Giant Japanese Robot Comes To Life To Celebrate Iconic Japanese Anime “Mobile Suit Gundam”; to watch | World news


TOKYO: Videos showing an 18-meter (59-foot) robot in the Japanese port city of Yokohama fascinated the Twitterverse, attracting more than 6 million views last week.

The robot is the centerpiece of Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction slated to open in October but has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park operator announced Tuesday that it will open on December 19.

The videos, shot through a telephoto lens of Twitter user @ yoshi115t, show what appears to be motion tests of the white robot towering over speeding boats in the background. The 25-ton Gundam makes a walking motion as it exits a storage area, before kneeling and then raising its right arm to point skyward.

The park’s Gundam-Lab will include an exhibition area and café, while the Gundam-Dock tower will allow visitors to see the robot’s face and body.

“Mobile Suit Gundam” debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about huge human-piloted combat robots. The series spawned several spinoffs and toys while gaining worldwide audiences.

The Gundam franchise is operated by Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. Engineering firm Yaskawa Electric Corp and industrial robot maker Nabtesco Corp are among the companies making parts of the giant Gundam in Yokohama, according to the attraction’s website.

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