Armored Core V – Updates

We’ve fallen a bit behind in our humble coverage of the anticipated Armored Core V partly due to our recent domain renewal issues. But thankfully, we’re back online. And the ever reliable source for all things mecha straight from Japan, Mecha Damashii, has been more than up to date with information.

The latest pieces of Armored Core V news, as revealed in AC’s revamped website, show that the game will play out permanently online, with AC teams on the ground and operators to guide them.

Armored Core Fan Stuff from Comiket 79

The devotion of AC fans knows no boundaries, and a group of hard-core enthusiasts decided to publish a series of fan magazines in the upcoming Comiket (Comic Market) 79 this coming December 29, 2010 in Japan. From what we gather, the contents will include original fan illustrations of Armored Core/s, and some articles that may interest fans. More images after the jump, along with their studio links:

Wonder Festival 2010: New Kotobukiya AC Kits

Kit-maker Kotobukiya exhibited several new (and a few recycled) Armored Core model kits for the recent (Winter) Wonder Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Among the new kits are the SD White Glint (pictured above) and the Mirage C02-Uranus Marvelous.

More pictures and upcoming products after the jump:

The Economic and Environmental Effects of Having a Giant Robot on Your Backyard

Japan Probe has reported the Tetsujin-28 statue received a million visits within three months of its construction, boosting tourism and increasing the overall economic activity of the area by immediately capitalizing on the giant robot’s popularity through merchandising and Tetsujin-28 related items and services.

Kotaku also reports that within 300 days the life sized Gundam statue is erected, the city of Shizouka will be able to attract 900,000 visitors, earn over 40 billion yen, and create 9,600 jobs including security and maintenance occupations. However, the adverse side of this development may be the effect on the local environment as these following before and after shots of the venue show after the jump.

Gundam vs Gundam IRL

No, not the upcoming PSP game, but maybe one day if they’ll scale this up this will be way better. Filmed from the International Robot Exhibition 2009 in Japan.

[via: Japanprobe]

Awesome NTT Ad Featuring Tetsujin-28 (Gigantor)

A short commercial featuring a modern interpretation of the classic giant robot Tetsujin 28 can be seen in NTT’s stylish website. The website itself is well designed and the video of interest is located on the 4th panel under “CM” after the site intro has loaded.

[via: Anime News Network]

Assault Girls Movie Trailer


Girls, guns, giant robots and giant monsters!
All of the above blowing stuff up!

These things can be seen in this mindless and mind blowing trailer for the upcoming Japanese movie Assault Girls; a film that seems to have all the elements of an adrenaline pumping anime style, sci-fi action flick. Oh and I almost forgot, it has a story:

In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called “sunakujira” (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called “Madara Sunakujira” attacks.

Assault Girls will have a Japanese national premier after a limited screening on December 17, 2009.

Assault Girls official site

[via: Nippon Cinema]

Giant Beetle Robot RX-03

A robotics hobbyist created this wonderful giant working beetle-bot that looks good enough to be in Terminator movie. A labor of love for many years, the RX-03 boasts an internal cockpit that can hold an average adult, a controller configuration that looks something out of Steel Battalion, and can actually walk under its own power. The TV news coverage of this machine beast after the jump: