Post Reply Should powered armor still be considered mecha?
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
So I've yet to watch Active Raid, and might not be able to until my summer class ends. However, I did watch Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 all the way to the end, and saw a lot of powered armor being used by the four main heroines, the Night Sabers.

However, whenever I hear the word "mecha", I often relate it to giant robots that are piloted like vehicles, whether they're super, real, or hybrid robots. I wouldn't really relate them to human-sized mechanical suits like the ones from Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 or Active Raid, because they wouldn't really have all the things I'd expect in my idea of what a real mecha is like.

So can anyone tell me if powered armor should actually qualify as mecha? And if is mecha, when should I classify them as super robots, real robots, or hybrid robots?
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
To me it's not mecha until the pilot's cockpit accounts for less then 25% of the thing's size . Also it's not a robot if the thing requires a human pilot , it's there in the name. Robots are either controlled by a self aware AI or a really well designed set of combat protocols . At a stretch a robot can be remotely controlled but at that point it's less robot and more drone I'd say.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
I consider powered armor to be futuristic sports or sci-fi action (like Solty Rei). Not all science fiction anime is mecha. Powered armor like the stuff Steel has isn't really all that mechanical.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
Uh, no. A mecha is something you pilot from a cockpit, not something that you wear, so it isn't.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17

Bakaneer wrote:

Uh, no. A mecha is something you pilot from a cockpit, not something that you wear, so it isn't.


I thought so. When I watched Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, I knew that there were no mecha, just girls in powered armor fighting mutated, berserk sentient worker robots.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
You can classify it as whatever the hell you want to classify it as. It's all just semantics anyways.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/11/17
Tekkaman Blade consists of human(oid) characters in powered armor.

Tekkaman Blade has been included in the Super Robot Wars games.

Super Robot Wars games are tactics-based mecha JRPG.

Therefore, powered armor is mecha.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/11/17
By the original Japanese definition "mecha" includes any kind of machinery or mechanical equipment. I was stunned by the badass starship designs in Gunbuster, and found that the men who designed them are credited as "mecha designers".

Wikipedia says that "mecha" in Japanese originally covered any kind of machinery but the term's drifted to mean humanoid combat robots etc, generally not including suit-type devices like Tony Stark's. That includes suits like in Bubblegum Crisis. It seems like outside anime fandom "mecha" would include powered armor but by proper fan definition it has to be a separate free-standing humanoid vehicle.
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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/11/17
I mean, technically speaking, mechs are a sort of futuristic armor.
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