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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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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1990-2000s mecha anime series or movie, white mecha, wings, and pilot sacrifice

Looking for a mecha anime, either a series or movie between 1990 and early 2000s. All I remember is the mecha being white and wielding a sword. I don’t recall if the pilot had angel type wings or the ...
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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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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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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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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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Mech fighting anime where the good guys deliberately lose

I watched this a few years ago. The storyline followed a young man who had a mech (built it himself?) and joined in an arena fight, where there were two sides: One side were the rulers of the city/...
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Anime with a girl stuck on top of a huge mech that was walking towards a city; she had to disable (or enable) a bomb by remembering a phrase

When I was a child in the early 2000s, I remember watching what I believed to be an anime. I can only remember vague details, however I remember the style being that of the '90s, and it being set in a ...
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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, ...
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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 an older maybe 20 year old Mech Anime

So I'm not a big time anime fan but I'll watch it occasionally but I remember trying to watch this one anime about 20 years ago when I was a kid. I thought it was Neon Genesis Evangelion but I'm ...
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pre 2000 space mecha anime/cartoon very similar to gundam shows

Need help finding a title of an anime I watched many years ago. It must have been pre 2000. I remember parts of the story. Started with a few pilots (maybe 4-5), cockpit looked very similar to Star ...
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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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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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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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Retro mecha-esque anime where a girl visits a garage, and exits it in a red mech/vehicle hybrid

I can’t remember much of it, as I only saw a clip of it from YouTube a long time ago, but it looked different from most other mecha anime. It seemed to be an older anime. In the scene, there was this ...
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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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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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Windows PC Game with pseudo-3D action in a maze with two mechs trying to kill each other

I played this somewhere in the early 90s, I think, downloaded off of a Bulletin Board System and played via a direct connection over the phone lines the twice I actually got to play. It might have ...
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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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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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Mecha anime where the hero gets two robot suits

What is the name of the mecha anime where the hero uses one mobile suit but when the battle gets tough he calls for another suit that comes from somewhere and takes him in? I saw it on Cartoon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Name of Mecha Anime from the 70s/80s Based on One Episode

I have searched over and over trying to find this, so now finally posting the question to see if anyone else has a clue about this. My details are vague, but here goes. I remember watching a cartoon ...
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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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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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Classic sci-fi anime, where mechs are launched by space shuttle like booster system to hotspots on earth

I am looking to find the name of a series for which I had seen a few episodes quite a while back - say about 15 or so years back - on either Animax India or AXN (AXN India used to show some anime ...
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Mid-90s mecha action anime with wearable sentient robot suits

I was recently reminded of an anime I saw between 2000 and 2002 on VHS. The actual production date was probably from late 1980s, a la Bubblegum Crisis (but not actually, I checked), to the mid 1990s. ...
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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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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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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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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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2000s (or earlier) anime movie with a mech powered by holy men, and a bad guy killing his family while pretending to be an idiot [duplicate]

I watched this on the Sci Fi Channel - SYFY UK about 15 years ago. 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 ...
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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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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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Anime/cartoon where the main cast uses 2 golden coins to summon a mech from the sky

I remember watching it on tv the 2 protagonists went to an arcade and they insert the coins into an arcade machine and this would activate the mech. They also changed the cast 3 times so I think the ...
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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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Manga about miniature people piloting cloned women

There’s a really disturbing manga that I remember reading, but for the love of all things, I can’t remember the title. However, I remember the story. It’s about people that pilot these things that ...
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Sci-fi Anime episode search: kid turns into weapon

In the '90s, saw an episode of an anime (Robotech???) where the team encounter a young male child who can turn into an adult-sized cyborg-like destructive weapon (with great anime hair?). The female ...
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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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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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Mecha Anime from the 80s or 90s where the main character is a cop or detective

I am looking for the old Mecha anime from the 80s or maybe 90s. I vaguely remember the main character is a cop or detective some sort. The opening he was chasing some guys and some how he got suck ...
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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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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 ...