A couple nights ago, while browsing my Twitter feed, I came across #MechaMarch for the first time. I assume this writing event has been around for a while and I am just now learning about it given the responses I’ve seen thus far. I don’t consider myself knowledgeable in mecha anime by any stretch of the imagination; I came to the genre relatively late compared to my exposure to other styles, like isekai and school-set comedies.
If I had to remember one of my earlier experiences, Full Metal Panic!, Code Geass, and Neon Genesis Evangelion jump to mind. Since then, I’ve picked up some classics, dabbled in novelties, and tried enough mediocre to awful entries in the field. Current favorites include FMP Fumoffu, Macross Frontier, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Knights of Sidonia, and Break Blade. Now with this month’s theme in mind, I’m determined to find something new and equally engaging.
It was with surprise and delight that I discovered the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam in full on Crunchyroll. My experience with the franchise is limited to a few entries, with those other than IBO getting dropped early on. From the handful of episodes seen so far of Gundam 79, I’m happy to say that the likelihood is high that I’ll keep with it and finish; I’ve already the 2019 prequel origin series to my future watchlist out of sheer curiosity about a couple of the major characters.
I’m hoping my time with the classic will encourage some writing in response, but I’m also resistant to pressure to just produce–I might just end up tweeting passing thoughts not long enough for a blog post. If any of you have any suggestions for topics or anime titles you think I should check out in line with the mecha theme of the month, let me know!