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Questions tagged [mecha]

For use when referring to works in the (typically) Japanese sci-fi genre featuring robots or machines controlled by humans.

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Are the AT-AT's from “Empire Strikes Back” a deliberate reference to Mecha?

I was recently reading the entry on The Empire Strikes Back on the website for the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction and was intrigued by this reference to "mecha" (emphasis mine): A first viewing ...
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Mech book where a dying super soldier transforms into a Japanese girl

Looking for name of a book I read on my Kindle a few years ago. It was about a retired or dying super soldier traveling to a planet. He gets attacked on a ship and when about to die a dormant program ...
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Which was the first story to feature a human manned mecha “robot”?

In the Pacific Rim live action movies (2013 - 2018) they feature human manned mecha "robots". Before this, there were many others live actions / animated series featuring this, Evangelion (1995) , ...
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80s mecha anime about a boy and a girl with bunny ears

A boy gets a gun and a disc with a star on it from an old man. He shoots it into the ground, the disc makes a circle, and a robot emerges from the ground. The boy is inside a robot and controls it by ...
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Anime short about two girls shooting each other with guns from their mouths

I saw an anime short some years ago on YouTube. I can't find it anywhere. The things that I remember are: The "protagonist" is a girl with brown hair tied up and yellow clothes. She is a robot that ...
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80s Mecha anime/cartoon about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form

Need help finding the title of anime or cartoon movie or series, from the late 80s or early 90s. All I remember is that it was about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form. ...
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Name of a Mecha (horror?) anime movie. I know it is older and my parents had gotten it for me on dvd from best buy maybe 10-14 years ago

I have been recently trying to remember the name of an anime movie that I have hazy memories about. I think I remember it being mecha where humans in what I think is a military unit are fighting these ...
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What benefits do Evangelions possess over normal “conventional” mechs?

Evangelion Units are pretty impressive in what they are capable of, and can be a game changer in the world of Angels trying to end the world one attack after the other, but they are greatly flawed. ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

So I watched this as a kid, best guess was around the early 2000’s. It was dubbed in Cantonese so the actual show might be older. The show follows a couple of kids and some professor type character. ...
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Mecha anime where 2 girls fight with mechas

Looking for a mecha anime I saw on a YouTube ad; it's was about 15 mins long and started out showing a girl being choked by a girl with white hair and yellow eyes. The girl being choked had blue hair ...
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Cartoon about a boy and a girl with mech suits that could merge

I don't know exactly when it came out but it had the drawing style of a 90s cartoon. There are 2 main characters with mechs, 1 male and 1 female. They both have suits and the 2 suits can merge into ...
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Anime about a boy and 2 girls and they had to find these mechas

I was trying to find this old anime I used to watch, it was about a boy and 2 girls (1 with red hair and I remember the other one had blue hair) and they had to find these mechas. I remember there ...
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Cartoon from the 80's or early 90's with 3 robot suits

This was a cartoon TV show from the 80's or early 90's. There were 3 different sets of robotic suits one small, one medium and a large one. The small one would go inside the medium one, and then the ...
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Anime: Girl travels to a foreign country with an ongoing alien invasion

I'm looking for this anime where this girl went to a foreign country but there was an alien invasion. I think the anime focuses on the mecha side of the genre. Does anyone know about this anime? I ...
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Cartoon/anime about people transforming into giant white robots to fight aliens

Can anyone name this cartoon movie, which may even have been an anime? I saw it in the 80s or 90s. Members of a family are able to turn into giant white mecha-looking robots to fight aliens that come ...
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a feature length animated movie (before 1990s) in which people leave the earth

I'm looking for an animated feature length movie, possibly 2nd or 3rd movie in a series where people of the earth leave the earth on a big spaceship due to possibly pollution and the protagonist ...
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1980s mecha anime. Main character has a suit comprised of three smaller robots

It was an anime where the lead character has a mecha suit that's composed of 3 robots, one bigger than the previous, the smaller one fits into the medium one and this fits into the bigger one. I think ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear!

I am searching for an animation with 2 partners. They travel around the world, and they have robots suits. I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. The main character has a ...
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Looking for a mecha anime where a boy is crushed by a robot, but brought back to life?

Trying to recall the title of this series, but I have had no luck doing so thus far. In the first episode, the protagonist is killed by a giant mecha landing on him, but it's pilot somehow brings him ...
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Anime series with the underdogs in school being selected to use a new type of mecha

I'm looking for a anime series. There are four students, and they are the underdog group in their school. They get selected to fight in a new type of mecha robot. They are taken from place to place ...
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Name of anime where kids train to be goddess pilots

Eventually one does and syncs with it and gets a partner that acts as an engineer for the suit and then he and his team of goddesses go up in space and fight monsters that regularly attack Earth. The ...
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Book where a male super soldier changes into a teenage female

I am looking for the name of a book I read, but I forgot the name of it. A retired, deactivated, dying super soldier is attacked in a space ship at the start of the book and he goes into a trance and ...
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Anime movie played on Adult Swim, guy gets enrolled in a mech program to fight against blue crystals

A few years ago I saw an anime movie on Adult Swim. This movie began with a guy walking into an empty city with a photo of a girl with an arrow pointing towards her boobs. Later in the movie he gets ...
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Help Finding Anime Movie I watched on the sci fi channel late at night about 15 years ago [duplicate]

It ended with a giant mech battle. The bad guys mech was powered by holy men (that chanted to keep it working). The good guys mech was linked to him and controlled by his mind. Also the main villain ...
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Early 90s mecha anime where the mecha was like Voltron in that each pilot controlled a portion of the mecha that would merge into a bigger mecha

I'm trying to find an anime movie I watched when I was younger; I believe I first watched it in 90/91. The story revolved around the recruitment and training of a group that would pilot a mecha that ...
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Looking for a science fiction omnibus where one of the stories had mock combat games for political purposes

I read this story over twelve years ago. It was published with a lot of other stories (by the same author IIRC). The main story that I remember had to do with some kind of war games using pilots and ...
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Anime with boy who can see fighting mecha robots in parallel world

I think this anime aired on the Catalan public TV some years ago, maybe around 2005. I only remember watching the first episode, but probably it was a TV series. Or maybe it was just an one-shot with ...
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How tall would a Warhammer 40k Wraithknight be if it were real?

I have used Google quite a bit to try and find this answer. I've tried to scale the 9" model metric with some sort of consistency, but to no avail. Does anyone have any idea how big these bad boys ...
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Why doesn't Voltron just stay Voltron?

What's the point of the 5 lions? It seems like their enemies can never be fully defeated without them forming Voltron, so why bother fighting individually? Why not just start and end each fight as ...
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Why do Jaegers have swords?

In the movie they prove that the swords aren't really necessary with the rocket punches and all. Their resilience and strength is superior to a lot of kajjus. Instead of using a sword to cut couldn't ...
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Live action mecha shown on ytv

This one is for you 90s kids. On YTV (Youth Television station in Canada ) In the early to mid-90s there was a Live action Sci-fi show, mived with CG space shots and mecha. It was about teens whom ...
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Looking for Anime with a prince faking being mentally handicapped hiding a giant mech suit wreaking havoc

This is all I can remember. There are four worlds whose people and technology were all swapped so humans ended up with high tech mech suits that they used to kill each other. There was a supposedly ...
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A show from the 90s about 3 teenagers and their robots [duplicate]

It was a show about 3 teenagers I think, a white guy, black guy and an Asian girl that got stuck on a ship with their 3 robots. From what I recall their ship warped/jumped/hyperspaced in the wrong ...
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Was the “Giant Mecha” genre driven by its affordability?

In their article about Limited Animation, TVtropes makes a bold claim: This was also put forward as one of the driving reasons behind early Humongous Mecha genre and spaceship shows such as Mobile ...
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Book about a Mech pilot trying to fight beings called HuMax

I remember reading this book about a Mech pilot who was trying to fight these beings called HuMax (I think that was the name), and he ended falling in love with a female red-haired one. His mech could ...
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80s Cartoon with Robots that have Human partners unlocking abilties

What I remember: early - mid 80s cartoon white(?) robots/mechs "Family" of robots one of the "kid" robots was oval in shape with long legs Family/Team of Humans were also on the planet, but ...
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Anime with floating house, fliers and conscripted teen boy

I watched this anime/cartoon in 2010 - 2011. The main character was a teen boy. Apparently he lived in a house with his mother and his little sister (?) which was located on a floating piece of land (...
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Old giant robot movie where an (ejected) pilot fires a discarded robot fist by connecting wires

I saw it very early in my childhood, between about 20-25 years ago. Live action People were piloting giant robots (can't remember just how big) I believe they were moving their feet and hands ...
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What is the Height of EVA 01 as shown in the Rebirth series?

In the original Evangelion series, the height of the EVA units was something between 40 and 95 meters tall. It changed back and forth and caused lots of controversy. The rebuild series of movies seem ...
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What examples are there of suits blurring the lines between powered armor and mecha in hard sci-fi? [closed]

TVTropes has two different entries on Mini-Mecha and Powered Armor, where the former is "something that is piloted" and the latter is "something that is worn". Now, listed in both pages are examples ...
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Does “Pacific Rim” have references/influences from kaiju / mecha genre?

Wiki states that: Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful adventure story, with an "incredibly airy and light feel", in contrast to the "super-brooding, super-dark, cynical summer ...