Some of you may remember back in 2008 some of our senpai drew up plans that checked out to make real, working Gundam. It shows you that with hard work and depth of vision you can make anime real. Before any of us were talking about it, they were doing it.
Much like every government in the west, the Japanese government is grossly incompetent when it comes to spending money, and found ways to piss away tens of trillions of yen, but couldn’t come up with a mere $725 million to make Gundam real to keep the Chinese and North Koreans in line. If you’re going to run up the insane levels of debt that Japan has, at least have something awesome to show for it.
The LDP (Liberal Democratic Party, while the most right-leaning party in Japan, are closer to RINOs than anything readers of this site would identify with the right) has talked about doing this a few times over the years, but never actually done anything. If Japan wants the Senkaku islands so badly, nothing would send the message home quite like a Gundam planting a giant flag.
I claim this land for the Emperor…
Alas no, Japanese politicians are quite adept at talking and spending money, but not so much when it comes to getting something awesome done.
A decade of Japanese grabassing led to South Korea taking their balls in their hands and getting the job done. As you can see in the picture at the top, it doesn’t exactly look like any Gundam from the show, but if it did Bandai would sue the crap out of them.
And to be completely fair, it’s not a perfect Gundam-style mecha. It’s only 13 feet tall and it’s just a prototype. On the other hand, they only spent about $200 million (or roughly 2 trillion gorillion won), it works, AND THEY ACTUALLY FUCKING BUILT IT!
Hopefully this will be the kick in the balls Japan needs to build a real Gundam army and VF-1 Valkyries for domestic ownership, but I somehow doubt it.