Legendary anime mecha designer, Kunio Okawara, is responsible for plenty of memorable mecha designs, but none of them are as iconic as the ones which he did for the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam anime, which brought him worldwide fame. To celebrate his achievements, Okawara’s hometown of Inagi unveiled their own statues of two of Okawara’s most iconic designs, namely the RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku II.
The construction of these statues are supervised by Okawara himself, and are 1/5 scale, or 3.6 meters tall. Along with the city’s officials, the unveiling event was also attended by voice actors Tohru Furuya (Amuro Ray) and Shuuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable). The unveiling was also attended by the city’s official mascot, Nashinosuke, who was also designed by Okawara himself.
Well known for its industry, Inagi has been known as the “mechanical city,” and one of its favorite sons is also well known as a mechanical designer. These statues are part of the “Mechanical Designer Kunio Okawara Project,” which aims to promote the city as an anime tourism destination among mecha anime fans.
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RX-78-2 Gundam and Char"s Zaku II statues unveiled in Gundam mecha designer"s hometown