SaiMecha Nominations by Ottocycle and MshaYdowN
So we, being mecha fans at the core, decided to do a post similar to what ghostlightning has done, though with not as many robots.
Here’re my (mshaydown’s) nominations for SaiMecha. They’re rated based on awesome, badassery and any other extremely vague term you want to call it. What’s funny is that I initially started off with a list of about 14 but somehow after an hour, that became 4 as I tried to realize the reasons I had for nominating them.
GN-001REII Gundam exia Repair II
Probably not very different from the original Exia but I liked the addition of booster parts to the rear shoulder armour, torso and calves. My first impressions of exia weren’t very favourable and it was only after playing GvGn+ on the psp that I started to get an appreciation of how slick and awesome this suit was. ORE GA GUNDAM DA!
RX-78GP03S Dendrobium Stamen
Often mentioned as the control unit of the Dendrobium, the GP03 Stamen is usually glossed over as merely a part of something bigger. On closer inspection however, there is much to say about the design quirks and detail that makes up this final reiteration of the rx-78 before MkII replaced the entire line. For me, the most striking feature of the GP03S are those gorgeous wing binders which, together with the aerodynamic booster pack and overall sleek look of the mech, scream speed and manouverability.
ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam
Ignoring the debacle of a fail plot that is GSD, the Destiny gundam was a unit that looks very good on paper. It’s got at least one weapon to cover every range category as well as a mix of antiMS and antiShip weapons, all bundled together with an after-image producing gimmick to confuse hero pilots. What’s not to like?
Yet another mech from a cheesy and arguably crap series but in my childhood, Zoids was the most awesome thing on free to air television. This white mecha dinosaur FLIES and was meant to be faster and more agile than the main character’s liger zero but still packing an overpowered charged particle cannon that blasts things to smithereens in seconds. The episode it appeared in to face off with the liger zero was as badass as children’s cartoons will ever get.
Here be Ottocycle’s choices for SaiMecha. Do not expect rational thoughts hereon. Clicking on the name of the mech shows a picture or video of it.
Being the first mobile suit in Gundam 00 to make an impact on the seemingly omnipotent Gundams, and early on in episode 2 at that, Graham Acre and his Flag quickly got my attention. Also, little bits in the design actually show some engineering thought put into it – look at the limbs that definitely bring down the weight, and the flight mode actually makes some aerodynamic sense. I just chose the best looking variant out of all of them.
Says something when the first two nominations of mine are piloted by weeaboo samurai really. I like it when mecha realise a new level of over-the-top, for example in this case it takes over the entire show! And yes, I believe that HUGE UNWIELDY ZANKANTOU THAT CLEAVES EVIL is trying to compensate for something.
More super robot conceits! There’s nothing to hate about it when it can transform into a GIGANTIC GOLDEN FIST OF JUSTICE THAT SHATTERS THE ENEMY INTO ATOMS.
The real robot that thinks it’s a super robot, and very nearly succeeds in impersonating one. The Revolver Stake/Bunker is the coolest piledriver I’ve ever seen, just like how I thought real-world APFSDS rounds and Bunker Busters are badass with their penetrative ability.
Gundam Seravee (Gundam 00 Season 2)
I like hidden limbs, and as the pioneer of this gimmick, The O from Zeta Gundam was one of my mecha loves for a long while. The Seravee takes this to the next level by supplementing its overtly massive ranged capability with some melee usefulness which was so sorely lacking in its predecessor the Virtue.
Done right off the bat aesthetically what took the VF manufacturers 20-odd in-universe years to do, sleekness and all. For that it gets major props. Not to mention it’s so great at looking evil, especially in battroid mode.
My first mecha love was the Hyaku Shiki, when I fell for its ability to do the Red Comet Kick in the Zeta Gundam: AEUG vs. Titans game. That love was transferred recently when the Delta Plus appeared in Gundam Unicorn, what with it being a completed version, transformable and all. Feels like a bulkier Flag, which is obviously a bonus!
The first mecha show I actually seriously watched. It looked pretty damn menacing back in the day, Gonzo CG and everything. Those two crystalline shoulder cannons stay cooler than other mecha which share the same gimmick (Namely Gundam Double X and Freedom), definitely due to the bonus that they could be wielded as melee weapons, and a javelin. (Yes, yes, sexual innuendo duly noted)
This is perhaps the only understated mecha of the lot. We’ve had mecha turning into planes, planes turning into mecha, mecha turning into GOLDEN FISTS and other overblown cheesiness. But this one is different. The Rideback is close to the heart, though at first the concept of a transforming bike with arms does seem a little daunting. And it actually seems like it could happen IRL!
Realest super robot ever. It’s so endearing when you see the main pilot screaming about the stuffiness of the cockpit with an absolutely useless fan blowing away at his hotblood. Not to mention DAT PILEDRIVER GUN and DAT ROCKET PUNCH. (No, Zeus’ Rocket Punch wasn’t the first.)