The Giant Gundam is finally back!
And it does not disappoint! I was super sad when I heard that the old giant robot outside the DiverCity shopping mall in Odaiba was going away last March, but am happy to report that Gundam 2.0 is bigger, badder and even more entertaining than Gundam 1.0!
Here’s a clip of the uni-horn morphing into attack mode bodaciousness:
But it’s not enough for 2.0 to be standing there, looking like it could take on the galaxy with one armored fist tied behind its back – there’s also a sound & light show that goes with it! Eight times a day (at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 & 21:30) there’s a five-minute anime episode choreographed with projection mapping, as the giant figure shifts along with the story.
If you’re geographically challenged and can’t quite make it to Tokyo to see for yourself, here’s a short video of one of last night’s performances:
But that’s not all! Amazing though it may seem, if you’re a true model-builder, the seven-story glowing robot will not be the highlight of your night. Because inside the DiverCity mall is a spanking new Gundam Base – the most gigantic Gundam model store on the planet.
Gundam Base hours: Open every day, 10:00 – 21:00
Giant Gundam showtimes: Daily, at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 & 21:30
Admission: Everything is free, including workshop time
When not in thrall to giant robots, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo
“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” –Raven Crime Reads
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!