xeni at August 16th, 2013 15:18 — #1
incarnedine_v at August 16th, 2013 15:26 — #2
according the the box office, they don't love giant robots all that much.
daneel at August 16th, 2013 15:26 — #3
The question should be "why doesn't everyone else love giant robots as much as the Japanese?"
I was delighted when Star Fleet (X-Bomber) was finally released on DVD as was just as good as I remembered.
virtuous_sloth at August 16th, 2013 16:06 — #4
It's more than just giant robots. Japanese society seems to like proxy battles in general. Think about things like Pokemon or the various card-monster-battle games and video series. The characters don't ever participate in direct conflict, it is always through proxies such as robots, exoskeletons, mystical beasts invoke from balls or cards.
gilbertwham at August 16th, 2013 16:35 — #5
What? I don't understand. Why the hell wouldn't they?
phasmafelis at August 16th, 2013 16:45 — #6
gilbertwham at August 16th, 2013 16:52 — #7
Oh. My. God. Why was I never made aware of this? It is like the freebase version of Jerry Andersen. ROBOT PUPPET BATTLES! I know a six-year-old is gonna be watching the hell outta this as soon as he's informed of it tomorrow.
gyrofrog at August 16th, 2013 17:09 — #8
I guess only Biotron falls under the description of "giant robot," but I believe that Micronauts may have been the coolest line of toys ever made.
I bet one of y'all can answer me this. I remember watching a film on cable about 30 years ago, about a giant robot piloted by a person inside. The guy held a couple of cables and would pull on them to throw punches, etc. It had been dubbed into English, and some of the action took place on one of the moons of a large planet (Saturn or Neptune). It may have been Mazinger Z (based on the little bit I just read about that). This was before I knew what anime was, but I suspected it was from Japan because the drawing style resembled Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. I bet someone else saw this on cable the same time that I did.
daneel at August 16th, 2013 17:19 — #9
Don't forget the theme tune!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zf--YjsVcYTrivia: the voice of John Lee was provided by Mark Rolston - Pvt Drake in Aliens.
phasmafelis at August 16th, 2013 17:28 — #10
That appears to be due to extremely poor advertising, possibly fueled by studio politics.
gilbertwham at August 16th, 2013 18:15 — #11
I want Hawkwind to cover it.
matt_alt at August 16th, 2013 18:41 — #12
gyrofrog at August 16th, 2013 21:06 — #13
Thanks, could be... I see they also edited those episodes into a movie called Starbirds.
boundegar at August 16th, 2013 21:13 — #14
The upshot: it's all about the toys.
Might be. My kid loved every kind of robot until he was about 8, and then the Bionicles started collecting dust. He was watching Evangelion recently, but I think he was more interested in the boobs than the mechas. Damn I spent some money on those Bionicles.
gyrofrog at August 16th, 2013 21:15 — #15
Yeah, I believe Hero Factory replaced Bionicle. Cool stuff, though my kids don't seem to want anything to do with it.
bcsizemo at August 16th, 2013 22:16 — #16
While the inner teenager loves giant robots, the outer educated adult cringes at the fact they will never exist.
Much like trying to carry a jaeger with a helicopter:
jardine at August 17th, 2013 00:47 — #17
Strap some tits on them.
xeni at August 21st, 2013 15:18 — #19
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