1. Armored Trooper Votoms Bandai Visual / Via wikipedia.org It really is a crime that Armored Trooper Votoms isn't more well known as it is probably the realest of any "Real Robot" anime . Votoms has cool mech designs and has one of the best stories that I have ever seen in any anime. This series is perfect for those that want a gritty anime with political thriller elements. 2. Patlabor Sunrise / Via Wikipedia.org In Patlabor the robots aren't being used for combat but are instead used for law enforcement. Despite having some slow pacing in the begining this series does take great care to explain the backstory and intricacies of the mechs. Despite there being two different continuities both the movies and TV series are really well done and both should be watched. 3. Gasaraki Sunrise / Via Wikipedia.org Even though the first couple of episodes are kind of confusing don't let it stop you from enjoying this pretty realistic mecha anime. Also, the way they use news reports to help tell the story is pretty cool as well. 4. Tekkaman Blade Tatsunoko Production / Via Wikipedia.org If you have just watched Blue Gender and wanted another where humans use mechs to fight disgusting bug like monsters then Tekkaman Blade is for you. This show is not afraid to pack on the feelings as you watch humanity fight a losing battle for survival. 5. Super Dimension Century Orguss Big West / Via Wikipedia.org Orguss got the short end of the stick when it came to the Super Dimension Trilogy as it wasn't used in Robotech and has been forgotten about since the '80s. This series has some really cool battles and action scenes. It also has a interesting story that needs to be checked out by newer audiences.