Gundam and the Real World

Earworms:
See Who I Am by Within Temptation
Projects:
Project Tinman, a monster I’m homebrewing for my campaign. Still in the playtesting stage.
Final Fantasy VIII. Started playing again. I’m currently close to the end of Disc 2, during the Galbadia Garden clash. Fun part, though that aerial fistfight is often quite frustrating.

Finally, an entry. I’m taking advantage of this short vacation to add some more entries to this blog, but sometimes it’s really difficult to find something worth writing.

Anyway. Like I’ve said before, Gundam does say a lot about world affairs in general, although I don’t think any has been as specific as Gundam 00. Here’s yet another real life political reference:

Talibia

This is the prime minister of Talibia, a fictional country in Latin America. He withdraws from the American-dominated Union and makes some very threatening statements to get the Union to attack him, hoping that Celestial Being would come and smash the massive Union strike force that was headed for Talibia. This anti-American attitude reminds me a lot of Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, who indirectly called Bush “the devil.” When you look at Sumeragi’s map, you’ll see this:
sumeragismap.jpg

Talibia is Venezuela.

Anyway, Celestial Being ends up attacking the Talibian forces instead, because it was their declaration that the CB considered to be an incitement of war. The ep ends with Talibia remaining with Union and Union trying to capture the Exia.

In more real-world-meets-Gundam news, Japan is apparently seriously considering making Gundam a reality.
Although they seem to be considering the production of powered armor or a smaller-scale walker suit (which of course would be far more feasible than an 18-20 meter behemoth), it seems that the mecha of science fiction will eventually appear, someday.

Deunan Wears Prada
Moving on to other sci-fi stuff, another Appleseed movie, Ex Machina was released some days back. I haven’t seen it and I don’t really know what the story is, but I definitely want to see it.
On Danny Choo’s blog are a few pictures of action figures the two main characters in the movie: the super-hot soldier Deunan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos. As you can see, they have a whole bunch of awesome weapons.

On an interesting note, Deunan’s civilian outfits are designed by Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada. Explore the site I linked above to check it out. There’s English text available, so don’t worry about not being able to read it.

Here’s the trailer.

~ by J. R. R. Flores on November 2, 2007.

One Response to “Gundam and the Real World”

  1. It’s interesting to see that the Japanese government is actually taking their mecha anime and manga industry seriously when it comes to national defense technology. I know it’s a far cry from possible to see an actual 20 meter mobile suit defending Japan but power suits are definitely not. With all the micro and nano technology being produced today and the amount of technology that can be crammed in such a small space increasing BY THE MONTH, it’s just a matter of time before we see carbon fiber power suits with stealth technology and all the other goodies being mass produced. And they can all be controlled remotely! *imagines the Iron Man Wars*

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