I loved this sequence where Miwa takes off on a weird jet plane called Big Shooter while Hiroshi jumps off a cliff with a winged motorbike:
youtube.com/watch?v=kzBCFlf9KT

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All of Go Nagai mechas had unnecessarily complicated launch sequences. Ufo Robot Grandizer had multiple route options:
youtube.com/watch?v=xTuEhMXV1Z

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The pilot of the Great Mazinger also took a long detour on a jet plane, then return to the Fortress of Science to get into the damn robot 😂
youtube.com/watch?v=4GN6wBVTrv

Trider G7 came out in the middle of the decadent age of mecha anime, characterized by toy robots piloted by children.

I thought it was silly even when I was the same age of the protagonist!

youtube.com/watch?v=soMcPAwIsg

Daitarn 3 was another overengineered where the pilot would drive a flying police car (the Mach Patrol), dock into a hole between the legs of the robot, then take a high-speed rocket railway to the other side of the robot and then begin a long transformation sequence.

youtube.com/watch?v=Ar-saNkXQP

For being a designed to promote a transformable toy, Daitarn 3 had pretty good humor. Plus, the Meganoid commanders were all caricatures of human flaws: narcissism, greed, lust, ambition...

This one for instance wanted to direct the greatest martial arts movie of all times 😂
youtube.com/watch?v=PsQU5-X7Yi

The Meganoids also had their own transformation sequences: they used a special machine with four energy emitters to grow and shapeshift their bodies into a Megaborg before the final duel with the Daitarn 3.

There are cues that becoming a Megaborg is irreversible and a difficult step for some Meganoid commanders who are still attached to their original human form.

youtube.com/watch?v=OBiGpa-2Jb

@codewiz
This one was huge in France. There it is called "Goldorak".
Probably due to the numerous anime broadcasted in the 80s/90s, France became the 2nd largest market for manga (still 17 less than Japan I think), and half of the comics there are manga (and there is a big tradition of franco-belgian comics)

@codewiz
Maybe it looks complicated because they have a process similar to trains where the staff use hand gestures and describe actions to be sure that none is missed.

@Fabimaru In the Italian dub, it was called Goldrake, and all the characters got English-sounding names:
it.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_Robo

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