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Mecha is a genre of Japanese Animé with stories centred around mechanical robots with humanoid arms and legs controlled by an operator inside – much like the APUs in The Matrix. It all started in 1956 with Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s manga book Tetsujin 28-go which was later made into an animated film which spawned a whole genre of mechanical robot stories. More famous were the Gundam and Macross series which showcased Mecha of incredible size used to fight in wars. More domestic-sized Mecha can be seen in Patlabor for construction and general policing in Appleseed.