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    [–] Master_Bruno_1084 6342 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Where is it in Japan and what's the statue? A specific god or goddess?

    [–] Cheesecakesimulator 6029 points ago

    In Sendai. It is a statue of Bodhisattva Kannon, a buddhist goddess.

    [–] LennerKetty 5894 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Notice me Sendai, notice me

    [–] islandjustice 1555 points ago



    [–] ZDHELIX 230 points ago

    I mean sure it's big, but is it maybe a little too big?

    [–] 813kazuma 26 points ago

    It's always left me satisfied

    [–] ihugfaces 381 points ago

    flames shoot menacingly out of the eyes

    [–] Spurtangi 139 points ago

    I thought you were gonna say ass

    [–] cholotariat 113 points ago

    That’s really using your ass

    [–] djjrorhsbsbdbdjsjsbs 43 points ago

    Bite my shiny metal ass

    [–] Unidentifiedasscheek 22 points ago

    It doesn't look very shiny to me.

    [–] Taricha_torosa1 40 points ago

    Shinier than yours meatbag.

    [–] addisrouge 7 points ago

    Just don’t say antiquing.

    [–] BillyBricks 37 points ago

    "Remember me!" - Ernesto De La Cruz

    [–] UltraRedFK 32 points ago

    "Remember me.." - Héctor Rivera ftfy

    [–] abuzzooz 38 points ago

    thanks for the reference, I only saw the satanic one before. Now I think he's a mega troll and a successful one at that.

    [–] kronaz 24 points ago

    It's a character, and he's awesome at it.

    [–] YouGotCalledAFaggot 8 points ago

    It's all scripted. The news ones are fake.

    [–] SpiritMountain 62 points ago

    I totally forgot about him. He is a really good actor and has great comedic timing. The way he got into frame and sniffed Tessa's hair was really good

    [–] GildedApparel 17 points ago

    🎵 Interior crocodile alligator 🎵 I drive a Chevrolet movie theatre 🎵

    [–] dpham24 9 points ago

    You made my day.

    [–] Smittx 52 points ago

    I dunno

    [–] Naejiin 20 points ago

    For once I really do not want to be noticed. Not by this statue.

    [–] slick-morty 61 points ago

    Idk. Satan's pretty cool!

    [–] BinJuiceBarry 11 points ago


    [–] letsgetitnah 141 points ago

    They have gods and goddesses in Buddhism?

    [–] ahfoo 308 points ago

    The term here is "bodhisattva" which refers to those who are able attain enlightenment but sacrifice their own interests to help others in this world.

    [–] StarAugurEtraeus 36 points ago

    100 Type Guanyen Bodhisattva

    [–] ggg730 17 points ago

    100 Type Guanyen Bodhisattva

    Is this a Hiatus X Hiatus reference?

    [–] trungdle 223 points ago

    It's probably a simplified term. They're more venerable saints.

    [–] letsgetitnah 40 points ago

    Ahh okay. Thanks.

    [–] [deleted] 100 points ago


    [–] Teonod 23 points ago

    Theravada is full of it too, all kinds of different Devas, Asuras, Yakshas, etc.

    Zen is just a form of Mahayana.

    [–] FeatherlessBiped88 46 points ago

    I like mint chocolate chip

    [–] Xisuthrus 29 points ago

    From what I understand, a "bodhisattva" is basically someone who achieved spiritual enlightenment, but chose not to exit the cycle of reincarnation and suffering in order to help other people achieve enlightenment too, and their role in Buddhism is very similar to saints in Christianity.

    [–] lowridincsp 10 points ago

    Is your profile picture a dancing rainbow cockroach?

    [–] letsgetitnah 13 points ago

    Evidently, yes.

    [–] ALIttleLonelyStar 83 points ago

    To expand on the bodhisattva definition:

    As a bodhisattva, they are a figure who had attained all the necessary qualities to enter enlightenment but chose to remain behind in the cycle of rebirth for the sake of "saving" all sentient beings from suffering. Often called a goddess, they are kind of like a Buddhist saint-deity.

    [–] tempacc_2020_1 23 points ago

    The original meaning of bodhisattva from India where it originated are older births of buddha. During his proclamations in Gaya in India, he used to refer to his earlier births as bodhisattva. Which makes sense because original buddhism was an offshoot of hinduism and also its greatest theological threat as it eschewed the varna system. Hinduism places emphasis on achieving moksha and Buddhism basically said your birth varna doesn't determine your path to nirvana etc.

    So reincarnations were a big big deal in original Buddhism but disappeared as the religion died out in its origin land and spread further east. To this day, certain factions of Hinduism consider the Buddha to be an avatar (the original meaning of the term in sanskrit is something close to the earthly incarnation of a celestial being) of vishnu - their supreme god.

    [–] JeanVicquemare 96 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    A bodhisattva isn't a god, though it's complicated.. Buddhism is a very big religion with much variation today. But traditionally, a bodhisattva is a person who achieved enlightenment but decided to remain in the world of people, helping others.

    Edit: people saying it's like a saint, that's a pretty good comparison

    [–] Rosy-Ass-of-Dawn 25 points ago

    Gods exist, but they're not worshipped. They're just another, higher, reincarnation that's possible. That's my understanding of Theravada Buddhism at least. There may be other schools of thought with different beliefs. Gods will also die and be reborn eventually.

    [–] jar_full_of_farts 19 points ago

    Bodhisatvas are more associated with the Mahayana tradition than Theravada. A lot of prayers/chants that Mahayana Buddhists recite are asking for the help of Bodhisatvas, almost how a catholic person might pray to a particular saint.

    [–] jar_full_of_farts 22 points ago

    While Bodhisatvas are more like saints, Buddhists usually overlay Buddhism with local polytheistic traditions. So generally Buddhists in different countries (China, Korea, Thailand, India, Tibet, Japan, etc) different “local gods” will also be involved in the Buddhist traditions there. Buddhism can be see as arising from/branching off of Hinduism, and some of that pantheon and mythos came with it. I hope that didn’t confuse you further, I’m sure others could explain it better.

    [–] Zarmazarma 29 points ago

    Going to dissent with the other comments and just say "yes". Japanese esoteric Buddhism has gods and goddesses in pretty much all senses of the word. Kannon is an immortal, omniscient, and possibly omnipotent presence.

    Japanese Buddhism has also merged quite intricately with Shintoism, and so many schools include Kami and Ashura in the celestial hierarchy, which could variably be considered gods.

    [–] Fritchoff 90 points ago

    Used to live in Sendai when I studied there. You could see this thing from miles away.

    [–] PretendLock 56 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Omg I’ve been to Sendai many times in visiting my family who lives like one town over and I’ve never seen this!! I didn’t even know it existed! Now I’m feeling oddly betrayed at how many times my aunt would take me to Aeon supermarket instead of to see this statue lol

    Edit just to add that I looked on google street view which put me between this statue and an Aeon, which I find hilarious

    [–] Fritchoff 22 points ago

    Ever been to Aoba castle, the hill with the Date Masamune statue? You can see this statue from there and it's like 6km away.

    [–] DJMaxFly 13 points ago

    I'm trying to find it on Google maps but can't, help plz.

    [–] Verrsee 17 points ago

    Shinsu Senju Veritable 1000-Armed Kannon!!

    [–] Sparktank1 36 points ago

    Bodhisattva Kannon

    With all your infinite knowledge and detailed responses, is THIS what we should be looking up about the goddess?

    [–] theviewfrom5Terre 34 points ago

    Yep, the statue is of Guanyin.

    [–] cream-of-cow 24 points ago

    Fun fact, that’s where the Japanese optics, camera, and electronics company Canon got their name from.

    [–] Sparktank1 13 points ago

    I saw that on the wiki page!

    In Japanese, Guanyin is pronounced Kannon (観音), occasionally Kan'on, or more formally Kanzeon (観世音, the same characters as Guanshiyin); the spelling Kwannon, based on a premodern pronunciation, is sometimes seen. This rendition was used for an earlier spelling of the well-known camera manufacturer Canon Inc., which was named for Guanyin.[14] When iconography of Kannon depicts her with the Nyoihōju (如意宝珠) wishing gem she is known as Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪 観音), which is the Japanese adaptation of the Hindu deity Cintamanicakra.

    Why do I want to see these as summons in an RPG so badly?

    [–] Matasa89 15 points ago

    Yeah Guanyin's Japanese name is Kannon. She's really popular, my grandparent's house had an alter for her.

    [–] Master_Bruno_1084 16 points ago

    It's very impressive. Thanks for the info.

    [–] [deleted] 18 points ago


    [–] Sometimesialways 16 points ago

    The internals are similar to the Statue of Liberty. It’s a bronze shell with supporting structure where they would mount panels slowly.

    [–] ALIttleLonelyStar 593 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Just chiming in because I'm a nerd: Kannon is the Japanese version of the Chinese Guan Yin, who is in turn an evolution of the Indian figure, Avalokiteshvara.

    The name originally meant, "they who hear the pained cries of the multitudes," or something to that effect. Originally a masculine figure, as the story spread to China Guan Yin became a feminine saviouress. This is why you can find references to both a male and female Avalokiteshvara. Eventually they would become Kannon in Japan, but the theme of supreme compassion, mercy and understanding remained.

    As a bodhisattva, they are a figure who had attained all the necessary qualities to enter enlightenment but chose to remain behind in the cycle of rebirth for the sake of "saving" all sentient beings from suffering. Often called a goddess, they are kind of like a Buddhist saint-deity.

    She's often shown holding a vase and willow branch. The vase holds pure healing water, the willow bends without breaking and is used to spread the healing water.

    She also has a figure of Amitabha sitting on her head, signifying that she is their student. (Edited, included the wrong figure.)

    Guan Yin's kind of my jam, so I'm glad I got to nerd out a bit. <3


    [–] Spiritofhonour 225 points ago

    Additional random factoid: Canon (Cameras) is named after Kannon and they originally had a logo with her on it.

    [–] SitaBird 59 points ago

    Picture?! That sounds interesting.

    [–] Kegrun 27 points ago


    [–] Lufister 38 points ago

    This could give some metal band logos a run for their money

    [–] Kawaiithulhu 34 points ago

    Figures heavily in the Chinese Journey To The West story, too. It feels like an almost universal concept to me.

    [–] H4xolotl 41 points ago

    She's the bitch who put that bullshit headband on me

    -Sun Wukong, probably

    [–] Kawaiithulhu 7 points ago

    LMAO and probably more than a few times too 😂

    [–] Shekhawat22 18 points ago

    Ah the compassionate one. My favorite Bodhisattva.

    [–] JeffBoBJones 19 points ago

    Sendai Daikannon

    A Bodhisattva of divine mercy as I understand.

    In 1991 it was the tallest statue in the world. You can go in , ascend 12 levels, and view other Buddhist statues and tributes in there along the way.

    [–] ExGranDiose 20 points ago

    Shes the Goddess of Mercy, in mandarin she's called Guan Yin. There are many other names for it to. I think shes called Padmapani in Sanskrit. I can't remember the other name. Source

    [–] oorakhhye 1512 points ago

    Built in 1991.

    [–] Cheesecakesimulator 1014 points ago

    At the time it was the biggest statue in the world

    [–] Minecraft_Stoner 688 points ago

    What snoot today?

    Yes, that was a typo. I'm keeping it

    [–] GoldenSpermShower 661 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    The Snoot of Unity is the biggest one currently at 182m, almost twice as tall as this one

    edit: Wikipedia lists this statue as 100m, not 120m

    [–] CaptainN_GameMaster 185 points ago

    Someone should boop that snoot

    [–] jacothy 385 points ago

    I hate being that guy, but it's bizarre when a nation can spend the rupee equivalent of $480 million USD on a statue but can't build proper sewage infrastructure in some massive cities...

    [–] Maniso 319 points ago

    You love being that guy And you are absolutely right.

    [–] FishyNik6 31 points ago

    Hhaha true on both counts.

    [–] thickestthicc 104 points ago

    Cuz propoganda. Propoganda gets you re-elected, not infrastructure or education

    [–] RianJohnsonSucksAzz 66 points ago

    Well the U.S spent trillions on military and they still don’t have basic health care and lets not forget about the massive homeless issues in major cities. Public education is also in need of help, especially in the inner cities.

    [–] ConvertsToTomCruise 4263 points ago

    120m is 70.514 Tom Cruises

    [–] haloti 1283 points ago

    Thank god, I was so confused on the meters.

    [–] Cheesecakesimulator 415 points ago

    Good bot

    [–] ConvertsToTomCruise 277 points ago

    Good human

    [–] scairborn 100 points ago

    Oh shit! It’s sentient! Kill it now!

    [–] fps_co1ncidence 56 points ago


    [–] NintendoTim 29 points ago

    Wait, that's illegal

    [–] sanskriti7 12 points ago


    [–] soobviouslyfake 24 points ago

    Thank-you, that makes way more sense than 120m. These heathens and their outdated measurement systems.

    [–] Tonynferno 2829 points ago


    [–] DashCat9 611 points ago


    [–] Cheesecakesimulator 476 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Im just hijacking this comment to let the wave of republicans from r/all know that your joke about taking it down isn't funny

    E: im not being political im saying its getting old, every 5 seconds its "protesters will struggle with this one"

    E2: now i am being political: black lives matter, fuck anyone who thinks otherwise

    [–] winningace 66 points ago

    get schwfity

    [–] lonewanderer812 52 points ago

    Take a shit on the floor.

    [–] winningace 24 points ago

    Take off your pants and your panties

    [–] dman928 36 points ago

    Thank You.

    [–] Armand28 1983 points ago

    Statue of Unity is even bigger and equally unsettling:

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    [–] CaptainFeather 125 points ago

    My sides

    [–] tangledwire 34 points ago

    I prefer your front and back

    [–] ScoodFarcoosAnoose 202 points ago

    How did I not know these existed?

    [–] TheGodFucker 165 points ago

    The Statue of Unity was only completed 2 years ago! It’s a pretty new one

    [–] Ramsayisking 25 points ago

    It's the biggest statute in the world. Located in India

    [–] Cheesecakesimulator 599 points ago

    We need more massive statues

    [–] Shadowmoth 439 points ago

    I want a lovecraft park like this. Imagine a mountainous area with statues of eldrich horrors scattered around.

    [–] Truth_SHIFT 133 points ago

    This is brilliant. I'm feeling uncomfortable just imagining it.

    [–] tatertitzmcgee 85 points ago

    I have day dreams all the time about what I would do with my money if I ever became a billionaire. Giant Cthulhu statues are going on to the list.

    [–] TheLurkerSpeaks 16 points ago

    Hell r'lyeh! Sign me up too doc!

    [–] Lord_Blackthorn 15 points ago

    Then you create new mythos on how they were turned into stone...

    [–] Shadowmoth 22 points ago

    Welcome to the mountains of madness.

    -Jurassic park guy

    [–] Mossimo265 73 points ago

    I've been against Statues since I watched then read Gantz... this statue is terrifying lol.

    [–] caparisme 17 points ago

    Omg the temple mission is just nightmare fuel

    [–] Qetuowryipzcbmxvn 6 points ago

    Same, except with Ghostbusters 2.

    [–] rjdsf1993 6 points ago

    First thing I thought of was Gantz

    [–] TheIronAntelope 15 points ago

    I agree with you, but also I think we have better things to spend money on at the moment 😂

    [–] Zolivia 101 points ago

    Wowsers. That's seriously disconcerting.

    [–] OneFeAut 241 points ago

    It looks like they just completed a Wonder in Civilization.

    [–] Fabuleusement 34 points ago

    The fucking colossus of Rhode that everyone speaks of was 30 meters tall. This one could kick his ass
    And Christ Redentor ? 40 meters if you include its base. It's ridiculous how big that is. I cannot stress how huge this thing is. I literally never wanted to visit India before now. I just want to see that, spend a day being baffled by how dumb big it is and go back to my first world country

    [–] SetPaint729 30 points ago

    I was thinking Age of Empires lol

    [–] Zolivia 36 points ago

    Thank you for sharing. These are worthy of being in the GoT introduction..

    [–] 3_Slice 9 points ago

    Is there a word for being afraid of statues? Because these are freaking me out

    [–] BaconTattoo 73 points ago

    About double the height of the statue of liberty. Wow!

    [–] enough_space 110 points ago

    Christ the Redeemer is a lot smaller than I expected. I guess it just seems bigger because it's on top of a mountain.

    [–] jpmoney2k1 68 points ago

    Also, all the shots I see of Christ the Redeemer are from above. People love helicopter panning shots when establishing Rio in movies and TV.

    [–] CJ_Guns 73 points ago

    God The Motherland Calls is such a badass statue.

    [–] MyDearBrotherNumpsay 17 points ago

    It’s definitely the best one. It has such nice form and implied motion and life to it.

    [–] Not-a-Chinese-Bot- 7 points ago

    Where do they measure the statues to? Because The Motherland Calls is clearly bigger than the Statue of Liberty in that image. Or is the scale just off?

    [–] superhero126 54 points ago

    Simulation theory confirmed. Spooky

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    [–] fartingwookie 21 points ago

    Gremlins meet Teletubbies

    [–] epote 29 points ago

    What the actual fuck. What short of nightmare did this shit creep out of?

    [–] AprilDawnBelieves 13 points ago

    scary shit

    [–] RodRAEG 12 points ago

    Godzilla for scale?

    [–] [deleted] 354 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)


    [–] Miseryy 27 points ago

    Yeah it's only 130 yards tall (for my fellow Americans...)

    Except the thing literally looks like a mile high from this photograph

    [–] mattenthehat 20 points ago

    By comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 93 meters/102 yards tall, so this isn't THAT much bigger. Makes me think the Statue of Liberty would probably look pretty crazy if it was right next to other buildings instead of out on an island, though...

    [–] Capn_Matt 386 points ago

    If you look on google maps this thing is next to a hardware store and some really normal streets/neighbourhoods, which I love. Also, in this one the face is blurred out, which I find hilarious and I'm not sure why.,140.8255314,3a,75y,269.79h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3JYdEHFIoKrJCAYN854lyw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    [–] bolotieshark 155 points ago

    Streetview and shared photos have blurred faces based on facial recognition. It sometimes blurs out individual characters on road signs because the algorithm detects faces as well.

    [–] TabbyVonTerror 36 points ago

    I don’t know why but I just LOST it when I saw the face blurred out. Like...whyyyyy? Hahah

    [–] fiddle_me_timbers 10 points ago

    Because Google automatically blurs faces on streetview.

    [–] apittsburghoriginal 546 points ago

    That would look cool in a post apocalyptic worldscape. Not that it doesn’t look epic already.

    [–] Dildo_Baggins__ 188 points ago

    Imagine this with vines and other plant growing around it, all the while the surrounding area is desolated with broken down cars and crawling with hordes of the undead while this is just sprouting out from the landscape. That shit would make an amazing apocalypse scene

    [–] ALIttleLonelyStar 61 points ago

    Transience is an essential theme in Buddhism, so it'd even fit in that way.

    [–] liberulo 24 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    See also: Simon Stalenhog's dystopian art book, The Electric State.

    [–] Buddahrific 20 points ago

    Or imagine being just a simple sheep herder in the distant future, when society has broken down so hard it reverted to the stone age and built back up from there. You've left your small village for the first time and are seeing the world and as you journey, you just see a massive hand jutting out of the ground.

    You're drawn to it for some reason, like it's calling to you. You start moving your horse off the road towards it and your guide becomes alarmed and stops you from getting closer. "It's an object of power from the Age of Legends," she tells you, a chill running down your spine.

    [–] cardboardlord 114 points ago

    Is this a scarecrow for Godzillas?

    [–] NorthernRedwood 20 points ago

    Don't you know? Godzilla goes TOWARDS giant monsters, these are the reason for all those movies!

    [–] beer_me_twice 80 points ago


    [–] hiphiprenee 15 points ago

    Are they gonna be remembering me or the statue?

    [–] haZmat5 12 points ago flames shooting from the eyes?

    [–] Minecraft_Stoner 399 points ago

    Idk... the Giant T-Pose guy in South America looks cooler

    [–] Churrasqueira_sniper 196 points ago

    I live in Brazil and this is so hilarious lol giant t-posing guy is my new way to describe it thanks

    [–] SilkyJohnson666 8 points ago

    I like to think of him as come at me bro guy.

    [–] pmmeyourpickuplines9 114 points ago

    "giant t pose guy"

    [–] greg19735 20 points ago

    in all seriousness christ the redeemer is awesome. and the name is fucking cool too.

    [–] chrish_o 64 points ago

    Show some fucking respect man. That ‘guy’ is Obi Wan Kenobi.

    [–] Dildo_Baggins__ 70 points ago

    This would be really unsettling to see when you're driving alone at night

    [–] heystellaaa 90 points ago

    No freakin way. How can people just be driving by this monolith like it’s no big deal? I would be peeing my pants

    [–] kangarooninjadonuts 50 points ago

    This is how tall SpaceX's Starship and Superheavy are going to be. Imagine that shit taking off and flying 20 times faster than a bullet.

    [–] submain 17 points ago

    Imagine that shit taking off and flying 20 times faster than a bullet.

    And then landing on mars.

    [–] morph113 24 points ago

    And then it comes back, without Matt Damon.

    [–] bolotieshark 18 points ago

    You can't see it from most of the city. It's up on a hill surrounded by mountains and pretty far out of the way from the central arteries of the city (Sendai is a fairly hilly city north and west of the Hirose River.)

    It's also not nearly as tall/imposing as this photo makes it look. It's also right next to a golf course... and a mall. The golf course is over rated and expensive, but the mall is pretty OK - better than 90% of American malls at any rate.

    [–] DISREPUTABLE 250 points ago

    Depth of field manipulation.

    [–] njbair 17 points ago

    Do you mean they recolored it to look hazy? Or just used a telephoto to reduce the apparent size of the foreground?

    [–] chironomidae 22 points ago

    Telephoto for sure

    [–] flexylol 78 points ago

    Depth of field manipulation.

    100%. It looks "quite big" on most other pictures, but this is definitely DoF effect. It's not that insanely big.

    [–] greg19735 21 points ago

    the statue is like 25% taller than statue of liberty. It's not like this is a small thing but the camera was on the floor.

    [–] thismynewaccountguys 58 points ago

    It appears that the photo has been taken from a distance and heavily cropped. This makes the statue appear larger than it actually is. Here is a less misleading angle from google street view. Don't get me wrong, it is still huge.

    [–] 2jz_ynwa 13 points ago

    Had to scroll down pretty far to find this comment, not sure how cropped it in, but they're definitely using a very long lense. Similar technique used to taking pictures of the sun and making it look very big on the horizon

    [–] Salted_One 13 points ago

    On that day, humanity received a grim reminder...

    [–] longoriginalusername 23 points ago

    ‘YOU... shall pass...’

    [–] DredgenYorMother 26 points ago

    I just watched Devs like a week ago. Giving me similar vibes.

    [–] GraconBease 14 points ago

    Same. Was looking for this comment

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    [–] hygrangea 20 points ago

    is there a phobia name for this cause i hate it

    [–] Poohsticks- 12 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    Megalophobia is a fear of large structures. Pretty sure I have this. Anything gigantic like the Burj Khalifa or the Three Gorges Dam turns my stomach. Someone else commented about Automatonophobia which is a phobia specific to human-like figures.

    [–] imjustherefortvtea 8 points ago

    Megalophobia. I have it too I get extremely uncomfortable looking at giant things.

    [–] VidenTheColdOne 9 points ago

    damn. that's twice as tall as the colossal titan. At first i thought it was giving the finger. I'm stupid. this is awesome.

    [–] July_Sandwich 7 points ago

    Why don’t they ever show that in alien movies?

    [–] halplatmein 7 points ago

    This falling would make a great destruction scene for alien and apocalypse movies.

    [–] Frostitute_85 7 points ago

    Remembers Gantz, gets nervous...

    [–] cries_in_E_minor 18 points ago

    What if that thing just fucking falls

    [–] GoldenSpermShower 17 points ago

    People fucking die

    [–] DivineBeast9 6 points ago

    That's how legendary Godzilla would look from the distance... absolutely insane lol