SaiMecha! Submit Your Nominations!

SaiMoe is an annual tournament-style competition to determine whom the most moe anime character of the year is. Some people have a lot of fun participating in it each year, while others make their own English-language versions or alternatives like “SaiGAR.” Currently, set-up is going on for SaiMecha, a tournament to determine the most… well, the mecha that can get the most votes, I guess. Find all your info here.

Anyone can contribute nominations while they’re still open, and each person can submit up to fifteen mechs via email to executiveotaku AT gmail DOT COM. This post is to show off my noms in the same vein as ghostlightning and Schneider. These nominations are in alphabetical order by the name of the mech.

There are three general categories of interest for me when it comes to mecha: first and most importantly, their appearance. Second and equally important, their presence in the series. And third but still important, how they move. The third criteria has nothing to do with the functionality of their movement, but more to do with how that movement is animated.

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ULTRA-IMMORTAL UVALL Episode 1 (Super Robot Wars J)

Ghostlightning hasn’t been able to shut up about Super Robot Wars J, and since I’ve also longed for one of these ridiculously awesome games to come out in English, I decided to help him build a bandwagon that I hope can get even more people. Why? Because this game is excellent for blogging.

You can read gl’s post linked above to get a basic summary of what the game is and why it’s so amazing, but the important thing to know for this post is that the game lets you name your character, mech, and attacks; and even lets you get bonuses on your three favorite franchises represented in the game. What this means is that everyone’s experience of the game will be different; each player gets to live out their own insane mecha fantasy. Sure, the story is going to be basically the same for everyone, but what really matters is that I can kill the final boss with “BAAAAKUNETSU! GODO FINGAAAA!!!,” and my brother can kill it with “BIG BANG PAAAANCHI!!!,” and gl can do it with his penis, etc.

Unlike gl, my mecha-fu isn’t that strong—I’ve heard of all the shows in this game, but most of them I haven’t seen. My three favorites are Martian Successor Nadesico, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and Full Metal Panic, because those are the only three I’ve seen in full. (Besides that I’ve seen some of Mazinkaiser and Tekkaman Blade, but not a lot.) I’m okay with this—sure, I’d rather be playing the one where Bright Noa slaps Ikari Shinji (who wouldn’t?), but it’s more than enough that I get to have Hoshino Ruri, Gai Daigouji, Allenby Beardsley, the entire Shuffle Alliance, D-Boy, and Sagara Sousuke on one fucking ship together (just thinking about it makes my brain erode under tidal waves of fuckwin). I’m not far enough that I have these things yet, but I look forward to them.

(I didn’t take any screenshots because this post was unplanned, but I will in the future. Meanwhile, here’s a video run of the first stage in Japanese, for those who want an idea of the gameplay or want to see the awesome fights in action.)

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100 Characters For 100 Otaku (Part Fourteen: 35-31)

The fourteenth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku.”

Can you believe it’s been two whole weeks since “100 Characters For 100 Otaku” began? Neither can I! But it’s still a’runnin and heading on towards the finale! We’ve still got a good week more before that, though, so keep on stickin’ around! Today we have numbers 35 down through 31 to play with, so let’s get into it!

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100 Characters For 100 Otaku (Part Twelve: 45-41)

The twelfth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku

Are you enjoying the time of “100 Characters For 100 Otaku?” We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a lot more to go! As we wind down, I reflect on shows that have had a character in the beginning, those who have had consistent characters in the list, and those that have yet to arrive. If you’re wondering where someone is, don’t worry – they may be on the way! Now, let’s see what 45 down through 41 have to offer!

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Mai Waifus – Because Anime Made Me a Polygamist

Every blog needs a Mai Waifu post, and ever since Ghostlightning delivered one of the best I’ve read a couple months ago, I’ve been wanting to do my own. I wanted to make sure it was a very perfect and specific post. Not just about women I find attractive (would take millions of words) but true women that I really think would make good wives. I know I’ll have fun with this, so lets roll!

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Top 5 Reasons Yasuhiro Imagawa Alone May be Worth a Trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta

Yasuhiro Imagawa is the fucking MAN. He’s a brilliant director, renowned for his care for the stories he writes and the perfectionism that he puts forth in all of his projects. Here are the top 5 reasons he’s worth driving all the way to Georgia to talk with for an hour or two at Anime Weekend Atlanta.

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