There's a shot in the trailer for Avatar where one of the smurfs stabs a knife through the hatch glass of one of the human mechs. Immediately brought me back to Exo Squad and a couple of sci-fi books (Armor, John Steakley, read it ) that had realistic and harsh representations of powered armor. I know FMP gets brought up but even though they have realistic weight and feel it's a pretty "clean" show. Even the serious mecha shows like Patlabor kept away from this style. Any anime out there that goes even more on the gritty side? I'm downloading the adaptation of Starship Troopers right now, thinking that may be along the lines.