Kill la Kill ep3: If this show wasn't already a sure bet for me, it sure as hell passed the 3 episode test, because this is what I'm talking about. Some technobabble explanations that could easily be found in a giant robot series, the teacher continuing to be hilariously creepy, and a half-an-episode long showdown between the two main characters set to some rockin' music and both of them netting an upgrade. And really, with all the allegories and references (don't think you've escaped my notice Ideon Gauge), this series could definitely fit into an SRW game.
Majestic Prince eps 3 & 4: It's amusing how this series is nowhere near as raunchy as KlaK yet is far more willing to go for crap like overly endowed females and T&A shots, also the sameface is really off-putting. Anyways, we've got our first idiot commander of the show, the first hints of 'this is obviously an emissary from the aliens character who's been sent to negotiate by lounging around by the Blitzball pool arena with her secret man service butlerguard', and the first set of world building flashbacks (usually the most disregardable due to the amount of useless fakeout information stuffed therein that'll get contradicted over the course of the show). Still, the need for a classic giant robot series is enough for me to stick with this one past the 3 episode test.
The Slayers Next: Yep, trying this again. I'm not going to episodically or bi-episodically post updates on my progress through the show since there's probably enough people who've seen this already, as well as people who mean to watch this and don't need me spoilering it for them.
Pacific Rim: Yeah, it could fit in the movie thread but it also can fit in here and I wound up watching KlaK and all the rest right afterwards. It's too bad the movie bombed at the box office since there's definitely room for a sequel. Also, I was practically counting the Super Robot tropes going on in the movie with everything from
the bright idea to building a giant wall, and the International House of Robots (kinda saddened at how badly the Chinese and the Russians got jobbed), to the commander dying and getting succeeded by the Aussie father. Ultimately though, I thought there was a little too much team building/drama and needed at least one scrub fight for at least the Chinese to do well against (hell, even Getter Robo's Texas Mac did better than that).