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Posted 9/5/17 , edited 11/14/17
This will be the LAST damn time I post this nonsense. Also, try to make suggestions that DON'T require money because I am broke as hell.

I NEVER wrote a military science fiction novel before and I plan on trying it. My only problem is figuring out the politics and the military side of it. I plan on doing research by watching various mecha anime while jotting down notes. But is that enough? I feel like research is great and all but also restricting as well. Sometimes, I just want to wing it and deal with the mess later. I don't know. I also feel like I am forcing myself to do something that is challenging because I just I have to do it. But writing a military science fiction novel with mechs has been my dream. Why did I give myself such a difficult dream? I have no idea. Anyway, what I wanted to ask the mecha fans who are into military science-fiction and is knowledgeable on the matter is: How do I do the military codes and speech? Like the stuff, they say during a battle beside "FIRE THE LASERS OR CANNONS!!!" Same applies to the politics as well. Should I make stuff up or use actual things? It doesn't have to be anime or manga related either. I'll accept something else that doesn't require money. I'm starting to think that I might have to wait until I get money in order to make this work. This should be fun but so far it's a struggle.

What do you think? Sorry, I couldn't better explain. My brain is fuzzy and I can't think straight.

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I think you should get into MechWarrior 2, its got deeper and more complex war stories than in any giant robot anime, you should use that as your inspiration. Military mecha anime have too much emphasis on relationships and romance (Zeta Gundam being a notable culprit or offender). In MechWarrior or BattleTech, romance or relationships are never present and all factions are evil, BattleTech has several times more factions than in popular military science fiction like Star Wars. You can also use any other war stories like Saving Private Ryan or history for inspiration.

P.S BattleTech is how military space opera is done right, not Gundam, ATV, whatever
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I would watch Spaceship Yamato2199 again the ship is just like a battleship and the way they say fire in Japanese is badass even uniforms are like Navy even though in space so you get your sci-fi fix too
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Posted 9/5/17 , edited 9/6/17
Your best bet is to decide your "world" 's rules and history. I mean set up the background of your mecha's origins and then dive into the background you choose.

If that doesn't make sense, maybe this will be a little more clear. The military origins of the weapons often dictate the terminology, i.e. Star Trek's Star Fleet arose from the human navy traditions, hence the use of naval terms and command structure (and politics.) So decide where your future arose from, research that and use that information to set up your structure.
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KurtIrving wrote:

I think you should get into MechWarrior 2, its got deeper and more complex war stories than in any giant robot anime, you should use that as your inspiration. Military mecha anime have too much emphasis on relationships and romance (Zeta Gundam being a notable culprit or offender). In MechWarrior or BattleTech, romance or relationships are never present and all factions are evil, BattleTech has several times more factions than in popular military science fiction like Star Wars. You can also use any other war stories like Saving Private Ryan or history for inspiration.

P.S BattleTech is how military space opera is done right, not Gundam, ATV, whatever


Are MechWarrior and BattleTech games?
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Are MechWarrior and BattleTech games?


Of course, but the storyline is a lot like top-notch military space opera novel. You can look at videos or LPs on Youtube for storyline, see how it'll inspire you. It would be so cool if BattleTech got adapted into an anime. I forgot to mention that mech battles and political conflict aren't as strong or well-executed in mecha anime as you think.
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Are MechWarrior and BattleTech games?


I forgot to mention that mech battles and political conflict aren't as strong or well-executed in mecha anime as you think.


What do you mean by that? Are you saying that they aren't done so well?
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What do you mean by that? Are you saying that they aren't done so well?


That political conflict and mech battles just aren't the exact themes that you see in mecha anime and no, not exactly. Imagine if war in real life was a very complex entity and a way of life. On a side note, there is more to war than fighting over natural resources or independence of nations. But yeah, ideological change is very common in real wars, but also more common in BattleTech than it is in anime.

Back to your question you originally posted, I suggest using actual things to make a good or should I say realistic war story and look for every possible hindrance that you see in mecha anime (could learn a lot from BattleTech) to make your story better.
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Code geass if you havent seen it mechs and politics.
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KurtIrving wrote:


What do you mean by that? Are you saying that they aren't done so well?


That political conflict and mech battles just aren't the exact themes that you see in mecha anime and no, not exactly. Imagine if war in real life was a very complex entity and a way of life. On a side note, there is more to war than fighting over natural resources or independence of nations. But yeah, ideological change is very common in real wars, but also more common in BattleTech than it is in anime.


So, I should focus more on war and conflict rather than politics?
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So, I should focus more on war and conflict rather than politics?


No, all of these elements are necessary. A good mecha war story or general war story must be devoid of any relationships, soap opera crap or romance, the main downsides of Gundam.
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So, I should focus more on war and conflict rather than politics?


No, all of these elements are necessary. A good mecha war story must be devoid of any relationships, soap opera crap or romance, the main downsides of Gundam.


So, for my story get rid of romances, soap opera, and relationships? Oh, vey! This is becoming most challenging but writing is a challenge in itself. At least I think so.
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So, for my story get rid of romances, soap opera, and relationships? Oh, vey! This is becoming most challenging but writing is a challenge in itself. At least I think so.


Of course, it is exactly what real space opera fanboys would expect.
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So, for my story get rid of romances, soap opera, and relationships? Oh, vey! This is becoming most challenging but writing is a challenge in itself. At least I think so.


Of course, it is exactly what real space opera fanboys would expect.


What about reading military science-fiction or something close to it? What about The Art of War by Sun Tzu? I know this is about mecha anime by what about something else?
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What about reading military science-fiction or something close to it? What about The Art of War by Sun Tzu? I know this is about mecha anime by what about something else?


If the art of The Art of War by Sun Tzu, BattleTech or some top-notch space opera novels can make a new yet realistic war story happen, then it's fine. Mecha is just one element for your story, right?

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