‘You Couldn’t Make This Up’ Dept: “Heir of Godzilla” -Gigantic Robot Looms over a Japan City

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A giant, 60-foot tall Gundam looms over the Japanese city of Shizuoka. The massive statue was erected in front of Japan Railway's Higashi-Shizuoka Station as part of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam anime franchise. The statue stood on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay last summer and attracted 4.15 million visitors. While the earliest known Japanese animation dates from 1917 the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s—notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka—and became known worldwide in the 1980s. The Gundam Series is a metaseries of anime that features giant robots (or "mecha") called "Gundam" -coined from the English word "gun" with the last syllable of the word "freedom" to form the name Gundom. Gundams are large, bipedal vehicles controlled from cockpits by a human pilot. The technology is either derived from true science (such as Lagrange points in space and the O'Neill cylinder as a living environment) or at least well-explained, feasible technology, such as Minovsky Physics as a means of energy production from helium-3.

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