Move over, Optimus Prime: here’s a giant robot who won’t be disguised. Twitter is flipping out after video footage revealed that a larger-than-life ‘bot has been constructed in Yokohama, Japan. And it’s not just a stationary creation — this super-sized robot can really move.
This particular wonder of the world was constructed by the wizards at the Gundam Factory Yokohama, an attraction based on the eternally popular Gundam franchise that dates back to the 1970s. Underneath the towering Gundam, which weighs in at 25 tons and hits the 60-foot mark in height, visitors can enjoy cafes, shops and educational exhibitions. Originally scheduled to be unveiled in October, the Gundam Factory’s grand opening has been delayed until later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Construction on the robot was completed last month, and the engineers have been putting it through its paces to the delight — and mild fear — of onlookers around the world.
And another reason why I need to go to Japan.
— Alejandro Zuniga (@AtodaZ) September 22, 2020
There is zero doubt in my mind that the next headline is going to be:
25-TON ROBOT HAS MIND OF ITS OWN AND ATTACKS PEOPLE!
Because, you know, 2020.
— Barto 🌊🌈❤️#BlackLivesMatter (@DBBarto) September 23, 2020
I need that Gundam in Yokohama to be fully operational within the next 2 weeks and rescue us from this hell.
— Naomi Osaka’s headwrap (@_RandomJ_) September 22, 2020
While Gundam fans recognized the robot for what it is — a really awesome feat of imagin-engineering to rival anything at Disney World — some folks online seemed to confuse it as a serious cornerstone of Japan’s 21st-century national defense. Those same folks were promptly schooled by anime robot experts.
A giant fighting robot would be useless in real life, I’m afraid. The thing would be so bulky and top heavy that you could easily destroy it or knock it over with a missile from a fighter jet. There’s no occasion in modern combat when this thing would give a tactical advantage.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 22, 2020
It. Is. An. Amusement. At. An. Amusement. Park. That’s it. It’s not meant to be an actual weapon, it’s a giant toy to advertise the “Gundam Factory Yokohama” and the Gundam franchise. Good lord, this is like being mad at Disney for building fake castles at Disney Land.
— 🇺🇸🇯🇵ForestSprite🇨🇦🇳🇴 (@chirpingsprite) September 22, 2020
This is NOT a project of the Japanese Government but of Bandai as a tourist spot for their Gundam Factory in Yokohama.
— Kit Carandang (@silver_strikers) September 23, 2020
How is it a waste money? This is not being built by the Japanese government. This being built by an animation studio and their parent company to celebrate the 40th anniversary of franchise that makes billions of dollars annually. It’s cool! Stop being the fun police!
— Cajun Mike, The Jean Lafitte of anime! (@knick_knack1985) September 22, 2020
The Gundam statue in Yokohama is no more a “waste of money” than Disneyland is. And I guarantee you it’ll hasten the development of even more applicable and cooler stuff than that theme park can. Bring on the giant robots, folks! pic.twitter.com/zvd1UA80WY
— Alex Kogan (@AlexsaurusZilla) September 23, 2020
If Gundam Factory Yokohama becomes Japan’s next big tourist destination, here’s hoping some intrepid U.S. engineers start construction on an actual Iron Giant.
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