Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize his anime dream

  • Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from “Mobile Suit Gundam”; his favorite animation series growing up
  • Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, LW-Mononofu is an 8.5-meter (28-feet) tall, two-legged robot weighing in at more than 7 tonnes

A Japanese engineer has taken his fascination of his favorite giant anime robot, Gundam, to another level.

Masaaki Nagumo created a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.

Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, Landwalker Mononofu” or “LW-Mononofu” is an 8.5-metre-tall, two-legged robot weighing more than 7 tonnes. It contains a cockpit with monitors and levers for the pilot to control the robot’s arms and legs, according to a report by Straits Times.

The iron giant can move its fingers and turn its upper body, and walk forward and backward – though it only boasts a sluggish top speed of 1km per hour.

“As an anime-inspired robot that one can ride, I think this is the biggest in the world,” the bot’s creator Masaaki Nagumo told Reuters.

Given the chance, would you want to try and ride it?

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