Did anybody else have a fascination with humanoid robots as a child? I was totally enamored with the freakin’ things ever since I saw some old reruns of Tranzor Z as a kid. If you don’t know who Tranzor Z is, let’s pretend you didn’t hear that, because I’ll start feeling like an old man or something (I mentioned him in a previous anime post, too). Robotech, Voltron, The Power Rangers*, V.R. Troopers, the X-men (Sentinels) and host of others helped contribute to my television fascination with these robots. At the same time video games like Megaman (Rockman in Japanese) and Metal Gear helped me to develop a video-game fascination with these robots. Some were small, some were immense, some had incredible artillery while others had none, some were used for good, and some were used for evil, but the vast majority of them were cool. Ahhh, science-fiction, gotta love it.
*Power rangers and American TV shows like it, were pretty much swiped from Kamen Rider and Ultraman
Who said it was fiction? I’m sure many people revel in the fact that these are just cartoons or just simple video games, but…
Everyone, lean in a little closer to your computer screens and listen closely: “These futuristic robots…DO exist…I’ve seen them with my very own eyes” You don’t believe me?!? I am telling you the truth.
I have reason to believe that in a manufacturing facility of Odaiba, Japan, construction of one such battle robot is underway. I figured that you might think I was crazy so I did a full-scale investigation. These pictures report my findings. All I ask is that if something happens to me, that these pictures make it to the necessary authorities…God save us all:
Do you believe me now? Probably not, huh?
It wasn’t a high-grade military facility, but it was a cool (limited-time) tourist attraction, though. Gundam may not be my anime of choice (I just have watched much of it yet) but it was still cool. I would imagine if you’re actually a die-hard, Gundam fan, this Gundam RX78 exhibit will probably be enough to make you have a seizure or something.
See you next time,