Hey guys, Lavaetein and I are going to give some short reactions to the results of Sai Mecha Earth Side, Round 1. Let’s get started.
Gurren Lagann (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) – 68.91% vs ARX-7 Arbalest (Full Metal Panic) – 31.09%
Lavaetein: I was hoping for Arbalest, but realistically, I knew Gurren Lagann would win. I’m rooting for Gurren Lagann in the later rounds, though
Judge: Yeah, not surprised at all. A mech powered by manly willpower won’t lose to one powered by a lambda driver.
Big O (Big O) - 59.35% vs GN-001 Gundam Exia (Gundam 00) – 40.64%
Lavaetein: Big O is the best, that’s all I have to say. Exia was cool for being different, but Big O is like the Batman of mecha. Erm, the Batmobile of mecha.
Judge: Hahahaha. I was actually surprised the Big O won. I thought the newfags would vote in the Exia. Thank goodness for real mecha fans.
Lavaetein: I was worried this would turn out like SaiMoe, where mostly recent stuff wins. Good thing people remember shows from the past.
AV-98 Ingram (Patlabor) - 61.43% vs RahXephon (RahXephon) – 38.57%
Lavaetein: I forgot for a second that most people considered RahXephon an Evangelion clone. So I thought that would win, but I guess that’s a mistaken thought. Though I know for a fact that Patlabor has a pretty good fanbase. I actually want to get into it sometime or another, but that’s neither here nor there.
Judge: Hmm, when it comes to real robot vs. super robot, 9/10 times I will go with real robot. The Ingram has just a slick, cool design. And as you said, it has a good fanbase.
Takemikazuchi (Sora no Woto) – 28.51% vs MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam (Zeta Gundam) – 71.49%
Lavaetein: No contest. Though I will say I thought the Takemikazuchi was the Muv-Luv Alternative counterpart for some reason. Anyway, of course the Zeta won; it’s way too iconic.
Judge: Yeah, I can’t even believe that dumb spider thing made it in the tourney. Fucking moe bullshit. But real mecha fans ousted that sorry excuse for a mech. Gundam powered by dead people = win.
Shin Getter Robo (Shin Getter Robo) – 54.59% vs Zeorymer (Zeorymer of the Heavens) – 45.41%
Lavaetein: Hmm now as the article said, Zeorymer is only known through SRW. Meanwhile, we have Getter. I knew Shin Getter would win.
Judge: Well it was actually the closest match of the round. There seems to be a pre disposed hate for Getter. I can’t say I’m a Getter fan, but I’ve watched it. It’s not bad.
Lavaetein: I don’t even know why. Getter is pretty fucking crazy. Like literally.
Judge: Well Executive Otaku hates Getter for reasons beyond me. But I don’t really have much to say about this matchup. Moar like, I didn’t really care who won.
Nirvash Type 0 (Eureka 7) – 67.76% vs Dai Guard (Terestrial Defense Force Dai Guard) – 32.24%
Lavaetein: This was an interesting match up since both mechs are really unique. On one hand, you have a surfing mech. On the other hand, you have a mech controlled by bureaucracy. They’re both really interesting, though I thought Eureka 7 probably had more exposure. Hell, I never watched Dai Guard.
Judge: Haha, here is one of those cases where I will vote for the super robot due to my extreme hatred of Eureka 7. Although I knew the Nirvash would win, I stil voted for Dai Guard.
Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z) – 38.25% vs VF-25 Messiah (Macross Frontier) – 61.75%
Judge: This wasn’t that hard to predict.
Lavaetein: Yeah, I figured a lot of Macross fans were in this. To be quite honest though, I can’t say I like the original Mazinger.
Judge: I voted Messiah, even though I didn’t particularly love Frontier. It’s still a classic mech design. Like you, I wasn’t in love with Mazinger Z. I just chose what I liked better.
Mazinkaiser SKL (Mazinkaiser SKL) – 56.37% vs Delphine (Break Blade) – 43.63%
Lavaetein: I didn’t think Delphine would win. I mean, SKL is pretty fucking badass.
Judge: Yeah, I liked both. I went with Delphine in the end.
Lavaetein: Yeah, I did too since I watched Break Blade.
Judge: Like I said, 9/10 times, I will go with the real robot.
Sora no Woto (33.51%) vs Keroro Gunsou (26.49%) vs Hayate no Gotoku (20.54%) vs Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (19.46%)
Lavaetein: To be honest, I couldn’t care less about the bonus round. I just went with Nyaruko-san since that’s marginally related to Demonbane.
Judge: I voted Keroro Gunsou because they (frogs) build gunpla.
Thanks for checking out our reactions! Make sure you give ghostlightning’s post: “What Your Votes in Sai Mecha 2012 Round One Earth Side Say About You.”