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It's a movie that I watched with my dad when I was really young. I know it does not really help but I can't remember the year I watched it in. I'm 17 so I guess I watched it around 2001.

In my memory there are flashing scenes of the movie: it was a mecha movie. It had really cool animation graphics so I guess it was a japanese mecha; the robots were synced to their pilot's movements; and I can only remember the scene in which a robot was running in a desert and had to fight with another one that was seemingly pursuing him. I can only remember that scene because I thought it was really really cool how the pursued one flipped his sword backwards and stabbed the pursuer that was in his back as the finishing attack.

What movie could it be? I got lost through many Imdb titles and Youtube videos but I had no luck. Every mecha movie I stumbled upon were of robots controlled with their pilot seated. I suddenly remembered this movie after watching the trailer of Pacific Rim (2013) so I went through interviews of the director of that movie, but I had no luck.

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Can you explain the part about the pilots? Was it a cartoon? These are the first questions I've got so far. –  Alenanno May 18 '13 at 16:53
    
The pilots were not seated in front of many bottons and levers as in many robot movies. Instead, they controlled their robots similarly to how players played xBox in the movie The Island (2005). It was definitely an animation movie, the quality was similar to the animation quality of Final Fantasy VII: Advent of Children (2005) –  Timothy Garven May 28 '13 at 21:30

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Try Daimos and see if that was it. It is pretty old. Older than you mentioned. I think it was called starbirds in English. Here is a youtube link.

http://youtu.be/9XWwn04G20Q

It is an anime from the 80s. Earth is fighting aliens that look like angels (wings and all). The aliens live in a crystal pyramid thing by Jupiter. The robots are controlled by movement and not levers as such. It isn't a 3d or computer animated video though. Purely hand drawn cartoon.

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I'm not sure if there's ever a desert scene, but you might be thinking of Pilot Candidate.

From Wikipedia:

The Candidate for Goddess takes place a millennium after Star Year 4084, when a cataclysmic event called "Crisis of Systems" resulted in the annihilation of four planetary systems. With Zion being the one planet left with the ability to sustain human life, mankind must cling to life in space colonies.1[2] Now in Star Year 5030, Zion is under constant threat of invasion by extraterrestrial life forms dubbed "Victim" (犠牲者 Giseisha?). In order to combat their alien foes, humans have developed a quintet of giant, mechanized weapons called "Ingrids", or "Goddesses" due to their female, humanoid resemblance.[2] A school called the "Goddess Operation Academy (G.O.A.)" is established to train the specific few which have the capability of piloting the Ingrids.1 They are typically young men and must meet several requirements: They must be in good health, must be 14 to 16 years of age, must have an EO blood type, and must possess the potential for "EX", superhuman abilities which secondarily link the pilot's nerves to the Ingrid's interface.1[2] As EX puts such a physical and mental strain on the pilot, replacements must be turned out by the G.O.A. within a reasonable amount of time.[3] Each pilot is also partnered with a female repairer, who maintains the Ingrid and manually blocks painful feedback from the Ingrid to the pilot during missions.1[2]

The plot of The Candidate for Goddess primarily focuses on Zero Enna, a brash trainee who has recently left colony homelife with his mother in order to pursue his dream of becoming an Ingrid pilot.[2] Shortly after arriving at the G.O.A., Zero becomes lost and is subconsciously called to a hangar by a mysterious voice, suddenly finding himself within the cockpit of one of the Ingrids.[3] As each Ingrid is specifically calibrated for their pilot, this would normally mean death. However, the Goddess instead links with Zero's nervous system and physically shows itself to him in a vision.[3] After a few moments, Zero is pulled free by the Ingrid's pilot, who then takes it into battle with the Victim. Zero is rushed to the academy's sick bay.

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Perhaps "Robot Jox: Robot Jox trailer?

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It was definitely an animation movie... Thanks for trying to help and answering my question though :) –  Timothy Garven May 28 '13 at 21:31
    
care to provide a description of the show? –  DForck42 Jun 18 '13 at 14:46

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