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We posted recently about the new Unicorn Gundam being assembled at Diver City, Odaiba. It was a sad day to see the original Gundam being taken down and away to a new home but the new Gundam more than makes up for it. Just take a look at it down below!
Voice actor Kouki Uchiyama handled the MC duties introducing the Gundam to the crowd. Kouki Uchiyama’s character pilots the Unicorn Gundam in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 and he also showed the crowd how the Gundam transforms from Unicorn Mode to Destroy Mode.
There was also a performance from J-Rock band, Sugizo, who have penned the ED for the anime, Drifters, a massive hit in Japan.
If you’re reading this from Japan then make the trip to Odaiba, say hello to the Gundam and check out the Diver City shopping mall. There’s some amazing stores inside and there’s also a Gundam Base Tokyo on the 7th floor for all your gunpla needs!
If you were lucky to visit Japan in recent years, you would have see the awesome RX-78-2 Gundam at Odaiba standing proudly outside Diver City. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the Gundam was dismantled. *tears*
BUT…there’s a new Gundam in town, it’s a Unicorn Gundam which stands nearly twenty metres tall. The previous Gundam stood 18 metres tall so this is a upgrade in more ways than one. This new Gundam first showed up in 2010’s Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
Some locals have snapped pictures of the assembly in process and they caught a good look at the head.
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And those antennas on his head aren’t just for looks, check out the video below!
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With a completion time frame of August in Japan, the deadline isn’t too far away and we can’t wait until it’s finished and we can pay him a visit.
Our most recent trip to Japan was memorable for many reason but not least which was to pay a visit to the life-size scale”RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT” at Odaiba outside Diver City Plaza. As some may know, he was due to be pulled down after spending quite a few years there as an attraction to both locals and tourists alike.
Well sad to report…the Gundam is gone but despite this sadness, we hear about exciting news of a Unicorn Gundam to be erected during Autumn! Here’s an artist’s impression of what it’ll look like:
And even better, the Unicorn Gundam is coming right on time for the biggest Gunpla exhibition which opens in Japan during Summer…still a fair way to go but you just know it’ll be something special! So for Gunpla and Gundam fans alike, keep an eye for “TOKYO Gundam Project 2017”.
*Thanks to Miki for the scoop on this!*
Despite the freezing weather today, we headed out to Comiket, eager to check out another con in Japan which didn’t fail to disappoint with the high level of cosplay that was on display. Such cosplay! We had a quick look inside the actual venue which was very interesting but we weren’t able to grab any footage 🙁 Gomensai 🙁 We then caught the train to nearby Diver City to grab a bite and to see the amazing Gundam statue before he gets disassembled in March 2017 🙁
Remember a while ago I mentioned that I was going to introduce a new cosplay segment? Well, here it is!! Presenting the latest addition to japandaman.com, the Cosplayer of the Month! I thought for a while which cosplayer I should spotlight first and I couldn’t go past my all time favourite number one cosplayer, Vampy Bit Me!
I love her creations, they’re so incredibly diverse with a level of detail not seen everywhere. From video game vixens to anime and Japanese pop culture characters, Vampy knows no bounds and it clearly shows with her creative skill. IMO, she also does the BEST Morrigan cosplay I’ve ever seen. I should add that Morrigan from the Darkstalkers series is my all time favourite character from anywhere!
And on a side note, I was lucky enough to meet Vampy (Linda Le) at Tokyo Game Show 2014. She generously gave me 5 minutes of her time for a quick interview which I’ve included below, along with a gallery of some her cosplays and model shots which I really like!
Here’s an amazing video in the style that only Japan can pull off of the release schedule for the PS4 in 2016. I just love how the Playstation intro track has been remixed by Tofubeats and carries over into the whole clip! There’s some great stuff in this clip, Gundam Break 3 looking amazing for one and Dark Souls 3 for those who like their gameplay devilishly difficult.
Star Ocean, Yakuza, Naruto…it’s al in here and waiting!
Japan taking their love of all things mech to the next level have produced something pretty cool. We’ve seen the massive 1:1 ratio scale model of the Gundam in Odaiba but now there’s something new to ooh and ahh over.
Ready for it? A Gundam train. Nankai Electric Railways connecting the largest city in central Japan, Osaka with the Kansai Airport have commemorated the mobility this service provides by joining forces with Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The new train draws inspiration from the villain, Full Frontal, being that villains consistently outrank the good guys in terms of popularity.
Taking the existing Nankai Tokyu Rapi:t express train and rebranding it as the (deep breath), Mobile Suit Gundam UC Tokyu Rapi:t Return of the Red Comet Tokyu Rapi:t Neo Zeon.
The new train will be rolled out from April 26 and will connect people to and from Namba Station, found in downtown Osaka on the Nankai Main line all the way to the Kansai Airport Station, on the Airport Line.
You can’t take the seats home unfortunately but there are these limited edition tickets for the first 5000 people which carry the Rapi:t tickets featuring the Neo Zeon crest plus the cast and mecha of Gundam Unicorn. The train will run until June 30 so make sure you don’t miss out!
Following the fairly severe snowstorms Japan has experiencing lately, videographer, darwinfish, has been out to the Odaiba Island precinct to see how the 1:1 scale model of the Gundam has been doing.
Filmed in his usual time lapse photography, the statue looks quite stunning and striking against the bleak backdrop of the pristine white snow.
The massive 1:1 scale statue of the Gundam in Odaiba is very popular with both locals and tourists. The statue is also packed full with people looking for photo opportunities and is a great backdrop.
Currently for Winter, the statue has been illuminated for the night time which makes it looks simply amazing. Don’t believe us, have a look at the pics below. If you want to see it for yourself, the lights are on from 5PM until 11PM and runs through to the 13th of January, 2014.