mecha is a genre i'm so fascinated by but i rarely find art that truly gets at the parts of it that i want to see poked at and pulled apart - but UNBECOMING so exactly covers what i've always thought and felt and wondered and wanted to see. i am just so delighted to have found a story answering exactly the "what if"s at the back of my head every time i see a flimsy little human in a gigantic churning robot.
the balance of writing a mecha story with virtually no mechas on the page is incredible and you really nailed it - the chassis is so absolutely inescapable even from the confines of a childhood bedroom. this is up there in my favourite mecha stories with dreadnought and psycho nymph exile. i just loved it a lot!