Sai Mecha Round 3: Results
May 17, 2011
The Elite Eight round fiercely contested and now the results are in. All the contestants are immensely popular among the fans and things will only get tougher from here on out. Read on for the results, and get ready for the semi-finals.
Evangelion UNIT 01 vs Tachikoma (53.28% vs 46.72%)
VF-1 Valkyrie vs Sinanju (63.18% vs 36.82%)
YF-19 Excalibur vs Gurren Lagann (53.26% vs 46.74%)
Zaku II vs Escaflowne (58.24% vs 41.76%)
Any given Innovator vs Full Frontal vs Mister Bushido vs South Burning (36.8% vs 31.2% vs 23.6% vs 8.4%)
This round saw its highest level of voting yet and had two very close matchups. The Evangelion UNIT 01 was boosted by both super robot fans and had the sponsorship of the famous Team Gainax behind it. The Tachikoma came into this match with momentum far outweighing its small size. It was close, but in the end the icon of 1990s anime came away with the win. And speaking of icons, the VF-1 Valkyrie beat its Zeonic rival by the largest margin this round. Though to say that that result was the biggest is a testament to how tough the competition can be. The Earth Side now comes down to two icons, giants in the genre of anime, overwhelming in the influence the shows they represent exert on all of anime and fandom. That’ll be quite the matchup.
Over on the colonies side we have something of an upset. This is why I love Sai Mecha, ladies and gentlemen, seeing fans rally against the odds like this. The Gurren Lagann is a fine super robot from an amazing series. It had so much lined up behind it this match: it’s from a recent series, an amazingly good one, a catchphrase that’s heard everywhere, and the Team Gainax supporters. The YF-19 on the other hand is a bit more humble. Macross Plus is well loved by fans of the franchise and of real robots generally. It has an innovative and unique design, but you get the sense that it wouldn’t get the attention that the Gurren Lagann gets. But here it is, just making it over the top to beat the super robot of super robots. It will face the Zaku II to compete for the Colonies Side Shield. The grunt mecha that spawned so many designs won out against the Escaflowne in the voting arena. The dragon-knight mecha roared in the competition, frankly doing better than I thought it would. It’s one of those mecha that looks damn cool but at first glance you wouldn’t think it could go this far. So my hat is off to the Escaflowne for its impressive run, and glory to the victorious Zaku II! That’s it for now, Sai Mecha fans. See you at the semi-finals!
Earth Side Shield Contenders
Evangelion UNIT o1 vs VF-1 Valkyrie
Colonies Side Shield Contenders
YF-19 Excalibur vs Zaku II