SaiMecha 2012’s brackets have been posted, and already I can feel my arteries constricting. I love all these mechs (though not equally), but I will be forced to choose one out of two at a time. How agonizing! The only good course of action is to disregard any serious metric and vote entirely with the intention of making the biggest number of mecha fans MAD.
That said, there’s a lot of interesting matchups that could happen (or will happen, in the case of the last two in this list), and here they are!
1. Mazinger Z vs Mazinkaiser SKL
What more can you ask for? This is old versus new, God versus Devil. Fantastic robots, fantastic shows. Heaven and earth must move for this to happen!
What I’ll vote for: IMMORTAL GOD MACHINE SET THE WORLD FREE
2. Arbalest vs Gundam Exia
The battle of the child soldier pilots? Granted, this isn’t SaiPilot, but I think it’s a very interesting matchup. Will all of Exia’s blades be of use in a gunfight? Can Lambda Driver out-hax Trans-Am? Gundam Exia is one of the more unique offerings that the Gundam franchise has of late, but the Arbalest is all-around a solid contender (check out that last tournament).
Likelihood: Low (unless everyone troll-votes the Arbalest over Gurren Lagann, like me)
What I’ll vote for: Arbalest
3. RahXephon vs Takemikazuchi
For the last time, Take is the Sora no Woto tank, not the Muv Luv robot! Both have music underneath their sleeves: RahXephon has its haunting songs, and Take has a hi-fi sound system and… Amazing Grace. God forbid they have a rap battle instead.
Likelihood: Very low
Whom I’ll vote for: The one from the best mecha anime of the past decade (hint: it aired in 2009)
4. Gouf Custom vs GP03 Dendrobium
Federation versus Zeon, anyone? Both are popular mechs from UC Gundam OVAs. The Gouf Custom is that elite badass unit, while the Dendrobium is FINAL BOSS tier. Even the pilots themselves are pretty damn good! Say what you will about Kou Uraki’s hate of carrots, but he grew up to be a really skilled pilot.
What I’ll vote for: The good old Dendrobium.
5. Shin Getter Robo vs Zeorymer
Maaaan. One is piloted by a batshit-insane trio, the other is piloted by a rapist. Both are the territory of super robot hipsters and hardcore SRW players. Whoever wins, everyone loses.
Likelihood: It’s in the bracket, silly!
What I’ll vote for: Zeorymer, because it would be most hilarious if it won!
6. Turn A Gundam vs Tauburn
I nominated both of these things. It’s heart-wrenching for them to fight like this. But look at them! Turn A, the mustached robot, able to transport cows and perform household chores on a giant-sized scale. Tauburn, the elegant duelist, one of the few mechs bad enough to sport a plume. It’s a shame that only one of them could take their classiness to the next round of the tournament.
Likelihood: It’s in the bracket, baka!
What I’ll vote for: Leaning on Turn A.
How about you, fellow SaiMecha participant? Do you have any dream matches that you want seeing? Tell us about them!