The cult of Gundam – an anime and manga product of Japan that is now known the world throughout – started in 1979 with Mobile Suit Gundam, an anime series that spawned numerous spin-offs and sequels and brought the idea of “mobile suit” technology to the world. As a tribute to the beginnings of Gundam, special exhibition will be held at the Osaka Culturarium in Osaka’s Minato Ward from July 12 until August 31 – called “The Art of Gundam.”
The exhibition celebrates the 35th anniversary of the robot anime series, and also the 35th anniversary in 2015 of the release of “Gunpla” plastic models of robots from the franchise that are now famous with Gundam hobbyists all over the world. The exhibition has two main highlights, and the obvious one is the over 1,000 drawings and other materials from the anime series production that will be displayed for public viewing – just a huge collection of Gundam-related images. Works from art director Mitsuki Nakamura (1944-2011), animation director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, mechanical designer Kunio Okawara and many other artists will also be featured at the exhibition, complete with lighting, sound effects and other video footage. To put it simply, there is a huge amount of never-before-seen artwork that is set to be unveiled at the exhibition.
The second highlight is a special theater that has been remodeled to look like the main deck of the warship White Base in Mobile Suit Gundam. A short movie will be shown in the theater, showing the ship’s attempt to gain re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere during a battle. To add to this, there will also be video footage from Gundam: Reconguista in G, the latest installment of the franchise. For more information on the exhibition, visit their official website.
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