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Post Reply Am I over a decade too late to the mecha party?
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
I too have seen this video, and disagree. I don't know, about what goes on in japan. but in america recognition of what mecha is at an all time high. They appear more frequently than ever in video games and films. Star wars, COD infinite warfare, titan-fall, wolfenstein, pacific rim, ready player one, age of ultron..etc. As someone who designs and draws mechs, I find that it's far more common now for people to actually know what I'm drawing, when I do so in public than ever before. So I think this is a tad overblown.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
OP: No derogatory statements about idols, please. Mazin Girls is one of my favorite kick-ass female idol units.
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Just because all of the good mecha came out years ago doesn't mean its dead. The fact that the amazing mecha that came out more then 10 years ago are still extremely good shows that they will last. Just because a particular genre isn't popular right now doesn't mean it is dead. I say just give it a while and we just need to wait for another great mecha to come out. In the meantime I recommend Darling in the FranXX because so far its a decent mecha.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
Anime's extremely competitive, and extremely prone to "copy what works." There are new fads every few years, mecha's on a downswing right now.

Cute/sexy/moe sells more reliably and is probably the quickest way to make revenue. You can make a successful 1-cour 12 episode moe-thing about nothing for relatively cheap, and tease a few nipslips to guarantee disc sales. These shows have no staying power so it's a short term product. Low cost, decent profit.

Mecha had a good 10+ years of being "the thing." It made a lot of high-caliber shows that are still pretty fresh in people's minds. It's just harder to churn out a crap robot show and make any money at all, because people will recognize it as crap.

So you have to try and make it good. Damn good, because people have expectations after seeing all those older shows. Making a good show costs money, and takes years of planning and getting investors for a new idea. Those same prospective investors have the option of going with moeblob, or sticking with guaranteed steady money from properties that already aired like the original Gundam series and Eva (continuous merch to this day).

So it's high cost, high time investment, high risk.

Now let's suppose the show is somehow perfect. Even if it's received well, it will only be able to target a portion of the existing audience. Unsurprisingly, since there's less mecha, there's less mecha audience, which feeds itself.


Also, robots just aren't as inherently cool like they used to be. We have magical handheld devices that have more processing power than those giant robots were imagined to have 20 years ago. There's tons of different ways to get military-style drama and violence with video games.

I think there's also a growing disillusionment with armed warfare as a genre. It's been a while since WWII (postwar produced huge amounts of robot anime, where Japan was the top of all technology and saving the world.) Most of us know there's little prospect of giant robots ever being practical because EMP and nukes.

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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
It is just trends, I love how people always cry the sky is falling. How can you say that these moe shows are increasing? Seeing that vn adaptions are way less, I find it hard to complain about moe shows. You mentioned code geass as the peak, yet that very same season love ru, kanokan, Ikkitousen, Da capo II, Kamen no maid guy and a whole lot of other stuff. Not to mention that the two mecha shows both have "waifu" characters in them, macross F and code geass.... so I really fail to see your point. Even gundam seed had "wafiu" Truth is, if there is more of them, it is just because there is more anime overall.

If you don't want to watch anymore anime then don't, you don't have to stay for a trend you do not like. I am not a fan of all these stupid food anime coming out so guess what I don't watch them.... I won't completely avoid them but they don't interest me.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
Mecha has just been around... Since the birth of anime lmfao. It's stale. Just about everything you COULD have done with Mecha HAS been done. Including the deconstruction of it. Thanks Eva.

I don't have that much of an emotional attachment to the genre besides Eva, but that's because I've never watched any Mecha shows lol.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18

PandaSamaBoi wrote:

Mecha has just been around... Since the birth of anime lmfao.


Where is Gigantor when you need him? I used to watch him as a kid (in the 60's). I kind of wish they could find the original 60 episodes, I guess they were heavily laden with anti-American stuff, which would have been interesting to see and dissect these days (someone probably erased them as a face-saving measure; hopefully they are just in some anime collector's collection). Of course, as a kid, didn't even notice.

Yea, as has been said before the mecha has been around, is around, will probably be around in the future. Maybe it will just take a bit of hunting to find something that will interest you, whether it's here or elsewhere.

I liked "Kuromukuro", which was surprising since I don't consider myself a mecha fan, don't know if it will interest you, but there's a start anyway.

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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
Giganter...I just remembered is on hulu. I was going to say that since it predates vhs tapes it still existing is ify, Tthere wouldn't be much reason to have kept the origin tapes.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18

maxvoodoo wrote:


PandaSamaBoi wrote:

Mecha has just been around... Since the birth of anime lmfao.


Where is Gigantor when you need him? I used to watch him as a kid (in the 60's). I kind of wish they could find the original 60 episodes, I guess they were heavily laden with anti-American stuff, which would have been interesting to see and dissect these days (someone probably erased them as a face-saving measure; hopefully they are just in some anime collector's collection). Of course, as a kid, didn't even notice.

Yea, as has been said before the mecha has been around, is around, will probably be around in the future. Maybe it will just take a bit of hunting to find something that will interest you, whether it's here or elsewhere.

I liked "Kuromukuro", which was surprising since I don't consider myself a mecha fan, don't know if it will interest you, but there's a start anyway.



I like how Macross looks, and I might give the OG Gundam and Mazinger Z a chance.

Edit: Kuromukuro looks cool. Samurai with Mecha? Hmm I'm intrigued lol. Thanks elder!
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
Mazinger is awesome. If you like it I also recommend trying Getter Robo.
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18

Jean104 wrote:

Giganter...I just remembered is on hulu. I was going to say that since it predates vhs tapes it still existing is ify, Tthere wouldn't be much reason to have kept the origin tapes.


Yea, I probably meant burned rather than erased, hehe. Thanks for the heads-up, I'll check it out.

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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
There is still mecha being made these days. I rather enjoyed: http://www.crunchyroll.com/knights-magic
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/27/18
mecha anime within the past 5 years:

Robotics;Notes (2012-13)
Kakumeiki Valvrave(2013)
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2013)
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince (2013)
Gundam Build Fighters (2013–14)
Aldnoah.Zero (2014–15)
Cross Ange (2014–15)
Kenzen Robo Daimidaler (2014)
Knights of Sidonia (2014–15)
Gundam Reconguista in G (2014-15)
Gundam Build Fighters Try (2014–15)
M3 the dark metal (2014)
Argevollen(2014)
Captain Earth(2014)
Nobunaga the Fool(2014)
Buddy Complex(2014)
Comet Lucifer (2015)
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor(2015)
Heavy Object(2015)
Aquarion Logos(2015)
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2015-16)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015-16)
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (2015-16)
Kuromukuro (2016)
Macross Delta(2016)
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars(2016)
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096(2016)
Schwarzesmarken(2016)
Active Raid(2016)
Bubuki Buranki(2016)
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut(2016)
Knights & Magic(2017)
Darling in the FranXX(2018)
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/28/18
also, upcoming mecha anime:

Juushinki Pandora(spring 2018)
Gundam Build Divers(spring 2018)
Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù(spring 2018)
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory(spring 2018)
Planet With(summer 2018)
Revisions(winter 2019?)
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Posted 3/27/18 , edited 3/28/18
Does ID-0 (2017) qualify as mecha? Or does "transference" cause it to fall under a different genre?
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