The massive humanoid resembles a robot from “Mobile Suit Gundam,” a popular late 1970s television series, and can be seen walking, kneeling and gesturing in a video of the test posted to Twitter on Monday.
The robot, in construction since 2014, stands nearly 60 feet tall and weighs 24 tons, with more than 200 parts made from a mixture of steel and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, according to the company that created.
It was scheduled to be featured at Gundam Factory Yokohama, a new attraction that will allow fans to familiarize themselves with the creation and learn how it was created.
The attraction was scheduled to open in October 2020 but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors will now have to wait a little longer.
“We apologize to all of our fans who have been eagerly awaiting our grand opening and ask for your understanding. ”
The team plans to open the plant “within a year” and details will be announced on the company’s website.
Anime originated in the early 1900s when Japanese artists like Oten Shimokawa began experimenting through trial and error to create short animated films.
But back then, animation was expensive to produce, and works from Japan were overshadowed by Disney’s success.
During World War II, the genre developed when the Japanese military government ordered animators to create propaganda films to influence the masses.
More recently, commercial hits such as “Pokémon” and “Dragon Ball Z” have brought the anime to audiences around the world.