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Japan plans 18-metre tall Gundam robot that moves

Published on Jul 9, 2014 6:05 PM
 
This file picture taken on July 10, 2009 shows an 18-metre tall statue of popular TV animation hero, Gundam, at a Tokyo park. A team of Japanese animators and engineers on July 9, 2014 unveiled plans to build a moving 18-metre tall Gundam robot, in a nod to millions of science fiction fans. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A team of Japanese animators and engineers on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a moving 18-metre tall Gundam robot, in a nod to millions of science fiction fans.

The "Mobile Suit Gundam" anime series first aired in Japan in 1979, and spin-offs featuring robots locked in intergalactic battles have won legions of enthusiastic fans in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

In 2009, the 30th anniversary of the show saw an 18-metre-tall Gundam statue erected in a Tokyo park.

"When I created Gundam 35 years ago, I used my imagination freely because it wasn't real," Yoshiyuki Tomino told reporters in Tokyo Wednesday.

 
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