Ten Most Messed Up Mecha Anime Moments
Unlike Western cartoons, Japanese anime often shows mature content on-screen. It ranges from blood, gore, and everything that will rival a B-movie. This is not exactly a bad thing as a series can add color to its already colorful and dreamy world. The content did shock me at some point. The anime of my childhood started with shows like World Masterpiece Theater. The bloody slugfests of Dragonball Z gave me a jolt.
I also grew up watching super robot-type mecha anime. By gore and violence standards, these series are pretty meek considering that they focus more on robots fighting monsters. To my disbelief, I later learned that some scenes were deleted to make these anime more viewer-friendly. Later in my life, Gundam Wing and the Evangelion series flew in. I was surprised at how sick the pilots were. The more I watched, the more I realized how messed up a mecha series could become. Mecha anime are not the childish Saturday morning cartoons I once believed they were. Aside from giant robots, they can show animated exploitation that will drive parents and teachers crazy. But like I said, a bit of craziness will add flavor to the show. And below are some examples of the most messed up mecha anime moments so far.
1. Shinji and Asuka’s Hospital Scene (The End of Evangelion)
With a depressed Hideaki Anno directing, the whole Neon Geneis Evangelion series has a lot of sick moments. In fact, the collection of unforgettable scenes in the show are enough to fill the list. Honestly, I always thought that Anno had a gift for shocking the audience. He did just that in the beginning of The End of Evangelion.
We won’t dig into the details of what Shinji did as he watched a nearly nude Asuka on her bed. Let’s just say that after crying himself silly, Shinji did a very immature and indecent thing. Evangelion fans know what I'm talking about.
Objectifying a comatose girl might seem over the top, but it plays a vital role in the whole movie. The guilt Shinji showed after the act increased his self-disgust, a hatred that would lead to the apocalypse in the end of the movie.
At least that’s what the sources say.
2. Heero Yuy’s Death Threat (New Mobile Report Gundam Wing)
Zechs Merquise almost stole the spotlight from Heero Yuy in the Gundam Wing series. This is due to the fact that the Char clone is less antagonistic than our suicidal Heero.
Heero Yuy’s intro in the first episode is neither flashy nor colourful. Admittedly, it is one of the best in the whole Gundam universe. The first episode tells a lot about the character from his ruthlessness to his fierce dedication. So much so that he is willing to murder everyone, even a girl.
The scene sticks in my mind. A popular girl in school gives an invitation to Heero Yuy, and he rejects her in such a brutal fashion. Even worse, he utters his infamous quote, “I’ll kill you.”
Now the scene is not as twisted as any in Evangelion, but it is crazy all the same. Every time I saw this scene, it reminded me why I love the character and the whole series itself. Heero Yuy is a breath of fresh air from the cartoonish protagonists of most anime during that time.
3. Princess Euphemia’s Murder Spree (Code Geass)
I never saw this coming! The sweet Princess Euphemia transformed into a mass murderer thanks to Lelouch’s carelessness. In the beginning of the series, she is portrayed as sympathetic, caring, sweet, and kind. Lelouch is responsible for this unexplained swing. His sudden loss of control of his Geass, and his loud mouth, brought out the animal in Euphemia. Why Lulu, why?
This scene serves as one of the driving forces behind Lelouch’s Zero Requiem. And it also showed that the genius Lelouch is prone to fits of stupidity. This scene wouldn't have happened if he didn’t confront Euphemia in the first place!
4. Every Deleted Scenes in the Voltron Series
As I said before, the super robot anime of my childhood had dark secrets. To satisfy the Western audience, it had to lose its gory and violent episodes. The scenes involving torture were removed. Deaths were rarely mentioned and the violence was toned down. And I’m sure that you never saw how a couple was cut in half in one episode.
And did you know that Sven of Voltron Lion Force really died and that it was his twin brother that appeared in later episodes? Or that Nanny was shot in the chest in the original series?
5. Prince Dilandau’s True Identity (The Vision of Escaflowne)
I think The Vision of Escaflowne deserves more praise than it gets. It’s a well-made piece of art with a unique storyline. The level of violence never reached the heights of other mecha anime, yet there were other wild twists in here. How they managed to come up with the twist of the crazy Prince Dilandau actually being a girl (Allen’s sister to be exact) is still beyond my grasp.
To anyone not familiar with the series, Prince Dilandau is the insane and sadistic antagonist of The Vision of Escaflowne. The anime was modelled after the high fantasy genre, but I bet that the craziest of authors wouldn't even think of making a female character mutate into a guy.
6. Gundam Seed’s Flay and Kira Moment
I can tell that this was an early attempt from Bandai to insert a daring scene to its popular brand. They probably thought it was a good idea to show two teens having an intimate relationship. It did cause quite a stir with viewers filing complaints. To be precise, the scene shows the ever-annoying Flay naked on a bed and Kira dressing up.
That's is all they show, but we know what the series is trying to say.
For me, the scene was very inappropriate. With Heero Yuy still fresh in my memory, I wanted to see robots wrecking each other. I did not need a suggestive and lewd scene. It simply did not fit with the story!
7. Every Evangelion Ending
The ending of the series left me staring blankly at the screen and wishing it was a joke. It made my friends scratch their heads and wonder what the hell happened. And I heard that a fan even sent Anno death threats. I bought The End of Evagelion DVD hoping for a better ending. People said it was a classic, yet it didn't make sense to me.
Anime fans, we knew too well what happened in the ending of the original Evangelion. After the Unit-01 squashed Shinji’s friend, he went into a depression and the series dissolved into gibberish sketches. The last episode shows a montage of his family and friends clapping and cheering.
This simply doesn’t make sense!
The End of Evangelion is equally confusing. Even now, I still don’t understand why Shinji is choking Asuka and why she said, “I feel sick.”
Yes, the Evangelion series has deeper meanings but Anno doesn’t seem to understand that he is selling his anime to average Joes.
8. Baron Ashura (Mazinger Z)
Before the imposing and creepy Frieza from DBZ came crashing in, we had Baron Ashura from the Mazinger Z series. The freak is half male and half female, built from a mummified Mycenaean couple. Sounds weird? That's because it is.
Anyone could easily find this one disturbing. I’m not sure if we should call this character he or she, but “it” will be the safest bet. Hats off to Go Nagai for bringing to life a unique villain. Thankfully, it never inspired a generation of anime baddies.
9. Mikazuki the Murderer (Mobile Suit Gundam; Iron Blooded Orphans)
In our day and age, the last thing we want to see is a chid soldier murdering non-resistant captives. And that’s exactly what the IBO series showed. In their third episode, the pistol wielding Mikazuki gunned down captive soldiers and prisoners.
Those who got used to other mecha anime series will find the scene meek. Nevertheless, it received harsh criticism from the Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization. In my opinion, I saw no problem with this scene, although the show should provide a content warning.
10. Nina, the Infamous Table Girl (Code Geass)
If you think Euphemia’s murderous rampage is sick, it’s nothing compared to what came first.
Nina Einstein is insane. Yes, crazier than our favorite antihero Lelouch. She is racist and a maniac as she almost blew up the whole school. And what could be crazier than developing an unhealthy crush on Princess Euphemia to the point that it turns obsessive?
Those who have been pursued by stalkers will hate Nina for this. And the obsession is so great that it leads to an infamous moment with a table.
Code Geass fans know what I'm talking about.
People hated this scene for a reason. At least in The End of Evangelion, Shinji’s perverted act has a deeper meaning. In Nina’s case, it was just a perverted act, nothing more. Thanks a lot table girl!