A month ago, bianki wrote a post on being a budding mecha fan. One of the points she makes is:
Because, absurdity is all what mecha anime is all about. The story can go as crazy as it wants, but I’m not going to complain. The concept of humanity-in-peril and how we can only be saved by pilot/s in transforming planes and a muscian/s is already something I accepted from the get-go. Doing that makes just sit back and enjoy the ride as opposed to getting something normal and raeg when it turns absurd.
I’ve been thinking about this passage for some time. The inherent absurdity of giant robots allows mecha anime to be filled with more absurd things. If a show takes transforming plane-mecha for granted, it’s not a bit of a stretch to include space vampires or guitar-controlled cockpits. Or the whole my-robot-is-really-my-mother thing. Or Tang.
Being someone who grew up to the absurdity of giant robots, I seem to have developed an accepting demeanor towards matters of the absurd, even outside the realm of mecha anime. Whereas the normal, non-mechacentric anime fan would be turned off by some show’s weirdness, I’d have a mild, bemused reaction at best. In fact, one reason why I continue to watch anime is to see how the medium pushes the envelope toward more and more absurd heights.
This requires further investigation. Perhaps I should watch Kaiba and Mind Game.