Will it be the god-defying show-stopper or an everyday man’s cinderella story? Before we can judge though we should look at what came before…
The first round saw very few upsets with all the favorites going through with only the notable exception of the VF-25 Messiah (Macross), who was probably the bookies early favorite as it won the opening exhibition competition. It was struck down from its early glory by EVA Unit-01 (Evangelion), was this perhaps an early indication of who the champion will be?
Where round 1 could have been criticised for having a few uneven match-ups, round 2 was definately more streamlined and hardcore, probably had something to with over 60% of the Gundam’s having been eliminated. And by the end of the round there would only be one Gundam representative left.
Plenty of big match-ups in this round, most of which happened on earth, the colonies were pretty much a sh!tfest compared to earth. One of the headliners had to have been EVA-01 taking on Gunbuster (Gunbuster), two larger than life mecha if there ever was, pity it didn’t end up the spectacle that everybody wanted (EVA-01 dicked all over Gunbuster) and then there was the match which saw the small and nimble Tachikoma (Ghost in the Shell) humble Giant Robo (Giant Robo) in one of the most one-sided matches of the tournament.
Colony side spectators got to witness the biggest white-washing of the tournament as the YF-19 Excalibur (Macross) raepd the poor old Scopedog (Gundam).
Round 3 (Quarter Finals)
As expected at this stage of the tournament, the participants finally got their sh!t together and we all got to see some pretty awesome match’s. Fan favorite Gurren Lagann (TTGL) seemed to run out of burning manly passion as it kind of flailed limply against the highly trained Excalibur. Another highly trained competitor, the Zaku II (Gundam) overpowered the angelic Escaflowne and was really starting to raise a few eyebrows.
The semi-finals proudly displayed that good engineering is all that is needed in a good mech as all four mecha in the semi-finals were man made. Over at the Colonies we had the mass-produced Zaku II pitted against the experimental Excalibur, the one a federatons trump card while the other was a military workhorse. Back on earth the godlike EVA-01 squared off against the UN Spacey’s military standard, the VF-1 Valkryie (Macross).
Both matches went down to the wire with blood and oil bing spilled in copious amounts to setup probably the most unlikliest of finals ever.
At the end of this gauntlet of machine and passion we’ve been witness to, we have a David and Goliath if there ever was: The angel defeating EVA-01 against the lil engine that could Zaku II.
For the neutral (whom I now am one of) would love to see an intense battle I’m sure but who doesn’t like a cinderella story. If the Zaku II happened to win the final it would sure put mecha’s spoiled brat in its place, that’d be something I’d pay to see.
The bookies are still heavily divided on which way the battle could go as the balance of the outcome lies soley in the hands of the Macross haters, who will they vote for? Evangelion or Gundam?
Be sure to have your say, the polls close 23:59 EST on 16 June.