7 September 2009
Gundam in Odaiba
A bit ironically late to post this now as the Gundam should be getting / already dismantled by now, but here it is, the Gundam that has once stood proudly in Odaiba.
After a lunch in Tsukiji Fish Market, we took a few trains and finally arrived at Odaiba by Yurikamome, a monorail lookalike fully automated transit system.
Upon arrival, we can see the Gundam from the station already~ ^^
Getting off the station
Fuji TV Station
Hotel Nikko Tokyo
Getting closer and closer to the Rainbow Bridge
La Statue de la Liberte, one of the various replica of the Statue of Liberty all over the world.
A map of Shiokaze park. The Gundam should be in that circular space called The Sun Space
The moment we enter The Sun Square in Shiokaze Park - the 30 years old legend is here!
Even though it's half a month before its official display period, there were still a sizeable crowd standing before the Gundam.
Left and right hand
This is Gundam!
Slightly closer up: that's as far as my camera can zoom as it's not one of those fancy DSLR cameras.
Let's go on a Gundam 360 Tour:
It's like doing a photoshoot with a humongous figure XD
Details on the backpack
Gundam overlooking the buildings.
Something that would normally only appear on TV screens has finally come to life!
All sorts of people, men and women, taking pictures or just appreciating the sight of the life size Gundam in front of them.
Messing around with exposures.
More messing around with the shots, beginner style.
Last picture before going. To be honest I kinda miss it already by the time I start leaving.
It's been 30 years, and the Gundam franchise has grown so much thanks to the original Gundam, aka RX-78-2. Aired in 1979, where the super robots took the dominance for the mecha-related genre, Gundam took on some of the more realistic themes and ideas and put it in the show. It is said that this is where the "real robot" genre starts to boom, where it is one of the dominant genres right now.
Despite the fact that Gundam a common subject for otakus to associate with, it also means a lot to ordinary people, young and old, men and women, within Japan or outside Japan. It has appeared on TVs and other medias as well as in models (aka gunpla) throughout these 30 years, and after all these times it's still as popular as ever, with the franchise growing with more and more series (such as the recent Gumdam 00 and the upcoming Gundam UC which is getting animated next year). It definitely has become a symbol in the Japanese culture, not only for otakus but for the general population.
Even if you're not into Gundams or mechs in general, let's appreciate how a 18m tall mech has once become materialised, standing proudly in front of various fans and non-fans in Odaiba.
Haven't got the info for where the Gundam will end up after its display period in Odaiba, but someone such as Ngee Khiong may get us informed once the news come.
Gundam in Odaiba