Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pointless Question #71

So, the military's gotten some good data on your ancient Atlantean mecha's phlebotinum and built a mass production model that's supposed to be its equal, maybe even a little better since they worked out a few kinks.

So, why do they all explode from just one shot and/or drive their pilots insane?

7 comments:

Valhar2000 said...

I would say it is Status Quo is God clashing and eventually beating out Conservation of Ninjitsu.

James K said...

Because Mecha are a fundamentally silly idea and the universe itself is rebelling against more such absurdities being created.

Akusai said...

Because anime writers aren't all that creative, and they've all seen Eva.

MWchase said...

I'm speaking from a position of low authority here, but I thought Eva just had mass-produced protagonists.

Anyway, I'm guessing it's a case of not understanding a black box properly.

Bronze Dog said...

Nope. The mass production Evas only came in the movie as villains.

Tom Foss said...

Mass production uses cheap labor and cheap parts, while the original was probably made of enchanted alien metals and such. It's only to be expected.

Plus, the developers couldn't get the PC Shield emitters to work and just left them out.

Dweller in Darkness said...

I call it the B.A.T. Effect after the robots introduced to G.I. Joe after they started losing market share because the bad guys and good guys couldn't shoot each other.

At first they were nigh-indestructible and occurred only in small numbers, but within two episodes were ripe and ready cannon fodder such that one exploded when Snowjob stabbed it in the chest with a fork.

That which is extraordinary tends to become commonplace, even within the same narrative.

Or it turns out that the protagonist has some unique mental feature that makes them the only one that can control the mecha.