Japan loves anime
Where else in the world could you find this?
An 18-meter-tall Gundam statue stands in Shiokaze Park in Tokyo’s Odaiba to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” animated television series. The statue will be on display through Aug 31.
I have to admit that I really don't know who/what Gundam is... I can almost hear a unanimous "eh?" sound resonating throughout Japan, because I may be the only one.
So... I thought I would find out. And thanks to Wikipedia, I can bring you this;
Mobile Suit Gundam (機動戦士ガンダム, Kidō Senshi Gandamu, lit. Mobile Soldier Gundam) is a televised anime series, created by Sunrise. Written and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network between April 7, 1979 and January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes. It was the very first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs.
The plot seems a little complicated and very sci-fi (yawn!);
Set in a fictional universe in the Universal Century 0079, The Principality of Zeon has declared independence from the Earth Federation, and subsequently launched a war of independence. The conflict has directly affected every continent on earth and nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. Zeon has the upper hand through their use of a new type of weapon, called humanoid mobile suits. A Zeon recon team disobeys mission orders and attacks an unfinished base called Side 7. Its citizens accidentally find the Federation's new weapon called the Gundam. The newly formed crew of refugees, with support from Earth Federation soldiers stationed aboard the MS carrier White Base set out to change the course of the One Year War.
Since its release, Gundam has inspired costumes, video games, theme park attractions/rides, and thousands of character goods.