Now that the tax debate is out of the way, the members of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) can get down to the real issues. Like discussing the possibilities of the country building a real, full-sized, working Gundam. This is no joke. Two members of the LDP want to take a serious look at what it would take to construct the two-legged, walking mech from the infamous, long-running Gundam anime series.
Beginning on Thursday, the LDP will hold a 12-hour marathon on Nico Nico, a Japanese video platform similar to YouTube, and two members of the party, Masaaki Taira and Hideki Niwa, will have a discussion titled “The Gundam Development Project.” Also joining them will be Harutoshi Fukui, the writer for the Mobile Suit Gundam UC series of novels. It was estimated in 2008 that the cost to build a real working 60-foot tall Gundam, and not just a life-size statue like what was built in Odaiba, Tokyo, would cost around $725 million. But that is just the price for parts and materials, and doesn’t include what it would cost to build such a ridiculous thing.
This display is most likely just an attempt for the LDP to attract a younger audience, mostly composed of science fiction and anime fans. It would become obvious fairly quickly that possibilities of building a walking, piloted humanoid robot, with arms and the ability to use weapons, are between slim and none.