Hello everyone. This is the first question that I asked people a month ago, so let’s do this. I didn’t get as much responses as last year at this moment, so this might not be a feature of Mecha March going forward. Oh well.
Question 1: Do you think a mostly non mecha show can have super robot/mecha energy to them?
I would think so. There’s tons of series that are labeled one thing by their creator, marketing team, etc, but feel completely different to the viewer. I think this also depends on the fan and their prior experience with mecha anime as a comparison point. I’ve only seen a handful (Code Geass, G.I.T.S., Astro Boy, FLCL for reference), a lot of which without looking at tags I wouldn’t have outright named as ‘mecha’ series. G.I.T.S. especially since it still boggles my mind that the tachikomas are considered ‘mecha’. So my perspective on ‘mecha’ energy is a lot different than say, someone who has extensively watched franchises like Gundam or Macross or at least has a lot of familiarity to them.
I certainly think a non-mecha show can carry that energy. It is something I have actually been thinking about a bit recently coincidentally. Given that a lot of the character most super robots have (at least in the case of older series, I am admittedly not up to date on what shows have come out that are mecha related recently) comes from the pilot(s) you could very easily transfer that type of character into something else.
As strange as it sounds I think JoJo fits the bill somewhat honestly. Hot-blooded heroes, ridiculous powers and some crazy battles with the courageous protagonists always coming out on top. I am sure plenty of people would disagree on that but the reasons I like super robot shows are the reason I like JoJo (besides the sweet mecha designs). The shouting of battle moves certainly helps too. Admittedly that is a very specific type of super robot show I suppose but those are certainly my favourites.
I originally thought about this question because Deca-Dence came about and had a giant fortress with a giant first that punches things. You know, one of the most super robot things ever. Instead, my thought goes a little deeper easier then that in two directions. The first thought is that shows like Symphogear exists which combines magical girl and super robot concepts into one show and is amazing for it. The second one is how any show that has the show’s opening or a character theme play during the hypest moments possible is also super robot energy. This came from watching the hilariously awesome moments of mahjong players in Saki. Super robots came before shonen battle series became a thing, so many things borrow energy from them and it’s wonderful.
If you want to join in, here is Question 2 that needs to be responded too by March 12 2021, 5 PM PST: