TOKYO (Reuters) – Videos displaying an 18-metre (59-foot) robot in the Japanese harbour town of Yokohama have entranced the Twitterverse, pulling in extra than 6 million views in the past week.
The robotic is the centerpiece of the Gundam Manufacturing facility Yokohama, a vacationer attraction that was thanks to open in Oct, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park operator mentioned on Tuesday it will open on Dec. 19.
The videos, shot by a telephoto lens from Twitter consumer @yoshi115t, demonstrate what look to be movement tests of the white robotic that dwarfs boats dashing by in the track record. The 25-tonne Gundam makes a walking motion as it exits a storage area, prior to kneeling and then increasing its correct arm to stage toward the sky.
The park’s Gundam-Lab will element an exhibition location and cafe, while the Gundam-Dock Tower will allow readers to look at the robot’s deal with and physique.
“Mobile Fit Gundam” debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about massive fight robots piloted by human beings. The series spawned various spinoffs and toys when attaining a globally following.
The Gundam franchise is operated by Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. Engineering corporation Yaskawa Electrical Corp and industrial robot maker Nabtesco Corp are between corporations creating parts of the big Gundam in Yokohama, in accordance to the attraction’s internet site.
Reporting by Akiko Okamoto and Rocky Swift in Tokyo enhancing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise