Sai Mecha 2012 – Round 2, Colonies Side
June 14, 2012
It’s time, mecha fans! This is ExecutiveOtaku, here at the opening of the Colonies Side, Round 2 matches. The tournament is moving on, and the Colonies Side is up next. Four more matches await below. Voting is open until 23:59 eastern time on the 18th (Monday.) Take it away, Ghostlightning… [EDIT: There was a mix-up in the writeup and I had to quickly try and edit it into something that works. Apologies for it being less elegant than usual -EO]
The Turn A Gundam is notable for being designed by Syd Mead known primarily for his work in Bladerunner. It doesn’t look like any Gundam, and while it loosely behaves like a real-robot, it’s a “god machine” that has apocalyptic powers. The Black Getter is a modification/iteration of the Getter Robo, the forerunner of combining and transforming robots. It’s color is black.
Gouf Custom vs. GP-03 Dendrobium
The Gouf Custom is a modification of the Gouf Ground and Flight types that gives Zeon pilots the best option for urban warfare (Zakus are for forests, and Doms are for plains). It is the pinnacle of the OYW “infantry” MS designs from the Zeon (notwithstanding the special forces Kampfer unit). The GP03-Dendrobium is a machine for extermination — as one could design a Gundam. It is a mobile suit that “rides” a mobile armor/weapons platform. Within the context of Gundam, it’s a machine that one sends by itself to take on entire attack groups (which could mean a small fleet).
The Gunbuster is an interesting exercise of concept and design in that it took what would be “hard” science fiction elements in a real-robot context and executed it in the most super robot of ways, not the least notable is its immense size. It is less a robot for fighting, but for extermination. Gao Gai Gar follows a long tradition of combining robots and escalates the hyperbole involved as only a successor should. It’s combining sequence represents the highest standard of its kind and as such was a tough act to follow, that none in fact did.
The transforming dragon fantasy medieval robot Escaflowne stands very unique in the world of robot anime. It seemed a tough act to follow and it wasn’t. It’s the kind of machine that one would expect apocalyptic or god-like powers but instead remains rather grounded in real-robot aesthetics despite its fantasy core. The Kshatriya, also known as the Quad-wing represents the latest and perhaps last design featuring funnels (remote psycommu beam weapons) and perhaps represents the upper limits of fantasy while remaining the most grounded in the real-robot ideal initially inspired by the Gundam franchise itself.