I saw many people tweeting about this on Twitter yesterday. The most funny thing was some people on the scene and on Twitter seemed to think it’s actually a robot of Tokyo Metropolitan Police and were complaining about it, saying like “it’s a waste of tax money paid by us!” You know, in most of Manga or Anime on those robots, a passer-by would say like “Is this for a movie or something?” 😀
When surveys are done asking people which neighborhood of Tokyo they’d like to live in, Kichijoji often tops the list. It’s not hard to see why, as it’s filled with fashionable cafes, restaurants, and bars (including one with an airsoft firing range), and nearby Inokashira Park is one of the capital’s best cherry blossom viewing spots.
Safety is also an important concern in choosing a place to live, and at least for a day, Kichijoji had this in spades, as the Ingram, the giant robot used in the Patlabor science-fiction films, showed up last weekend.
Even as the Ingram was standing tall though, the films’ director, Mamoru Oshii was tearing down the dreams if aspiring mecha pilots everywhere by firmly stating his belief that we’ll never see giant bipedal robots in any practical, real-life application.
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