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Super Robot Wars V: haven’t seen some of these guys in a while

Up until today, about the only things known about Super Robot Wars V were that it has a pretty good series list including the debut of Yamato, and that it would be the first licensed SRW game ever available in English.  Which was enough to get my attention, but with this new video it’s looking more certain that this will be a really interesting one.

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Well, THERE’S an unexpected crossover

Super Robot Wars XΩ continues to use its less structured format as a way to include pretty much anything it wants to. Idolm@ster Xenoglossia was a little surprising, and Crayon Shin-chan was something nobody could possibly have predicted (and probably never asked for), but this new one breaks down another boundary.

For the first time, a live action work is included in a SRW game. And it’s not any of the ones you probably just thought of. It’s not G-Savior either, the obscure live-action Gundam movie that some people think they’ve avoided solely because they didn’t want to open the door to live action.

But, well…

The King of the Monsters himself, fighting alongside the King of Braves and the King of Hearts.  And yes, Shinji is in some kind of Godzilla-Eva hybrid.

The Mazinger Z villains really hate the fact that Hideaki Anno is directing Godzilla: Resurgence right now…

MechaGodzilla is there too, so I guess you can’t say it doesn’t have mecha. (Also, Jet Alone from Neon Genesis Evangelion was based on Jet Jaguar.)

My Mecha Anime Recommendations

In the process of writing my Mecha that Changed Anime posts, I unavoidably also thought about what I’d say here.

These are my top ten (plus one) favorite mecha anime. (Note there are series with some mecha elements that I’d consider better than some of these, but aren’t quite “mecha” enough to belong on this list: Magic Knight Rayearth, Tekkaman Blade, and FLCL come to mind.)

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Mecha That Changed Anime: Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Considering how the 80’s went, it’s pretty easy to imagine that mecha could have remained a genre that continued to evolve gradually, but would never be completely revolutionized again. Then again, it’s also possible the genre would have declined into a small isolated niche. But I’m getting ahead of myself, and in fact 1994 was a good enough year for mecha that I think it was clearly already rebounding. G Gundam is one of my personal favorites, but didn’t really “change anime” as much as most of what I’ve been mentioning.

Depending on how you look at it, I think it took until Magic Knight Rayearth in 1994 (the manga started in 93, but the Mashin/Rune-Gods didn’t appear early) before there was a great example of a series that had mecha where mecha were nowhere near the core concept.

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5 More Impractical Robot Transformations

Last year I did a list of unusual transformations that are still among my most popular posts, so here’s an addition to it.

Oh, and here is a more complete article about the McDonalds Changeables, which I included on the previous list but had difficulty finding much about.

#5 – Mirage

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One of the original Transformers. I mentioned him as a side note in the previous list, but didn’t think race cars should take more than one spot on the list. But after completing the list I was made aware of something I hadn’t known.

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Formula 1 cars cannot drive on normal roads. I don’t mean they just aren’t street legal; they literally can’t drive on any road that has a “crown”, or on any surface that isn’t completely flat.

(Mirage does manage to drive on regular roads in the cartoon despite the fact that the real vehicle he looks like can’t, but this could only be accomplished by some kind of inaccuracy, and is only one of several factors that make him by far the most conspicuous of the original Autobots.)

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Song Challenge Day 23: A cover song

“A cover song”

I could say something about songs that people don’t even realize are covers. A good example is “Fly Me to the Moon”; there is a very real chance that by now the 50 billion recordings associated with Neon Genesis Evangelion might have left some people unaware that song had prior existence. Okay, probably not too many; Frank Sinatra is still famous, and his version was even used by the Apollo program, becoming the first music heard on the moon. But did you know that Frank Sinatra’s version wasn’t the original either? The song was written by Bart Howard and first recorded by Kaye Ballard in 1954, 10 years before Sinatra.

Megumi Hayashibara’s version is a cover of a cover of a cover.

(uploaded by Miguel Concepcion)

There are bands that are all about covers. I really like Animetal and Animetal USA, who, as their names imply, do metal covers of anime songs.

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