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First life-size Gundam statue to be built outside of Japan

Gundam statue in Tokyo, Japan

Those in their 30’s and 40’s will remember Gundam, the Transformer-like military robots that carried a human pilot in a torso-based cockpit. The franchise was huge in Japan, where the original concept originated, and led to the popularity of anime we see today.

First life-size Gundam statue to be built outside of Japan

In Japan, there are several life-size Gundam statues, some that even move and light-up at night. It’s a pretty impressive feat considering they stand about 6-stories tall. If you visit Tokyo, it’s a must-see attraction. Now we learn there will be a life-size Gundam built outside of Japan – in China!

The newest Gundam statue will debut in Shanghai, China in 2021. Called the Freedom Gundam, it will be 18.03 meters tall, about as tall as the first one that was built in Tokyo in 2009. The new Freedom Gundam will be built at a mall (LaLaport Mall) in Jinqiao, Shanghai.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is how massively complex and wonderfully popular Gundam universe was (and still is).

NameMediaRelease dateTimeline and year
Mobile Suit GundamTV series: 43 episodes.1979–1980UC 0079
Compilation movies1981–1982
Mobile Suit Zeta GundamTV series: 50 episodes.1985–1986UC 0087
Compilation movies2005–2006
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZTV series: 47 episodes.1986–1987UC 0088
OVA: 2 episodes2009
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s CounterattackMovie1988UC 0093
Mobile Suit SD GundamMovies1988, 1989, 1991, 1993
Compilation TV series1993
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the PocketOVA: 6 episodes1989UC 0079-80
Mobile Suit Gundam F91Movie1991UC 0123
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryOVA: 13 episodes1991–1992UC 0083
Compilation movie1992
Mobile Suit Victory GundamTV series: 51 episodes1993–1994UC 0153
Mobile Fighter G GundamTV series: 49 episodes1994–1995Future Century 60
Mobile Suit Gundam WingTV series: 49 episodes1995–1996After Colony 195
Compilation specials1996
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS TeamOVA: 12 episodes1996–1999UC 0079
Compilation movie1998
After War Gundam XTV series: 39 episodes1996After War 15
Gundam Wing: Endless WaltzOVA: 3 episodes1997After Colony 196
Compilation movie1998
Turn A GundamTV series: 50 episodes1999–2000Correct Century 2343-5
Compilation movies2002
G-SaviourLive-action movie2000UC 0223
Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green DiverSpecialty format movie2001UC 0087
Gundam EvolveAnimated shorts: 15 episodes2001–2007
Mobile Suit Gundam SEEDTV series: 50 episodes2002–2003Cosmic Era 71
Compilation specials: 3 episodes2004
OVA: 2 episodes2004
Superior Defender Gundam ForceTV series: 52 episodes2003–2004
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year WarOVA: 3 episodes2004UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DestinyTV series: 50 episodes2004–2005Cosmic Era 73-74
OVA: 1 episode2004
Compilation specials: 4 episodes2006
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079OVA: 3 episodes2006UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: StargazerOVA: 1 episode2006Cosmic Era 73
Mobile Suit Gundam 00TV series: 50 episodes2007–2008Anno Domini 2307-8, 2312, 2314
OVA: 3 episodes2009
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity FrontOVA: 3 episodes2009UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam UnicornOVA: 7 episodes, 1 special episode2010–2014UC 0096
Compilation TV series: 22 episodes2016
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle WarriorsMovie2010
TV series: 51 episodes
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the TrailblazerMovie2010Anno Domini 2314
Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning GSpecials: 3 episodes2010
Mobile Suit Gundam AGETV Series: 49 episodes2011–2012Advanced Generation 115-164
Compilation specials: 2 episodes2013
Gundam Build FightersTV series: 25 episodes2013–2014Our Century
Specials: 3 episodes2014
Mobile Suit Gundam-sanTV series: 13 episodes2014
Gundam Reconguista in GTV series: 26 episodes2014–2015Regild Century 1014
Compilation movies: 52019–TBA
Gundam Build Fighters TryTV series: 25 episodes2014–2015Our Century
Mobile Suit Gundam: The OriginOVA: 6 episodes2015–2018UC 0068, 0071, 0078
TV series: 13 episodes2019
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded OrphansTV series: 50 episodes2015–2017Post Disaster 323, 325
Mobile Suit Gundam ThunderboltOVA: 8 episodes2015–2017UC 0079
Compilation movies: 22016–2017
Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AXISONA: 6 episodes2017UC 0096
Compilation movie2017
Gundam Build Fighters: BattlogueOVA: 3 episodes2017
Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s CounterattackMovie2017
Gundam Build DiversPrologue OVA2018Our Century
TV Series: 25 episodes
Mobile Suit Gundam NarrativeMovie2018UC 0097
SD Gundam World Sangoku SoketsudenNet Animation2019–TBA
Gundam Build Divers Re:RiseNet Animation2019–TBAOur Century
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s FlashMovies2020–TBAUC 0105
Gundam series, films, and video