Friday, June 19, 2009


My niece and nephew, here visiting from California this week, pose with Gundam, star of a 1979 Japanese TV series said to have pioneered the real robot era of mecha anime. (I just copied that from the wikipedia page.) The name Gundam actually represents a whole franchise; the statue, recently erected in Shiokaze park in Odaiba (not far from the Statue of Liberty) to commemorate the series' 30th anniversary, is a 59-ft. replica of the original concept/character known as Mobile Suit Gundam, or Mobile Soldier Gundam -- think Iron Man, but on a much larger scale. (The thing is controlled by a human pilot, from the cockpit inside the torso, and there's a camera inside the head.)

I don't know how long it will be up, but it's worth a look.
At night, it lights up!
(Photo from pink tentacle)

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