Judge here making a quick appearance from the dead to give his picks for Sai Mecha 2012. Fellow writers Laevatein and Kaushik have also submitted their picks. So what is Sai Mecha 2012? It’s a contest that was started last year by ExecutiveOtaku of THAT Anime Blog. Basically, people submit their 10 favorite mecha. The 32 mecha with the most nominations will be put into a randomized bracket and split into the Earth Side and Colonies Side. Then the chaos ensues. Big thanks to Kuro for informing me about this. Check out his nominations here. The nomination process ends on April 29th. Email your picks to executiveotaku [AT] gmail.com. Without further ado, here are the Moar Powah writers’ picks.
EDIT: No mecha from video games or manga.
- RX-78 Gundam – Mobile Suit Gundam. Reason: Nothing beats the original.
- Gurren-Lagann – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Reason: This thing pierces the heavens.
- MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom – Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Reason: One of the coolest Zeon mobile suits…when used by a competent pilot.
- PTX-003C Alteisen – Super Robot Wars. Reason: Its “revolving stake” weapon on the right arm is badass.
- RZA-10JS Percival – Code Geass. Reason: I’ve always liked the way it looked…and its interesting armaments.
- XXXG-01H2 Gundam Heavyarms Kai – New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. Reason: Look at all those guns. Just beautiful.
- Dann of Thursday – Gun X Sword. Reason: This thing is one giant sword. Fucking awesome.
- PMX-003 The O – Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Reason: Ever since I saw Scirocco pilot this bad boy, I’ve been a fan. Hidden arms ftw.
- Big O – The Big O. Reason: Toonami.
- Noble Gundam – Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Reason: Everyone loves Sailor Moon Gundam!
Extreme Gundam – Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS (arcade game). Reason: Love the various configurations of this mobile suit.
- Honorable Mentions:
Noble Gundam from Mobile Fighter G Gundam (because everyone loves Sailor Moon Gundam!), RX-93 Nu Gundam and MSN-004 Sazabi from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack, and RX-160S Byarlant Custom from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (because of this)
- Turn A Gundam – Turn A Gundam
- ARX-7 Arbalest – Full Metal Panic!
- Dann of Thursday – Gun X Sword
- Genesic GaoGaiGar – GaoGaiGar FINAL
- Zearth – Bokurano
- Big O – The Big O
- Dygenguard – SRW OG
- YF-19 – Macross Plus
- Gundam Astray Red Frame – Mobile Suit Gundam Seed MSV Astray
- Nirvash typeZero spec 2 – Eureka Seven
- V2 Assault-Buster Gundam – Victory Gundam
- Destiny Gundam – Gundam SEED Destiny
- Guren SEITEN – Code Geass
- Black Getter – Getter Robo Armageddon
- Diebuster – Diebuster
- YF-29 Durandal – Macross Frontier Sayonara no Tsubasa
- Dis Astranagant – SRW OG The Inspector
- KoRyuOh/RyuKoOh – SRW OG The Inspector
- Mazinkaiser w/Kaiser Scrander – Mazinkaiser
- Daitarn 3 – Daitarn 3