Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Tetsujin 28" takes to the stage in Mamoru Oshii's manga-based play

by Chris MaGee

Was poking around online for a large enough image of this since this morning, because you can't do justice to a 500-kilogram robot with a thumbnail picture, now can you? In December we told you about how "Ghost in the Shell" director Mamoru Oshii was going to be directing a stage play of the giant robot manga "Tetsujin 28", but of course how could you mount a stage production of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's story of a boy and his 3 storey tall remote controlled robot without having the big guy make an appearance? Well, last Friday at the Galaxy Theater Tennozu in Osaka he did just that. "Tetsujin 28" started it's month long run by wowing the audience with a huge reproduction of the robot sitting center stage, but apparently it didn't sit still. The climax of the play has the Tetsujin 28 robot raising itself to it's full height in a cloud of smoke and red light. Pretty impressive stuff.

Click here to head over to Mainichi Daily where you can see a full gallery of images of the play. Thanks to Anime News Network for the story.

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