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So I was planning my usual masturbatory session in the shower when my mind was perturbed by a thought.
Why do so few mecha feature tandem pilots in actually useful configurations?
Supers seem to be the only ones that bother with it and in the old combiners (Combattler, Voltes, Ideon, GoLion, etc) people just seem to do whatever the fuck the plot requires and the more people there are the less it makes sense. Eureka 7 had dual pilots but again half the time it wasn't really too clear who's doing what, especially with Nirvash. Gigantic Formula tried to apply some logic to with the pilot + interface fleshbag combination but it seemed kinda forced more for character development purposes than piloting.
I might just not know enough but Gunbuster is the only one that I can think of that seems to apply any kind of reasonable logic to the setup. Noriko is in charge of full movement and combat while Kazumi keeps track of the situation both inside and out. It's almost like a combat helicopter setup.
Why is the 1-pilot-1-machine logic so favored for "real" robots? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a 2nd person for managing something so complicated? Is it the assumption that somehow future interfaces will be magical enough to give full control and situational awareness to just one person? I know newer jets have been moving away from 2-seaters other than trainers, but apperently Israel wants 2-seater F-35s for combat, so why not?
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Am I the only one who thinks Unicorn is wasted potential. Now I'm not saying I hate it, but it feels like another "Zeon remenents" side story that has no lasting effect and just there show show off new suit designs. Which it technically is.
But think about it. What if instead, Unicorn had been a direct sequel to Char's Counteratttack? It would be more of the second Neo Zeon war, and Full Frontal would take the figure head for the MIA Char Aznable. Sure, you can have the neat designs and the whole Laplas Box stuff, but we never got to see what happened after CCA. I mean, yes most of the Neo Zeon fleet was gone, but they could have always rallied more. Char had most of the colonies on his side. Yeah, CCA brings an end to the Char and Amuro debate, but Unicorn could have finished the Zeon line completely. Instead, we get another Stardust Memory wannabe.