With the results of the Sai Mecha semi-finals upon us, I’d like to take the time to take a look at one of of the powerhouses that dominated Sai Mecha and a well recieved mech among mecha fans, The Variable Fighters of Macross fame.
There is mecha research being made in the works, but they’re still on the infant steps and even the U.S. Army’s mecha research is more on the reconnaissance although there is rumor of attack mecha being researched, but I’m not sure…
Fighter aircrafts are one of the deadliest arsenal any faction can use during a war and these flyers can spell doom for enemies with a timely attack. Fast and deadly, seeing one in flight is a sight to behold.
When mecha fans already have Gundam, buts are still looking for more, then came visionary Shoji Kawamori and presented mecha fans with Macross with its trademark mech, the Variable Fighters.
…And the Variable Fighters were very well received by mecha fans, with some becoming hardcore fans.
What I really liked is its plausible design and innovative 3-mode system. Unlike Gundams, it is very realistic. Another thing that I really like about its is that its engine and fuel is very much similar to real life fighter aircrafts, which makes it very plausible to occur in the near future, unlike Gundams that is nuke fusion/fission engine powered that is totally very costly to make in real life.
Realistically speaking, in the far off future, the Variable Fighters may actually exist.
I’ve also said that it has 3 modes, right? Aside from its fighter form, it has Gerwalk and Battroid modes which the VF can transform into, depending the circumstances.
As a mecha fan, I’ll say that the Variable Fighters are the most realistic mecha that I’ve ever seen.
I will not be surprised if in the next many years or so, I’d actually see a real life Valkyrie taking the skies (if I ever get to see one…). Its realistic design and plausible fuel source make it the plausible next step in mecha mega-develepoment if technology is already advanced enough.
In conceiving the VF design, Shoji Kawamori is genius but VF’s are not the only things he conceived, he may have foreseen the future as well. Shoji Kawamori is a true visionary indeed.
As of now, the Variable Fighters have a huge following of fans and is still going strong. The Variable Fighters will continue to awe and delight anime and mecha fans for many more years to come.