I’m always going to be thankful of everyone who joins into this miniature collab thing for Mecha March, but also thank you to everyone following along with Mecha March in general. Whether you are just reading stuff from Lita’s blog, my blog, or both, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy what content appears as this month continues. Once again, thank you.
With that, let’s jump into this week’s question:
Question: Who is your favorite Mecha Protagonist?
Considering I have watched a total of 8 mecha anime (according to my anime list), going to be biased forever and pick Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell as a whole. We just get such a great look into what makes her human, and not. It’s such a weird headspace to watch but it’s so well done and I think it’s really held up over time.
It’s a default answer because of how much I like Planet With, but I’d have to say Souya Kuroi. Though Kaname Chidori and Sousuke Sagara from Full Metal Panic! are a very close second.
OOhhhh… hmmm… Kamina!
(Nods and cries)
I have several, all are old school… Hikaru Ichijo from Macross; Remy Shimada from GoShogun; Amuro Ray, Char Aznable and Kamille Bidan from Gundam and Zeta Gundam; Eiji Asuka from SPT Layzner, Chirico Cuvie from Votoms; Shogo Yahagi from Megazone 23 and Mars/Takeru Myojin from Godmars
I don’t think many people have heard of the guy because I’ve only ever seen the series through the anime club (it’s not legally licensed anywhere, due to the whole Macross/Harmony Gold thing), but Alto Saotome from Macross Frontier. I think he’s rather interesting, being basically an aloof guy with a background in kabuki and a bit of a mysterious past, but…okay, I’ll admit part of the reason I’ve held a candle for the guy is because of his looks…
My favorite protagonist? I’d say Mangetsu from Granblem because there’s so much behind the reality of what she is.
I tend to not like most protagonists of mechas that I have seen, but if I could name one I liked, it might be the Major from Ghost in the Shell. I don’t know if this counts since the anime doesn’t include giant robots, it still includes cyborgs and is listed as sci-fi. Major Kusanagi is such a strong, dare I say bad-ass woman who I just can’t seem to compare any other mecha protagonist to. Maybe Mikazuki from Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans would be my second choice, I love his character a lot.
From Me of all people
I’ve thought about this one for a decent amount of time and for a while, I thought it was Amuro Ray because he is THE Gundam pilot and has an entire arc centered on him being forced into the call, growing into it, and so many other things. That’s still sort of true, but these days I’m leaning towards characters like Noah Izumi from Patlabor and Loran Cehack from Turn A Gundam. Noah shows that strength and agility are not the only things that make you a Patlabor pilot. Loran is the ultimate pacifist gundam pilot and is possibly the most complex one.
A lot of great answers this week too. Thank you everyone for joining me on my insanity once again.
Our last question for Mecha March is: What is something that can be improved through more mecha? As usual, you have until next Friday to supply your answer for this
Also, please submit a mecha post here if you haven’t already for the last post of Mecha March 2020. I am trying to collect everyone’s mecha post because I bet you are going to be tired of my Mecha content by then. Hopefully not.