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My Sai Mecha Nominations

SaiMoe happens to be currently on. In it, users vote in a series of match ups to decide who is the most moe character of them all. I like to pretend such a contest doesn’t exist. That is, until a great man EO from THAT Blog set up SaiMecha, which is a popularity contest I can get behind. First up is the nominations phase where you can nominate up to 15 mecha to compete in the tournament. To pimp out this project a bit, I’ve followed the lead of some other mecha fanboys/fangirls and made a post out of my nominations.

Note that, despite pimping this contest out, I’m not that much of a mecha fag. Hence some of my choices and reasoning will differ from classical mechafag thought processes.

Lancelot

Code Geass

This blog is named after Code Geass, so I could hardly not put in the most iconic mecha from that series. Lancelot is fuckwin anyway. Not so much for the design. The rollerblades are cool but the rest is standard over-elaborate metal spam. I love Lancelot because of how it’s the spanner in the works in all of Zero’s plans. Suzaku was put into the machine as an afterthought, never expecting it to get off the ground, and stuck into suicide missions, but it’s precisely because of the lack of logic behind its deployment and unpredictability of its abilities and pilot that it messed with Zero’s plans. Also because I’m a big weeaboo and like to pull Lancelot’s lifting off pose (one hand on the ground in front of the legs) when I’m about to run after someone.

Z-001

Roujin Z

Less a mecha and more a super computer turned care worker for seniors. At least, that’s what the Z-001 starts off as. Then it gains sentience and the personality of its patients dead wife and turns into a destructive machine! Rampaging across the country, dragging parts of the landscape and cities into it and becoming one with the machine. It evolves with the more it gathers, becoming a more and more terrifying machine as it attempts to carry out its mission to bring the old dude to the beach. Z-001 deserves a vote for loyalty and determination.

Unit 01

Neon Genesis Evangelion

A very stereotypical choice again, but Unit 01 deserves it. I love how it’s required to be plugged in to function, like a super laptop that has ambitions to be a desktop computer and achieves this by running out of battery as soon as you plug it out. Mainly though, it’s because Unit 01 is scary. It grunts when it attacks. It has a primeval roar. It eats other mecha. Repeat that for me. It eats other mecha.

Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Manly combine go! *SLAM*…*fix slightly* Hah, now we’re unbeatable!

Yup, Gurren Lagann is awesome because of the ridiculousness of how the thing functions. I love all the graphs and bars inside the machine that measure the rate of manliness it’s currently exuding. I love the arrange of moves it has, such as the ‘who the hell do you think we are kiiiicku~!’ and, of course, the Giga Drill Breaker. It’s such a ridiculous machine and I love it to bits.

Vital Guarder

Infinite Ryvius

There is no other mecha quite like the Vital Guarder. For one, it’s piloted by about 50-60 people, none of whom are actually inside the robot itself. Instead, they float behind the robot in a seperate ship, stuck behind computors as they compile complicated algorithems so the machine can do something as simple as lift it’s arm. Second, it doesn’t fight with any sort of conventional weaponry. Vital Guarder’s weapons are intense gravity fields alone. Again, Vital Guarder is scary, but in a deadening sort of way as you stare it down, frightened by the sheer power that machine holds.

Delphine

Break Blade

Like all the mecha in Break Blade, the Delphine is a big, ugly, clunky machine that swings its arms and legs in a lazy yet unstoppable fashion as it dukes it out with other hunks of humanoid metal. That’s what makes all the mecha in Break Blade awesome, I’m simply picking the Delphine because it’s the main one. They are proper machines. None of your flying around invincible beam spam nonsense. If you shoot the Delphine, you will scratch the paintwork, and it will wear those scratches with pride amongst the other squeaky clean competitors in SaiMecha.

Canti

FLCL

It’s the imagery used to in FLCL that makes this guy so memorable. Canti is a fallen angel. He is the messiah and the saviour. He saves the birds with his halo and TV screen for a face. He also transforms into a massive gun and is piloted by Naota, even coming with it’s own unique eject function, so I think he qualifies as a mecha all right.

Nirvash typetheEND

Eureka Seven

Fuck the Nirvash. That’s piloted by Renton and Eureka, who are boring people and shouldn’t have been the main characters. Eureka Seven would have been infinitely improved by having Anemone and Dominic as the lead two. Plus their robot is even more awesome. You don’t so much get strapped into the typeEnd as you do get absorbed and held in place in like some sort of futuristic sex toy. It’s the Evangelion-esque robot in a series where everyone else was too busy pussy-footing about on surfboards and is far more awesome than any of them because of that.

Fuego

Ride Back

I want one. I don’t care how, I just want one. I want a motorbike with arms and wheels on its legs that can drive along walls. Why haven’t you made this yet, science? I am still waiting with all my worldly possessions to purchase a Fuego, even if it means going into debt for the rest of my life.

Mecha Panty

Panty and Stocking with Gartarbelt

You know you like it.

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38 Comments

  1. Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Received and recorded!

    On Eureka 7, it sounds like you had some of the same problems with the show that caused me to drop it. Though maybe some day I’ll restart it and try to pretend that the main characters are just secondaries. Stupid surfboards too…

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I actually like pretty much every other aspect of Eureka Seven apart from the main two characters. Mind you, that is a rather large part to dislike, but Eureka Seven had plenty of other awesome things in it to make up for it. But yes, it got to the point that I was genuinely cheering when Dominic appeared

  2. Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Other than Delphine and Escaflowne, none of my other nominations have even been close to being mentioned. That means I know I’m on the right track.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Elitist

  3. karry
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR shitty Gainax robots ? I suppose if next year they will release a 26-episode show that will consist of 25 minutes of looking at black circle on green background – Gainax fanboys will lap it up and ask for more.

  4. Posted March 28, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Woooooooo this is a great list!

    LOL Mecha Panty excellent choice, that whole episode of transformers was damn funny.

    I like your Eureka7 choice, that mecha gets great near the end of the series.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    >I like to pull off the Lancelot launch pose

    Y-You too?

    • Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      I do it too.
      It feels awesome.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        Maybe it’s because the first opening has it in conjunction with JIBUN WOOOO which makes it feel rather iconic

      • Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:37 am | Permalink

        It looks ridiculous, but I do it anyway.

  6. Posted March 28, 2011 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I don’t even need to read the whole post (though I did). I love the diversity you put into your list. And thank you for putting TheEnd and not Type Zero in there as a rep for Eureka 7. I love Anemone and the screwed up relationship she had with Dominic. And the TheEnd is just a f*cking, murderous beast (in the best way possible).

    Oh yeah, and Eva 01… “It EATS other mecha.” Take that Rah Xephon with your singing and your forceful mecha sex! *shakes fist*

    • Posted March 28, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

      EVA my ass I like Rahxephon better :)). Though Eva 01 is cool.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I don’t like pussy mecha who jump about on surfboards and sing. I like proper manly mecha, who eat other mecha and pole dance…wait a sec…

  7. Posted March 28, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Does Chii from Chobits count?? I mean she is mecha after all.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Can’t have androids. Otherwise I would have also voted Nameless from Time of Eve, Mechazawa from Cromartie and my empress Drossel from Fireball. I was already pushing it a bit with Canti

  8. Thrashy
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I stumbled into Japanese mecha design by way of BattleTech (and the Macross mechs they tried to license early in that franchise’s history), so I have to say I’m disappointed not to see any representatives from the Zentradi or UN Spacy on that list. I mean, what’s not to like about an F-14 that can turn into a flying robot or a traditional ground-based mech? You can’t really go wrong with that one.

    I’m right there behind you on Delphine and Fuego, though.

    • Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      Not to be pedantic, but I’m sure you meant Robotech. They were my “Gateway Drug” too so I will definately nominate them.

      • Thrashy
        Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

        Either works, really. As near as anybody can figure while the settlements are still sealed, FASA licensed the designs from Studio Nue, but since at the time, most Japanese animation firms had no firm understanding of US law, neither they nor Nue realized that Harmony Gold had been given exclusive US license on them when they’d licensed Macross to turn it into Robotech.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Never been big on the Macross/Robotech mecha design. It just makes them look like Mr.Nosy from the Mr.Men books

  9. Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Oh snap, I’m going to jump on board with this as well.
    Fuego FTW!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Always welcome to some more mecha lovin’

  10. Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually suprised that I know almost all of these, since I’m not really someone who watches mecha alot. I think I gotta watch Infinite Ryvius to complete the list.
    Mecha Panty. Somewhere in the Internet, there is porn of it.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      If you liked Evangelion, you’ll like Ryvius. It’s also made by the guy who did Code Geass, but they’re very different shows, apart from the whole ‘everything conspires against main character’ thing.

      I think there was porn of Mecha Panty in the show itself. Remember the screwdriver sex scene?

  11. Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Also, I like the way you use new banners exclusively for new posts.
    How do you do that?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Gargron, the guy who designed this site, did it for me. I’m in the process of going back to all my posts from this year and changing the header image

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

        … You mean you’ve been doing it all year?

        .. and I haven’t been noticing?

      • Scamp
        Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        You hadn’t noticed?

        And I thought you were my biggest fan :(

      • mcm38
        Posted March 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, shame on you Luffy, where is your gomu gomu no fandom spirit?
        But honestly I didn’t notice it either.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

        I only noticed it with the Panty post.

        Though, I went back and looked through them all.

  12. Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, the Z-001 is a good choice, wish I’d thought of that.

  13. S
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m very disapointed to see no mention of So Ra No Wo To’s Takemikazuchi.

  14. Posted March 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    And no Cybuddies? I thought you liked their campy style…

    Unit 01 from Evangelion though… I love that monster.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      No cybuddies because Star Driver SUCKS!!!

  15. mcm38
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Seems like you never watched Gundam Wing/ liked Gundam Wing. But seeing that awesome red monster, Gundam Epyon not mentioned I decided to protest against this post. Everyone who is with me rais your hands. *An awkard silence and all hands are down.*
    Nah, we could never protest against something we like right?
    But Epyon is a fav of mine. Just had to say it.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      There’s more than enough other folk voting for Gundams. None of the ones I’ve seen have ever particularly caught my eye

      • Crazyapple
        Posted April 3, 2011 at 4:34 am | Permalink

        00 Gundam is a bit interesting. It talks to aliens and randomly makes people have naked conversations.

        And Unicorn is pretty neat in general, and the psycho frame makes it unique.

  16. PanTh3R
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Im an Engineering major and i will build a mecha :D…someday but building a fuego honestly sounds harder to me.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      You mean there will never be a real life Ride Back?

      I NO LONGER HAVE A REASON TO LIVE

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