It’s a great time to be a Gundam fan.
You can visit themed cafés, buy high-quality merchandise, and see movies about the history of your favorite show. And Tokyo has upped the ante again — this time with a light show bringing Unicorn Gundam to life.
Tokyo’s Life-Sized Gundam
The Unicorn Gundam first appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam UC, based on the novel of the same name. Taking place shortly after the events of Char’s Counterattack, the series explores the much-loved Universal Century. And yes, it does return to Char, who makes no secret of the fact that he’s still around.
The first life-sized Gundam in Tokyo was the RX-78-2, erected in 2009. Last September, the Gundam came down, to be replaced by a life-sized replica of Gundam UC‘s Unicorn Gundam. The full-sized model is the site of evening light and music shows on a regular basis. Not only that, it can convert to “Destroy Mode” with moving parts and illuminated panels.
There are plans afoot for an actual moving Gundam by sometimes next year. For now, though, Odaiba is adding extra life to the Unicorn Gundam with projection mapping technology.