Friday, August 14, 2009

News of the weeeeeird....

by Cylinsier

Japanese people are cool. They came with all sorts of great stuff: Nintendo, Playstation, sushi, sake, kitanas, seppuku, sailor school uniforms, Speed Racer, parking garages that work like gumball machines, smart cell phones, countless bizarre sexual fetishes, and robots. Sure, they don't open their society to us gaijin very much and they drive on the wrong side of the road, but you have to hand it to them: Nihon is like the rest of the world twenty years from now.

But they're also weird. Case in point: to celebrate the 30th anniversary of epic media franchise Mobile Suit Gundam, the Nihonjin have erected a 59 foot basically to-scale model of the original Gundam, the RX-78. Its a fiberglass model on a steel frame with 50 points that emit light and 14 points that emit jets of mist. The statue is located in Shiokaze park in Odaiba and will be there for a couple months. It would be totally badass if it moved, but alas, that's still probably another 50 years off, or 30 in the land of the rising sun.

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Ellipses said...

So... the future is a 50 foot power ranger that pees on us?

Damn, I was expecting Minority Report computers and hover boards :-(

Cylinsier said...

Hey, I'll lol at the otakus just as much as the next guy, but Gundam is much cooler than Power Rangers.

Wesley said...

Cool post Cynerd. How do they know it's life size? Just a thought.

Point of order Cyherodutus: the sailor outfit for school girls was Douglas Macarthur's creation. He was the governor of the Japanese prefecture after WWII. They should put a plaque in his honor in the sexual fantasy hall of fame.

Cylinsier said...

There's a sexual fantasy hall of fame? Where???

And I'm just guessing its life sized based on my very limited knowledge of about how big the robots appear in the I'm told.