Fiction is fantastic, and these anime spaceships will blow your mind
They might not be the Apollo, or even other fictional spaceships like an X-Wing or a TARDIS, but they’ve got plenty to offer on the landing strip and in the air. Animation allows for so many excellent ideas and designs that may not even be possible on a technical standpoint for live-action sci-fi.
So here’s why anime spaceships are awesome, and our top 5 list.
Which are the best anime spaceships?
#5: Outlaw Star from Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star
The Outlaw Star is a unique and fascinating anime spaceship, iconic for its grappler arms which were specialized with firearms and melee weapons. The arms are completely customizable additions, typically found on Space Pirates and Space Force spaceships. Alone, the arms are sufficient in the event of battle with other ships, and can be armed with a knife and a large machine gun, as pictured. The Outlaw Star has at least five guns: one underneath its ventral body; two on its dorsal surface; and two more located on the starboard side and forward port. Not to mention the outfitted missile launchers on its port, starboard front portion, and on its midsection – however they are rarely used given the cost of missiles in this universe.
The Outlaw Star is formally known as the XGP 15A-II but that doesn’t quite sound as cool. It was created by Gwen Khan, the Kei Pirate Guild, and the Space Forces. The state of the art spaceship was designed specifically to enter the Galactic Leyline – the universe’s biggest treasure. After some classic thieving and stealing, the Outlaw Star found its way into the possession of Gene Starwind and his crew.
#4: Sidonia from Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
This massive, well-armored interstellar seed ship and Guardian carrier is the title of the series for a reason. The Sidonia is the last known remnant of humanity and is a large transport ship which protects not only human culture, but all of humanity. Approximately 5 kilometers wide and
29 kilometers long, Sidonia contains everything needed for human survival, even including an enormous ocean layer with edible fish. The huge build-in asteroid is also pretty useful to harvest raw materials.
It may look like a huge suppressor, but the guns on this thing are anything but silent. Well, metaphorically since sound doesn’t travel in space but you get the point. The Sidonia is equipped with Guardians (large mechanized weapons); a heavy mass cannon; anti-planet missiles (you heard right, but they’re mostly used to destroy asteroids in the way); and a main railgun with the largest recoil you will have ever seen since it spans almost the entire ship.
#3: Yamato from Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Star Blazers)
This ship is a highly influential anime spaceship, reminiscent of an Imperial Japanese Navy battleship sunk in the East China Sea, late in the second world war, and is actually one of the same ships, except this time with a giant laser cannon. This Yamato is a United Nations Cosmo Navy space battleship, and was originally an evacuation ship for survivors fleeing the Garmillas-Earth war; now tasked with the more ambitious plan to save all life on Earth from extinction.
It goes without saying that the Yamato is accustomed to the seas, and can take off from water with ease. The Yamato is the Earth’s most formidable warship at the time of its launch in 2199, with shock cannon turrets; missiles and torpedo launchers in every direction; rapid fire anti-aircraft batteries on the port and starboard sides; and of course the famous wave motion gun at the front which yields massive destructive capabilities. I put this as #3 because it’s less popular, but this is secretly my favorite of the anime spaceships because of the massive, foreboding design.
#2: Macross from Super Dimension Fortress Macross
There isn’t much to be said about this awesome anime spaceship. It contains a city with its own culture and people, and even transforms into a large robot that fires giant laser cannons. The SDF-1 Macross is a ship and a mecha, constructed from the wreckage of a crashed alien vessel.
Its shields are quite complicated, but in layman’s terms, the Macross’ engineers discovered a distortion in the space-time continuum in the section of the ship that was lost during a jump to Pluto. The shield is controlled in a pin-point barrier design to target specific regions of the ship at different times, as the Macross is too large to be wholly shielded at once.
#1: White Base, from Mobile Suit Gundam
The Universal Century timeline in the Gundam universe brings the SCV-70 White Base to your screen. Developed by the Earth Federation, this is a Pegasus-class mobile suit carrier, equipped with a twin 560mm two-barrel cannon; a twin mega particle cannon; 8 missile launchers (two on the inside and outside of the front ‘legs’); a rear missile discharge device; and lastly a twin 40mm AA/AMS gun.
The White Base’s registration name was actually unknown through the first part of the One Year War, at least to the Principality of Zeon forces. Due to that fact, White Base was referred to as the codename, ‘Trojan Horse’. The equine shape is likely to be the reason for this, as well as the huge defensive and destructive capabilities that its armaments behold.
White Base takes our number 1 spot because it is a ship that influenced many – if not all – of the other anime spaceships from the Gundam franchise, and even other franchises. It is the most powerful ship belonging to the Earth Federation in the One Year War, and carries the audience’s guide through the war with a group of relatable kids.
Do you have any favorite anime spaceships we didn’t write about?
There’s a nearly endless catalog of anime cinema to watch, with exciting content spanning every genre for Westerns to Sci-Fi, and you can probably tell where my heart is at. I’m a sucker for anime spaceships, but what about you? Do you have a favorite one that we haven’t talked about here?