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Some honest to god animation in Gundam 0079

Shocked the hell out of me!  The little kids, maybe you’d see something like this, but a Zeon soldier?  Whoever storyboarded this scene rules.

In the future, butlers are robots

Back in the day, Chobits was the shit.   The little nerdlings were all over it; the spoiled few who actually managed to get some volumes of it passed them around the middle school’s network of dorks.  I distinctly remember huddling over a particularly racy volume during class, hoping I wouldn’t get caught.   Anyway, because we were young and  otaku-pure, we completely missed the point of what made Chobits so appealing.  It wasn’t about the sex jokes or the drama or the gothic lolita outfits (though those certainly helped), it was about one of the basest of geek fantasies:  sexy robot servants.

This kid had the right idea.

Sexy robots have always been a part of geek culture ( ex. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Hajime Sorayama’s art).   This concept was  fetishized even further with the explosion of maid robot anime in the late 90’s and early 00’s (Steel Angel Kurumi, Hand Maid May, Mahoromatic).   It made sense–if we were going to have attractive subservient robots, why not stick  them in maid outfits?  Clamp took this idea and ran with it.  It wouldn’t do for only for there to be only one robot, nor would it do for only the privileged to have them.  The only logical thing to do was to replace computers with robots.  To me, this is the most glorious thing about Chobits– in this world, androids are for the masses.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t even close to catching up.  Asimo can walk, but it’s not capable of opening a door.  Geminoid looks life-like and can make realistic enough facial expressions,  but that’s it.  Roxxxy, can, um, interact with you, but is absolutely terrifying.    Androids just can’t do much right now.   If we truly want mechanical servants in this day and age, we must turn to non-humanoids.

Meet Herb.

Herb’s beast.    He’s  autonomous– he doesn’t need a remote control or anything.   He can learn, navigate and interact with his environment, and even distinguish between objects.    If I’m not mistaken, Herb is the first and only robo-servant that exists today, and is estimated to hit the market in 2025.

But as you can see from this video, Herb isn’t meant for us lazy, able-bodied nerds, but rather the crippled and elderly.   Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that he is truly amazing.   Attractive, autonomous androids won’t exist for decades, but Herb exists now, and that is good enough for me.

My guilty pleasure? Kanokon.

Why?

That's my "reaction to moe" face

( God I wish there was a figure of that kid.)

Aside from Kouta’s cuteness though,   I just love how unabashed the show is.  It knows you’re watching it for fanservice, so it’ll give it to you, in abundance. No coy artsy fartsy attitudes or pretentious self awareness, just pure, shameless fanservice.  It’s an obvious, “I wish this were me” fantasy, the writer of the light novels even admitted in an interview that he just wants those bitches all over his balls, but you know what?    It’s honest, stupid fun, and I can appreciate that.

Well, that and shota rape.

Pictures from Random Curiosity.