鉄人28号

5 Jul

I wrote a post on 15 June about the giant 18-meter (59-feet) tall Gundam robot in Tokyo (Click here to read it.).

But soon it won’t be the only 18-meter tall robot in Japan…in August, construction is set to begin in 神戸 (Kobe, Japan) on an 18-meter tall 「鉄人28号」 (“Iron Man #28“).

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The Gundam robot in Tokyo is temporary and will be removed next month (August 2009). But the 「鉄人28号」 (“Iron Man #28“) statue is set to be completed in October 2009…and will remain there permanently.

The reason that this statue will be in 神戸 (Kobe) is because the creator of the 「鉄人28号」 (“Iron Man #28“) manga, Mitsuteru Yokoyama, was born in 神戸 (Kobe) in 1934 and he died in 東京 (Tokyo) in 2004…so this statue is a tribute to him.

The story of 「鉄人28号」 (“Iron Man #28“) is about a Japanese scientist who tries to make a giant robot to help Japan win World War 2. His first twenty-seven attempts weren’t successful…but the 28th one was. But by the time the scientist created the 28th Iron Man robot, Japan had already surrendered and the war was over. So he gave the 18-meter robot to his son, who used it as a crime-fighting robot.

The 「鉄人28号」 (“Iron Man #28“) manga debuted in 1956 and some people say that the American comic book character “Iron Man“, which debuted in 1963 was an uncredited copy of the Japanese character.

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12 Responses to “鉄人28号”

  1. Missy July 7, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    I came to know that there is another real robot, other than Gundam, constucted in Japane!! We are proud of our developed technology!!

    Thank you for your kind infomation.

    Missy
    http://we-love-japaaaaan.blogspot.com/

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    • tokyo5 July 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

      You didn’t know about the 「鉄人28号」 statue?

      It will be the same size as the Gundam statue!

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  2. cuteandcurls July 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    You learn something new everyday and today I learn about Iron Man. Ive watched Iron Man when I was a kid but I never knew that it may have originated in Japan because the storyline is so familiar with the American Iron Man.

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    • tokyo5 July 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

      I’m not sure if the American Iron Man comic was inspired by the Japanese 「鉄人28号」 or not…it’s a rumor I’ve heard.

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  3. In10Words aka "Galileo" July 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I was wondering who Iron Man #28 was, but then I realized that he has a different name stateside: Gigantor! The power is in your hands!

    This is truly awesome.

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    • tokyo5 July 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

      I don’t know “Gigantor“…I only know this character by the Japanese name: 「鉄人28号」.

      Have you watched this cartoon?

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      • In10Words aka "Galileo" July 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

        As it turns out thanks to my translation program (Babelfish), the japanese name in both your post and the title do translate to Gigantor. 28 and all. Strange.

        Sadly, I haven’t seen much of the anime. It aired around here the same time as Astro Boy, possibly sometime in the 50s. It used to play on [adult swim] really early in the morning, but I don’t know if they still air it.

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      • tokyo5 July 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

        >translate to Gigantor. 28

        That is strange. 「鉄人28号」 means literally “Iron Person (man) #28“.

        >Astro Boy

        His real name also has “Iron” in it!
        The Japanese title of “Astro Boy” is 「鉄腕アトム」 (lit. “Iron Arm Atom“…but it means “Powerful Atom“).

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  4. naoko July 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    WOW!!!
    My son must be bubbling over! He was sorry watching Gundam in Tokyo on TV because it’s too far..but to Kobe we can go there in only one hour!!

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    • tokyo5 July 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

      Yeah, for me the Gundam robot is near…but Kobe is too far away!

      It’s good for your son, though. I’m sure he’ll be excited to see such a giant robot!

      It reminds me…in 2001, when I heard that Universal Studios would be opening an amusement park in Japan, I assumed it would be in or near Tokyo (like Disneyland)…I was surprised that it opened in Osaka.
      But it’s better to have a major amusement park on the East coast and another on the West coast of the country.

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  5. sixmats July 5, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    I’m looking forward to seeing this.

    I don’t really see a resemblance between the two iron men besides their names. I’m sure no one at Marvel would admit it if it were true.

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    • tokyo5 July 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

      I’m not an expert on Iron Man, but supposedly the story’s similar.

      A scientist makes the Iron Man as a weapon…but ends up using it to fight crime instead.

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