Sai Mecha 2012 nominations are now being accepted, and there are new and exciting rules to keep the competition awesome. Send an email of your 10 mecha nominations to executiveotaku AT gmail DOT com, but by all means post your nominations in the comments below so that the world can spit on your wretched taste in war machines.
You’re going to notice that I’m far less polite in the discourse of what’s the most awesome robot. As I mentioned last year, I spend most of the time nursing and coddling the poor, neglected, and oppressed mecha fans, whom the anime industry chooses to ignore year after year as if robot shows are never made anymore. Well, since this tournament is all about making sure MY favorite robot wins, an asteroid on all your planets, a colony drop on all your hangars and manufacturing plants.
Without further ado, here are my nominations:
Insane levels of variation. You have variable parts in your real robot shows, but here you have variable pilots, and combinations. It’s like Getter Robo minus the lameness. Gattai all day is pure sex. If you’re not watching the ongoing show, you’re missing out on something incredible.
Sure, Sheryl & Ranka may be the metaphorical wings of farewell, but the Durendal is the actual swept forward wings of sayonara to all you enemies. Piloted by Princess Alto Saotome, it effectively was a 0ne-unit siege assault weapon against an entire planetary defense fleet of Vajra, as well as the super robot kaiju monstrosity that was the Battle Frontier Vajra Queen mod.
Vajra Queen Battle Frontier
It’s a monster capital ship class giant robot that fired devastating Macross Cannon fire onto NUNS/SMS fleets. It’s big, very big, can control fleets by remote, sings Aimo, teleports, and can stop time FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE AND THE RESOLUTION OF LOVE TRIANGELS SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF GREAT BATTLES.
The Delphine, aka The Broken Blade
This unit brought with it a unique value proposition: unskilled pilot with low power levels in an ancient robot with massive speed and physical capacity, armed by the imagination of the mad scientist queen who likes unconventional weapons as much as she dislikes clothing. There is no other unit that brought entertainment levels from melee combat as much as the Delphine with Rygart Arrow.
Another monster from Gundam, the GP03 Dendrobium Orchis is a mobile armor set-up that is “carried” by the GP03 Dendrobium Stamen. The whole set up is a flower of death that spreads ruin among Zeon. In my mind it has a delightfully diverse weapons payload that isn’t magically streamlined into the mobile suit’s silhouette. Lots of weapons = bulk, and the GP03 is a great example of how it’d look like.
Being my favorite mecha in all of Gundam, I’m bringing it back from last year’s nominations.
I want to give special focus on the Dendrobium because people don’t get how awesome it is. It is a MOBILE ARMOR WITH A GUNDAM IN IT.
I’ll round out my nominations list with units from my last year’s set. It’s a good thing the VF-1S and the YF-19 are seeded this year, so I can nominate more:
- Gurren Lagann
- NZ-666 Kshatriya
- GN-001 Gundam Exia
There you go, a glimmering row of perfection! You cannot do better, but go ahead and try as the universe laughs at you.