30th Anniversary Giant Gundam Statue In Japan

gundam-statue-242Any Gundam followers out there will be rather pleased to know that there has been a commission in Japan for a gigantic 59ft Gundam statue to be erected in Tokyo. The idea was brought forward to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the mecha anime craze, of which an exhibition to celebrate it is soon to begin.

Gundam started as a series of small episodes of anime which featured giant robots (mecha), started by Sunrise Studios. Initial series were called Mobile Suit Gundam, which began in 1979, and grew so fast it later became a huge franchise with several sequels and prequels – with alternating timelines and stories – all of which have been shown in various media such as manga, fiction novels, video games and TV anime. Gundam is just an umbrella term for the entire concept and, quite frankly, this statue will do much more than simply dwarf everyone under it. It’s an appreciation, by many, of an art that has done so well to combine great story, anime, sci-fi and oddball characters that you care about.

Initial photos and plans drawn up for the design look absolutely spectacular. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be standing next to the giant piece of art itself, but I am sure I’d be grinning from ear to ear. Check out the video and photos below for a look at the coolest monument to be built in years! Well, I think so anyway.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in seeing more giant robot stuff – take a look at this Giant Military Robots conspiracy video that Justin Dowling has created.

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Via – Gundam 30th, Geeky Gadgets & Gizmodo

Comments

  1. says

    Absolutely spectacular! A remarkable tribute to a durable ANIME icon. I had the good fortune to completley redesign the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM for SUNRISE/BANDAI and look forward to the day when my deign will be built at full size next to the original. My design action figures can be bought in stores all over Japan. I congratulate the corporate funding source for this monument to creative story telling, the narrative skills of TOMINO-san, and the many animators and beautiful guys who make up the design teams of SUNRISE and BANDAI.

  2. says

    WHOOOAAAAAA! Mannnnnn. I wish I could be there to see it. I went to japan in 2007 and since then I vowed to go back. That’s sooooo awesome that the actual country of Japan honors a great anime like Gundam and actually went ahead and built a full sized Gunam. That’s also ridiculously impressive (SYD MEAD) that you got to redesign the Mobile Suit Gundam. If you guys ever need background music or somethin let me know. I’d be MORE than happy to help.

  3. Liz says

    I totally just want to go see this so I can stand at the bottom and scream “IT’S A GUNDAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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