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.
Continue reading Mecha That Changed Anime: Deconstruction and Reconstruction
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.)
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.
Continue reading Mecha That Changed Anime: Part 3
“A song from a new album you are waiting for to come out”
I really don’t keep track of what’s coming up very much, so I didn’t choose this from a very wide pool. But I do happen to know that “Kessen the Final Round” will be on JAM Project’s next album. (The same group three times in four days? Maybe I should have shuffled the order of the challenge.)
This song is from Super Robot Wars Z3 Tengoku-hen. The song, the game, and this video are all epic.
(uploaded by Apichat Pansotthee)
“A song you’re currently obsessed with”
I thought about various short-term obsessions, but ultimately decided to go with one that’s lasted long enough I can be sure it won’t change between now and the end of the challenge. (Several of the other songs I considered are my picks for other days.)
I first heard this song about three years ago, and I am still obsessed with it. The only reason I haven’t featured it in “Awesome Music Thursday” is because I wanted to save it for a special occasion. I have been known to listen to this song on a loop. When I feel really down and need to motivate myself, I listen to this song.
The song in question is “GONG” by JAM Project, the theme from The 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha.
It doesn’t start at the very beginning of this video by InfringementMAN, but it has the lyrics.
Continue reading Song Challenge Day 19: Obsession
Magic shapeshifting is cool too, but there’s something about a mechanical transformation with parts moving that’s so much more appealing to me, so what I’ve always really liked have been robots, mecha, and other machines that change into other forms.
I like transforming mecha enough to make them prominent in my own writing. In Project Quintessence, the mecha called Variable Guardians transform between humanoid and animal forms, because I also love animal mecha and animal motifs in general.
So where did the idea of transforming robots really come from? Well, it actually developed gradually over time; transformation itself transformed.
Continue reading Transforming Mecha and the History of Change
“Anime that never gets old no matter how many times you’ve rewatched it”
In no particular order: