Lion in Tokyo

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The Story so Far: part III

Welcome to the third installment in the “The Story so Far” series! Since I last updated you guys on what I’ve been doing a month and a half ago, I’ve traveled across half of Japan in 2 weeks, started the fall semester of the junior year, joined some amazing clubs, and ate a ton of different types of foods from all across Japan. Life now is definitely very different from life over summer, when there was a sense of urgency to do everything since most people were only staying for 6 weeks. I mean, not that there’s no urgency right now, since the semester ends in only 2 months, but my life is definitely more settled in and everyday has more or less turned into the grind that’s not unlike the days at Penn.
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Picture Adventure: Chasing after Mechs

So as I’m sure all of you are aware, Japan is obsessed with robots. There are COUNTLESS animes/mengas/shows about robots (aka メカ, or Mecha. I’ll be referring to them as Mech because typing Mechas as a plural bothers me more than Mechs), with sizes ranging from toy-sized to the size of an entire universe, pilots as young as elementary school kids, and powers as ridiculous as, well, becoming the size of an entire universe. I know, wtf. But as much as they are silly in concept, watching them is an absolute blast.

So where did Mechs begin?

The first robot-related piece of entertainment ever released in Japan was Astro Boy, a manga originally released in 1952 about a robot (that looks like a boy) named Astro that fights bad guys with his robot-y powers. Continue reading