Mecha is a genre that has created many a Gundam fan, a NGE fan and Macross fan, with their extremely livid demonstrations in the love for this genre of anime. In games, MechWarrior, Front Mission and Gundam Musou are just some of the few game series that the fans enjoy and lap up so much. Without a shadow of a doubt, mecha definitely
sucks rocks due to the rabid fans out there that can feel for this genre. They have merchandise of robots, often being extremely detailed in constructing great metallic figures that shine and sparkles in the night sky.
So why does mecha rock (and we all know it does, ha ha ha)? Let us look deeper into the subliminal messages of mecha and why it is good.
Of course, to be honest, there’s nothing good to say about mecha because it sucks.
1st reason: It’s manly
Most viewers find mecha rocking because it is the epitome of GAR (I presume GAR is the new cool). It’s like saying whether you have a huge phallic member or not. I mean, men at a young age often compare everything with others and the many editorials to the sex advice page on their member being not big enough is testimony to it. With mecha, which is considered to be the greatest thing that men has created, the ability to love such a powerful figure builds up their self esteem. Don’t you think it is so cool for an otaku to go right at a beautiful shoujo for a pick up, saying, “Hey, this is my Rx-93 ν Gundam, do you want to play it?” I assure you that mecha makes people hot.
Seriously, the ability to feel more manly might sound to be really primitive, but it increases the self esteem of a man. No other genre in the history of anime is able to make people feel so superior simply because they like a certain genre of anime. Just go look at all the
Gundamtards highly excited Gundam fans when you talk about liking shoujo. They will generally call you “not man enough” to watch the manly mecha. Mecha instantly makes you a man. That can even be the slogan for mecha otakus around the world!
One of the clear examples of this manly behavior is definitely Gundam Seed Destiny. Just look at one of the magnificent Gundam Seed Destiny fan and you feel the aura of manliness around him and his great merchandise as illustrated in the above image (
more like dumbness).
2nd reason: It drops crime rate
Results have shown that media viewing has a certain effect on people. Theories such as agenda setting, Hypodermic needle model, Media Effects Theory and media culture are all philosophies created by academics to explain this interesting phenomena on media effects. To put it simply, media does have an effect on people subconsciously when they start to view it more, be it television, film or even the Internet. One thing that is often investigated along with media effects is crime and this is apparently logical.
Using the very flawed and de-proved logic for simplification, someone who watches rape scenes of anime girls might be conditioned to consider such behavior to be more acceptable. Hence, the industry is ingenious. Instead of throwing something like that inside, they hold their social responsibility and threw it into the social circles of otakus. It has been empirically proven (by no one) that by releasing the horde of mecha into the system, the manhood of male otaku will rise and that is when the perverts of the state will be eventually converted into the great fans of mecha and stop groping cute little girls in the train.
Yes, it is a great social conditioning and it’s very amazing. Instead of spending taxpayers’ money on policing, just send all the men to watch mecha. Not only it boosts their self esteem, all their time and money will be spent on the cool merchandise and they will even help to generate revenue for the economy. Mecha, only mecha, has that influence on true otakus. Look at the crazy commotion and protest by otakus a few years ago for Neon Genesis Evangelion when they had attempted to can some ideas that broke the hearts of these mecha fans? Don’t ever make them do something wrong, leave them in their room to admire their robots.
3rd reason: Battle excitement
Have you ever played MechWarrior in your life? If you have not done so, you are missing out on one of the greatest games ever that has graced our shores in the mecha realm. This is perhaps one of the biggest lures of mecha and why it rocks. Mecha is often a pulsating experience for most people in the gaming realm, particularly when your robot starts to strife right and left with all the machinery sounds and explosion. Nothing beats riding in a mecha machine and firing stuff to cause total carnage like no other human weapon can.
If that does not turn you on, then nothing else can. It’s genuine excitement for any human who always thinks of owning a big thing, that goes back further to the esteem issue. The adrenalin of battle between the two huge machines in anime or games cannot be underestimated. Even a self-professed mecha hater like me (do take this as a joke because I have nothing against genres to prevent confusion) finds Front Mission to be an exciting mecha playstation franchise that I actually enjoyed. My favorite playstation role playing game is Xenogears, one of the most excellent and well constructed games ever.
Yes, battles with robots rock. I also remember the excellent scenes of FMP: Second Raid, as well as the very beautiful fights in Zegapain. These two series really represent the epitome of battle scenes: the built in excitement in battle.
4th reason: Sexy uniforms
Have you ever seen a mecha female uniform that is in fact not sexy? It is nosebleed galore for the mecha lovers and hell, they definitely have a reason to. Just look at the above image and you should get my point. Mecha rocks for the girls and definitely the uniform.
Note: Sky girls, if you are wondering what anime this is, you dirty pervert.
5th reason: The mecha fans
A genre is nothing without its fans. Mecha fans are just about the most annoyingly defensive extremely fervent fans in the anime community. You will never be wrong to join them because to be against them will be the worst ever thing you want to do. Have you ever heard of the phrase “An angry mecha man is a very dangerous man indeed”? You didn’t? It’s no surprise since I just constructed it. However, a group of mecha fans is not exactly the best group of people you want to offend since they can make sure that you will be fired off to the nearest pod shuttle. Don’t ask what a pod shuttle is.
Just take note of the old ode, if you cannot beat, join them. If you do not want to join them, run from them. If you cannot run from them, you are fricking screwed my friend.
Hence, mecha rocks.
Note: All images are grabbed from Mecha Image of The Day. Thanks!