In the ’80s and ’90s, it wasn’t uncommon to see Japanese promotional videos and commercials based on mecha franchises, but most were low-budget projects that often boiled down to little more than a couple of actors driving around holding airsoft guns.
From post-war black market, to a bustling electronics district, to whatever the hell it is now–Akihabara, like most of Tokyo, has gone through serious changes since the end of World War II. Despite the progress of modernity, looking at footage of Akihabara from 30 years ago it’s still easy to recognize major landmarks.
First released in 2006, U.C. Hard Graph was a range of kits that focused on everything modern gunpla didn’t (and still doesn’t) bother with. In other words, just about anything that isn’t a giant robot.
An interview with Redline director Takeshi Koike and producer Katsuhito Ishii, as published in Plus Madhouse 5.
Scratchbuilt kits featuring furry Sylvanian Families toys alongside robots have recently been popping up on Twitter via Japanese modelers.