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Life-Size VOTOMS Scopedog Under Construction in Japan

Life-Size VOTOMS Scopedog Under Construction in JapanYou’ve heard of the life-size Gundam statue, but now it’s VOTOMS’ turn.

Armored Trooper VOTOMS is, of course, the long-running mecha anime franchise with designs by Kunio Okawara with an emphasis on gritty, realistic action.

The most iconic mecha from VOTOMS is no doubt the ATM-09-ST Scopedog. You know, the robot with the multiple cameras that look like the ones on the new iPhone (or vice versa, we suppose). Now Japan is getting a life-size statue of the Scopedog. It’s set to be unveiled at the Inagi Pair Terrace right outside Inaginaganuma Station in west Tokyo on March 15.

The location is already known to many mecha fans: it’s home to statues of two large (albeit not life-size) statues from Gundam.

The Scopedog unveiling will be attended by VOTOMS designer Kunio Okawara and director Ryosuke Takahashi.

In the series, the Scopedog measures in at 3.804 meters—as will the life-size statue, ostensibly.

Here’s how HIDIVE describes Armored Trooper VOTOMS:

The series revolves around Chirico Cuvie, a battle-worn soldier who accidentally becomes involved in a mission to steal military secrets from allied forces. However, during the mission, he discovers that the real reason behind the assignment is a beautiful woman locked inside a container. Barely escaping alive and running from his army, he’ll have to fight to unravel the truth behind the betrayal, the mysterious woman, and the conspirators who will do anything to silence him.

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.