Unicorn Gundam Statue
On one of Tokyo‘s artificial islands of, Odaiba, in front of the modern DiverCity shopping center, is the life-size statue of Gundam, one of the most iconic characters in Japanese animation. The anime series was first shown on TV in 1979, and it was so successful that subsequently a manga series, movie, and collectible models with a Gundam theme came out. The story is about a future where people live in space and use ‘mobile Gundam suits’ to fight with.
The life-size Unicorn Gundam is the newest addition of the franchise, it is an almost 20-meter high replica standing in front of Diver City in Odaiba. It is usually in its so-called resting ‘unicorn mode’, but a few times per day it goes into ‘destroy mode’ during which the antenna splits in 2 and starts to resemble a samurai helmet. This takes around 10 seconds. You can also enjoy a light and sound show at that time.
There is a small shop just behind the statue where you can buy snacks and Gundam-themed souvenirs. If you want to see a larger store with Gundam paraphernalia, you should head to the 7th floor of Diver City.
Daytime show: 4 times/day: At 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 hours, the transformation of the Unicorn Gundam to Destroy takes place (approx. 1 min).
Nighttime show: 5 times/day: At 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.