Fanart Friday returns, proudly screaming out the names of its special moves. Last week, we took a trip through Crunchyroll's anime library, checking out some of CR's newest acquisitions and most popular titles.
Y'know what a real cornerstone of anime is? Mecha series. Whether they fall into the super robot genre like Mazinger Z, the real robot genre like any number of Gundam titles, or somewhere in-between like Neon Genesis Evangelion, anime just wouldn't be anime without giant robots obliterating the cityscape while in battle with equally-titanic foes. We start another two-week theme, this time focusing on some of the classic characters and mecha from anime history!
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It was nice to see Getter Robo get localized here all those years ago by ADV, even if it was the new series. Everybody say it with me now: GETTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR
Long before there was Escaflowne, we had Aura Battler Dunbine for a nice mix of mecha and fantasy elements.
I may be into old-school, but Tetsujin-28 (otherwise known as Gigantor) is one that's even before my time. It's still awesome, though, and definitely worth checking out.
If you haven't seen Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still, drop what you're doing right now and watch it. Yasuhiro Imagawa is a mad genius.
There have been several versions of Haro across many of the different Gundam series, but this one is fed up with your crap and is coming for you. It knows where you sleep.
I can't really say "double the fun" when it's double the psychotic, obsessed pop-idol AI, as Macross Plus' Sharon Apple is proof of. Ranka and Sheryl ain't got nothin' on this diva.
I really miss Patlabor. It's equal parts exciting real-world feeling mecha action (due to how much they break down), confederacy-of-dunces comedy, and occasionally a smart police procedural/mystery.
by 日十川 麻呂
Alright, old-school mecha fans, I want a ruling: is this guy's name Dancougar, Dancouga, or Dankuuga?
Before anybody says that Gundam W isn't that old, the series started airing in 1995. In three years, it will be twenty years old. Let that sink in.
Come to think of it, Neon Genesis Evangelion came out in 1995 as well. Let's thank Misato for leading us by the trembling hand into the wide, sometimes terrifying world of fanservice.
This incredible Char Aznable of Mobile Suit Gundam fame reminds me a lot of Daniel Craig. Now there's a live-action Gundam movie I'd check out--none of this G-Saviour silliness.
No really, Armored Trooper VOTOMS can be a lot of fun. Between all the harsh, realistic mecha battles, it has a lot of heart. Good luck finding it on DVD, though.
Y'know all that stuff I said about Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still? It also applies to The Five Star Stories. Watch them both at the same time on two different screens.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Macross, especially the original, but the one thing that really weirds me out is hardened military men and women thoroughly inspired by catchy bubblegum pop. You'd think we'd use Iron Maiden to fight the Zentraedi, at least.
We'll end this week's Fanart Friday with three of the biggest, coolest final attacks from classic mecha anime. First off is Domon Kasshu's "Shining God Finger," from Yasuhiro Imagawa's loving homage to classic cinema and psychotically strange boxing manga Ring ni Kakero, G Gundam. Told you he was a mad genius.
Apparently early Mazinger Z toys were made of metal. A well-aimed Rocket Punch could do some real damage... so these guys set out to do it for real. It's amazing.
I know, I know--in GoLion it's the Ten Kings Sword, but "Form Blazing Sword" will always have a special place in my heart. Voltron fans who haven't seen Beast King GoLion yet, do so--it's surprisingly hardcore.
And that's all for this week! Make sure you drop by next week for the second part of our look at mecha anime, where we look at some of the newer series to come around, featuring Full Metal Panic, Code Geass, Gurren-Lagann, and plenty more!