Anime As Prophecy
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, but that won't keep me from commenting anyway.
Of course, this is nothing new. Japanese mecha
anime has been exploring the technical, commercial,
practical, entertainment, stylistic and even spiritual issues surrounding the use of robots in combat since the 1950s.
Needless to say, this consequently gives Japan a decisive edge in the rapidly-evolving field of robotic combat.
The Looks That Kill
Where Japan really trounces the U.S. is in the category of style, and SWORDS exemplifies this.
Just look at it:
Fig. 1: S.W.O.R.D.S. combat robot
Ho hum. How bland and uninspiring. Great if you want to bore
the enemy to death.
No self-respecting Japanese robot designer would sign his name to such a monstrosity.
Thankfully, development is moving forward in Japan on a project I am particularly excited about: a mechanized
multipurpose high-mobility combat unit known as the RX-78 Guridam GP03, or
Fig. 2: Dendro Rakka, the latest in cute winged robotic combat
No enemy can possibly stand against Dendro Rakka! Phear teh WingZ of DOOM!!!
Good thing the U.S. and Japan are allies.
Oh, and um... as for the actual topic, my attitude is that it's about damn time.
Beware, though: one thing leads to another, and sure enough, though it may be about ten or twenty years later than predicted, if we keep on this
will be running the world with literally an iron hand.
Mark Linda Hamilton's words.
Dendro Rakka appears courtesy of yasunon at biglobe.ne.jp.