October 03, 2010

Ye Gods, mech shows

One of the shows I will not be watching this year is "Super Robot Wars". It's based on an anime from a long time ago, or a computer game, or something like that. But as I look at the frame grabs, I'm instantly reminded of all the reasons why I don't generally like mech shows. Or at least the pure flavor of mech shows, the ones mainly driven by wish fulfillment.

For instance: why is it that if the pilot of a mech is a woman, then her mech will have breasts?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Never Watch at 07:44 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 re: female mecha pilot.  Breast on mecha only occurs on old school '70s and '70s throwback shows like Manzinger, all iterations.

Posted by: BigFire at October 03, 2010 07:56 PM (jSRcl)

2 And Godannar.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 03, 2010 08:06 PM (+rSRq)

3 Wish I could remember where I saw it, but there was one show that mercilessly ridiculed the whole "Boob Missiles" thing.

Posted by: Mauser at October 03, 2010 08:17 PM (cZPoz)

4 Super Robot Wars is an odd beast. It's a series of video games, strategy-oriented, that started with someone asking, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if you had a game where you had all the mecha ever?" After what must have been the most unholy rights argument ever, SRW was born...

That was something like 20 games ago.

Generally the player character would be something they would make up for the weird, cracked-out, who-wrote-this-fanfic scenario that could justify a Gundam/Evangelion/Mazinger/Getter Robo/ten other series crossover, so that you didn't get into the argument of "great, now which guy do you make the main character?" Eventually Banpresto figured out that they had come up with enough original characters over the years that they could now make big crossover games with nothing but their original characters; thus Super Robot Wars OG.

Never really got into OG myself. The SRW games haven't come out over here and almost certainly won't (I'd heard that a previous effort to unsnarl the rights foundered on the rocks of my former employer, but I don't know that for sure). I played a couple in the original Japanese back when I was living next door to one of our translators, who is a huge fan from way back, and enjoyed the strategy elements, but the story was something I didn't stick around for, so I never got attached to the original characters. I was just there for the Eva/RahX combo attacks and the Super Dynamic Special.

So of course you wouldn't like it; it's not just everything you hate about mecha shows, it's like someone distilled the essence of Anti Den Beste out of them and packed a show full of it! ;p

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at October 03, 2010 08:53 PM (mRjOr)


Mauser, there was a take on "booby missiles" in one episode of Mahoromatic.

Avatar, it definitely doesn't sound like my bag.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 03, 2010 11:59 PM (+rSRq)

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