The man behind the giant kuratas battle mech, Kogoro Kurata shares how it all began – building his and every child’s wildest dream. Here is the interview video of the artist who made KURATAS.
His motto is “make anything”.
I’d grown up seeing my father treating iron, and when I first gave it a try in my high school summer break, I did well. It was the starting point. It is so called “blacksmith”. Although I don’t make traditional samurai swords, I make iron garden door for instance, more like an architect’s job. But for now, actually I cannot explain what my job is, since I’ve been making such weird products. Once I made 1/1 AT Votoms, I recognized how to make big things. You know the next step is how to “ride”. I want to know what I will feel if 13ft robot really moves. I guess it must not only be interesting, but also scary. Anyway, I want to find out.
I never learnt any specialized knowledge, and also my father has never expertly trained me. All whatI did was only looking at the surroundings and doing the same things. It’s somewhat like experience is the best teacher.
The most effective style of study is study as necessary. For example, I study about oil pressure when I need knowledge of oil pressure. And soon I apply it on works and see the results. I put my first priority on what I want to do, not on technique. I just move forward on what I want to do, and make it.
Kuratas is more like AT Votoms rather than MS Gundam. The point is that AT Votoms doesn’t need any specially trained pilot, MS Gundam need though. Anyone can ride. Anyone who bought Kuratas can ride on. It’s more like vehicles.
First, I just want to ride. After that, I want to enjoy survival games or hand-to-hand combat for example.
- Kogoro Kurata
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