March 31, 2009
Pete is speculating about whether Taiga would be large enough to pilot a mech. He fears that she is just too little.
I'd like to point out Shiro, Marduke, and Murrenbach from UFO Princess Valkyrie. They're the size of plush toys, but they're valiant warriors, who turn heads when they enter a room containing navy men. (As happened at the wedding reception.)
They're pilots. Small? You bet. But that just means the ship has less dead weight to haul around so it's more lively. You don't need great size to be a pilot. What you need is skill and guts, and those three have that in spades. In person they're not all that formidable (though they can and do use firearms, the great equalizer) but put them in a cockpit and they're terrifying. (Or at least Shiro and Marduke are. We never see Murrenbach do any piloting, though he shows his courage and valor in other ways, especially in the second series.)
So I would venture to suggest that Taiga's size has nothing to do with anything. Put a telephone book on the seat for her to sit on, and then see how she does. Besides, if Yukari can be an astronaut in Rocket Girls, then why can't Taiga be a mech pilot?
UPDATE: While I'm linking to other blogs, congratulations to Hinano and JP Meyer for tying the knot.
All depends on how hard your mech is to pilot in the first place. If you can work it with a single joystick, well, anyone can do that. If you've got a bunch of keyboards, okay, phone book booster seat and there you go. But what if you've got a whole honkin' lot of levers and pedals? I don't think Taiga could hop into a Getter Dragon and do anything productive (though if you're talking super robots, they're custom enough that it could be made to work, right?)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at March 31, 2009 05:02 PM (vGfoR)
Iris could do it with lots of levers and buttons in "Sakura Wars", and she's only 10 years old. But the unit was customized for her; all the koubu were at least partially unique and were customized for their pilots.
There have been shows in which the mecha are mass produced (Vanguards, for example, in Vandread). On the other hand, there have been shows where each mech was assigned to a single pilot (Godannar).
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 31, 2009 07:07 PM (+rSRq)
And now my brain is writing FSN/Toradora crossovers. Help...
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