June 29, 2022

The life-size moving Gundam statue in Japan’s city of Yokohama will be kept for public viewing for an extra year following “enthusiastic requests” from fans the world over.

The operator Evolving G Corp. announced that fans have until March 2023 to see the statue from the popular “Mobile Suit Gundam” anime series at the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex on the Yamashita Futo pier in Yokohama’s Naka Ward, south of Tokyo.

The statue which stands about 18 meters tall was opened to the public in December 2020, and stands just as it does in the anime. The impressive statue with shining eyes and 24 movable sections including its legs has been widely popular among past fans.

The facility was initially to stay open only until March 2022. However, its operator had decided to extend the run owing to enthusiastic requests from fans in and out of the country, fostered by limits on visitor numbers due to coronavirus states of emergency and other causes.

The complex will close for about two months between mid-May and mid-July this year for maintenance to accommodate the extended exhibition period.

The municipal Bayside Blue bus running between Yokohama Station and the pier starting Feb. 23, will be specially wrapped in Gundam images. It will be depicted on the double carriage bus’s matte metallic blue exterior meant to depict a sparkling water surface.

The complex will be open until March, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays before it goes for maintenance service. The admission fee is 1,650 yen (about $14) for adults, and 1,100 yen ($9.50) for children aged 7 to 12. While the details for April and later will be announced on the official website.