Monday, March 13, 2006

Manga-inspired robot works in Japanese airport


We can't claim to be big fans of the Japanese manga Galaxy Express 999, but clearly the comic is still pretty popular in Japan, because its heroine, the blonde-tressed Maetel, has been given life as a robot, and is working in Kita-Kyushu, the hometown of the comic's creator, Leiji Matsumoto. Of course, the robotic Maetel might feel she's gotten something of a raw deal: instead of traveling through space on an intergalactic train like her fictional alter ego, she's earthbound, working as the receptionist in Kita-Kyushu's airport. Come the revolution, we plan to stay well out of her way.

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