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Bandai markets anime to older fans with the perfect merchandise

by Ron Duwell | June 30, 2018June 30, 2018 10:00 am EDT

When I say I consider myself an “older” anime fan, what I mean is that I got into anime tucked somewhere in-between Akira and Ghost in the Shell bringing the medium to the West and anime becoming an international sensation at the turn of the millennium.

A definite “You kids and your darn tootin’ Naturo and Attack of Titans” get off my lawn attitude.

But then I realize that my length of time with anime pails pitifully in comparison to those who have been around since anime all began. These much older fans are still around today, and Bandai Namco has begun a new line of products designed to reach out to those who used to love big robot shows back in the 60s and 70s.

In collaboration with Tacaof, Take Care Of, Corporation, these anime inspired walking canes feature all-time favorite steel warriors, including Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, and the original giant robot hero, Kobe’s own Tetsujin 28., known as Gigantor to all you elderly chaps who watched his localization way back when.

With one of these power walkers, you’re one step closer to your childhood daydreams of piloting your favorite giant robot through the skies of Showa Era, Japan.