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Mecha That Changed Anime: Part 3

Gundam may be considered the start of the real robot genre, but it wasn’t really intended to start a subgenre from the start; it wasn’t until Super Dimension Fortress Macross in 1982 that the real robot genre was fully established; this was the first one with no trace of “super prototype” or anything like that; at least when it comes to the main mecha. (If you count the ship as super-ish, then the first mecha anime to avert it entirely was Armored Trooper VOTOMS in 1983.)

VF1S-Strike_Fighter-GERWALK-Battroid

Macross transformed the whole idea of transformation, with planes that actually looked like planes transforming in ways that were actually physically possible.  And the Ground Effective Reinforcement of Winged Armament with Locomotive Knee-joint, or GERWALK mode, is where a trend of weird acronyms in anime started.

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