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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Panty and Stocking with Gartarbelt