The Japanese authorities’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs introduced on Sunday that the jury has chosen the transferring, life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue within the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility as a beneficial work within the leisure division of the twenty fifth Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.

The facility with the statue will stay open till March 31, 2023. This extends the time it would stay open by a 12 months. However, the power will shut for upkeep from mid-May to mid-July to arrange for the extension. The facility was initially slated to shut on March 31 this 12 months. (It was deliberate to be open for under a restricted time.)

The unique announcement famous that the extension was because of the present COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing states of emergency in Japan stopping many individuals from visiting the positioning. The new extension will now permit extra folks each regionally and overseas to go to.

The 18-meter-high (59-foot-tall) life-size, transferring Gundam held its grand opening for public viewing in December 2020. With the closure of the opposite 4 Gundam Cafes this month, the Yokohama Satellite cafe at Gundam Factory Yokohama would be the solely Gundam Cafe left open.

Bandai Namco presently has three life-size Gundam statues on show. A life-size “transforming” RX-0 Unicorn Gundam statue from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn anime debuted at Tokyo’s Diver City advanced in September 2017. Sunrise then unveiled the transferring RX-78-2 Gundam statue from the primary Mobile Suit Gundam anime in Yokohama in December 2020. The life-size statue of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed debuted in Shanghai in May 2021. (The Unicorn Gundam statue in Tokyo changed a earlier, principally motionless RX-78-2 Gundam statue.)

A fourth statue might be unveiled in Fukuoka’s Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport this April. The statue will depict a brand new cell swimsuit named the RX-93ffν Gundam, closely based mostly on Amuro Ray’s RX-93 ν Gundam (pronounced “Nu Gundam”) that appeared within the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack anime movie.

The Naoki Urasawa presents Manben neo –Yoshikazu Yasuhiko program received the Entertainment Division’s Grand Prize on the twenty fifth Japan Media Arts Festival Awards. Other winners embrace Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Sonny Boy, Odd Taxi, and extra.

Sources: Japan Media Arts Festival, Gundam.data