So the duel between the US and Japanese robots that I previous mentioned here is still on, a little behind schedule. But there’s already a new challenger waiting, the Chinese robot Monkey King.
Well, at this point I think the only thing I have to add is this:
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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I’m not sure I really get what this one is about, but Nikki also tagged me for the Inspector Green Tag, which, despite the fact that it can’t be very old, is something that no one seems to know the origin of.
1. When was the last time you went to a store containing anime?
Probably about a month, and that was a used bookstore. There’s no store near where I am that has a really good anime selection.
2. Do you usually watch anime online? On what website?
Sometimes. Different sites, but I think I’ve watched more on Hulu than on any one anime-specializing site.
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“Most badass scene from any anime character”
It’s hard to decide. In G Gundam, Master Asia fights mecha with a piece of cloth; in Gurren Lagann, Lordgenome not only fought Lagann with his bare hands but was also able to give a dying speech with a giant hole where his heart and lungs should be (and in the same fight, Simon puts that hole there with what is essentially his keys); in Bleach, Kenpachi Zaraki exists.
This is manga-only, but not much else can top it; in Shin Mazinger Zero, Kouji Kabuto’s reaction to his arm being severed (and what happens to Sayaka in that timeline) is to throw it as an improvised human-scale Rocket Punch!
But I think I’ve got to give it to Dragon Ball Z’s Vegito; silly badassery is still badassery, and well:
Through sheer determination and/or power, he kept fighting (and winning!) after being turned into a piece of candy. After that he went on to let himself be absorbed on purpose so he could (and did) free Buu’s victims from the inside, a case of supreme confidence actually being justified.
“Favorite mech anime”
I like mecha. I’m even writing a novel with anime-style mecha in it. I already said Gurren Lagann was my favorite anime, so to avoid repeating myself, I’ll name something else:
My second favorite super robot anime that I’ve seen is G Gundam. Gundam is known for pioneering the ‘real robot’ genre, but when they made a super robot series, the result was so hammy and so cheesy that it belonged between two slices of bread, and it was awesome either despite or because of that depending on your point of view. My favorite really traditional/classic super robot anime is UFO Robot Grendizer.
My favorite real robot anime is probably also a Gundam series. I think I like SEED a little better than 00. I think SEED gets some undeserved hate from English speaking Gundam fans because it gets lumped together with SEED Destiny, which had some problems due to constant changes during productions.
“Favorite anime couple”
After what I said on day 4, it probably wouldn’t be a surprise if I said Haruka and Michiru (Sailors Uranus and Neptune), and they were the first anime couple I was serious about liking, but now I think they’re second place.
My favorite anime couple has to be Domon Kasshu and Rain Mikamura from G Gundam, for having the most epic declaration of love ever.
Their love both frees Rain from the Devil Gundam and saves the whole world.
My hand is burning red!
It’s loud roar tells me to grasp victory!
Erupting Burning Finger!