Need Advice about Japan!

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  1. Madjester

    Madjester Well-Known Member

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    Hey folks

    I'm heading to Japan in 10 days! I'll be staying in the Tokyo area only.

    I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on where to go, what to do, where to avoid and the like.

    I'm interested in Transformer, Godzilla and Gundam related stuff as well as Digimon for the missus (Gonna go to Odaiba ha)

    I know theres a 1/1 scale gundam statue being built and a bronze Gundam at a Shinjuku station (is that still there?) but are there any cool TF and Godzilla related places? And any sweet places to buy stuff, though I doubt I'll really have the money to spend on anything great

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. lars573

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    TF's aren't that popular. I doubt anything anywhere is as popular a Gundam in Japan.
     
  3. Erector

    Erector I ruined the Hall of Fame

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    A 1:1 scale Gundam? Holy shit.
     
  4. Malikon

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    is Gundam really that awesome? I watched the old one and it just reminded me of Robotech, but I thought Robotech was cooler. Am I missing the, "OMG IZ THE KOOLEST!!11!!!1!" Parts? Or is it just more of the same?
     
  5. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    By Robotech I assume you mean Macross. I think Gundam predates it. One of our resident otakus can drop some knowledge on that. I wanna visit Japan myself sometimes. Haven't been in over 15 years myself.
     
  6. Ace Convoy

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    After college I hope to move to Japan
     
  7. Agent-GHQ

    Agent-GHQ Accept the unacceptable

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    No, they just brought the world the concept of transformation toys...
     
  8. Hotspot17

    Hotspot17 Search and Rescue: Vet

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    Ditto, same for Hong Kong. There's just so much other lines to collect that TF isn't as popular is it is here in north america.
     
  9. Malikon

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    you're right, the Macross Saga.
     
  10. Keiichitron

    Keiichitron Not a physicist, dammit

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    Things to see:
    Ueno Park (and surrounding museums)
    Asakusa Temple
    Tokyo Metropolitan Building (45 stories, great view)
    Akihabara (geek district, lots of anime/electronics/toys)
    Shiokaze Park (where the 1:1 Gundam will be, it's on display from July through August as they're still building it)


    i don't recall there being any sights really TF or Godzilla related. Akihabara will have all the things you want to buy i would think. Asakusa has a flea market if you want more souvenir type stuff.

    also, do not ride the trains during rush hour if you value personal space. they have guys on the platforms whose sole job is to push people in so the doors will close.
     
  11. lars573

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    The whole reason they're building that 1:1 scale Gundam is for the 30th anniversary of the first Gundam series. As for when Macross came out. Robotech was 1985, I wouldn't think the animes they threw together to dub into it were more than 3-4 older than that.

    If you think that your very mistaken. Tokusatsu Spider-man had a space ship that looked like a sitting lion that transformed into a robot, that 's from 1978. There is a another from a 1976 anime series (that I first heard of through the SoC line) that went from a robot to a bird. Soul of Chogokin is a very detailed education on the history of Japanese transforming robot toys.
     
  12. Madjester

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    HEAVEN Gundam's leg



    Do you know when it officially is suppose to be done?

    LEOPARDON! or LEOPALDON! or LEPARDON! or whatever the various names it had...I need to pick that up one day
     
  13. Keiichitron

    Keiichitron Not a physicist, dammit

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    it's on display July 11 through August 31. not sure when it'll be done though (and i would assume it would probably stay up after that).
     
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    Keiichitron Not a physicist, dammit

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    finished...
     
  15. Blitz.

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    awesome no other words for it

    While I will agree that Gundam is way more popular then transformers I'd say Gundam is their own personal Star Wars so while transformers is not even close they do have an interest
     
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    it's soo beautiful..........
     
  17. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    He meant that Transformers really brought the concept to North America and many other nations, where exposure to mecha (especially transforming mecha) had been limited at best. But yeah, Transformers was really nothing new for Japan in terms of having Transforming robots (hell, the toys had come out years earlier).



    As for Japan, I'd really reccommend you check out some of the historical sites, shrines and such. There's also some truly beautiful gardens and parks which would be a great place to take a break and peoplewatch.


    Also, if you see a dude with a lot of tattoos missing a finger, don't mess with him.
     
  18. Cheetatron

    Cheetatron Eh

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    Make sure to get your ass some Japanese exclusive varieties of american brand candy. Wasabi Kitkats and all of that
     

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