My Nominations for Sai Mecha:The Super Dimensional Robot Tournament!
As you may or may not have heard, Executive Otaku from THAT Anime Blog has launched a new tournament for those of us who can’t be arsed with SaiMoe – Sai MECHA! The nominations stage is now open so you can email EO at executiveotaku AT gmail DOT COM with nominations for up to 15 individual mechs. The selection criteria isn’t all that strict, you can nominate anything that takes your fancy for whatever reason.
I’m sticking my 10 nominations in this post as advertising more than anything else (although given my audience is quite small I don’t know how much extra awareness I can drum up!). I went for 10 mechs as I felt strongest about these 10 – the shortlist for the remaining 5 places was way too long to cut down so I didn’t bother. I’m not really the biggest mechafag out there I’m much more casual in my love of the mecha genre, so my selection criteria is mainly whats pretty and/or cool looking – I don’t really know much about the technical aspect of anything! But participating is fun anyway~!
1. Gundam Deathscythe Hell Custom (XXXG-0102): Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
The Deathscythe Gundam has always been my all time favourite mecha – it’s just cool looking! The Hell Custom version seen in Endless Waltz was just the ultimate form of its coolness – love that green energy scythe and the bat wing-shaped cloaking shield. Plus its black – black is automatically cool as it’s the complete opposite of the usual iconic white mecha of the Gundam-verse.
2. Tachikoma: Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex 1st Gig
Tachikoma are adorable. There’s no other way to describe the things; they’re just adorable. Mini tanks that resemble giant spiders I really should be scared witless of the things, but their personalities are so endearing and I can’t help but admire how versatile the things are in action. If there’s such a thing as a moe mech, the Tachikoma is it.
3. Gurren-Lagann: Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
From the moe to the GAR! The main mech of TTGL is powered by sheer fighting spirit and is probably the most versatile machine on my list. The Gurren-Lagann can change and combine with other mechs through pure willpower, in addition to the ability to create drills even bigger than the suit itself that can piece the heavens! Say it with me now; GIGA DRILL BREAKER!!!
4. Zearth: Bokurano
Zearth is not your typical mecha. Look at that design, it’s physically impossible for such a gigantic body to be supported by those spindly legs & itty bitty feet – the entire design is very top-heavy & should topple over if someone even looks at it wrong! The ungainly design makes any fight the Zearth engages in very interesting – there’s nothing fluid or graceful about this mecha, its fights are messy and full of jerky movements. Still its a really interesting looking mecha and its strange proportions just made its otherworldly origins all the more clear.
5. Valkyrie Messiah (VF-25F): Macross Frontier
Despite being more a Gundam fan than a Macross one, there is no denying that the Valkyries are beautiful machines, and the newest incarnation, the Messiah from Macross F is the prettiest of them all! I have a thing for transforming mecha, I like the variety it gives in action scenes, and watching the VF-25 in action was a thing of beauty.
6. Gurren S.E.I.T.E.N. Hakkyokushiki: Code Geass R2
Pretty~! I prefer Kallen’s Gurren to Suzaku’s Lancelot – both are very attractive, but the Gurren edges Lancelot for me because of its motorbike style cockpit and that radiation wave claw. This final version of the Gurren in R2 is the prettiest of all with its new float unit & pink wings!
7. Escaflowne: The Vision of Escaflowne
Oh look, another transforming mech! The Vision of Escaflowne was one of my gateway anime series and one of the reasons I loved it so much was because of how pretty its mecha were. The machines behave like giant medieval knights, all flowing capes & huge broadswords. But Escaflowne itself was special – powered by a fecking dragon’s heart & the life force of its pilot it was plenty pretty in its normal land based Knight form, but really became stunning when transformed into its flight mode – a huge mechanical dragon operated with reins & willpower! Gorgeous.
8. Union Flag Custom (SVMS-01E): Gundam 00
Aside from Gundam Exia, none of the hero units in Gundam 00 really appealed to me, the only suit that I really liked in the series was this – the Flag and in particular Graham Aker’s custom Flag or Overflag. You can see real thought has gone into designing this machine and everything serves a purpose – plus its black and really cool looking!
9. Nirvash TypeZERO spec2: Eureka Seven
The surfing mecha of Eureka Seven made for utterly jaw-dropping action scenes, and the Nirvash was the best among them. Of its various incarnations, I liked this spec2 version best as its upgrade marked a turning point in the series and it just looks really good onscreen. Again its a transforming mecha, and its car mode is really pretty awesome, even though the machine is at its best in the sky.
10. Tauburn: Star Driver
Dazzling the stage! Ginga Bishounen – TAUBURN~! Look at that design, you don’t get much more FABULOUS~! Looking a bit like some kind of musketeer wannabe, the heels, feathery plume & funnel skirt make Tauburn a really rather interesting mecha visually. Takuto’s duel sword fighting style & innovative use of his funnels make even the ritualistic and predictable nature of fights in Star Driver visually appealing.
There we go, my 10 nominations for the Sai Mecha tournament – no doubt I’ll suddenly realise I’ve forgotten something momentous in about 15 minutes, but I’m pretty happy with these choices so shall stick with them!