Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sun, 30 Jan 2000 02:28:29 -0800

>>I think Tomino and Gundam can safely be credited with pioneering the
>>"mecha" genre.
>Lets call it realistic mecha, because there is a big difference between the
>traditional definition of mecha, and what seems to be accepted as mecha in
>tis thread. Mecha= mechanical, therefore in the traditional sense, Gundam,
>Mazinger Z, the God Phoenix, Bean Bandits car, Analyzer from Yamato, and the
>rest are ALL mecha.
>However in the sense on this thread, mechawould only seem to cover realistic
>shows, with more dramatic themes. While acceptible, it does diverge from
>the traditional deffinition. Or so my buddy in Japan told me. For the sake
>of arguement, Tomino made more adult oriented realistic mecha shows, and
>created a genre.

I used "Dr. Evil" quotation marks because like you said, the original poster
used the term to refer to expendable war machines that happen to be giant
robots which are different from the superhero vein. Taken the context into
consideration, I think it was pretty clear his intended scope did not go as
far back as Gatchman.


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