the Vers Empire reignites the flames of war. The story has an ensemble cast of characters on both sides of the conflict. While the tone is a little heavier than that of Heavy Object, fans will feel right at home with the heart-pounding action and slick, computer-aided robot battles. Out of combat, the characters of the show contemplate the true cost of the war in which they’re embroiled, and the reasons they keep fighting.


2. Cowboy Bebop

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 1998 – April 1999

If you’ve somehow missed this show despite its meteoric rise to popularity, Cowboy Bebop tells the story of Spike Spiegel. A former hitman turned “cowboy” in a future in which mankind has colonized most of space, and established a contract-based bounty hunting force to supplement the Inter Solar Space Police. Partnered with his former officer friend, Jet Black, the pair scour the galaxy for big scores and pick up a few more members of their rag tag bounty hunting outfit, including damaged vixen Faye Valentine, socially awkward savant Edward, and a genius Corgi.

The show utilizes a non-linear form of storytelling, with episodes often taking a “case of the week” style arc influenced heavily by different genres of music, which makes it perfect to hop on at any time, just like Heavy Object. Peppered throughout is the overarching plot involving Spike’s rival, Vicious, a member of Spike’s former crime syndicate and rival in a deadly love triangle. The action is as stylish as it is visceral, whether it’s a high-speed chase through the farthest reaches of space, or the bone-crunching kung-fu taking place on the ground. Episodes encompass a wide variety of mature themes, but comedic beats prove the show doesn’t take itself too seriously, which will make fans of Heavy Object feel right at home. Like other entries on the list, when the credits roll, it’s the characters you’ll be thinking about after.


1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 1995 – March 1996

An anime that needs no introduction, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi show that cemented the mecha-genre as the heavy-hitter its known as today, and is perfect for fans of Heavy Object and the genre itself. The story of Evangelion takes place after a cataclysmic event known as the “second impact,” and focuses on teenager Shinji. He is recruited by his father into a special military force called NERV, who battle giant monsters called Angels in bio-mechanical mechs called Evangelion, which are specially synched to their respective pilots for maximum combat efficiency. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of Shinji and his ragtag collection of fair-weather and sincere allies.

While the show is best known to Western audiences for its unique take on the mecha genre, due to its interesting cast of characters, complicated examination of character motivations, and religious themes and imagery, its complex story is accompanied by plenty of edge-of-your-seat action. If you’re a fan of the genre, or a fan of Heavy Object, you’ll be sure to feel Evangalion’s influence once you familiarize yourself with it. If you’ve somehow overlooked it, stop what you’re doing (well, finish the article) and give it a look. You won’t be disappointed.


There we have it; six anime to keep your mecha-loving heart content while waiting for the latest episode of Heavy Object. Are there any other series’ fans of the genre should add to their anime-viewing schedule? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Nick Rich

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Author: Nick Rich

Nick is, first and foremost, a nerd. Netflix on in the background, a drink in one hand, and a book in the other is how you'll find him most days after work. He currently works as an English teacher in Kawasaki, where he lives next to a graveyard with his girlfriend and his unnamed flying squirrel. He hopes to run into Kitaro, late one night.

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