I Can (Not) Nominate: SaiMecha
I’m not usually considered a big mecha guy, but the fact is I was nurtured on mecha. Two of the four shows that made me the man I am today (Mazinger Z, Ultraman, Voltron, Transformers) featured giant robots prominently. I gattaied and ungattaied my Constructicons so much they broke. Yeah.
If otou-san says he’s no mecha nerd, then in comparison to him I failed mecha kindergarten. But don’t dismiss me just yet. I might be a dropout flipping burgers at Mechadonald’s, but I still know a nice robot when I see one. The tournament rules are totally epic and I’ll be darned if I get into SaiMoe, so here in no particular order are the nominations I submitted.
1. Evangelion Unit 05
We saw it only briefly, like a nightmare lurking in Don Quixote’s skull, but it was cool while it existed. A pity that Code Geass‘ Knightmares are not even close to being this nightmarish (because the animators spent 90% of the mecha budget on the cockpits, evidently thinking with their cock—pit-loving minds).
2. Knight of Gold
You feel like slashing away with katanaesque speids? Do it. You feel like vaporizing everything with your Buster Rock? Do it. You feel like just hanging out with your bling? Man, this mecha is the bling. JUST DO IT.
3. YF-29 Durandal
I’m tempted to call bullshit on the concept of an inexhaustible supply of energy, but as a Leiji Matsumoto fan if I start demanding realism all over the place I’ll be doomed. It’s the variable fighter of choice for kabuki actors. ‘Nuff said.
If you’re fighting to save humanity (which is what all big robots do, pretty much) then you’d better be comfortable. The fact that you can bring your favorite chair into the cockpit is a huge plus. Also, the only thing that can destroy this mecha is (another dimensional version of) itself, and that’s pretty darn cool.
5. Danube α1
Gattais with a robo-loli, and nobody’s nominating this?! Lorelei!!
Maybe I belong in SaiMoe after all…
6. Shin Mazinger Z
Maybe I’m biased, but I think this is still just about the most awesome giant robot around. What can I say about it except it’s downright godly and it knows it.
Not the prettiest thing you ever saw, but boy does it get the job done.
8. Guren Mk-II
I have so many fond memories of this mecha…
9. Bitch Commander Panty
Don’t complain you can’t ride this mecha. Trust me, you can totally ride this mecha.
10. Zinba (pronounciation: Jinba)
You all know what Space Battleship Yamato is. You all know about its bad-ass wave-motion cannon. Now imagine a giant robot that can pick up Yamato and fire it as if it were handling a nice shotgun.
That’s what Zinba does (the space battleship is called Himiko, the cannon called Trinity), and yes, he only exists in pachinko slot form at the moment, but the anime is coming. On my nomination e-mail I wrote it down as
Zinba — Zero Desigze (forthcoming)
I know it won’t get picked up but this nomination is only a seed for next year when Zinba revolutionizes the mecha universe like Danguard did once before. Word…to the max.
EDIT: One more Zinba pick coming up!!