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No; they are based on real-world concepts for walking vehicles. Joe Johnston described how he and and Ralph McQuarrie came up with the design for the AT-AT: "The snow walkers were from a brochure by Syd Mead for US Steel of these walking trucks going through the snow – we turned them into walking tanks." — Joe Johnston Conjures The Wolfman (2010); ...


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This might not be it, but your description reminds me of the seminal anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Or more likely, Rebuild of Evangelion, a series of movies (three so far, with a fourth in development hell) that retell the original story with a few changes. This movie began with a guy walking into an empty city with a photo of a girl with an arrow ...


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On the mecha side of things, Del Toro has pointed to influences such as Tetsujin 28 and Patlabor, but noted he wanted to avoid directly "quoting" specific robots (or kaiju): I grew up with Tetsujin 28 and found great inspiration in the mecha genre all the way to Mamoru Oshii's Patlabor. But we wanted to work on the Jaegers basing them on World War 2 ...


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This is the 1979 anime TV series Gordian. The protagonist of the anime pilots the robot Protesser, which nests itself inside the larger robot Delinger, which finally enters the largest robot, Garbin, in the same way, forming Gordian. Various cutaway illustrations showing how the three robots move together are an iconic representation of the series. Among ...


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You should look for When the People Fell and We the Underpeople, both published by Baen Books around 2007. This is the complete Cordwainer Smith corpus, and will contain both stories that you've described - "War No. 81-Q" and "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" (the latter also available at the Internet Archive) - as well as all of his other stories, including ...


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I suspect you're looking for I Can Friday By Day!: It features all the things you mention - a brown-haired girl girl controlled by small animals (squirrels), another girl controlled by rabbits, a boy, and a fight between them. It was one of the films from the short-film project Japan Animator Expo; you can find some ...


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I believe you're thinking of Robotix. Aired: 1985 White robots based on "Robotix" construction sets Narra was the four-legged dome robot The kid was the first to bond with the robots The humans were chased to the robots' planet The humans teamed up with a set of "good" robots and a set of "evil" robots. Description on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/...


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Voltes V is the movie I was looking for. I found Combattler V on the page FuzzyBoots linked. It has similar art to, and is the precursor of, Voltes V. An armada of horned humanoid aliens known as Boazanians invade Earth and launch their "beast fighters" all over the world, defeating most of the world's armed forces. The Boazanians first defeat from the ...


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This is a long shot but it's possible you're conflating two different animated series, which I recall often aired together around that time period in the US. (though you didn't say where you saw this) This was suggested in comments by SPArchaeologist and MarbleMunkey. Robotech Within the combined and edited story, Robotechnology refers to the scientific ...


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Most of the time it's never addressed and it largely depends on continuity. According to the Voltron Wiki, (in the Japanese series) Golion was once a unified robot that only sought to do battle. It one day decided to challenge a mighty space goddess. The space goddess asked why Golion could not use its abilities for good, and split it into five parts to ...


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Not only would a sword provide additional reach to dismember a kaiju, but it is also more effective. To rip a body part off would require both hands of the jaeger to be on the kaiju for the length of time to remove said limb, which would probably just end up getting the jaeger damaged. While trying to tear off a kaiju limb, the kaiju would be fighting back ...


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This sounds like Robot Jox (1990). I'm fairly certain the scene in question is during the final battle between Achilles and Alexander, but I haven't been able to find it on YouTube. The film's plot follows Achilles, one of the "robot jox" who pilot giant mechanical machines that fight international battles to settle territorial disputes in a dystopian ...


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Super Dimension Century Orguss 02, the prequel to Super Dimension Century Orguss From a review of Episode 5: "Destroyer" As they ride an elevator down, Perion tells Manning that he pretended for seven years to be mentally retarded so that Miran wouldn't assassinate him. However, on the private refuge of his small island, he discovered a massive Armor. ...


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This is Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure. Kazuki is regarded as a pariah by his classmates because he periodically has visions of giant robots battling in the city. After being accidentally sent to the parallel world by Ken and Mitsuki Sanada, Kazuki discovers that he is the only male that can control the mechas. Because of his unbelievable ...


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What you saw was not an anime, but a trailer for a mobile game called Honkai Impact 3. Here it is. I am afraid I've never played the game myself so I can't tell you anything more about it. (I won't bother listing all the parallels between the video and what you saw because your memory of the thing is pretty much spot on)


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This could be "Tekkaman: The Space Knight" / "Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman" (the English wikipedia page does not have a lot of details, the Italian and Spanish ones are quite richer). First of all, an image: Matching details: (mostly) red mecha suit spear-like weapon the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilot old show: it aired in Japan in 1975, ...


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Could this possibly have been Neon Genesis Evangelion? I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. Assuming you mean "neural", the pilots in Evangelion do indeed have mental connections to their mecha. The main character has a red robot suit with a spear or some kind of weapon that can penetrate anything. She's not the main ...


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Sounds like Kurogane no Linebarrells aka Linebarrels of Iron. The protagonist Kouchi is killed when the eponymous mech Linebarrel falls on top of him out the sky, to paraphrase. I remember distinctly having watched this at the time. A synopsis from Wikipedia reads as: His life is forever changed during a class trip in 2016 when an artificial satellite ...


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This may be Galactic Armored Fleet Majestic Prince. Majestic Prince (Japanese: マジェスティックプリンス Hepburn: Majesutikku Purinsu) is a Japanese manga written by Rando Ayamine and illustrated by Hikaru Niijima about a team of eccentric, genetically enhanced youngsters selected to pilot some experimental mecha to defend Earth against an alien, hostile race. An ...


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This is Megami Kouhosei (AKA Pilot Candidate). In the future humankind has expanded and colonized other planets. Then an alien species, Victim, attacks the human colonies leaving only one planet, Zion. In an effort to stop Victim from destroying the last planet a training school, GOA, is set up to gather boys from the Zion colonies and train them ...


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I may be wrong, but I think you're describing the travesty that is BASToF Lemon. Most of what you say could be from the first episode. There is a girl with pink hair, a boy with black hair, a second boy with blond hair, hover boards are common, all are super gamers, they're picked by a scientist to play a secret game in an observatory/radar looking building ...


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Nominally, 40k miniatures are supposed to be about 28mm scale, or 1/58. http://www.librarium-online.com/forums/hobby-forums/29275-what-scale-warhammer.html#/topics/29275?_k=le2qav They are not always consistent, but that should at least give you a ballpark that a 9" model would be about 43' 6" tall (9 x 58 12)


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I don't see any evidence to support this assertion. Non-robot anime was produced with limited animation for years before the debut of Tetsujin 28 in 1963 or (the notably limited) Mazinger Z in 1972. Even today, lower-budget anime use pan cels or "talking head" scenes to communicate story via human characters while economizing on movement. As for the actual ...


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Mecha Corps: A Novel of the Armor Wars by Brett Patton might be the book you're referring to - the storyline seems to match at least part of the plotline. From the Kirkus Review: Capt. Matt Lowell is the interstellar Union’s finest Mecha Corps warrior, not least because of his total recall—he calls it his Perfect Record—and his ability to merge his Mecha’...


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Could this be Skyland? From Wikipedia: It is the 23rd century; the Earth has shattered into billions of pieces which orbit around a central core. In this new world named Skyland, an evolved form of humans has appeared: Seijins, who are able to absorb energy from sunlight and use it to fuel special abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, mental control, ...


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Is it possible you're thinking of Super Dimension Century Orguss 02 as in this answer? From a review of Episode 5: "Destroyer" As they ride an elevator down, Perion tells Manning that he pretended for seven years to be mentally retarded so that Miran wouldn't assassinate him. However, on the private refuge of his small island, he discovered a massive ...


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Are you sure it isn't Megami Kouhosei (Pilot Candidate)? It's about a group of boys who are training to pilot mechas. The boys are the fighters, and are paired up with girls who are repairers/mechanics. The main character is paired up with a girl who has cat ears that she tries to hide, but are exposed by the main character and she runs off. It was broadcast ...


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It's Magne Robo Gakeen, I found it after going through a lot of Wikipedia. Doctor Kazuki, who perceived of an invasion of Earth by the Izaru people builds a robot based on the science of magnetism and sphere joint theory. Undergoing a dangerous augmentation process, Doctor Kazuki's daughter Mai becomes the pilot of "Mighty" or "Magnetman Minus". Takeru ...


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As you've already identified, the Evas are inconsistently portrayed, often shifting in size between scenes as the script requires, ranging between 40 metres when the characters need to run/jump/climb on them, up to a maximum of about 80-90 metres when they're moving around Tokyo-3 or fighting against the Angels. Gainax did release the image below as part of ...


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From the top of my mind: The working suit in Aliens is about 3 m tall. The armor of the marines and other infantry in StarCraft is about 2.5 m tall. I've invented a new criterion for separating them: if the person's fingers fit inside the machine fingers, it is a powered armor. if it has fully robotic fingers or not fingers at all, it is a mecha/mini-mecha....


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