I’m not enough of an expert to blog about robots, anime or manga. But I’m sort of a fan. I watched Astroboy as a kid. I also saw Doraemon. These robots were highly intelligent, with human feelings sometimes. And I’d always wanted a maid like Rosie from the Jetsons. Imagine, she could do everything!
I was really excited to see the Great Robot Exhibition at Ueno this weekend. A friend of mine (who is a self-confessed otaku) told me about it, and told me to see it. The exhibit was mainly about the history and development of robots, robotics and robot technology. A lot of the robots on display were natsukashii (懐かしい, meaning that feeling of nostalgia you get when you see, hear, smell or taste something familiar). Apart from some from cartoons I saw as a kid, I also saw some of the robots from the Aichi Expo two years ago. Of course, the most advanced, and what I personally found the most impressive, were robotics used for industrial purposes.
For the finale, we went to see Asimo! Asimo is a humanoid robot developed by Honda. We saw him serve drinks and dance. While watching a video of the evolution of robot technology and Asimo climbing stairs, I remembered RoboCop… Remember that robot that couldn’t get down the stairs?