I ended my previous post with Mazinger Z, but that series was far more the beginning of an era than the end of one.
Traffic jams are apparently good for Go Nagai’s creativity; he had the idea for Mazinger Z wishing his car could just step over the other cars, and the one for Getter Robo started with imagining all the cars merging together. Nagai and Ken Ishikawa worked on the concept of Getter Robo together, but the manga was drawn and written by Ishikawa. The anime adaptation started three days before the first chapter of the manga was published.
Continue reading Mecha That Changed Anime: Some Firsts
Combat Mecha Xabungle is an anime series from the 1980’s. It was directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, most famous for Mobile Suit Gundam, and to a lesser extent Brave Raideen and Space Runaway Ideon, but Xabungle is a lot lighter and more comedic than those, or most of Tomino’s other work.
Continue reading X is for Xabungle
I’m seeing “unknown search terms” more often so this kind of post might get less common.
“1st transforming mecha” – This is from yesterday and seems to have found the most relevant post already, but there were no hits yesterday for this one that says a little more about Raideen.
“blue transformer drill” – If you weren’t looking for Cybertron Menasor, maybe it was Twin Twist?
“katebasma sto tablet angry birds transformers” – It’s Greek to me… actually I’m pretty sure it’s misspelled Greek.
“worst happy meal toys ever” – The only time I’ve mentioned Happy Meal toys I was talking about what are probably some of the better ones…
“fullmetal alchemist dog die” – I hope this wasn’t the same person who searched for “anime challenge pets”…
Since there have been so many transforming robots, there have been some along the way that are, well, weird. Quite a few have turned into things that it seems pretty impractical for a robot to turn into, and that’s what most of this list is going to be.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 25-21
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