Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
Oh, you meant high schooler as in the "Slice of Life" bullsh*t that's been appearing in mech series. Amuro Ray was the first high school kid to pilot a mech as far as I can remember.
Oh yeah, that.
It's one thing if they're using a military academy plot line, and the daily life of the cadets is an aspect. Or like with Evangelion, where they're just kids being used as tools by adults, and that is explored.
But the whole "I was walking home one day when I fell into a cockpit and now I'm a mecha pilot who saves the world" thing just kills me.
I mean, in general the "high school kid saves the world" trope is overdone, but it's easier to swallow when the plot line isn't them randomly coming to possess a giant robot. Not great, but better. Even then, though, the slice of life stuff is taxing. If they're going to do it, I'd prefer it was more like Bleach. You get the part where the secrets strain relationships, but I don't have to endure an episode where they're all going out to Karaoke, and almost all of the series takes place completely independently from school.