Giant Gundam Will Be Built In China

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Next year, a one-to-one scale Freedom Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed will be erected in Shanghai. This is the first official life-sized Gundam to be built outside Japan.

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However, it’s not the first life-sized one to go up in China. Way back in 2009, a totally unofficial (and orange!) giant Gundam knock-off statue went up in Szechwan but was taken down due to copyright issues. 

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The 59-foot Freedom Gundam is slated to be built in front of the Japanese-owned Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Shanghai Jinqiao next year. Another new, life-sized Gundam is also scheduled to be unveiled in Yokohama. 

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Hold up, so they’re choosing to build the “Freedom” Gundam from the series that involves Genetically Modified Humans in a country with questionable human rights practices and Bioethics regulations... Seems like somebody’s trying to throw some shade...