What mech size do you like the most?
I like when it is just a step above power armor.
Gunbuster size, something just absurdly large and intimidating.
If you want to be realistic, then probably the typical Takahashi mecha like in VOTOMS, Gasaraki, and FLAG.
I find 17-22 Meters to be around the best. it's not too small, and it's not too big.
Mecha musume tickle my fancy.
It doesn't matter because almost no anime to date have managed to convey the sense of scale of large robots properly.
They're way too entrenched in tokusatsu traditions, no one even tries to make them look larger than a man in a suit.
It's even worse if the battles are in space, then the size loses all meaning.
You can convey that scale and weight more easily when they're small. Try out VOTOMS, the mecha are basically more like nimble tanks with no armor than giant robots.
Tokusatsu traditionally had a man in a suit playing the giant monster, destroying miniature cardboard buildings and shit. Filming that with regular cameras results in a lack of sense of scale and particular fixed point of view, and most anime instead of using the freedom of animation to go around the issue end up emulating it instead, because the creators grew up watching tokusatsu and it's what they know.
I'll take it labor size, the AV-98 Ingram is a touch over 8 metres and quite large for a labor, most humanoid ones reaching more like 6-7 metres.
Problem is, to get a walking movement, you need to put your feet down (duh!) and you do that at the speed of free-falling. Because 1G is 1G no matter how big you are. So even if you manage to build a huge robot able to flail its limbs at relative-to-human-size speed, it STILL will take ages to do each step.
Meaning that anything over 10-20 meters will move like a Moon astronaut filmed in slo-mo while in molasses. Or slower.
Tank spiders and assorted accessories.
Unless you are talking about utilitarian and/or in space, humanoid mechas are ehhhhhh.
>Tank spiders and assorted accessories.
Do trumpets count as tank accesories?
To put it in perspective:
Let's say that a 1.70 m tall person takes 20cm high steps (for simplicity). Simple math (http://www.gravitycalc.com/) gives us that each step takes 0.2 seconds.
Nog grow it to 17 meters. It now takes steps 2 meters high, each of which takes 0.6 seconds. It's one-third as fast as an human, but it's still manageable. It moves like a person doing the goose step - silly but aceptable.
Now grow it to 34 meters. Now each 4-meters step takes 0.9 seconds. We've arrived at the "man in rubber suit filmed at slo-mo" stage of things.
Now, if we go to the ludicruous 170-tall suit, with 20 meters steps, it takes an absolute minimum of 2 seconds for every step. Try, try to have a fast, fluid fight with that handicap. And don't let me started on the 5.9 seconds it would take for it to duck for cover
Had to double check I wasn't on /m/ for a second, whatever.
I like this sort of scale, very similiar to Knightmare Frames.
That's not really a problem, the downwards motion doesn't NEED to just rely on gravity, the extension can be powered as well. But even if it does it still can be cool, Exaxxxion manga had huge lumbering robots and it was one of the few that attempted to convey the scale of a giant robot.
Air resistance and limbs breaking the sound barrier at their ends when pivoting around a joint would probably be more of an issue.
It's not the leg that's movind downwards in a step, Anon - it's the whole mecha. What are you gonna brace it against for that "powered step"? The ceiling? A portable 200m tall one conveniently placed outside of camera view whenever your 170m robot goes?
but if that doesn't count I'll go with around 4(scopedog)-7 meters(Aesti). There needs to be more mecha shows with mechs of this size
It's like a cockpit on legs. Wanzers and Scopedogs are also pretty high on the tier list.
How big are the Gen 5 ACs? I know they're like half the size of NEXTs and other previous gens but they still seem pretty big and stompy.
Somewhere around 15-20m maybe, its been too long since I went online in VD and got myself shot down to do a decent size comparison.
What if the turret was a humanoid torso toting two bloody handfuls of autocannons?
>autocannons bouncing off the armor
For that weight you'd be able to get a single bigger gun
For that weight you'd be able to get much more armor
Not a "tanks vs mecha IRL" argument, just a friendly reminder than even in serious mecha shows tanks have the weight/punch advantage
Was getting shot down part of your plan?
So how would you classify a Baneblade against any mecha that isn't of the super robot calibre?
What about Code Geass' Knightmare Frames. They have superior speed, but are their weapons punchy enough to penetrate a BB's armour? Apart of Suzaku and his Lancelot and some of the more important characters and their machines of course.
Mind you it's not like the tanks those mecha rape on the daily basis.
I like the mahou shoujo kind.