We have seen it in anime. We have imagined being within it and controlling it. But now, Japan, the land of anime, and amazing creations, is trying to make our dreams come true. A gigantic Japanese mecha-style robot may come to life and take its first steps soon.
Japanese engineers are trying their best to give their imagination a ‘realistic’ turn. They are erecting a tall robot about 60-foot in height. The mecha-style robot will be looking just like the Gundam toy franchise. The unfortunate part of this construction is that it has slowed down due to the pandemic, but it has by no means stopped. The completion process is underway.
The name of the mecha machine is RX-78 Gundam. A video has been shot of this gigantic mecha-style robot. It is functional, and in the video, it bows and even moves its leg in a manner of walking. As if its muscles had wasted away but are slowly recovering the strength. Of course, the design is not completed. We do not see the head of this giant robot.
The construction of this giant has been in the completion process since January. It can be seen from the Port of Yokohama.
Gundam Mecha-Style Robot in Japan
The completed mecha robot has a completely functional head unit. It is quite heavy at 25 tons and will have around 24 degrees of complete free motion. Due to this feature, it can move around the boulevard if it wants- just like in the anime series of Gundam. However, 25 tons seem to be quite low if we consider the size of the mecha-style robot.
Its hands are measured at 6.5 foot and it has proper fingers and thumbs to grasp people (and supervillains).
The weight of the machine had been a major constraint for the designers. Proper design and engineering would be required to actually develop the right ‘weight efficiency’. Gundam Factory Yokohama – a YouTube series – has presented the struggles of the construction.
Jun Narita is the head of the designs for this project. According to him, special motors and materials were used to manage the weight, or else, even one hand could have weighed around 1,300 pounds.
A recent preview has been released by the Twitter user @catsuka. The mecha-style robot can be seen doing new activities, all on its own.
Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.pic.twitter.com/51HVoraPb7
— Catsuka (@catsuka) September 21, 2020
Netizens are going gaga over this robot and are in awe of the engineering. All thanks to Japan and their brilliant engineering and imagination.
Here are some reactions from Twitter users:
One of the best things that came out this year
A 3 story tall giant robot form the gundam anime series. https://t.co/XSlXW5Pury
— Jay (@JalinPhillips) September 22, 2020
This is so very, very cool. https://t.co/e8Uos2vWzn
— Brandy Sinclair (@RabbitDance) September 22, 2020
Meanwhile…..were struggling to wear masks https://t.co/2oOOWRcirU
— LeftStyleArts (@ArtistiqJay) September 22, 2020
Image Credits: Gundam Factory Yokohama