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This August, the Japanese city of Hiroshima will host the International Gundam Society — a tentatively titled academic conference about the issues facing future cities, as presented in the Mobile Suit Gundam science-fiction anime series. The Gundam franchise will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. Set in the fictional Universal Century calendar system, the story posits that most of mankind must emigrate to space colonies to deal with overpopulation. The "spacenoids" eventually wage war with each other and Earth through giant robotic mecha and evolved humans known as Newtypes. The gathering is part of the larger Hiroshima Animation Biennale event that also includes the Robot Anime Expo and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. This August is also the 63rd anniversary of the first atomic bombing at Hiroshima.
The society plans to discuss the following themes: