Mobile Suit: Gundam is set to have a big year in 2022, with the next movie in the anime franchise following the story of the legendary “lost episode” of the original anime series, and a new anime television series arriving this fall in the form of Gundam: Witch of Mercury. While things are looking good for the biggest mech franchise in the history of anime, it would seem that the legendary Walking Gundam in Japan is closing its doors for quite a few weeks this summer due to maintenance, putting a pause on the mech’s steps for fans of the franchise.
The official statement from Gundam Factory Yokohama, the locale where the Walking Gundam statue can be seen, reads as such:
“*GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA is closed from May 9 (Mon.) to July 15 (Fri.), 2022 for “Moving Gundam” maintenance. Thank you for your understanding. *Tickets for July 16 2022 onwards will be posted on the website once it has been confirmed.”
Luckily, this closure, as far as we know, isn’t permanent though Gundam has taken some hits when it comes to some of their locales in Japan, especially with the shuttering of the Gundam Cafes throughout the country this year. The franchise that began in the 1970s certainly isn’t in danger, however, of going away any time soon thanks in part to the number of animated projects it has set for its future.
Currently, the unique Gundam statue is set to continue taking steps forward until May 31st, 2023, meaning that fans of the Gundam series will still have plenty of time to see the mech in action before it, presumably, is taken out of the public eye.
While there are no Gundam statues that are erected in North America, Netflix is currently working on a live-action adaptation that will hit the streaming service in the future, with the director of Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, attached to bring this story of mech battles to life. While casting and a release date are still in the dark, this would be a major step forward for the anime franchise.
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