Tokyo may be the capital of Japan but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only city allowed to enjoy an awesome 1:1 giant robot displayed for it’s inhabitants to go crazy over. It may have a 18 meter 35 tonne Gundam but Kobe is getting it’s own 18 meter giant robot named Tetsujin 28-go that outweighs the puny RX-78 Gundam at 50 tonnes.
According to Wikipedia Tetsujin 28-go (Iron Man #28) is a manga from the mid 50’s which features the giant robot that was supposed to save Japan from defeat in World War II, by the time it was completed however the war was over and Japan had lost so what does it end up doing?…fighting criminals and other giant robots of course. Tetsujin 28-go was the the first manga to feature a giant robot and it’s illustrator Mitsuteru Yokoyama who passed away a few years ago was born in Kobe. Unlike the giant Gundam in Odaiba this one will not have any moving parts but the trade off is that Iron Man #28 will be a PERMANENT statue! Official unveiling is expected to be in September, check out the video after the jump.
Let the real Giant Robot Wars begin
Now that Tokyo and Kobe have giant robots whats stopping other cities in Japan and erecting giant objects of their own. I can almost hear Nara, Osaka, Sendai, Kyoto and other large cities in Japan considering how to outdo a giant Tetsujin 28-go and RX-78, hello kitty anyone?
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.