17 August 2009
There was a brief lull in updating! And then, to compound the drama, the site apparently went offline for a while! Consider both disasters averted, as our talented web genie made everything better, and the lull in updates was because I was once more in Japan. For a brief period of time, it was actually cheaper to holiday in Tokyo than it was in Melbourne! I took the opportunity to see a once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Perhaps the following picture will more adequately express the magnitude of the sight.
Indeed, that is a 1:1 scale replica of a Gundam RX-78, from the iconic Mobile Suit Gundam series. It was constructed in Odaiba to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the franchise. And it is AWESOME.
Supposedly it will only be up for two months, but given the vast amount of foot traffic going through there (the ground had turned to mud from the endless stampede of feet), they'll surely have to extend that!
If that wasn't cool enough, every hour on the hour it would light up, play music and sound effects, emit steam, and move the head! If they add weapons next year, then have the arms move the year after, then the legs the year after that, then thrusters - why, Japan will have a FULLY FUNCTIONAL GIANT ROBOT in less than five years! I wonder where this fits under their non-militarisation laws.
Can there be anything cooler than that? What about the Giant Gundam.... AT NIGHT?
Thank you Japan, for making the dreams of sci-fi nerds and anime otaku the world over come true.
Further posts from Tokyo adventures will be forthcoming, but a Giant Gundam deserves a post all of its own.