I have been a fan of the mecha genre for awhile and always had a few notes epic mecha tale. Of course, I'm not much of a writer or I would already have started a Zombie web comic years ago but hey, that doesn't stop me from thinking about it still.
Why do I like Mecha? Why does anybody!? They fit a particular niche in the Sci-Fi genre, Luther and Matt of www.mylifeatwar.com best described it "Mecha is an interesting genre, because it’s generally a war story, but it pulls heavily from both the superhero stories and soap-operas. A mecha isn’t just a war machine, it’s representative of both its pilot and its nation of origin, an avatar of sorts. It’s a conflict write large fought by people and machines write even larger." It's not always a war story of course (why many mecha seem so super-hero-ish) but a giant robot often the ultimate vehicle to pilot into battle, towering over bystanders in a clash of titian. And of course the Mech is always seen as a avatar or extension of the one piloting it.
In Gundam: the Mobile Suits move like giant soldiers, the Gundam resembles a Samurai as the Zakus and such often resemble Storm Troopers.
Neon Genesis Evangelion dives even further: Not only does the pilot have a almost psychic connection with their biomechanical Evas but the Eva's themselves reflect the thin line between the pilots humanity and the monsters they could become as they are pushed to the breaking point
Megas XLR: the man gives the ultimate a hot rod flame paint job as he pulls off pro-wrestling moves, nuff said.
Mecha stories can bleed personality, though it often comes up short. Many Gundams simply repeat the first Gundam (some better than others) while Neon Genesis tried to do for the Mecha genre what Watchmen did for the Super Hero genre but only seem to give us the new trope; hot girls in plug suits. Case in point: Total Eclipse wataridori.megamistudios.com/w… errantprincess.files.wordpress… vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/m…
Yeah, I guess someone thought High School of the Dead didn't have enough fan service...
Mechwarrior of course has been my one reliable source for mech story with depth and inspiration.
So I'm digging up some old notes from high school and college and see if I can put together a decent mecha story while avoiding the more repetitive tropes of the genre (my apologies to plug suit fans)
My writing still sucks and I haven't made one original design I thought was up to snuff so no promises but worst case, something to share with fellow fans.