Mecha is a dying genre of anime or at least facing reduce popularity with enormous hate from newer fans of anime. Why such old and once powerful genre become one of the most hated genres in anime? Let’s try to figure it out.
I personally hate mecha and cyberpunk animes with passion. Even a thought of watching such animes would make me puke and I believe I am not the only person who thinks like this way. But as the hater of the genre and having enjoyed some of the mecha anime I can understand both parties, which in turns gives me right to write about it. And as a side note, this post is not meant to hate on mecha animes.
For starters mecha is not a genre, It is a setting to tell a story. As a mecha anime can be a phycological, slice of life, ecchi, moe and much more types of anime concurrently. The “big robots” are tools to tell the story rather than emotional state that the story wants to tell. Having tagged “mecha” only tells that anime would be included with robots, It can not and will not tell you about what type of story it is. This also applies to “game” genre of anime. I don’t think many people understand that “mecha” does not mean, that it would be bad or boring as it is mean to tell a story, it is the medium, not the emotional state it tries to achieve.
Now moving towards hate. I personally think when a person consumes a medium of art he is looking for something that he loves or what we call it as artistic taste. Anime community has split into mainly three fandoms each of them haveing different artistic test. These three are old anime fans, shounen anime fans, and new anime fans. These anime fans got into animes in a different time, watching different animes with different taste, So naturally these fans mostly expect different things from animes. Now mostly old anime fans enjoy mecha anime and mostly shounen anime fans hate mecha.
Old anime fans were mostly involved in pseudo-realistic animes, by that, I mean the animes which feel realistic but they are highly fictional in nature. While shounen anime fans were mostly involved in pure fantasy style animes. This has created the massive gap in understanding between old and shounen anime fans. This difference is like old liking science-fiction and shounen liking science-fantasy, basically the difference between star trek and star wars.
Then why don’t shounen fans don’t like mecha anime? The answer is simple, they don’t like to see robots. If you watch any shounen then you understand that in shounen animes rely heavily on facial and body expression to deliver an appealing narrative, shounen animes are also very position and power based. Positioning is very important part of the shounen animes while mechs can fly giving background no feeling of depth or significant which sometimes work on shows favor. In most shounen anime different techniques have in world explanations, how powers work sort of things while in mecha it is not needed. In shounen, animes scene can develop tension without any background character development simply relying on facial expressions just watch re-zero for example. While in mecha characters had to be fleshed out to feel significance and tension in the scene, that is why most popular mecha anime takes huge breaks from battles to develop their characters, unfortunately, most of the mechas don’t understand this principle and fails flat on grounds. That is why many people don’t like mecha and will stay away for anime which have tag mecha.
Of course, these are only my thoughts, please let me know your thoughts about the subject in comments below, let me know if you like mecha animes or not. If you like this post then please follow, like and share. Thanks, guys.