Awards Honoring the Entertainment Division Statue
The Japanese government’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced on Sunday that the jury had selected the moving life-size statue RX-78-2 Gundam in the Gundam The Yokohama Factory is a Recommended Work in the Entertainment Division of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.
The installation with the statue will remain open until March 31, 2023. This extends the opening time by one year. However, the facility will close for maintenance from mid-May to mid-July to prepare for the expansion. The facility was originally scheduled to close on March 31 this year. (It was planned to be open only for a limited time.)
The initial announcement said the expansion was due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting states of emergency in Japan, preventing many people from visiting the site. The new extension will now allow more local and foreign people to visit.
The 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) life-size Gundam held its grand opening to the public in December 2020. With the closure of the other four Gundam Coffees this month, Yokohama Satellite coffee at Gundam The Yokohama plant will be the only Gundam Cafe left open.
Bandai Namco currently has three life-size gunsdam statues on display. A life-size “transformed” RX-0 Unicorn Gundam statue of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn The anime debuted at Tokyo’s Diver City complex in September 2017. Sunrise then unveiled the RX-78-2 Gundam mobile statue of the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime in Yokohama in December 2020. The ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam life-size statue of Gundam Seed Mobile Suit debuted in Shanghai in May 2021. (The Unicorn Gundam statue in Tokyo replaced a previous, mostly immobile RX-78-2 Gundam statue.)
A fourth statue will be unveiled at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport in Fukuoka in April. The statue will depict a new mobile suit named RX-93ffν Gundam, heavily based on Amuro Ray’s RX-93 ν Gundam (pronounced “Nu Gundam”) that appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack Animation Film.
the Naoki Urasawa presents Manben neo –Yoshikazu Yasuhiko– program won the Entertainment Division Grand Prize at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. Other winners include Fortune favors Lady Nikuko, sonny boy, weird taxi, and more.