Footage filmed in Gunma on Friday showcased 'Mononofu', a giant drivable robot designed by Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo and inspired by the science fiction animation series 'Mobile Suit Gundam.' Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a farm machinery company, LW-Mononofu, as it is officially known, is 8.5 metres tall (28ft), has two legs and weighs more than seven tons. «The design of the robot... Еще came from the one in the animation I used to watch when I was a small kid and I wanted to make a similar one,» said Nagumo. The giant humanoid contains a cabin with monitors for the pilot to control the robot's arms and legs. Mononofu also holds a bazooka-like gun that shoots sponge balls at around 140km/h (87mph). «It is an airgun. So you can ride on it, operate it, like in the animation, and shoot the airgun. We hope people can enjoy it,» Nagumo explained. The company's idea is to make turn Mononofu into a business. «We will use the robot for an event and we are also thinking about renting it. If there are people who want to try riding the robot, people can rent it,» the engineer said.