For those who work in factories or on construction sites the equipment used might not be too awe-inspiring. However, when laymen lay their eyes on these huge hulks of machinery they can look confusing or downright terrifying.

Like looking at clouds and constellations, when people see something unusual with they can’t help but relate it to something more familiar. This is just what happened when a group of Japanese Twitter users shared their experiences with unknown machines and what it reminded them of.

“I found this machine. You don’t see these much in Ikebukuro, right?”

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“It looks like the boss of an old 2-D shooting game.”

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It certainly does look like one of those annoying bosses with extra-long legs that you’d either shoot straight through or would block every shot thanks to the lack of a third dimension.

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This is, in fact, called a lifter and it’s used to put together and take apart all-terrain cranes (truck mounted cranes). For certain projects it may not be possible or cost-effective to drive the all-terrain crane as one piece due to weight restrictions some roads.  Instead they transport it in pieces and use this thing to put it together on site.

Here’s a video showing how it works… which is to say very, very slowly.

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“When I was staying in Kinunuma, these machines had 3-D Maneuver Gear.”

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“These machines have 3-D Maneuver Gear… two winches with wires attached to the back move it up, down, left and right.”

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If you’re not familiar with 3-D Maneuver Gear then you’re probably not a fan of the Attack on Titan manga and anime series… yet. The story’s protagonists use similar pulleys on their bodies to move in all directions so they can fight the giant man-eating titans.

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“Machine and Tachikoma”

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That’s a bit of a stretch, there’s maybe a passing resemblance to the sentient tanks of the Ghost in the Shell series… maybe.

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“These double arm types, the developers must’ve been into Gundam.”

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This person is referring to the driver’s seat which does look a lot like a Gundam pilot’s chair.

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“A labor I saw at the airport.”

“Oh, that’s definitely a labor.”

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They could be talking about the Extllabor, but there’s a few spidery robots in Patlabor.

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“This machine is equipped with a charged particle cannon. But the acceleration coil is longer than the body. Hmmm. Pile driver? What’s going on here.”

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We’ll leave you with rapid fire heavy machinery that, while not drawing comparisons to manga or video games, shocked, confused, and amused Twitter users in Japan.

“This machine is too cool.”

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“Now, this is some heavy machinery!”

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“It’s known as the world’s largest machine and the name is freakin awesome! ‘Bucket Wheel Excavator’”

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“It’s heading towards Rikuzentakada City now. Super huge equipment in Kesennuma. I didn’t know things like this existed.”

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“The sticker on it reads ‘Don’t turn your back on machines!!’ Somehow… I summed up the courage to do so.”

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“Saw this while out for a walk. Is this machine really needed here?”

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“These drivers are really law-abiding. LOL”

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“This machine had fallen off near the top of the mountain. It’s like it got exhausted making the road up there.”

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“This little red machine is cute when it’s on four legs.”

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“Seen from a bridge in Ochanomizu, this cool thing was digging up the bottom of the river. It was like a zoo. People walking past would stop and stare at it for a bit.”

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Source: Naver Matome (Japanese)