Mobile suits are becoming a permanent part of the city’s infrastructure, with more teams to come.
In recent years, an increasing number of Japanese cities have installed Pokemon manhole covers, creating fun pilgrimage sites for fans of the franchise. If your liking for anime is less cute creatures and more giant robots, you’ll be happy to know that a new Gundam Manhole Project is now in progress.
The first two entries for the art infrastructure initiative were recently unveiled, and although model kit maker Gundam Bandai is based in Tokyo, they will both be based in the capital’s southern neighbor, Kanagawa Prefecture. Specifically, they will be in the city of Odawara, the hometown of Gundam original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Each blanket has an iconic mecha, or movable jumpsuit, from the series posing in front of a local landmark. First, we have the RX-78-2 Gundam, the mecha hero of the original television series, with the Dungeon of Odawara Castle.
And, for the many fans of Gundam charismatic antagonist, the Z’Gok Custom Tank. As an amphibious unit, the Z’Gok is rightly seen deployed near the Odawara Fishing Port Lantern Lighthouse.
▼ Tomino (left) at a ceremony showing the manhole covers publicly for the first time
Each blanket will be installed not far from the decor it represents, with that of Gundam to be placed in the place marked in blue on the map below, south of Odawara station (小田原 駅) and east of Odawara Castle Park (小田原 小 址 公園, although only the 原 子 址 公園 part is visible).
Char Z’Gok, meanwhile, marked in pink, is further south, at the water’s edge and right next to the lighthouse.
The organizers of the Gundam Manhole Project say they are only the first of what they hope will eventually become a nationwide manhole cover series featuring famous Gundam mecha and characters. The Odawara Blankets are currently on display inside the Odawara Castle Dungeon and will be installed in their permanent locations on August 1.
Source, images: Press release
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