Henshin Korner

Here’s More of That Eva Horse Thing

Seems like the JRA Evangelion commercials are continuing their story line. In this edition, we get to see the Eva Pony racing its ass off. As weird as this entire series is, Unit 1 looks kinda good as a horse. I love that Unit 2 and Unit 0 give us a “WTF” reaction. If Bandai releases model kits of Eva Ponies, I think I’d call that the beginning of Third Impact.

Kamen Rider Fourze’s JK Sings in the Macross Musical

Whenever I hear of Broadway turning a cartoon into a musical, I always raise an eyebrow. Sure, The Lion King musical has won all sorts of awards for its unique costuming and masterful interpretation of the source material. But when things like Shrek get Broadwayed, I cannot mask my patent-pending “WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK” face. It is this exact same face that I wear right now as I type the following:

There is a Macross musical. Here is the preview.

I don’t recognize any of the songs (“Do You Remember Love” anyone? Now granted, my Macross fandom isn’t as strong as my Gundam so I might be missing some things here). I also don’t see any Veritechs. So I kind of question what this has to do with Macross. It does feature JK from Kamen Rider Fourze with some kind of weird scarring on his neck. That’s kind of cool. Didn’t know he could sing. Buuuuuut… I guess this is for really big fans of Macross. Kind of wish there were dancers dressed as Veritechs running around.

Neon Brony Evangelion?

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) is looking for new fans and is targeting emo, rage-filled teens with daddy issues. That’s really the only explanation I can come up with for their new ad campaign which features narration from Kotono Mitsuishi who portrayed Misato in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Not being a Brony myself, I wonder how well an Eva Pony would stack up against the My Little Ponys. Would it demolish all of the magic that is friendship or do the Ponys have powers that can withstand an AT Field?

From: Anime News Network

Kamen Rider “Slap My Groin” Promo

Not sure how long this will last since Toei has been going out of its way to take down anything Kamen Rider related from the youTubes, but here’s the first full promo for Kamen Rider Wizard. God, that belt is just asking for a groin punch. Still, the new suit looks pretty bad ass. Moves pretty well. We’ll see how it shapes up.

Gundam Pepsi Cans, the Only Way I’ll Buy Pepsi on Purpose

UMD College Park is a Pepsi campus. When I went there, there was only one refrigerator in Stamp Student Union that sold Coke. Everything else was Pepsi. And since I kind of hated college and associate Pepsi with those dark times, I despise Pepsi as well.

However, I may have to swallow my soda pride because these Gundam Pepsi cans are freaking awesome! I will not be drinking the evil swill inside. Nay, these will go in some kind of case to display for all eternity! Apparently, Jlist has them for sale for $3.50 a can. That’s convention prices!

From: Kal01

Gun Caliber TV Spot

“All I want to do right now is hit theses guys.”

I really wish this spot was for an actual Gun Caliber series. But it’s sort of a mock TV spot in the style of Kamen Rider series announcements.

Still, we can expect a full length short coming sometime in 2013. I can’t wait!

All I Need is $1.3 Million For My Very Own Mobile Suit

Holy fuck! I can think of no better way to kick off a Gundam Wednesday than with KURATAS, an actual mobile suit available for purchase for the small sum of $1.3 million.

Worth it!

KURATAS makes you the ultimate airsoft player! Although, it’s really fucking creepy that you fire the gattlings by smiling.

The one thing that worries me is the ability to control KURATAS via 3G. Anyone who’s ever seen a Patlabor movie knows that controlling mobile armors by remote can lead to some fairly bad things. If a significant number of these things come into general use, hackers could really make a mess of things. Still, I think the price point puts the days of general user waaaaaay ahead of us.

I never honestly thought that mobile suits like this would ever happen in my lifetime or at least not before I was old as shit and forgot how to pronounce Gundam. The fact that this thing exists makes my pants explode. So, now we can actually have a discussion about practicality in a real sense.

Though it pains me greatly to admit, I don’t see much practical use for individuals for a mobile platform like this. There are much smaller, practical devices that can help the disabled become more mobile. Where I think a mobile platform like KURATAS could really work well is in construction, much like the Labors in the aforementioned Patlabor. The arms and manipulators are much more agile and flexible than the standard backhoe. I expect it’s also easier to lift things and move them with the KURATAS arms than a regular fork lift.

Military applications are fairly obvious, though honestly, I really hope it doesn’t go that route. I know Mobile Suit Gundam is inherently a series about war, but I feel the promise of the mobile suit can be so much more than a cold blooded killing machine.

Thanks to AZM Allies Robert Aube and Ward McCaul for sending this my way.

From: The Verge

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