Gundam Creator is not sold on Space Colonization
Decades ago Mobile Suit Gundam helped fans around the world imagine a world far away in space. The game-changing anime not only revolutionized the mech genre, but its approach to space exploration and colonization prompted many difficult questions. These days, humanity is finally starting to take its first steps in private space travel, but GundamThe creator of is not at all delighted. After all, Yoshiyuki Tomino isn’t keen on any sort of colonization, and he’s not afraid to share why.
The update comes from the man himself as Tomino sat down for an interview with Weekly playboy in Japan. This is where the artist has spoken of his career so far, and when the subject shifted to recent interstellar endeavors, Tomino was far from wowed.
“Politicians, financiers and space explorers don’t think about how tough things are in the near future,” Tomino said. They don’t think of things like, “Isn’t it stupid to say which territory [in space] is? Basically, what are people even going to do on the colony? Humans need air and water to live in space, don’t they? How long will they live in space? “
Of course, it’s easy to guess who Tomino is talking about. Earlier this summer, Richard Branson (Virgin) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) funded private flights in the lowest levels of space. The couple will soon be joined by Elon Musk who operates his own rocket company SpaceX. These expensive missions made history because billionaires could make space travel affordable for those with deep pockets. But when it comes to full colonization efforts, Tomino isn’t convinced this will happen for several lifetimes.
“The world of Gundam is unrealistic, ”Tomino told fans in 2010 when asked if life would ever emulate anime. “It’s just an anime.”
While colonization is surely on humanity’s to-do list in space, it is far from achievable. From radiation to dehydration and more, experts don’t have answers to the main challenges preventing safe exploration, let alone colonization. Tomino knows it and he’s not looking forward to the status quo changing anytime soon. So while the creator’s characters live in Gundam, Tomino can live his life on Earth without any plans to fly into space.
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