Elon Musk Says It's "Time to Create a Mecha" After Watching Late-Night Anime Movie

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 1:53PM
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 1:53PM
Elon Musk Says It's "Time to Create a Mecha" After Watching Late-Night Anime Movie
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No, you haven't stumbled across a mistakenly syndicated article from The Onion. We're apparently living in a timeline where the visionary CEO of the most well-trusted space exploration company on the planet, the man who almost singlehandedly jump-started a new space race, is so unpredictable and seemingly unhinged that an off-hand Tweet about creating mecha must be treated with the same deadly seriousness as the time he was stuck in traffic and announced he was going to start a company to drill giant holes in the ground, then did it.

Then of course, there was the time he started selling flamethrowers.

But let's back up for a second and start with the facts. At 12:43 AM on October 14th, Elon Musk tweeted about Your Namea 2016 romantic drama anime, saying simply "Love Your Name." The movie is kind of like a mix of Freaky Friday and The Time Traveler's Wife, but between two Japanese high school students. The movie is immensely popular among anime fans, and has been the subject of a lot of fan-made music videos. It has a lot of the same tropes as other romance animes, but the one thing it doesn't have is a giant robot. Nevertheless, less than 40 minutes after his tweet about Your Name, Musk tweeted the message "It is time to create a mecha". At this time, the Tweet has 57,888 Retweets 230,567 Likes.

It's hard to know how serious he is about this. On the one hand, it could be a joke, like the one about taking Tesla private when its shares reached $420 (a claim that caused an SEC lawsuit and Musk's resignation from Tesla's board), or it could be the beginning of another bizarre side project, like the jury-rigged submarine Musk commissioned to rescue those kids in the cave in Thailand. Of course, there's some well-known mechanical challenges to creating a mecha, not the least of which is the mind-boggling cost and difficulty of finding light yet strong build materials.

Either way, the fact that we have to reassure ourselves that a full-scale mecha is not Musk's next multi-million-dollar engineering project is a testament to how closely he walks the line between "loose-cannon tech mogul" and "pants-on-head crazy person with a NASA contract."

Until we figure it out, we'll have Tesla's tequila to look forward to. Maybe.

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