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So every time I look up wiki sites and Anime News Network's encyclopedia, I am usually trying to find examples of the three different types of mecha in anime, including super robots, real robots, and hybrid robots. And, some of them never actually tell me what they actually are, so instead I have to look up visual cues, such as the giant robots' designs and weapons.

So do you think you could provide me on what kind of visual cues I need to look up in a mecha to figure out if it's a real, super, or hybrid robot? Thanks.
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Super robots look like people, move like silk over lubricated frictionless surfaces, and have an improbable number of weapons, skills, fighting techniques, and catchphrases. Basically Gundam Wing all day, every day.

"Real" mecha tend to be big, bulky, and have about as many liabilities as benefits. Generally you tend to think, "I could do that, if I tried, maybe, I guess, you know, if I wanted to." Recently someone did, though, so there's that. I guess better examples would be Ghost in the Shell, maybe, Gasaraki was considered to be so, and I guess the earlier Mobile Suits were. If they're trying to take mecha seriously, they're probably going for Real Mecha.

I guess "hybrid" would be where they're not letting things like "facts" get in the way of their sentai, but want to be taken seriously a little.
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gornotck wrote:

Super robots look like people, move like silk over lubricated frictionless surfaces, and have an improbable number of weapons, skills, fighting techniques, and catchphrases. Basically Gundam Wing all day, every day.

"Real" mecha tend to be big, bulky, and have about as many liabilities as benefits. Generally you tend to think, "I could do that, if I tried, maybe, I guess, you know, if I wanted to." Recently someone did, though, so there's that. I guess better examples would be Ghost in the Shell, maybe, Gasaraki was considered to be so, and I guess the earlier Mobile Suits were. If they're trying to take mecha seriously, they're probably going for Real Mecha.

I guess "hybrid" would be where they're not letting things like "facts" get in the way of their sentai, but want to be taken seriously a little.


Which is weird, because I could tell what each type of robot is just by the following:

Super Robots: Larger, more over-the-top designs, use of fisticuffs or melee weapons, firing either rocket fists, chest blasters, or laser eyes as projectile weapons.

Real Robots: Smaller, plainer and more realistic-looking designs, use of rifles and other types of guns as primary weapons, wielding melee weapons as emergency backups.

Hybrid Robots: Any combination of the above.
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Whatever works, I guess, but how would you classify something like that battlesuit police agency show that came up a couple seasons ago. They specifically mentioned that "giant robots" had a phase, were enormously ineffective, and were replaced by the basically magic battle suits they use? They want you to take the battle suits kind of seriously, but everything's a bit over the top.
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gornotck wrote:

Whatever works, I guess, but how would you classify something like that battlesuit police agency show that came up a couple seasons ago. They specifically mentioned that "giant robots" had a phase, were enormously ineffective, and were replaced by the basically magic battle suits they use? They want you to take the battle suits kind of seriously, but everything's a bit over the top.


Do you remember that series's name? Because the last time I had a series revolving around combat suits, it was Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.

And if that's the case, then I'm guessing hybrid robot. Right?
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http://www.crunchyroll.com/active-raid

Active Raid, it turns out.
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gornotck wrote:

Super robots look like people, move like silk over lubricated frictionless surfaces, and have an improbable number of weapons, skills, fighting techniques, and catchphrases. Basically Gundam Wing all day, every day.


I think you mean G Gundam since that's the only super robot in the entire franchise, not counting all those weird comedic spin-offs no one watches like SD.
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