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6:00 PM on 04.07.2014

First Impressions: Captain Earth

I secretly loved Star Driver. The ridiculously over-the-top posing, flashiness, strange imagery, and the beautiful animation; it all came together to make for an entertaining whirlwind of confusion and glee. That shouldn't co...

Elliot Gay


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Ever wanted to pilot a robot? photo
Ever wanted to pilot a robot?
by Amber Hunt

Ah, I can see it now. It's 2015, and people have started to use robots instead of cars. Wouldn't that be awesome? Well luckily for us, a Japanese company built one, and you could be piloting it as we speak.

Sakakibara Kikai has created an 11-foot Landwalker: a real, moving robot that you can pilot. As with most robots we've seen in anime, you pilot it from an area near the chest. It's not programmed to walk once you get in it, nor does it have any special buttons to do something automatic. You literally get to make it move entirely on your own. 

If you think there is some requirement to pilot it, don't worry. You don't need any experience whatsoever to do so! At Wonder Festival, where the Landwalker was located, 12 people at random got to try this bad boy out. Damn I'm jealous! 

I don't know about you, but after hearing about the Landwalker, all I could think about was Evangelion. If you don't want to be a part of that series, you're lying! It's hands-down my favorite, and I know that's the same for quite a lot of people. Seeing something like this is almost a dream come true for not only Evangelion fans, but also Gundam, Gurren Lagann, and other various mecha anime fans.

Take a look at footage from the event below:

Even though it looks a bit unstable, you have to admit you want one of your own! I know I certainly do. Do you think Shinji would have volunteered to pilot it? 

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11:00 AM on 02.10.2014

Robotech Movie gets fan remaster

As much as I've loved any franchise, I don't think I've put as much work into anything as much as Robotech Motion Comics has in this video they posted back in November of 2013. In it, they remastered Robotech: The Movie by pu...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 01.22.2014

New Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story announced

In the last couple of years, the only two types of Mobile Suit Gundam games I've seen come out are either part of the Musou series or of the Extreme variety. You're either crushing a ton of chump units in space or you're duki...

Pedro Cortes

11:30 PM on 01.18.2014

Anime-style robot on science journal causes rage

When you think of robotics, what's the first thing to come to mind? For me, I think of the killing machines from the Terminator series. For most others that aren't hellbent on seeing a robot apocalypse, they might think of cu...

Pedro Cortes

Review: Aquarion: EVOL - Season 2, Part 1 photo
Review: Aquarion: EVOL - Season 2, Part 1
by Pedro Cortes

When you think Shoji Kawamori, his work on Macross immediately comes to mind. It's been one of the most influential properties in Japan since it's debut. However, another major show that Kawamori worked on is Aquarion. You might know it as the show where the mecha pilots had some rather...interesting...reactions whenever the robots would combine. I haven't seen it, but from what I heard it was a ratings success in Japan despite some problems with its story and pacing.

Years later, Kawamori came back to his hit franchise and made a pseudo-sequel, called Aquarion Evol. Considering my love of Kawamori's work on Macross and my passion for all things robotic, I decided to give Evol a whirl. The big questions were, will I be able to follow what's going on? Does Evol require extensive knowledge of the previous show in order to understand the nuances of the characters and story? In short, no. However, prior knowledge definitely wouldn't hurt.

Hit the jump to find out more!

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12:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Nobunaga the Fool is looking like a good time

I was getting worried about what anime I would be watching this Winter season. For some reason nothing was really lining up with my tastes, until my buddy Jeff Chuang mentioned that Macross's Shoji Kawamori was behind the up...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Brooklyn Robotworks brings your favorite bots to life

There's always some guy at a convention that tries to look like a robot. Whether there's a bit of effort or a simple Cardboard Gundam, you're bound to find somebody clomping around in a suit. While that's all well and good, t...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Chogokin Hello Kitty will shoot you with her rocket paw

There's a Chogokin Hello Kitty figure in the works. That's huge news for people who know what Chogokin means, but for the rest of you this means soon you would be able to purchase a Hello Kitty toy with rocket punch.  Ro...

Jeff Chuang

Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection photo
Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection
by Pedro Cortes

The robot genre has changed in many ways over the years. For one thing, the stories have become more complicated, incorporating social commentary in an effort to appeal to wider audiences beyond children who are impressed with shiny metal things. Writers will (usually) attempt to give their characters motivations that extend past hot blood, bromances and revenge. Animation has also generally improved, making it possible to have more complicated robot designs that can do more than occasionally leap into the air and drill their flaming limbs into the gooey innards of their opponents.

Godannar is what happens when you get kids that grew up watching those old robot shows and put them in a position of creative power. In a desire to pay homage to the best of classic giant robot shows, the creators also added a good plot, meaningful character development, a solid budget and voice actors that know when to go for camp and when to play it straight.

Oh, and several metric tons of fanservice.



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3:00 PM on 10.02.2013

A Bearguy appears in Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam

For me, the best thing to come out of Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G was Bearguy. Designed as a cross between the Zeon Acguy and...a bear...it's cute, it's cuddly and it'll zap you with a beam cannon shaped like a rec...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Japan sent a talking robot to space

In a move that could only be described as either totally awesome or fiscally irresponsible, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- or JAXA for short -- has delivered a talking robot to the International Space Station. It'...

Tim Sheehy