News Video Coverage of Gundam Monument's Unveiling in Tokyo (Updated)
posted on 2008-03-24 00:15 EDT
Various Japanese media sources have reported on the unveiling of the Gundam monument at Tokyo's Kamiigusa train station on Sunday, including Famitsu, Mainichi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun , Ryukyu Shimpo, and Gundam.info. The TBS station has posted a video report. Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, Sunrise president Takayuki Yoshii, and a Sgt. Frog cosplayer attended the ceremony. It took a petition from 2,400 local residents, two years, and 20 million yen (about US$200,000) to build the three-meter-tall bronze statue. The cost included 2 million yen (US$20,000) in national government funds.
Source: Gunota Headlines
Update: The animeanime.jp website notes that the "blog" of the Namisuke character mascot has posted details and pictures of the monument's molten-bronze forging. The Namisuke anime character mascot represents Suginami, the municipal district in Tokyo where the Gundam monument was erected. Also, the 2,400-local-resident statistic was corrected.