Gundam has been off our screens, in any major anime series, for just over five years since the conclusion of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, meaning this season’s drop of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury has been highly anticipated by the franchises biggest fans. Alongside this anticipation, The Witch from Mercury is being peddled as a safe entry point into the Gundam franchise for new fans, much like Iron-Blooded Orphans was five years prior.
The Witch from Mercury follows Suletta Mercury at the Asticassia School of Technology, where duels between students in mechs are commonplace for settling debates. Suletta faces one of these duels straight away against Guel Jeturk, but her win is called into question due to her piloting of an illegal mobile suit - a GUND-ARM or “Gundam”, meaning a rematch was in order. This series promises big political plotlines, bigger stakes, and even bigger mech duels! To help scratch that itch we have put together a list of some anime we think match the energy of The Witch from Mercury!
Similar Anime to Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo / Similar Anime to Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
1. Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: April 1997 - December 1997
Revolutionary Girl Utena is an old-school classic anime that follows Utena Tenjou, an orphaned princess that meets a prince who gives her a rose ring to help cheer her up, instead inspiring Utena to become a prince herself. Utena later enrolls at Ootori Academy and is embroiled in the Rose Bride duels after defending her roommate Anthy Himemiya. However, Utena does not know that the Rose Bride is Anthy but once she learns of the truth behind the duels she decides to fight for saving Anthy from being wronged and objectified.
The main plot of The Witch from Mercury follows Revolutionary Girl Utena almost identically, but instead of sword duels like Utena, Suletta battles for Miorine’s hand in a Gundam suit instead. Using similar themes of upsetting the current status quo in their world, Utena and Suletta both are happy to take on those already established in their world.
Revolutionary Girl Utena Bluray Teaser Trailer
2. Little Witch Academia (TV)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: January 2017 - June 2017
Atsuko “Akko” Kagari has a non-magical background but wants to follow her dream of becoming a witch after watching her idol Shiny Chariot during a magic performance. Through a perilous journey, Akko enrolls at the Luna Nova Magical Academy, where she begins her path to witchcraft and wizardry, making friends and rivals alike.
Much like Suletta, Akko begins her academic journey in school being seen as an outsider due to their backgrounds and ends up having to prove their worth through tough challenges. Suletta does this with her unique Gundam mech Aerial whereas Akko has her idol's wand Shiny Rod, meaning both are well-equipped to take on their destiny.
Little Witch Academia (TV) Official Trailer
3. Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto (Star Driver)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2010 - April 2011
The Glittering Crux Brigade is a secret organisation hidden deep under Southern Cross Isle, and works with giant stone figures that become fighting mechs in a realm called “Zero Time”. Their goal is to break free of Zero Time and use the Cybodies anywhere at any time to change the world. Takuto Tsunashi enrolls in an academy on the island, not realising many of his classmates are secret members of Glittering Crux. However, it turns out Takuto has his own secret - he can use a Cybody of his own in Zero Time, the Tauburn, leading to conflicts and battles with Glittering Crux for the fate of the world.
Takuto feels like an outsider in his school, even without all the secretive societies and hidden mech battles. Similarly, Suletta is treated as an outsider due to her being from Mercury, considered a remote part of the system in comparison to her classmates, as shown by her confusion about Miorine’s acceptance of same-sex relationships.
Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto Official Trailer
Any Anime Like Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury / Any Anime Like Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo?
4. Planet With
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 - September 2018
Souya Kuroi wakes up from a dream of dragons, destruction, and rainbow-coloured lights. Having no memories of his past, Souya continues his high school life before the world is attacked by huge UFOs that are beaten back by 7 heroes in a way of rainbow-coloured light - who Souya feels he has to defeat! A strange concept but Planet With is filled with strange sci-fi action as Souya rediscovers himself and his past, all with beautifully animated mech battles.
Both Suletta and Souya come from a lineage of expert mech pilots, be they human or alien, and their ability to fight whether they should or not drives them forward against all odds. Souya is an outsider on earth, just like Suletta is at Asticassia, but the two allow their ability to fight to speak for them, turning the system on its head.
Planet With Official Trailer
5. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2015 - March 2016
We know it is kind of cheating having another Mobile Suit Gundam series on a recommendations list for a Mobile Suit Gundam series, but it has been seven years since Iron-Blooded Orphans dropped in Fall of 2015! In terms of animation, feel, and action, Iron-Blooded Orphans will give you everything you want from a series that is like The Witch from Mercury.
Story-wise, Iron-Blooded Orphans is set three hundred years after the Calamity War between Earth and the outer space colonies. Earth is ruled by four blocs, whilst Mars relies on the Earth’s economy for their survival leading to horrible living conditions. A local independence movement is growing, and the aristocrat Kudelia Aina Bernstein from the Chryse Autonomous Region becomes involved in attempting to negotiate with Earth on Mars’ behalf. Protected by the CGS from Chryse, the Third Army Division is also assigned to protect her but the division of child soldiers is attacked by Earth’s Gjallarhorn military organisation in an attempt to assassinate the young revolutionary. The ensuing conflict shapes our characters' lives beyond anything they could have anticipated.
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans Official Trailer:
6. Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 - June 2014
Knights of Sidonia explores the concept of humanity being left in the wake of Earth’s destruction by the Gauna aliens, escaping only in seclusion inside seed ships that have been trawling the galaxy. Nagate Tanikaze is one of many humans that now has to mount a defence against the Gauna once more as they assault Sidonia.
Nagate outshines his fellow mech pilots in their defence of humanity against the Gauna, much like Suletta expresses extreme skill in her Gundam piloting skills, showing that the two are a cut above the rest. Knights of Sidonia also boasts one of the strangest anime styles in a mech series, utilising traditional cel animation and technology to bring a 3D aspect that suits the sci-fi setting.
Sidonia no Kishi Official Trailer
The Witch from Mercury has shown that mecha anime is staying around in a new revival, and we are delighted to see the genre getting more love throughout anime. Even if the Mobile Suit Gundam series is airing only every few years or so, we feel there are plenty of anime and hidden gems popping out to scratch that giant robot itch for fans. Stepping away from the iron-cladded giants, Suletta’s story is one of upending the status quo and challenging gender norms, and the more we see that presented in anime, the better. What have you thought of The Witch from Mercury so far? Are there any other recommendations you would have for fans of the anime? Let us know in the comments!