As ingenious creators like Man at Arms forge ahead with creating functional replicas from Kill la Kill and other favourite anime, media artist Kuzuhiko Kachiya has built and flown the glider from Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. This jet-powered version of the Möwe (prounounced Mehve and named after the German for “seagull”) took 13 years to develop, and on July 31st it completed its first test flight at the Takikawa Sky Park in Nakajimacho, Takikawa City, Hokkaido.

A crowd of hundreds watched the craft’s inaugural flight, piloted by Hachiya himself, and when he was asked about his accomplishment after landing, he said “It felt very good to become like a bird in flight. I feel like humanity has finally fulfilled one of its long-cherished dreams.” He also noted that, for safety purposes, he will conduct further test flights in the future.

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