Japan's Life-Sized Gundam Returns With Active Weaponry

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Japan's Life-Sized Gundam Returns With Active Weaponry

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The good news: The full-scale, life-size Gundam will be rebuilt in Japan. The better news: It's going to have a lightsaber this time around.

Last year, we here at The Escapist faithfully reported on the incredibly awesome oddity that was the 1:1 scale statue of the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam being built over in Japan from inception to completion to deconstruction. Why, you ask? Because it was badass.

Even though the life-size Gundam was taken down in September after just a few short months on display, something that cool couldn't be kept down forever. We'd heard that the Gundam would be making a return this year, but now we finally have confirmation. According to a Bandai press release, the iconic giant robot will be erected in front of the JR Higashi-Shizuoka railway station in Shizuoka - one of the busiest train stations in the world.

It won't be exactly the same RX-78-2 Gundam seen in Odaiba's Shiokaze Park, however: This new iteration of the statue will be holding one of the series' standard beam sabers (think giant mecha-size lightsabers). What's really cool about this is not only will the beam saber light up at night, but the new display pedestal will actually be designed in such a way that it looks like the saber is cutting through the stone.

Shizuoka has a special connection with Bandai's Gundam franchise, as it is home to the massive factory that produces all of the popular plastic model kits of the franchise's various giant fighting robots. So, in a way, those little models (16 of which are adorning my desk here at Escapist HQ) are getting a very, very big brother.

The groundbreaking 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, established the "real robot" genre of mecha anime. As opposed to the "super robot" genre where the fighting robots were magical superheroes who fought monsters and aliens, the "real robot" genre treated the mecha as military hardware, with a far more serious and dramatic take on the matter. The guy's not called "'Kill 'Em All' Tomino" for nothing, you know. It would spawn one of the longest-running anime franchises in history, and has a very special place in Japanese pop culture.

Now, while I need to maintain a level of professional decorum as a news writer here, I hope you'll forgive me this one outburst of fanboyish joy:

YESSSSSSS! THIS IS F*CKING AWESOME!

Thank you.

(Via Ngee Khiong)

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gsdoffwiejfoiwejfoiwjsl *takes a moment to collect himself*

HOLY SHIT I NEED A TICKET TICKET TO JAPAN. No need for a hotel room, I'll just sleep on the street anywhere near it.

I've got wood now because of this.

This is... I just... WOW!

I really, really REALLY want to see this thing now.

Guess I know where my travel money is going now...

Ok, that's cool.

Is this one going to be permanent? They shouldn't have pulled the last one down.

AboveUp:
gsdoffwiejfoiwejfoiwjsl *takes a moment to collect himself*

HOLY SHIT I NEED A TICKET TICKET TO JAPAN. No need for a hotel room, I'll just sleep on the street anywhere near it.

There's only one thing for it...
We'll have to sell our bodies to discerning Japanese gentlemen in order to afford it.

A normal lightsaber is awesome. But one being held by a giant robot? That's a whole other scale of epic amazingness.

[attempts to hold in fanboy]

<fails>

THIS IS FREAKING EPIC!!!

I want one of these for my backyard

*looks down*

And now I need to change my underwear.

Japan moves one step closer to a real giant mecha army. Surrender your allegiances now guys.

I know what i want for Chrismas!! If only it really worked...

If Japan ever makes real mechs we are so screwed.

Amnestic:
*looks down*

And now I need to change my underwear.

Japan moves one step closer to a real giant mecha army. Surrender your allegiances now guys.

Come now, if Call of Duty has taught us anything, it's that come rain or shine... and Japanese mechs... Cpt. Price and the S.A.S. will save us all.

That is indeed fucking awesome!

Now we need some Zeon vs Federation battles in the streets of Tokyo

Hop to it Japan

I love the fact that between fixing the economy and building a giant Mecha, Japan chooses the latter. Truly, they are inspirations to us all. And I say that totally without sarcasm, it's nice to see light-heartedness shine through in these depressing times.

Bravo Japan, bravo.

Man i would love to see that =[

Still waiting for Tallgeese III so I can jack it for myself. If that fails and someone... *coughFunkcough*... gets it before me, then I'll settle for 00 Raiser (Blasting Zone ftw) or EZ-8

...

Holy.
Shit.
X 3

I- I have no words. Dear god, this is made of win. Plain epic win.

*gulp*
Not good, soon, Japan will have them in their military and....

made my day,plain and simple

*tear* thank you japan

BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI!

Excellent!

Now all we need to do is get it to transform into a plane, and Mankind's apotheosis is at hand!

So they have a giant robot with active weaponary?

And the military don't have why?

that's fucking awesome

I really wanna buy gundam models again.

Perfect place to build a secret missile defense system.

OK, I really have a hard time enjoying anime. The closest I've ever got to enjoying any anime I've ever watched was Battle of the Planets and Robotech. With that in mind, I have one thing to say.

This. Is. Fucking. Awesome.

Seriously, giant robots are still cool, and noone does them better than Japan!

I wonder if they still have spots open in my College's trip to Japan...

*Ahem*

FRIGGIN A!! *both thumbs so far up the pop off and rocket into the sky*

Nerd Edit: It's a BEAM saber. Mobile Suits use beam sabers,(ie, sabers of particle beams held in a magnetic field "bottle") not lightsabers. You want Lucas to shut 'em down?

Willie: "Use yer shinnin!"
Bart:"Don't you mean "shining"?
Willie: "hush, boy, you wanna get sued?"

Wow, I guess the crazy stuff that Japan does isn't all just random stupid stuff; some of it is just awesome.

Jesus, haven't they learned anything from the Skynet built Prius??? WE'RE DOOMED!!!!

SOON IT WILL GAIN SENTIENCE!

And kill us all!

Onyx Oblivion:
SOON IT WILL GAIN SENTIENCE!

And kill us all!

To be fair I wouldn't mind that.
Death by giant robot beam saber is a very awesome sounding way to die. Much better than "natural causes".

Am I the only one that understands what is truly happening? The Japanese are in fact secretly building fully functioning Gundams to take over the world while showing off these models to fool us all!

... Wish I could visit the place.

Must go the Japan, the giant robot commands me.......

Zero=Interrupt:
Nerd Edit: It's a BEAM saber. Mobile Suits use beam sabers,(ie, sabers of particle beams held in a magnetic field "bottle") not lightsabers. You want Lucas to shut 'em down?

Willie: "Use yer shinnin!"
Bart:"Don't you mean "shining"?
Willie: "hush, boy, you wanna get sued?"

Oh, I know that. But "lightsaber" is easier for non-Gundam fans to immediately understand right off the bat :)

Daystar Clarion:

Amnestic:
*looks down*

And now I need to change my underwear.

Japan moves one step closer to a real giant mecha army. Surrender your allegiances now guys.

Come now, if Call of Duty has taught us anything, it's that come rain or shine... and Japanese mechs... Cpt. Price and the S.A.S. will save us all.

Some SAS guy VS. Japan's Giant Mech Army
...
Yeah, I think we all know who wins that one

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