Gundam entrances millions as giant robot steps out in Yokohama

Gundam entrances millions as giant robot steps out in Yokohama. Videos indicating a 18-meter (59-foot) robot stepping out in the Japanese harbor city of Yokohama have entranced social media, pulling in more than 6,000,000 perspectives in the past week.

The robot is the centerpiece of the Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction whose opening has been delayed until December because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The videos, shot with a telephoto focal point by Twitter user @yoshi115t, show what appear to be motion tests of the white robot that dwarfs boats speeding by out of sight.

The 25-ton Gundam takes a couple of steps out of a storage area, before stooping and then raising its right arm to point toward the sky.

The park’s Gundam-Lab will feature an exhibition area and bistro, while the Gundam-Dock Tower will allow visitors to see the robot’s face and body.

“Mobile Suit Gundam” debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about enormous battle robots piloted by humans. The arrangement spawned multiple side projects and toys while increasing a worldwide following.

The Gundam franchise is operated by Bandai Namco Holdings. Engineering company Yaskawa Electric Corp and industrial robot producer Nabtesco Corp are among companies making parts of the giant Gundam in Yokohama, according to the attraction’s website.

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