Giant robot moving in Japan harbour entrances millions on Twitter

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Videos showing an 18-metre (59-foot) robot in the Japanese harbour city of Yokohama have entranced the Twitterverse, pulling in more than 6 million views in the past week.

The robot is the centerpiece of the Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction that was due to open in October, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park operator said on Tuesday it will open on Dec. 19.

The videos, shot by a telephoto lens from Twitter user @yoshi115t, show what appear to be motion tests of the white robot that dwarfs boats speeding by in the background. The 25-tonne Gundam makes a walking motion as it exits a storage area, before kneeling and then raising its right arm to point toward the sky.

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Full Sized 'Gundam' Installed In Tokyo. 18-meter 'Gundam' is being installed at Shiohama Park in Tokyo, Japan. The hero robot of the popular animation series 'Gundam' is being built as the 30th anniversary of TV broadcasting. "Gundam" was completed. A lot of sightseers come. (Photo by Yamada HITOSHI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Journalists look at a full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character Gundam standing in front of a new shopping mall in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront area Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The 18-meter (60-foot)-tall Gundam greets shoppers at Diver City Tokyo Plaza which opens on Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this photo taken on July 18, 2009, eighteen-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam stands at a park in Tokyo's manmade Odaiba island, Japan. If anything can encourage busy Tokyoites to take notice of their city's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, it's a replica of the popular robot animation Mobile Suit Gundam, the Japanese anime series robot, big enough to take on Godzilla. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
An 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam stands over visitors to a Tokyo waterfront park Saturday, July 18, 2009. The full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character was built, marking the 30th anniversary of the start of broadcasting of the animation. Gundam is a giant robot that has a roll in the era of space wars. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
An 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam appears at a Tokyo park Saturday, July 11, 2009. The full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character was built, marking the 30th anniversary of the start of the animation on TV broadcasting. Gundam is a giant robot that has a roll in the era of space wars. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
People walk around a full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character Gundam standing in front of a new shopping mall in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront area Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The 18-meter (60-foot)-tall Gundam greets shoppers at Diver City Tokyo Plaza which opens on Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Journalists look at a full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character Gundam standing in front of a new shopping mall in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront area Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The 18-meter (60-foot)-tall Gundam greets shoppers at Diver City Tokyo Plaza which opens on Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
An 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam appears at a Tokyo park Saturday, July 11, 2009. The full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character was built, marking the 30th anniversary of the start of the animation on TV broadcasting. Gundam is a giant robot that has a roll in the era of space wars. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this photo taken on July 11, 2009, people crowd to see 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam at a park in the manmade Odaiba island in Tokyo, Japan. If anything can encourage busy Tokyoites to take notice of their city's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, it's a replica of the popular robot animation Mobile Suit Gundam, the Japanese anime series robot, big enough to take on Godzilla. AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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A full-size model of Japan's robot animation character "Gundam" emits mists and lights up its eyes during a demonstration in front of a shopping mall in Tokyo May 7, 2012. The 18-meter-tall "Gundam" was installed to promote its entertainment facility "Gundam Front Tokyo" which opened last month. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT)
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The park's Gundam-Lab will feature an exhibition area and cafe, while the Gundam-Dock Tower will allow visitors to view the robot's face and body.

"Mobile Suit Gundam" debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about enormous battle robots piloted by humans. The series spawned multiple spinoffs and toys while gaining a worldwide following.

The Gundam franchise is operated by Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. Engineering company Yaskawa Electric Corp and industrial robot maker Nabtesco Corp are among companies making parts of the giant Gundam in Yokohama, according to the attraction's website.

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