Gundam NT Anime Visual's Bizarre Pose Creates Internet's Latest Trend
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The internet raised a collective eyebrow last week when a new visual for Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT) debuted with the launch of the anime's official website. Though not confirmed, some of Mobile Suit Gundam NT's main characters may be contortionists. The visual in question shows Yona, Michelle, and Zoltan in a... unique pose.
We may never know what caused animators to decide on the awkward positions for the trio. It seems like some of the characters' limbs may be out of proportion with their bodies, or they may have super-human flexibility. Nevertheless, the internet could not resist the urge to create a new meme. Hashtags including #NarrativeChallenge and #NarrativeGroupGymnastics (both in Japanese) appeared over the weekend to track the new trend.
Some net users decided to recreate the visual with other Gundam characters.
00のRe:vision後だから噂のナラティブ組体操がこう見えます pic.twitter.com/7Czc9sg9Mf— 七剣みくぁんた (@00GUNDAM_MIQANT) August 17, 2018
Others opted to recreate the image with characters from different anime.
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Still others thought it would be fitting to make their own homages to the visual with Gundam's famous plastic figures. Like-minded fans also used figures from a variety of franchises.
The photos and drawings above make it evident that the now infamous pose is notoriously difficult to recreate in both 2D and 3D mediums. Undeterred, a few fans have already tried the pose IRL.
It seems basically impossible to recreate the pose with actual human beings, but fans and challenge seekers undoubtedly will keep trying. They still have plenty of time to practice stretching and perfect their postures because the anime is not slated for release for several months. Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative will make its theatrical debut on November 30 in 90 theaters in Japan.
Until then, adventurous Gundam fans are encouraged to keep all the hashtagged contributions coming!
[Via Hachima Kikō]